Wind power: Facts lost amid political bluster

Last week the Prime Minister made clear that under this management Australia would be far better off if certain industries just went away and silently died.  For instance the multibillion dollar wind power industry – and the entire renewable energy sector. … Continue reading Wind power: Facts lost amid political bluster

Victorian government should close Hazelwood

In Victoria, we need to close down the high emissions intensity of brown coal electricity generation starting with the Hazelwood Power Station. This is in addition programs encouraging energy efficiency and renewables.  Continue reading Victorian government should close Hazelwood

Seas will rise at least 5 metres regardless

“Five metres and rising”, that’s the title of the New Scientist (13 June 2015) report on sea level rise.  “Whatever we do now, the seas will rise by at least 5 metres. Most of Florida and many other low-lying areas and cities around the world are doomed to go under. If that weren’t bad enough, without drastic cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions–more drastic than any being discussed ahead of the critical climate meeting in Paris later this year—a rise of 20 metres will soon be unavoidable.”  Continue reading Seas will rise at least 5 metres regardless

Dr Cornel West urges Harvard University to divest

Here’s a video of a stirring speech by Dr Cornel West.  He urged Harvard University to divest from fossil fuels companies or risk being on the wrong side of the “planetary Selma” that is climate change.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdDGoTPFfc0  Continue reading Dr Cornel West urges Harvard University to divest

Global Apollo Program to combat climate change

A plan to tackle climate change by emulating the race to put a man on the moon is launched on Tuesday [2 June 2015], aiming to channel billions of dollars in research that will give renewable energy commercial lift off. The Global Apollo Programme aims to make the cost of clean electricity lower than that from coal-fired power stations across the world within 10 years. It calls for £15bn a year of spending on research, development and demonstration of green energy and energy storage, the same funding in today’s money that the US Apollo programme spent in putting astronauts on the moon.

Graph of PV cost verses installed capacity from the global Apollo Project
Graph of PV cost verses installed capacity from the global Apollo Project

Continue reading Global Apollo Program to combat climate change

The end of coal

With the price of coal plummeting and our biggest customers turning to renewable energy, is Australia backing a loser?  A thorough investigation by the ABC Four Corners. Continue reading The end of coal

Wind turbines are not noisy

[The PM says wind turbines make a lot of noise.]  Well a year-long study by the National Health and Medical Research Council, ordered by the Abbott government itself found that the noise levels from a distance of 500 metres from a wind turbine “were generally less than 45 decibels”. (Under current regulations, a turbine can’t be constructed less than 500 metres from a dwelling.) …  The twittering of birds equates to 45 decibels.   Continue reading Wind turbines are not noisy

Stanford engineers: A plan for each US state to convert to all renewable energy by 2050

A new study from Stanford University is the first to outline how each of the 50 states can achieve the transition to 100% renewables by 2050. … the conversion is technically and economically possible through the wide-scale implementation of existing technologies. … New York, has already adopted some of the suggestions and has a plan to be 60 percent electrified by renewables by 2030.   Continue reading Stanford engineers: A plan for each US state to convert to all renewable energy by 2050

Abbott says he wants to reduce wind farms as much as possible

Tony Abbott finds wind farms visually awful and agrees they may have “potential health impacts”, and says the deal on the renewable energy target was designed to reduce their numbers as much as the current Senate would allow. Continue reading Abbott says he wants to reduce wind farms as much as possible