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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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Drought, urbanization and climate: big business opportunities for long-term thinkers 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
Resource scarcity is a major business challenge, but evolving market conditions mean companies that can adapt quickly could reap big profits As São Paulo, Brazil, suffers from the worst drought in its history, multinational pulp company Fibria, which is headquartered in the city, is one of many that has felt the pinch. At times, water has been shut off to 40% of the city and even now, after the rainy season, only 6-13% of the city’s reservoir’s capacity has been filled. In response, the company is working to reduce the amount of water it uses for forest irrigation. This isn’t the first time that Fibria has had to adapt to a shifting environment. Over the last several years, the rising scarcity of several essential resources – including water, fertilizer, labor and land – has pushed the company to reconsider its business model. It has diversified into renewable energy, biofuel production and sustainable real estate development. Fibria’s goal is to make these portfolio additions 20% of total free cash flow ...
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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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Climate change and the case for funding energy-efficiency schemes | Letters 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
I agree with much of your first comment on climate change ( Editorial , 23 July). However, I would like to expand upon the observation that “just like fracking and nuclear, greening the energy supply needs intervention”. The question is: what is a reasonably sensible subsidy to provide energy technologies, especially those that generate electricity? You report in the same edition of the Guardian ( Government to cut solar power subsidies saving customers 50p per year ) that the discontinuation of solar subsides will save customers a trivial amount off their annual energy bills, but will simultaneously devastate a fast-growing, but still young, sustainable energy ...
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Why do we have green welfare for the wealthy? | Patrick Barkham 27.7.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Subsidies often don’t go to those who need them. Councils could show government how to better connect renewable energy and social justice With energy secretary Amber Rudd signalling her intention to slash solar subsidies , perhaps this isn’t the best time to fit panels to my roof. But I’ve just signed up, keen to generate clean power as well as attracted by the solar PV installation offered through Solar Together , a collective purchasing scheme run by local councils in Norfolk. Generous government subsidies have sparked a huge uptake in domestic solar: Britain has added more solar capacity than any other European country since the turn of the century. For the government to halt this success story looks silly, but the biggest problem with all renewable subsidies is that they tend to feather wealthy ...
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Hillary Clinton pledges half a billion solar panels for US if she wins office 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Democratic presidential frontrunner also says she wants America to generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home within 10 years

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has announced goals for increasing US reliance on renewable energy, pledging to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide within four years of taking office.

Clinton, the front-runner for her party’s 2016 presidential nomination, also pledged on her website on Sunday that the United States would generate enough clean renewable energy to power every home in the country within 10 years of taking office.

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Snowpack drought has salmon dying in overheated rivers 26.7.2015 Seattle Times: Opinion
Migrating salmon on the Columbia River face tough odds for survival as the lack of snowmelt water and searing summer heat have sent water temperatures soaring.
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The 9 green policies killed off by the Tory government 24.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Onshore wind, solar, green homes ... we round up the measures that have gone under the knife in what some are calling the worst period for UK environmental policy in 30 years

Amber Rudd has been accused of “grotesque hypocrisy” today for claiming the government is leading on climate change while overseeing a string of attacks on green policies. Some environmentalists say it’s the worst period for environmental policy in three decades.

We’ve rounded up the green measures that have been axed or find themselves in the firing line, to show the breadth and scale of the changes.

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Government axes funding for Green Deal 24.7.2015 Financial Times: Energy
Energy-saving, home improvement programme is latest in line of environmental schemes scrapped
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Why We Need Nuclear Power 24.7.2015 Mother Jones
This story was first published by CityLab and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Renewable energy has had a busy year. California and New York have adopted ambitious plans calling for 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. A group of Stanford and Berkeley scientists has put forth an even bolder vision—encouraging all 50 states to run on wind, water, and solar by 2050, without any nuclear energy or biofuels in the picture. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced his intention to go fully renewable with the city government's power, too. A world without any fossil fuel energy would be a much cleaner place for both people and the environment. Right now renewable energy accounts for just 13 percent of all US electricity. A significant increase in that share would lead to a major reduction in air pollution and its attendant diseases, not to mention the costs of climate change-induced flooding or wildfires. The lives, time, and property saved could be put to work tackling other ...
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Solar is bringing a new world to women in Zimbabwe 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment
A solar power project in a remote community in Zimbabwe is encouraging women to give birth in hospitals, and reducing their workload For a woman in parts of rural Zimbabwe the cost of two candles can be the difference between health and hunger, even life and death. Because many health clinics are far from the grid and lack electricity and therefore light, expectant mothers are told to bring their own candles when they feel that labour is approaching. But as primary care needs worker Merjury Shoko explains: “Two candles cost a dollar, which is the same as paying to go to the grinding mill to grind maize for your child’s dinner. That is a real dilemma for some women. Do I go to the clinic now, or do I feed my children? It’s obvious they prefer to go to the mill.” As a result many women leave it until the last minute to walk to the clinic, and many do not make it in time and give birth by the roadside, often at ...
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Climate action isn't preserve of the leftwing, says energy minister 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Amber Rudd cites Margaret Thatcher’s action on global warming as she says tackling climate change cannot be left to just leftwing politicians

The challenge of how best to tackle climate change must not solely be the preserve of leftwing politicians, according to the UK’s energy and climate secretary.

Amber Rudd, who was promoted to secretary of state in May, is to use her first major speech on climate change to argue that the Conservative party’s legacy of action on global warming dates back to Margaret Thatcher.

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Funding for Green Deal scheme ended 23.7.2015 BBC: Business
The government announces it is to cease funding for the Green Deal, spelling the end for its flagship energy household efficiency programme.
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Wearing a sweater in the office in July 23.7.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Wearing a sweater in the office in July
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Wonkblog: Stunning satellite images make us look at nature, North Korea and Chipotle like never before 23.7.2015 Washington Post
A few years ago, Americans who wanted to invest in China would have a lot of homework--and legwork--to do. Most would have to hire someone halfway around the world to check out the investment for them. An investigator might drive for hours over the empty plains of Inner Mongolia, China's far northern region, to make sure a remote mining operation really existed. Others would literally hide in the bushes to count trucks coming and going from a factory, or count the number of trees owned by a lumber operation.Read full article ...
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How 'End of the Tour' became a very David Foster Wallace kind of film 23.7.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Right after the new road movie "The End of the Tour" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, a movie-industry friend texted me her thoughts. Starring Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg, "End of the Tour" chronicles a real-life journey taken by then-Rolling Stone journalist David Lipsky...
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“Hurricane-proof” housing complex proposed for West Roxbury 23.7.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
16 super-green, super-stormproof town houses have been proposed along Allendale Street in West Roxbury by Dorchester developer Jacqueline Nunez’s Wonder Group ...
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The Guardian view on greening the economy: the price is worth paying | Editorial 23.7.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Some of the policy needed updating. But it cannot be made cost-free The government’s energy policy is chaotic. On the one hand, with time running out before the Paris climate change summit in December, it is committed to agreeing tough international targets, backed by demanding European and domestic programmes for carbon reduction and renewable energy growth. But then there are Treasury-driven cuts to subsidies for renewables , and a cabinet that looks set to back off from existing schemes such as the Green Deal to incentivise energy efficiency. It is easier to offer consumers a cheap fix for energy bills by removing the small element that pays for investment in renewables than it is to pay an incentive for boiler modernisation. Lower efficiency standards for starter homes have been announced, a new committee set up to take the decision on a third runway at Heathrow is packed with supporters, and fracking has the greenest of lights. Under cover of the drive for austerity, and reinforced by a desire to ...
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Tony Abbott's fight against solar and wind power in Australia 22.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
Recent verbal and policy assaults on wind energy by the Australian prime minister undermine the potential of the country’s renewable energy industry, reports The Age In the not too distant past Tony Abbott hopped on his bike and set off for a ride around Rottnest Island. His path took him right under the West Australian island’s sole wind turbine, and according to the prime minister this helped him form the view that windfarms were visually awful, noisy and potentially a health risk . It must have been a particularly offensive turbine. Because in recent times Abbott has launched a number of verbal and policy assaults on wind ...
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Satellite Eye on Earth: June 2015 – in pictures 22.7.2015 Guardian: Science

Storms gathering over the Pacific Ocean, the Great Barrier Reef from the space and the sleeping volcanoes of Sahara are among the images captured by European Space Agency and Nasa satellites last month

On 26 May Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island in the Galapagos Islands erupted for the first time in 33 years. Lava flows from the summit were accompanied by ash and smoke rising 6 miles into the air. The lava flows are highlighted in red. The image covers an area of 18.4 by 29 miles.

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