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Rosetta mission finds primordial soup of compounds on comet 31.7.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Could life on Earth have been kick-started by a comet strike? A startling discovery by the Rosetta comet-chasing mission has added fresh evidence to suggest that it is possible.
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Facebook wants to offer Internet service to remote areas by drone 31.7.2015 LA Times: Business
Social media giant Facebook seeks to bring the Internet to remote areas of the world with its latest project involving a huge drone it has built.
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Facebook Is About to Test Its Enormous Solar-Powered Drone 31.7.2015 Wired Top Stories
At an airfield somewhere in the UK, there's a drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737. And it belongs to ...
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UK solar growth stalls following government subsidy cuts 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Large solar power farm development largely stopped following April cuts, new figures show, and smaller farms will be hit next

The amount of solar power being installed in the UK has largely flatlined since the closure by the government of a subsidy scheme in April, even before a new round of subsidy cuts has taken effect.

Official figures released on Thursday show that large-scale solar farm developers rushed to connect to the grid in March to get in before the government excluded farms larger than 5MW, enough to power 2,500 homes, from its renewable obligation (RO) scheme.

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Can technology free developing countries from light poverty? 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
LED and solar technology is liberating remote communities from dependence on unhealthy fuel, explains US department of energy scientist Evan Mills A sixth of humanity spends upwards of $40bn (£26bn) per year on lighting (20% of the total energy spend for lighting), yet enjoys only 0.1% as much illumination as does the electrified world. Looked at another way, the unelectrified poor spend 100- to 1,000-times as much per unit of light as do people on the grid. A myriad of fuels are used for this purpose, including kerosene, diesel, propane, candles, grass and wood, flashlights with disposable batteries, and even discarded tire rubber. The corresponding greenhouse-gas emissions equate to those of 30m American cars. Fuel-based lighting is an example of how the hyper-inefficient use of energy plays a role in trapping people in poverty with a negative environmental impact affecting everyone. The spectre of fuel-based lighting extends far beyond its energy use, hampering health and safety , impeding better ...
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Queensland solar farm faces legal challenge from sugar cane proponents 30.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

Planning minister, Jackie Trad, considers using ‘call-in’ power that would give her final approval which could not be challenged

The Queensland government is considering stepping in to head off a legal challenge to one of Australia’s largest planned solar farms in the state’s northern sugar belt.

The Spanish renewable energy developer FRV has approval from the local council and a deal with a cane farmer to build a 130-megawatt facility on his property in Clare, where the company says there is some of the most powerful sunlight in the country.

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Ska honored as eco-friendly brewery 30.7.2015 Durango Herald
Ska Brewing Co. is accustomed to winning awards for its craft-brewed beers, but now it’s being honored for something else – conducting its business in an eco-friendly manner.Epicure & Culture: Food, Wine & Culture for the Ethical Traveler named Ska to its list of 10 of the most Sustainable Sips in the world. Noted...
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Renewable Energy Powers Up Rural India 30.7.2015 Wall St. Journal: US Business
Small renewable-power companies are trying to light up India’s hard-to-reach rural regions.
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Boehner backs push to export US crude oil 30.7.2015 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker John Boehner says he supports a push by U.S. oil companies to ship their crude oil overseas and lift a decades-long ban on exports....
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California's Drought Spurs Unexpected Effect: Eco-Friendly Development 30.7.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
In the state's agricultural Central Valley, planning is under way to transform peach and plum fields into Kings River Village, a solar-powered community that will send wastewater back into an aquifer.
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Hillary Clinton's climate change plan 'just plain silly', says leading expert 30.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

The Democratic frontrunner’s solar proposal has major holes if she hopes to halt global warming. What would a real climate-change candidate look like?

Hillary Clinton’s pledge on Sunday to support renewable energy and boost subsidies for solar panels was set up as a great unveiling – the Democratic frontrunner’s first public remarks on how her presidency would tackle climate change.

Related: Is Hillary Clinton's ambitious solar energy goal for the US workable? | Karl Mathiesen

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Sources: EPA will ease deadlines on pollution rule to help states comply 29.7.2015 Washington Post
The Obama administration has decided to give states more time to comply with proposed regulations that will require dramatic cuts in greenhouse-gas pollution from power plants, people familiar with the plans said Tuesday.Read full article ...
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Tony Abbott wrong on coal being ‘good for humanity’, Oxfam report finds 29.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Report says Australia must embrace renewables and coal exacts an ‘enormous toll’ on health, drives climate change and is ineffective in delivering electricity to world’s poor

Tony Abbott is mistaken in claiming coal is “good for humanity”, with the fossil fuel causing numerous health problems and ineffective in delivering electricity to the world’s poor compared with renewables, a new Oxfam report has found.

Related: For Tony Abbott, it's full steam ahead on coal, 'the foundation of prosperity'

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Solar power – an array of misconceptions | Letters 29.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Geoff Moore (Letters, 28 July) seems very poorly informed as to how the payments for rooftop solar arrays are calculated. If nothing is generated and therefore there is no export to the grid, the payment would be nil.

We have a solar array and in four years have generated over 13,500 kilowatt-hours. In summer we could generate up to 350 kilowatt-hours a month, in winter maybe a tenth of that, and payments reflect this.

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Hillary Clinton refuses to take a position on Keystone XL pipeline 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Candidate tells New Hampshire crowd she will not ‘second-guess’ Obama’s pending decision, citing conflict of interest from her tenure at State Department

Hillary Clinton says she will not take a position on the Keystone XL pipeline until she becomes president, citing her work on the issue as secretary of state.

Related: Is Hillary Clinton's ambitious solar energy goal for the US workable? | Karl Mathiesen

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Earth could get just 12 hours' warning of damaging solar storm 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

UK Cabinet Office report sets out risks of coronal mass ejections from the sun causing power outages, and disruption of GPS and communications

Humanity would only have a 12-hour warning about the arrival of a “coronal mass ejection” that could damage the National Grid, pipelines and railway signals, according to a newly released document from the UK Cabinet Office.

In a report worthy of a Bruce Willis film, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has set out the nature of the risk to the UK from “severe space weather”, which it says results from various types of solar activity.

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Is Hillary Clinton's ambitious solar energy goal for the US workable? | Karl Mathiesen 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Clinton’s first climate change policy pitch – for renewables to provide 33% of the nation’s electricity by 2027 – is bold, but the US must look beyond solar for a clean energy revolution On Sunday, Hillary Clinton took a first swing at the many-headed carbon hydra. By the end of her first term, she said , the US would have seven times more solar energy capacity than it does today. And by 2027, renewable energy would supply a third of the nation’s electricity. Clinton’s announcement, which the campaign said would be the first of many on climate change from the presidential hopeful, extends the carbon-saving ambition in a significant sector of the economy. Burning fossil fuels for electricity accounts for 31% of US greenhouse gas emissions . One estimate found Clinton’s 33% renewable target could slice another 4% off the US’s existing pledge to cut emissions by 26-28% by 2025 ...
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SolarCity launches plan to bring solar power to small and midsize firms 28.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
SolarCity Corp. wants to deck the rooftops of small and midsize businesses with solar panels by offering a new financing strategy to a market that the company says has largely gone untapped.
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Renewables pose challenge for Tokyo 28.7.2015 Financial Times: Science & Tech
In crowded, mountainous Japan finding places to install new technology is tricky
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Hillary Clinton wants to fight climate change with half a billion solar panels 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Democratic frontrunner for the 2016 presidential nomination promises to save Americans money and to free them from monthly electricity bills

Barack Obama ran for president promising to save the planet. Hillary Clinton is promising to help people save money on their electricity bills.

In the first big reveal of her climate change policy, Clinton said she would install half a billion new solar panels by the end of her first term in the White House, and generate enough renewable energy to power every home in the country 10 years after her inauguration.

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