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Why solar costs will fall another 40% in just two years

It’s been one of the big themes at the World Energy Future Conference here in Abu Dhabi. [read more]


Pope Francis says we are primarily responsible for climate change

January 16, 2015, Lindsay Murdoch, The Age

"I don't know if it is all (man's fault) but the majority is, for the most part, it is man who continuously slaps down nature," he said.

[full article]

 


 

Living fossil captured

The frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus) gains its name from its six pairs of frill like gills. It is one of two remaining species of this ancient family which dates back 80 million years.{read more]


Obituaries for coral reefs may be premature, study finds

Research published today in Nature on reefs from the Seychelles provides some hope that all will not be lost for future coral reefs. [more]

 


 

The newly elected Indian government has announced a program to develop 20,000MW of solar by 2022 which will be partly funded by a tax on coal. The program includes large scale solar PV farms to be built in four different deserts. India currently has 2.6GW of solar capacity and expects installations to be around 1.5GW in 2014 and around 2GW in 2015. [Giles Parkinson’s report]


Bangladesh is installing more than 80,000 small photovoltaic systems per month, dramatically increasing the number of residences with access to power while also generating a huge number of ‘green jobs’. [more]


Germany reached nearly 75% renewable power use on Sunday May 11th 2014, en route to its 2050 Energiewende goal of 80% of the nation’s power being supplied by renewables, spurred on by the phase out of nuclear reactors. Renewables hit another record in the first quarter 2014 by supplying 27% of Germany’s electricity demand, 40.2 billion kWh of electricity, up from 35.7 billion kWh in the same period last year. This is attributed both to the growth in installations and favorable weather conditions. [more]


Tyler LeBlanc explores commercial-scale rooftop greenhouse farming in Montreal in his article ‘Taking urban farming beyond the artisanal’, in the June 2014 edition of Modern Farmer. [more]


The Finnish city of Helsinki has announced a plan to make car ownership unnecessary within the next 10 years. Their plan is for a 'mobility on demand' system that integrates all forms of shared and public transport in a single payment network. [more]