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Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Reporters Without Borders to host mirror site for WikiLeaks from

Reporters Without Borders today announced that it will host a mirror website for the leaked US diplomatic cables being published by WikiLeaks.

Earlier this month, Reporters without Borders (RSF) said it condemned any measures taken to censor websites or news media which had published the material.<
Wednesday, 22 December 2010

San Francisco Pledges Astounding 100% Green Energy by 2020 from

While some U.S. cities have made substantial gains in clean energy, it’ll be hard to compete with San Francisco’s recently announced goal. Believe it or not, the City by the Bay plans to be 100% green-energy-powered by 2020.<
Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Towers to Generate Solar Power in the Dark? from NY Times

Solar power towers are the new trend in thermal power plants. Instead of rows of curved mirrors focusing sunlight onto miles of black tubing, power towers use Heliostat (sun-tracking) mirrors to focus light on a central tower.
Wednesday, 22 December 2010

La Nina May Be At Its Peak, Says Australia's Weather Bureau from Planet Ark

The strongest La Nina weather event in nearly half a century, resulting in heavy rains and flooding which has damaged crops and flooded mines in Australia and Asia, may be at its peak, the Australian weather bureau said.<
Thursday, 18 February 2010

Tetley Tea To Be 100 Percent Rainforest Certified By 2016 from Reuters

The world's second biggest tea company Tetley will source all of its branded tea from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms by 2016, both groups said on Wednesday.

The first certified products will be sold in the United Kingdom foodservice sector by this April and in Canada by early 2011.
Thursday, 18 February 2010

Hottest Temperature Ever Heads Science To Big Bang from Reuters

Scientists have created the hottest temperature ever in the lab -- 4 trillion degrees Celsius -- hot enough to break matter down into the kind of soup that existed microseconds after the birth of the universe.<
Thursday, 18 February 2010

Big business leaves big forest footprints from BBC - Andrew Mitchell

Burning tropical forests drives global warming faster than the world's entire transport sector; there will be no solution to climate change without stopping deforestation

When was the last time you had a "rainforest picnic"? Or even, perhaps, an "all-day Amazon breakfast"?

Next time you are in a supermarket picking up a chicken sandwich for lunch, or fancy tucking in to a hearty breakfast of eggs, sausage and bacon before setting off for work, spare a thought for the Amazon.
Thursday, 18 February 2010

GUATEMALA: Anti-Mine Activists Encouraged by Canadian Ruling from ipsnews

Ecologists in Guatemala see a recent ruling by Canada's Supreme Court, which ordered Canadian mining companies to carry out rigorous environmental assessments, as a positive precedent that could help improve environmental controls over the mining industry in this Central American country.<
Thursday, 28 January 2010

GM Puts Its Money Into Electric Motor Business from reuters

DETROIT - General Motors Co said on Tuesday it will set up a $246 million facility backed by funding from the U.S. government to build electric motors to power hybrids and possibly pure electric vehicles.<
Thursday, 28 January 2010

Italy To Unveil New Solar Incentives from reuters

ROME - Italy's government will unveil a much-awaited plan for new incentives for a rapidly growing solar energy sector on Feb. 11, Economic Development Undersecretary Stefano Saglia said on Tuesday.

Italian and international investors who piled into Italian solar industry lured by the current generous scheme have been on tiptoes to find out details of the new plan which would reduce incentives as the government aims to ease the budget burden.<
Saturday, 26 September 2009

Perhaps finally real progress from World Diplomats? from fairfax

EVEN as a red dust storm was reminding Sydneysiders yesterday of climatic threats to life on Earth, hopeful signs of a change in the global diplomatic climate were emerging in New York.

Only incurable optimists are confident this week's one-day climate summit at the United Nations headquarters has ensured success at the December Copenhagen talks that are supposed to produce a more effective international deal to replace the deficient Kyoto Protocol, expiring in 2012.
Saturday, 26 September 2009

California Sets Biggest Energy Efficiency Plan from reuters

California said it had approved the most aggressive energy efficiency plan among U.S. states on Thursday, earmarking $3.1 billion to retrofit homes and other programs that will cut power needs equivalent to three medium-sized power plants.<
Saturday, 26 September 2009

Storing CO2 In Soil Should Be On U.N. Agenda: Gore from reuters

UNITED NATIONS - Developing emissions markets to encourage farmers in poor countries to store more carbon dioxide in soil should be a key topic on the U.N. climate talks agenda, global warming activist Al Gore said.<
Monday, 31 August 2009

Dirty LNG? from Fairfax

Western Australia's pristine Kimberley Coast is under huge development pressure and it's not just the massive liquefied natural gas processing facility proposed for James Price Point, 60 kilometres north of Broome.<
Monday, 31 August 2009

Recession Speeds Coal's Long-Term Decline from reuters

Declining industrial electricity demand and an abundance of cheap natural gas will threaten coal's status as the dominant U.S. fuel to generate electric power, even after the economic recession ends.

Power companies are reducing use of coal plants because of declining demand from heavy industry, the economic sector hardest hit by the recession.
Monday, 10 August 2009

Walmart sunny solar from reuters

Walmart is inching closer to its goal of using 100 percent renewable energy with a new deal bringing rooftop solar power to five Puerto Rico stores.

The arrangement with SunEdison could lead to rooftop solar systems at an additional 23 stores over five years.
Monday, 10 August 2009

Evolution Meets Creation In Biomimicry from Reuters

At first glance, a humpback whale and a wind turbine don't have a lot in common. For that matter, neither do a shellfish and a sheet of plywood. But both sea creatures are the inspiration behind products designed using biomimicry, or looking to nature's designs and processes to solve human problems.<
Monday, 10 August 2009

Nissan to roll out electric car from fairfax

Nissan's upcoming all-electric car could outsell hybrids like Toyota's Prius even though it can't drive more than about 100 miles (160 kilometres) without stopping to recharge, a senior executive says.<
Monday, 20 July 2009

EU Biodiesel Output up 35 Percent, Capacity Growing from reuters

Production of biodiesel in the European Union rose by more than 35 percent in 2008 and capacity will grow again this year although half the plants are idle due to poor demand, the EU producers group said on Wednesday.<
Monday, 20 July 2009

Catholic carbon audit with Gore's blessing from fairfax

Climate change believers in the church are seeking earthly salvation, writes Ben Cubby.

GOD puts down a mighty carbon footprint in Australia, but the Catholic Church is doing its best to lighten His tread.<
Saturday, 27 June 2009

Australian Carbon Plan Hits Political Roadblock from reuters

Australia's landmark carbon trade scheme, being watched around the world in the lead up to global climate talks in December, hit a political roadblock on Thursday when parliament delayed a vote on the plan until August.<
Saturday, 27 June 2009

Solar Australian Roadblock just as technology matures from indymedia

Australian support for the solar industry is faltering just as the technology promises to deliver baseload power.

Recent breakthroughs in concentrating solar power technology allow heat energy to be stored almost indefinitely - in molten salts - and dispatched as needed.<
Saturday, 27 June 2009

Thousands rally for 100% renewables by 2020 from indymedia

Thousands took the streets on June 13 for the National Climate Emergency Rallies. Protesters declared a climate emergency and demanded the Australian government take emergency action on climate change.
Saturday, 27 June 2009

Combined Heat and Power for the Home Now a Reality from Triple Pundit

The generation of most electricity produces enormous amounts of heat which is typically wasted - literally up the chimney. Cogeneration - or "Combined Heat and Power" systems make use of this otherwise wasted heat to warm buildings.
Saturday, 27 June 2009

Meet the new dirty dozen - Australia's worst polluters from Clive Hamilton -

The fossil fuel lobby was on such intimate terms with the Howard Government and worked so assiduously to see it re-elected that many assumed it would lose influence once Labor took government.

That was certainly my view when I crafted my first list of members of the Greenhouse Mafia in 2006, 12 people I dubbed the “dirty dozen”; but how wrong I was.<
Sunday, 14 June 2009

India Plans more Solar Power than the rest of the world combined! from reuters

India will submit plans within weeks to slow its rise in carbon emissions significantly and to generate more solar power by 2020 than the whole world generates now, a senior climate official said on Thursday.<
Sunday, 14 June 2009

7 Low-Cost, Low-Emissions Foods from

Did you know that our food system is responsible for 1/3 of our green house gas emissions? So yes, there can be serious harm in grabbing a quarter-pounder, fries, and a Coke. You may have been there: You are starved, the drive through is right there, and you're tempted to succumb to that deliciously salty, greasy fry smell -- don't do it! Your personal carbon footprint depends on it.
Sunday, 14 June 2009

Amazon deforestation brings economy boom,then bust from The World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Chopping down forests in the Brazilian Amazon produces a boom-and-bust economy that draws poor people to newly-cleared land but ultimately leaves them no better off, researchers reported on Thursday.

Environmental activists have long contended that this was the case but a new study in the journal Science quantified the phenomenon by tracking different stages of deforestation that have been occurring for decades.<
Sunday, 14 June 2009

A world of Zero-emission vehicles from reuters

A car that has neither an engine nor a muffler will debut on the Japanese market next month. Developed by Mitsubishi Motors Corp. the "i-MiEV" is the world's first mass-produced zero-emission minicar that does not need an internal combustion engine because it runs on a motor charged with electricity.<
Sunday, 14 June 2009

Australian Farm Irrigators Face Another Grim Year from reuters

Australia's major river system, the Murray-Darling, has recorded its third-lowest water intake in 118 years, due to a long-running drought that will continue to suppress production of export crops such as cotton.<


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