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Earth Hour 2013 looks for change

Earth Hour is not merely an annual event but a continuous movement calling for real action to change the world we live in. “People from all walks of life, from all nations around the world, are the lifeblood of the Earth Hour interconnected global community. They have proven time and time again that if you believe in something strongly enough, you can achieve amazing things,” said Adam Ridley, chief executive officer...

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A.P.E.C. member economies likely to meet 45% energy efficiency goal by 2035 - report

A new report found that Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation member countries, even under business-as-usual scenarios, are likely to meet their 45 percent energy efficiency target by 2035. Commissioned by the Asia Pacific Energy Research Center and A.P.E.C. Energy Working Group, the report assessed energy demand and supply, as well as greenhouse gas emissions in the region. “A.P.E.C.’s energy efficiency surge over...

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Renewable energy crucial to securing Australia’s energy future - study

Australia must immediately invest in alternative energy technologies in order to pull off its emissions reduction targets and provide a sustainable energy system for the country by 2035, suggestes a new study by the Global Change Institute at The University of Queensland. Apart from coal-fired power plants, a combination of large-scale renewable energy facilities, including solar and wind, is needed to secure...

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Punitive tariff against Chinese P.V. products will shrink E.U. solar industry - report

A recent study found that any form of disciplinary tariffs against imported Chinese solar products will result in the downfall of the photovoltaic industry across the European Union. According to independent economic institute Prognos, anti-dumping or countervailing duties imposed at whatever level on Chinese photovoltaic equipment will consequently reduce demand for solar products, translating into significant...

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Restored plant diversity not an indicator of koalas returning

If the flora returns, it doesn’t mean the koala’s will. A study from the University of New South Wales found that the “build it and they will come paradigm,” the idea that if a disturbed landscape – such as a mine site – is restored so that plant diversity returns, the animals that once lived there will return too is not necessarily the case. According to the researchers, their findings show that mining...

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Arctic ice shrinking in volume, not just size

The CryoSat-2, a satellite launched by the European Space Agency just two years ago, has confirmed that not only has Arctic sea ice been declining, it’s been losing in volume as well. While other satellites have already shown drops in the area covered by Arctic sea ice, the CyroSat-2 is the first to measure the volume of sea ice, a much more accurate indicator of the changes taking place in the Arctic. The CryoSat-2, which...

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U.S. challenges India’s solar scheme restriction at W.T.O.

The United States has filed dispute settlement consultations at the World Trade Organization, questioning elements in India’s national solar program that purportedly discriminate the U.S. solar products. India’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission requires solar energy producers to use homegrown solar cells and modules, and offers subsidies to those developers for using domestic equipment instead of imports. According to...

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Scotland reveals ambitious climate targets

Scotland has set out a new climate change plan which includes ambitious emissions reduction targets stretching over the next 14 years. Scotland aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation by 50 grams per kilowatt hour by 2030, according to the white paper released at the Scottish Renewables-Scottish Enterprise Offshore Wind & Supply Chain Conference in Aberdeen. This represents an 83 percent reduction...

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NRW pioneers climate change bill in Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia is Germany’s first state to adopt a pioneering climate change bill, setting legally-binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. The state, the most populous in Germany with four of the country's ten largest cities, is now committed to cut its emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and by at least 80 percent by 2050, compared to 1990 levels. “We are now at the Climate Change Bill, one of the most important...

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Renewables can be cost competitive with fossil fuels - Irena

Dramatic decline in costs allows renewable energy to become more and more competitive with fossil fuels worldwide, according to a recent study by the International Renewable Energy Agency. The report, released during the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, projected that costs of various types of renewables will continue to fall rapidly over the coming years. Specifically, technologies with the largest cost reduction...

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