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Hydrogen could be fuel of the future

Monday - The fuel used to thrust enormous rockets away from Earth’s gravitational pull is hydrogen - and it also holds potential as a source of energy for daily activities like driving and heating houses.

Why radical plan to cool climate could work

Monday - A new study contradicts fears that using solar geoengineering to fight climate change could dangerously alter rainfall and storm patterns in some parts of the world.

Coal-fired stations deliver danger dust

Wednesday - Modern coal-fired power stations produce more ultrafine dust particles than road traffic and can even modify and redistribute rainfall patterns, a new 15-year international study shows.

Bioenergy body hails hospital move to wood

12 Mar 19 - A decision to replace two coal-fired boilers at Christchurch Hospital with boilers that burn wood will help to create confidence in the woody biomass market, the Bioenergy Association says.

Wind turbine pioneer slams NZ procrastination

11 Mar 19 - A wind turbine company set up to make New Zealand “the Denmark of the Southern Hemisphere” is barely surviving because New Zealand continues to prop up dying industries, its founder says.

Fossil-fuel wealthy Taranaki faces major rethink

5 Mar 19 - The New Plymouth District Council might need to rethink the services it provides for its residents as the district’s fossil-fuel wealth declines, says a report out today.

Biomass energy could punch hole in emissions

28 Feb 19 - New Zealand could slash five million tonnes off its annual greenhouse gas emissions through the use of biomass energy in factories and for heavy transport, new figures show.


Industrial plants see low carbon price as barrier

22 Feb 19 - Low carbon prices are stopping many large plants switching to low-emissions fuels, a report says.

Coal giant Glencore to limit production

21 Feb 19 - Commodities giant Glencore has bowed to pressure from shareholders to limit coal production for environmental reasons.

Big companies might leave, warns oil sector

20 Feb 19 - Cutting carbon subsidies for trade-exposed heavy emitters could see large companies leave the country, says the oil and gas sector.

Renewable energy will be tops by 2040, says BP

20 Feb 19 - Renewable energy will be the world’s main source of power within two decades, according to BP.

Labs busy finding new ways to power the world

12 Feb 19 - Laboratories can make energy from greenhouse gases, power smartphones with their own radiation, and cut shipping costs naturally. And each could become reality.

Why solar generation will be a big player

11 Feb 19 - Solar electricity generation has a big part to play in New Zealand’s low-carbon energy future, says the operator of the national grid.

BP acts on shareholder demands

4 Feb 19 - BP will have to set out how its strategy and investments fit with targets to limit global temperature rise, under a new resolution.

Tiwai could lead way in new-deal aluminium

22 Jan 19 - The owner of New Zealand’s only aluminium smelter says the country could have a bright future producing low-emissions aluminium for a carbon-constrained world.

Govt gives Foodstuffs $1m for green vehicles

22 Jan 19 - Food giant Foodstuffs is to get more than a million dollars of public money as part of a drive towards low-emissions vehicles.

BP faces shareholder challenge over carbon targets

11 Dec 18 - BP, Chevron and ExxonMobil face a shareholder challenge to set carbon targets in line with the Paris Agreement, as a green group seeks to repeat its success in pressuring Shell to set environmental...

New round opens for Taranaki permits

29 Nov 18 - The process to issue new exploration permits in the last part of the country in which they are allowed is under way.

Biofuel land grab will squeeze nature’s space

22 Nov 18 - Growing enough greenery to provide cleaner fuel and slow climate change will need a biofuel land grab: a 10 to 30-fold rise in land devoted to green crops.


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