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Showing posts from January, 2014

UKIP idots threaten to ban climate change education in British schools
UKIP’s education spokesman MEP Derek Clark has said he would want to ban teaching climate change in schools if the party won the elections in May 2015. He added there would not be “much opposition” within the tomorrow- Another example of just how deluded, dangerous and out of touch UKIP has become. Suppressing essential information about the greatest threat ever to face humanity and the planet in living history? That is truly bonkers!

Australian climate refugees flee to Tasmania
Many areas of mainland Australia have endured unprecedented spells of temperatures above 40C during recent weeks and local real estate agents say they are getting more inquiries from interstate property buyers looking for a haven in Tasmania's milder climate.

Herald Sun News

Australian climate change weather fouls up Melbourne's supercomputers
Call it climate or call it unusual weather, but last week's five-day heat wave in the Australian city of Melbourne got the sweat running at one of the country's major supercomputing facilities, the Victorian Life Science Computation Initiative (VLSCI).
The problem for sysadmins at VLSCI was simple: with temperatures remaining above 40°C for four days in a row, Melbourne's water got too hot, exceeding the intake specification for the facility's cooling system.

The Register

European Greens challenge UK government's fracking sweeteners

Nothing less than bribery....
European Greens are considering a challenge to the UK's tax breaks and incentives for shale gas under state aid rules, as the government holds out against a new renewable energy target for the EU.

Bolivia takes first step to developing wind energy sector
Bolivia is a country with a wealth of natural resources. With huge natural gas and oil deposits, most of its electricity production comes from thermal power stations.
Currently, non-hydro renewable sources do not play a significant role in Bolivia's energy sector. However, the recent inauguration of the country's first wind farm is said to be one of the biggest energy news stories in the region, according to observers.

Nicaragua sets out ambitious renewable energy target for 2020
The government of Nicaragua plans to generate 80 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources, such wind, biomass, hydro and geothermal, by 2020.
According to Minister of Energy and Mines Emilio Rappaccioli, each year the generation of renewable energy will slowly increase, reaching above 80 per cent by 2020.
Official figures indicate that in 2014 it will reach 52 per cent, 2016 it will be 56 per cent and 74 per cent by 2018.
For 2013, the ministry estimates that renewables will reach the 50.51 per cent, following an investment of over $130m.
Revista Eolica y del Vehiculo Electrico reported plans to expand the Eolo de Nicaragua SA wind farm from 44 MW to 60 MW.
While the capacity of the Amayo wind farm, Nicaragua’s first such facility, may also be increased by 37 MW.