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Spectacular Drop in Renewable Energy Costs Leads to Record Global Boost

June 13th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — From Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Agreement: Petrofascism is alive and well in the U.S., but it’s too late to stop solar and wind. Trump’s energy policy is going up against the mathematical certainty that the costs associated with solar and wind energy […]

China’s Clean Energy Ambition Floats on Abandoned Coal Mine

June 12th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: Bloomberg: China’s ambitions to dominate new energy technologies are unfolding at the site of an abandoned coal mine about 300 miles (483 kilometers) northwest of Shanghai. There, in Anhui province, Sungrow Power Supply Co. has built the world’s largest floating solar farm with 166,000 panels […]

Trump Pulls U.S. Out of Paris Climate Agreement

June 1st, 2017

Petrofascism is alive and well in the U.S., but it’s too late to stop solar and wind. Via: Reuters: President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will withdraw the United States from the landmark 2015 global agreement to fight climate change, a move that fulfilled a major campaign pledge but drew condemnation from U.S. allies […]

GM Sued Over Diesel Emissions

May 25th, 2017

Via: Bloomberg: General Motors Co. was sued for allegedly putting defeat devices in trucks to beat emissions tests, making it the fifth carmaker to be accused of diesel cheating since Volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 to flouting pollution rules. Owners and lessees of more than 705,000 GM Duramax branded diesel trucks filed a class-action lawsuit […]

Firm Thinks Solar Will Attract More Investment Funds Than Coal, Gas and Nuclear Combined in 2017

May 16th, 2017

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. — Via: PV Magazine: A new report by analyst firm Frost & Sullivan projects that in 2017 solar PV will attract more investment than coal, gas and nuclear power combined. The report, titled the Global Power Industry Outlook 2017, examines power market trends, including investment and […]

New Zealand: High Levels of E-Coli Found in Creek that Runs Into Treasured Springs

May 14th, 2017

Disclosure: I am involved with the effort to bring attention to the pollution and water take issues at Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve. — There is video of the manure slurry feeding into the crystal clear water over SOSGoldenBay.nz. Scroll down to the 28 April entry, if you dare. Via: Stuff: High E-coli levels have been […]

Tunnel Collapse at Hanford Nuclear Waste Site

May 11th, 2017

Via: CBC: When workers at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeastern Washington state suddenly found a hole in the ground on Tuesday morning, there was cause for concern. Nowhere in the United States is there more nuclear waste and radioactive contamination than at Hanford, which has been the focus of a massive, complex cleanup effort […]

Storm

May 10th, 2017

The power isn’t out for us yet, but it will be. See you on the other side.

First Coal-Free Day in Britain Since Industrial Revolution

April 21st, 2017

Via: BBC: Britain went a full day without using coal to generate electricity for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, the National Grid says. The energy provider said Friday’s lack of coal usage was a “watershed” moment. Britain’s longest continuous energy period without coal until now was 19 hours – first achieved last May, […]

New Zealand: Ongoing Dairy Pollution of Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve

April 17th, 2017

Disclosure: I am involved with the effort to bring attention to the pollution and water take issues at Te Waikoropupu Springs Reserve. — Intensive dairy farming is destroying freshwater resources around New Zealand. It turns out the crown jewel of them all, a national treasure and a globally unique ecosystem is now threatened. How does […]

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