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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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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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Poll finds 60% believe carbon tax had little or no effect on electricity bills 28.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Only 21% of voters polled believe that the carbon price had a large impact on power prices and only 9% thought the repeal had pushed prices down

More than 60% of voters think the former Labor government’s carbon price had no effect, or only a small effect, on electricity bills – as the Abbott government tries to rerun its cost of living argument against Labor’s pledge to re-introduce an emissions trading scheme.

Only 21% of voters (30% of Liberal/National voters and 15% of Labor and Green voters) believe the carbon price had a big impact on electricity prices, according to the latest poll by Essential Media.

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What’s behind Beijing’s drive to control the South China Sea? | Howard W French 28.7.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest
China’s startling attempt to assert control over vast waters has alarmed nearby countries and escalated tensions with the US. Howard W French reports from Hainan, the island at the heart of Xi Jinping’s expansionist ambitions On 26 May, CNN broadcast an unusual clip of a US navy intelligence flight over the South China Sea. The P-8A Poseidon surveillance plane – one of the newest weapons in the Pentagon’s arsenal – had taken off, with a CNN reporter on board, from Clark airbase in the Philippines, once part of America’s largest overseas base complex during the cold war. After about 45 minutes, the plane reached its first target – which had, until recently, been an obscure, almost entirely submerged feature in the Spratly Island group. Fifteen thousand feet below, dozens of Chinese ships tossed at anchor. Their crews had been working day and night for weeks, dredging sand and rock from the ocean floor to fill in a stunning blue lagoon – turning a 3.7-mile-long reef that had only partially revealed itself ...
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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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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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Thirteen US companies sign on to White House climate change pledge 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Walmart, Coca-Cola and Google, among others, commit to reducing their carbon footprints following the Obama administration initiative to slash US emissions

The Obama administration’s attempts to cut US carbon emissions by 6bn tons by 2030 were boosted on Monday, when 13 of the country’s largest companies added their names to the American Business Act on Climate Pledge.

Among them were Goldman Sachs, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Cargill and Alcoa. While many of the commitments under the pledge were not new, the White House stated that the news showed the private sector to be “committed to stepping up and doing its part in taking on this global challenge”.

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Green cuts risk sending UK back to the dark ages 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

The UK government’s sudden abolition of subsidies for wind, solar and biomass energy send a risky message and could shake investor confidence

The government’s U-turn on renewable energy risks sending this country back to the dark ages of relying only on fossil fuel.

Since the election we have seen a slashing of subsidies for biomass, anaerobic digestion and biogas as well as solar and wind.

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Liberal MP lobbies Coalition to drop push to ban wind and solar investment 27.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Victorian MP Sarah Henderson asks the government to include in its draft mandate investment in emerging technologies such as wind and solar

A Liberal backbencher is lobbying the government to stop its push to, in effect, ban the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) from investing in wind and small-scale solar energy.

The Victorian Liberal MP, Sarah Henderson, has written to the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, asking that the government include wind and small-scale solar energy in its investment mandate.

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Hillary Clinton unveils climate change policy 27.7.2015 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to position herself as a crusader against climate change Sunday by unveiling some robust goals, even as she continued to avoid some of the more contentious battles around global ...
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Hillary Clinton unveils climate change policy 27.7.2015 LA Times: Nation
Hillary Rodham Clinton sought to position herself as a crusader against climate change Sunday by unveiling some robust goals, even as she continued to avoid some of the more contentious battles around global warming.
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Obama's Last Chance in Africa 26.7.2015 Truthout - All Articles
President Obama needs to unveil a new foreign policy initiative on Africa during his trip to Kenya and Ethiopia or risk going down in history as the worst president for Africa in recent memory. It would be a shame if the first American president of African descent ranks last in meaningful engagement with Africa when compared to other presidents in the recent past. Although both George W. Bush and Bill Clinton came under intense criticism for doing nothing in the face of genocide and war crimes, they were able to recover somewhat by launching signature initiatives during their second terms. During his first term, Bill Clinton pulled out of Somalia in a spectacular debacle immortalized in the Hollywood movie Black Hawk Down and then refused to intervene in Rwanda, standing by as tens of thousands were slain during one of the worst outbursts of fratricidal violence in the 20th century. During his second term, however, Clinton launched a series of health and development initiatives that partially mitigated ...
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The innovators: how tiny amounts of wind energy could light up Africa 26.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

Royal College of Art graduate Charlotte Slingsby has developed energy generation system involving sheets of plastic with wave-like filaments

While the cost of electricity is a constant bugbear in many countries, South Africans face a bigger problem: keeping the lights on. These blackouts prompted Cape Town native Charlotte Slingsby to seek out a solution after her family home was found to be unsuitable for solar panels.

The result was Moya (wind in the Xhosa language), a new energy generation system: sheets of plastic have wave-like filaments attached that capture tiny amounts of wind energy that can then be stored in a battery.

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Making contact with alien worlds could make us care more about our own 26.7.2015 Guardian: Science
The Breakthrough Message competition aims to build a digital portrait of life on Earth. Making it could increase respect for the preciousness of life Related: Stephen Hawking launches $100m search for alien life beyond solar system The scientific search for extraterrestrial civilisations has languished for more than a decade, as the hunt for habitable planets and simpler forms of life has thrived. Nasa’s stunningly successful Kepler mission has discovered a thousand new worlds orbiting other stars. Astrobiology is a burgeoning field. But the search for intelligent life , begun in 1960 by astronomer Frank Drake, somehow fell off the funding ...
Q&A: A look at Shell Oil and Arctic offshore drilling 26.7.2015 AP Business
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Shell Oil drill vessels are heading to the Arctic....
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Barack Obama hails Africa as continent 'on the move' 25.7.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page

US president encourages women and young people into business in region he says is one of the fastest growing in the world

Barack Obama has heralded Africa as a continent “on the move” at the opening of a US-sponsored business summit in the capital of Kenya, the African nation to which he has deep family ties.

“Africa is one of the fastest growing regions of the world,” the US president said in Nairobi. “People are being lifted out of poverty.”

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Queensland plans 1,600km string of fast-charging stations for electric cars 25.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

The state’s first solar-powered fast-charging station is to be built in Townsville, and the government is offering small businesses a plan to help reduce costs

Queensland wants to build a string of charging stations for electric cars stretching more than 1,600km along the Bruce Highway.

The state government has called for expressions of interest to build Australia’s first solar-powered fast-charging station for electric cars in Townsville and says this is just the first of many.

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Edison seeks proposals for solar, other renewable forms of energy 25.7.2015 LA Times: Business
Southern California Edison announced a proposal Friday to purchase almost 105 megawatts of renewable power as part of the utility's effort to meet state requirements for broader use of energy sources such as solar.
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Kenya pledges to cut carbon emissions 30% by 2030 24.7.2015 Guardian: Environment

Pledge ahead of Obama visit and UN climate summit in Paris is welcomed by campaigners as evidence countries can develop without fossil fuels

Kenya has pledged to cut its carbon emissions 30% below business-as-usual levels by 2030, ahead of a landmark UN climate summit in Paris later this year.

The East African country is a very small carbon emitter in global rankings, on a par with Singapore and Mongolia, but the move was hailed by campaigners as evidence that developing countries could develop without fossil fuels.

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