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This is on behalf of local climate change group. Material is selected by Bernie McComb and does not necessarily represent opinion of whole group.

New generation nuclear designs remain elusive

New generation nuclear power stations that produce cheap electricity and less waste always seem about to appear, but so far they have not materialised, promises for the last 18 years, by the United States Office of Nuclear Energy (NE) as a … Continue reading

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How giant seaweed farms can feed fish and fix the climate

This story publicises  Sunlight and Seaweed: An Argument for How to Feed, Power and Clean Up the World by Tim Flannery, published by Text Publishing, describing how large offshore rafts, 1km or so square, buoyed 25m below sea surface, can be used … Continue reading

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Hey Barnaby-Small cost to keep (African) forests safe

Forests more valuable standing than cleared. US economists have found how to subsidise protecting African forests at the village level. Economists have just shown that, at least sometimes, money does grow on the trees of African forests. By paying villagers … Continue reading

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Best ways to cut climate change are overlooked

So simple+effective, even @TurnbullMalcolm + #coal can’t misunderstand >more> Climate News Network

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VW EV’s soon but long wait in Oz

VW new model ID is mass market EV, similar in size to Golf, scheduled for first release in Germany 2018. Expectations are better performance and price than Tesla Model 3 and cheaper, equivalent price of Golf diesel. As with July 2017 … Continue reading

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Empty robo cop cars

How about this for innovation and entrepreneurship? In Dubai already, cops can safely and comfortably stay driving a desk, while driverless cop cars cover the beat, continuously gathering video, performing face and rego plate recognition. Inevitably, these things aren’t designed … Continue reading

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Cap aviation emissions when?

Target not from 1990, not 2000, not 2005  but however much more they can consume in 2020! They damage the stratosphere, cause global dimming and don’t even pay excise to help with consequences. At the 39th Assembly of the International … Continue reading

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Coal 76% reduction in UK, lowest since 1934

Due to large GHG emission reductions in the power sector. The UK’s consumption of coal for electricity generation decreased by 76 percent in 2016 compared to 2013 when the Carbon Price Floor was introduced— the lowest level since 1934.3 This … Continue reading

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Weak as..Turnbull implodes, new “clean coal” plants win from Finkel

Despite data in Finkel report being out of date, with respect to recent big drops in cost of wind and solar, especially large commercial versions, the same with storage, all to not scare the horses of COALition right wing rump, … Continue reading

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Tesla kills the duck with big batteries(instead of gas peakers)

Are gas peaking plants really needed to top up supply when solar or wind or both occasionally dip below demand? Previously, fossil fuel brigade always wanted gas peaker plants close to demand locations but suffered the wrath of NIMBYS every … Continue reading

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