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Plans for coal-fired power in Asia are 'disaster for planet' warns World Bank 5.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

Experts have offered stark warnings that proposed power plants in India, China, Vietnam and Indonesia would blow Paris climate deal if they move ahead

Plans to build more coal-fired power plants in Asia would be a “disaster for the planet” and overwhelm the deal forged at Paris to fight climate change, the president of the World Bank said on Thursday.

In an unusually stark warning, the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, noted that countries in south and south-east Asia were on track to build hundreds more coal-fired power plants in the next 20 years – despite promises made at Paris to cut greenhouse gas emissions and pivot to a clean energy future.

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GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy 5.5.2016 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- If there's a War on Coal, it's increasingly clear which side is winning....
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Mayors from big cities push climate initiatives 5.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The mayors of major cities from around the world are banding together to fight global warming by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy. That announcement was made by the mayors of Paris, Montreal and Atlanta at a climate change summit Thursday in Washington. The projects are part of the landmark climate change agreement concluded last year in Paris. That agreement aims to keep the global temperature rise below 2 degrees Ce...
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Tea Partiers and Progressives Unite Against 'Deceptive' Florida Ballot Initiative 5.5.2016 American Prospect
(Photo: AP/The Tampa Bay Times/Chris Zuppa) Suzanne Zeller of St. Petersburg, Florida, participates in a rally for clean energy at Williams Park, across from Duke Energy headquarters, on November 13, 2013. An unlikely alliance of Tea Party conservatives and progressive climate advocates has come together to fight a controversial solar energy ballot initiative in Florida. Launched in 2015, the so-called “green tea” coalition that includes the Nature Conservancy, the Christian Coalition, the Sierra Club, are standing firm against a measure that would enshrine Florida’s anti-solar policies in the state constitution. The coalition views the amendment as a power grab by the state’s largest utility companies that could cripple the state’s nascent solar industry and undermine consumers’ ability to tap into Florida’s vast solar energy potential.   The Florida Right to Solar Energy Choice Initiative , which heads to voters in November, would give residents “the right to own or lease solar equipment installed on ...
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Mayors from big cities around globe push climate initiatives 5.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — The mayors of major cities from around the world are banding together to fight global warming by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy. That announcement was made by the mayors of Paris, Montreal and Atlanta at a climate change summit Thursday in Washington. The […]
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GOP states benefiting from shift to wind and solar energy 5.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

WASHINGTON (AP) — If there’s a War on Coal, it’s increasingly clear which side is winning. Wind turbines and solar panels accounted for more than two-thirds of all new electric generation capacity added to the nation’s grid in 2015, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Department of Energy. The remaining third was largely […]
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Mayors from big cities around globe push climate initiatives 5.5.2016 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The mayors of major cities from around the world are banding together to fight global warming by investing in public transportation and electric cars, planting trees and switching to solar energy....
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Pakistan’s ‘solar kids’ baffle medical community 5.5.2016 Hindu: Home
Three brothers are normal in the day but become paralysed after Sun sets.
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Architects create a Chevy Chase, Md., home that brings outside indoors 5.5.2016 Washington Post
Architects create a Chevy Chase, Md., home that brings outside indoors
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Greens' want 1.2m households to install renewable energy storage 5.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

Deputy leader Adam Bandt says program – estimated to cost $2.9bn – could be funded by scrapping concessions to fossil fuel-intensive industries

The Greens want millions of households to install renewable energy storage units, saying battery storage could “revolutionise” Australia’s energy system.

They have announced a five-year support package for 1.2m homes and 30,000 businesses, to encourage the take-up of solar storage across Australia.

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15 Million Degrees: A Journey to the Centre of the Sun by Lucie Green – review 4.5.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
Why does the sun shine? How does the star work? Why is it mostly plasma, not gas? Green gives us the latest mind-stretching facts, and tells the story of the heroes of solar science We rarely look directly at it but we miss it when we can’t see it. If it wasn’t there at all, we’d be gone too. It delivers the food we eat, the air we breathe, the clothes we wear. We read by its light – on a screen, on paper, indoors or out – because it is the ultimate energy source: indeed, the only energy source. It powered the primeval forests of carboniferous ferns and conifers that became our fossil fuel just as it drives the winds for the electrical turbines that must one day replace coal and oil. Even the radioactive elements whose decay and fission keep the planet alive and self-renewing are stellar confections: fragments first forged in, and then recycled by supernovae, exploding giant suns. That lucky old sun, the great Louis Armstrong sang , “has nothing to do but roll around heaven all day”. In fact, it is the ...
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How SunEdison went from Wall Street star to bankruptcy 4.5.2016 LA Times: Business

Thousands of SunEdison Inc. employees and customers packed the House of Blues at Disneyland on a Wednesday night last September.

The big developer of renewable energy projects had set aside the last night of the largest solar trade show in North America to unveil a new brand campaign and colorful...

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Behind the collapse of SunEdison, a solar supernova 4.5.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Thousands of SunEdison Inc. employees and customers packed the House of Blues at Disneyland on a Wednesday night last September.

The big developer of renewable energy projects had set aside the last night of the largest solar trade show in North America to unveil a new brand campaign and colorful...

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Idea of renewables powering UK is an 'appalling delusion' – David MacKay 3.5.2016 Guardian: Environment

Country should focus on nuclear power and carbon capture technologies, former chief scientific adviser said in his final interview

The idea that renewable energy can power the UK is an “appalling delusion”, according to the final interview given by former chief scientific adviser, the late Professor Sir David MacKay.

The sensible energy and climate change plan for the UK, MacKay said, was for the country to focus on nuclear power and carbon capture storage technology, which traps the carbon dioxide from fossil fuel burning. In that scenario, the amount of wind and solar the UK needed would be almost zero, he said.

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Americans Waste Enough Food to End World Hunger, and More 3.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
In today's On the News segment: Americans waste enough food to end world hunger; in Florida, a new community is being designed to exist in harmony with the environment; air pollution affects more than just respiratory health; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here -- on the best of the rest of Science and Green News ... You need to know this ... While much of the mainstream media was focused on 2016 election cycle, Secretary of State John Kerry was making history with his granddaughter at the United Nations. Late last month, Secretary Kerry joined a gathering of the majority of the world's nations and signed on to the historic Paris climate accord. As of the end of April, more than 100 countries have officially signed on to the climate pact, but there is still much more work to be done to make the agreement official in the eyes of international law. To put the climate accord into force, at least 55 nations representing at least 55 percent of global carbon emissions must sign the pact and approve it ...
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Solar Airplane Lands In Phoenix After Flight From Silicon Valley 3.5.2016 NPR News
The 745-mile trip took nearly 16 hours — less time than expected, largely due to powerful tailwinds.
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Solar plane arrives in Arizona on latest leg of global trip 3.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — An airplane powered only by sunlight has arrived in a Phoenix suburb after completing the latest leg of its global trip. The Swiss-made Solar Impulse 2 landed shortly before 9 p.m. PDT Monday at Phoenix Goodyear Airport after a 16-hour flight from Mountain View, California, south of San Francisco. It began […]
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Room for Debate: What's Holding Back Renewable Energy? 3.5.2016 NY Times: Editorials
The use of green resources have grown but recent bankruptcies in the industry raise questions about the future.
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Solar plane on global trip arrives in Arizona 3.5.2016 AP National
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- A solar-powered airplane landed in suburban Phoenix Monday night after a daylong flight from California - the latest leg in its around the world journey using only energy from the sun....
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Spain's left must unite to steer country on road to recovery 3.5.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
In December voters asked for a coalition, but have been ignored despite the need for cross-party deals to tackle Spain’s problems In his restaurant overlooking the Med at Mataró, a few miles north of Barcelona, Ricard Jornet declares himself an insumiso, a rebel who refuses to obey government demands to pay a so-called “tax on sunshine” for an award-winning solar power installation that allows his business to function almost exclusively off sunlight. The anti-ecological tax on self-produced electricity was pushed through by the conservative People’s party (PP) government of Mariano Rajoy a few weeks before elections in December. “I think they did it deliberately to protect the electricity companies, knowing that it would hold up the installation of solar power in Spain for another few years,” says Jornet, who is just one of many rebelling against the new law. “We are not going to ...
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