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Oil and gas exploration ban becomes law

Thursday - New oil and gas exploration is now banned from New Zealand’s waters and from most of its land.

Big hydropower dams unsustainable, says study

Thursday - Large-scale hydropower dams are unsustainable in the developing world, according toi new research.

Compressed air could be our energy friend

30 Oct 18 - If energy storage were available at sufficiently low cost and high performance, renewable energy would rapidly displace all other generation forms.

Oil countries will have to change their ways

30 Oct 18 - A changing energy system is posing “critical questions” for many of the world’s largest oil and gas producing countries, the International Energy Agency says.

Hydrogen offers hope for island dwellers

29 Oct 18 - Hydrogen power and renewable energy offer hope to islanders and others in remote communities who now have to rely on fossil fuels.

Offshore wind farms could tame hurricanes

25 Oct 18 - When high winds meet tall sails in the right place, something’s got to give. Offshore wind farms might lead to weakened hurricanes.

NZ signs hydrogen agreement with Japan

24 Oct 18 - New Zealand and Japan are working together to transition away from a reliance on fossil fuels with the signing of an agreement on hydrogen, says energy minister Megan Woods.


Solar is here to stay, but where are the boats?

24 Oct 18 - There's nothing novel about vehicles using alternatives to the internal combustion engine, but solar and battery-powered boats are rarely in the conversation.

Big Gas wants exploration ban put on hold

17 Oct 18 - Five of the country’s biggest users of natural gas want the Government’s ban on exploration for new reserves put on hold while a “detailed” assessment of the role of gas is carried out.

Bioenergy will lead the way, predicts IEA

11 Oct 18 - “Modern” bioenergy will lead the global expansion of renewable energy up to 2023, the International Energy Agency says in its latest forecast.

Three decades later, Chernobyl goes solar

9 Oct 18 - Ukraine has unveiled a solar plant in Chernobyl, just across from where a power station, now encased in a giant sarcophagus, caused the world’s worst nuclear disaster three decades ago.

Wind-solar hybrid means 24-hour energy

8 Oct 18 - A power project in Ohio will take advantage of solar's midday burst of energy and wind's all-day power to provide more consistent clean energy to the grid.

Regional energy leaders to talk transition

2 Oct 18 - Political and energy sector leaders from across Asia and the Pacific will converge in Wellington later this month to talk about the implications on the region’s energy systems of the low-carbon...

Property company wins energy-saving award

27 Sep 18 - Installing energy-efficient lighting and heating systems in properties has seen Goodman Property Trust cut greenhouse gas emissions by 775 tonnes.

Wind and rain gives renewables a boost

21 Sep 18 - A wet and windy winter slashed New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation.

Exxon, Chevron join oil and gas climate alliance

21 Sep 18 - ExxonMobil, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum have joined a global group of oil giants aiming to limit their climate impact.

Shell announces methane emissions target

19 Sep 18 - Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to reduce methane emissions.

Clean energy can provide all electricity, says study

13 Sep 18 - All the electricity the world needs can come from clean energy, reliably and throughout the year and at any time of day or night, UK researchers say.

Why carbon removal is not enough to save climate

12 Sep 18 - Carbon removal from the atmosphere cannot match reducing emissions of greenhouse gases as a way of slowing global warming, US analysts say.


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