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Race to electrify rural Africa could help the West too 21.8.2014 New Scientist: Being Human
Investments in mini grid systems aimed at powering up remote parts of Africa may provide a test bed for rural energy infrastructure elsewhere in the ...
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Clean energy bill: AB 2145 would stifle program Santa Clara County cities hope to adopt 21.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Opinion
Jan Pepper says its point is to keep cities from entering into Community Choice energy programs that use more renewables and cost less than PG&E power. Don't pass it.
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Victorian election: with 100 days to go, what are the big issues? 21.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

To kick off our new blog, our Melbourne editor explains why unemployment, Tony Abbott and (obviously) the East West Link will all affect this critical state election

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Australian Premier Tony Abbott under fire as 'environmental vandal' 20.8.2014 LA Times: Environment
In less than a year as Australian government leader, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has drawn more ire from environmentalists than most anti-regulation crusaders manage in a full term in office.
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Lafayette voters face 4 new taxes on November ballot 20.8.2014 Denver Post: Local
Four tax issues made their way Tuesday night to Lafayette's November ballot. The City Council approved ballot language for excise taxes on energy consumption and retail marijuana sales, a property tax to fund improvements at LaMont Does Park, and a mill levy increase to support the operations of public safety ...
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A time to cull? The battle over Australia's brumbies 20.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Its been a hard winter for Australias wild horses. But things may be about to get much worse for these totemic animals. Their swelling numbers are damaging the continents precious alpine ranges, and tensions are mounting over what needs to happen next

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Report that calls California expensive for businesses sparks debate 20.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: Business
California is one of the most expensive states for businesses to operate, mainly because of high pay and related labor costs, says a new report commissioned by an arm of the state Chamber of Commerce.
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Cutting RET could bankrupt wind farms, energy companies warn 20.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Government has been told it may face legal action if it cuts target, as it considers options presented by review

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Henry A. Giroux on "The Violence of Organized Forgetting" 19.8.2014 Truthout.com
(Image: City Lights Publishers)Discussing his new book, Henry A. Giroux argues that what unites racist killings, loss of privacy, the surveillance state's rise, the increasing corporatization of US institutions and growing poverty and inequality "is a growing threat of authoritarianism - or what might be otherwise called totalitarianism with elections." Victoria Harper: Your new book has a very provocative and suggestive title: The Violence of Organized Forgetting. How does the title work as an organizing idea for the book? Henry A. Giroux: We live in a historical moment when memory, if not critical thought itself, is either under attack or is being devalued and undermined by a number of forces in American society. Historical memory has become dangerous today because it offers the promise of lost legacies of resistance, moments in history when the social contract was taken seriously (however impaired), and when a variety of social movements emerged that called for a rethinking of what democracy meant and ...
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Nettles, tofu and snail poo: sustainable textiles made from the unexpected 19.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page

The global textile industry is among the most polluting and wasteful in the world, but there are some weird and wonderful material innovations out there

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Illinois coal plant owners say they've done their part 19.8.2014 Chicago Tribune: Nation
Owners of coal- and natural gas-fired power plants in Illinois told regulators Monday that they should look to other generators to reduce the state's carbon ...
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Oklahoma Wind Power Companies Run Into Headwinds 19.8.2014 NPR News
The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.
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UK energy dependence five hidden costs expose truth about fracking 18.8.2014 Guardian: Environment
The shale boom is a bubble waiting to burst as economics of extraction falter and the trickle of bad environmental news starts to swell Continue reading...
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How eBay transformed the way people shop - and what they sell 18.8.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
In the 15 years since its first UK sale, the e-commerce pioneer has made millionaires and reinvented itself. Has it lost its edge? This week in 1999 a man in Renfrewshire bought a CD single of You & I by the German heavy metal band Scorpions for £2.89. It was not a particularly interesting purchase. Scorpions are still touring, 25 years after their song Wind of Change became a worldwide hit as soundtrack to the fall of the Iron Curtain. But the method of purchase was new. That CD was the first item ever bought in the UK on then unknown startup website eBay. Since then 3bn items, worth £65bn in total, have been sold on eBay UK. Along with Amazon, it has transformed the way we shop: 11% of all retail purchases are now bought online rather than on the high street, according to the Office for National ...
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Emerging California solar plants scorch birds in mid-air 18.8.2014 San Jose Mercury News: California
Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays -- 'streamers,' for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair
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Sargent: Morning Plum: The Dem plot to jam GOP on deportations 18.8.2014 Washington Post

Whatever Obama announces when it comes to executive action to ease deportations, Republicans will claim he is basically shredding the Constitution into kindling to light a fire under the Dem base in advance of the 2014 elections. But what if the White House can build a coalition behind coming actions that would allow Dems to portray them as an effort to solve problems for multiple constituencies, including GOP-aligned ones?

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Global warming denial rears its ugly head around the world, in English 18.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

In Australia, USA, UK, and Canada, politicians are rejecting evidence and expert opinion about climate change

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Emerging solar plants scorch birds in mid-air 18.8.2014 Twincities.com: Nation
IVANPAH DRY LAKE, Calif. (AP) — Workers at a state-of-the-art solar plant in the Mojave Desert have a name for birds that fly through the plant's concentrated sun rays — "streamers," for the smoke plume that comes from birds that ignite in midair Federal wildlife investigators who visited the BrightSource Energy plant last year
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Plans for one of Australias largest solar power stations scrapped 18.8.2014 The Guardian -- World Latest

Decision to suspend Mildura solar power station comes amid speculation renewable energy target may be scrapped

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Tory MPs more likely to oppose windfarms than British public poll 18.8.2014 Guardian: Environment

Conservatives opposition undermining projects and investment in renewables, say wind energy companies

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