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More countries eye turning waste into energy

Monday - Countries with large quantities of waste from forestry, manure or straw from farms are now looking for economic ways to turn them into forms of renewable energy.

Cash shortfall stops electricity reaching world’s poor

20 Sep 17 - Finance for electrification of developing countries is flowing at less than half the rate needed to achieve the global goal of universal access by 2030.

Silicon fires up renewable energy revolution

13 Sep 17 - Large blocks of silicon storing wind and solar power as heat are the latest innovation in the battle to replace all fossil fuels with renewable energy.

FUEL FACT: We're burning more oil than ever

8 Sep 17 - New Zealand is burning more oil than ever, despite pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Biofuel breakthroughs bring negative emissions closer

1 Sep 17 - If we are to have any real chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change, it is not enough to reduce our emissions; we must put the process into reverse.

Wind, solar and water could be powerhouses by 2050

29 Aug 17 - More than 70 per cent of the countries in the world could run entirely on energy created by wind, water and solar by 2050, according to scientists.

Phase-out of fossil fuels can be painless

28 Aug 17 - A pollution-free world driven by renewable energy is possible, say scientists with a plan for a fossil fuel phase-out for 139 countries.


Carbon capture has failed ... but here's what we could do

28 Aug 17 - For years, optimists have talked up carbon capture and storage as an essential part of taking emissions out of electricity generation.

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 trillion a year

8 Aug 17 - A new study finds 6.5 per cent of global GDP goes to subsidising dirty fossil fuels. That's more than $5 trillion a year.

Solar most popular form of new electricity generation

7 Aug 17 - Solar has become the world’s favourite new type of electricity generation.

Nuclear revival looks set to falter

7 Aug 17 - Hopes of a nuclear revival to combat climate change have been dashed as another prestige project runs into trouble.

Now Tesla wants to unite batteries and offshore wind

3 Aug 17 - Tesla and wind farm developer Deepwater Wind are teaming up to create the world's largest project that combines an offshore wind farm with large-scale electricity storage.

Free footy tickets lure oil workers to renewables

19 Jul 17 - Redundant North Sea energy workers are being offered free football tickets to build revolutionary new electricity storage systems.

Some biofuels worse than fossil fuels, warns report

18 Jul 17 - Biofuel use needs to increase to help to fight climate change as liquid fuels will be needed by aircraft and ships for many decades to come, finds a new report requested by the UK government.

Wood-for-coal switch would save us millions

14 Jul 17 - Using wood instead of coal to provide industrial heat would cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions by 460,000 tonnes and save more than $11 million a year in carbon credits, a new report says.

Handful of fossil fuel producers feed global emissions

11 Jul 17 - A mere 25 fossil fuel producers have accounted for just over half of global greenhouse emissions emissions in the past three decades, a new report says.

It's nonsense to say fracking can be made safe

30 Jun 17 - research can help to produce guidelines to reduce the risks associated with fracking, but ultimately it makes no sense to talk of fracking being entirely safe.

State should show the way, says bioenergy group

Brian Cox

29 Jun 17 - The Government needs to put its new energy efficiency strategy into place – and State-owned operations are the place to start, says the Bioenergy Assocation.

Fossil lobbies threaten to scupper renewables in South Africa

29 Jun 17 - South African power utility Eskom recently repeated that it will not conclude supply contracts with the developers of new renewable energy power stations.


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