09 July 2015

75% of Perth homes could have solar by 2035: IMO | Business Spectator

75% of Perth homes could have solar by 2035: IMO | Climate Spectator:
"Western Australia's energy market operator has forecast that, under a high-case scenario, there could be much as three out of four homes with solar power in Perth by 2035 with saturation of the business market of 90%, The West Australian reports. According to the newspaper, the Independent Market Operator report found under a mid-case scenario the South West grid's solar capacity could rise from 435MW in 2014-15 to 1405MW by 2024-25, with it reaching 2400MW under the high-case scenario. The IMO also said home battery installations could be financially viable by next year with thousands taking up the systems by 2020. It forecasts a take-up of 16,000 systems by 2025 in its mid-case scenario and 26,000 under the high-case predictions."

The people in parliament better listen to what's going on!
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29 June 2015

Underwater Noise Destructive to Environment

What does 280dB mean?

That is 120 dB x 10^16; or in other terms: 10,000,000,000,000,000 times louder than a starting jet air plane!
This incomprehensible amount of noise is produced under water where oil and gas companies explore new resource fields.
While ships' sonar devices have been linked to whales beaching themselves, this situation is untenable. Hope to illustrate it with a graph:
Destructive decibels harm underwater fauna
Can't stand that noise!
For the tech heads, some detailed info on decibels can be found on MISCELLANY and the UNSW website.

G7 Leaders Agree On Action To Limit Global Warming To 2 Degrees

G7 Leaders Agree On Action To Limit Global Warming To 2 Degrees

Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed to limit global warming to 2°C at a meeting in Germany on Monday 8th June 2015, a feat they hope to accomplish by reducing their carbon emissions, mobilizing $100 billion a year for climate change mitigation, and facilitating more investment in developing nations.
The G7 declaration did call for “binding rules” that would “enhance transparency and accountability” as nations work toward achieving their carbon-reduction targets. But, experts say, violating those mechanisms – if ultimately included in any agreement in December – would not result in any sort of “enforcement sanctions,” explains Jennifer Morgan, global director of the climate program at the World Resources Institute.
The final agreement offered “support” for 40 to 70 percent reductions by 2050, compared to 2010 levels.
Read the full story on Climate Progress and on U.S.News.

07 October 2014

China coal consumption down 23% as more funds dump fossil fuels : Renew Economy

Divestment gains momentum as China reduces coal imports further:

Deutsche Bank reported on Monday that a survey of thermal coal used in China by six major coastal electric utilities shows that consumption declined by 23 per cent yoy during the August-September period.

In Australia this week, the $8 billion Local Government Super Fund announced it would divest $25 million of shares in companies that generate more that one-third of their income from “high carbon sensitive” activities, including coal and tar sands mining and coal-fired power generation.
But, as the BNEF report also noted, the $5 trillion global shift out of fossil fuels will be “far from easy,” requiring a massive scale-up of new investment vehicles.

Read the full story online

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26 September 2014

Up to $39bln a year - the cost of unpriced energy pollution in Australia : Renew Economy

A report, released on Tuesday by the Climate Institute, has found that Australia’s polluting energy sector benefits from an annual subsidy of $14-39 billion from the unpriced cost of climate damages on economic growth, environmental systems, health, and security.

The total carbon subsidy to electricity between now and 2030 would reach $165-500 billion, even if the current RET stays in place. If the RET is curbed, the subsidy would increase by about $0.7-2 billion annually. If the RET were abolished altogether (and current arrangements grandfathered), the carbon subsidy would increase by about $0.8-2.5 billion annually.
“Other countries like the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom recognise the economic costs of carbon pollution, and the IMF is calling on all countries to end this subsidy to fossil fuels” 

Read the full article on RenewEconomy

Enough reasons to take your saved or invested money out of the industries causing or supporting the pollution and into sustainable organisations and industries.

08 August 2014

China added 3.3 GW of new PV capacity in the first half of 2014 : Photon

China connected 3.3 GW of new solar generation capacity to the national grid in the first half of 2014, almost double the amount it connected in the same period last year, reports Reuters, citing figures from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA). However, the figure represents just a fraction of China’s 2014 installation goal: the NEA recently revised up its total 2014 PV target from 10 GW to 13 GW. In July 2013, the Chinese government raised its cumulative 2015 PV target from 21 GW to 35 GW, and in May 2014, the government said it planned to increase the solar target to 70 GW cumulative by 2017. China had around 20 GW of operational PV capacity at the end of 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. China aims to raise the share of non-fossil fuels in the overall energy mix to 10.7% by the end of this year from 9.8% at the end of 2013, reports Reuters.

05 August 2014

Worse news for Australia as India taps solar, Beijing bans coal : Renew Economy

China is moving ahead on plans to address its pollution problem by phasing out coal.

In Delhi last week, the Indian government committed to a plan to provide low-cost loans and grants to set up some of the world’s largest solar PV parks across the country, each of them comprising as much as 20 gigawatts of capacity, about 10 times what India has built to date.
According to official Chinese government statistics, coal use accounted for 25.4 per cent of the capital’s energy consumption in 2012 – a figure that is expected to shrink to less than 10 per cent by 2017.
Read the full article online

When will Abbott & Co realise that they have backed the wrong contender and break with King Coal in Australia? If they want to keep in government they need to soon!