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Monday, 20 January 2014

CSP in Saudi Arabia



http://www.thenational.ae/business/industry-insights/energy/saudi-arabia-is-make-or-break-for-concentrated-solar-power
As the head lawyer for all things renewable at the British law firm Eversheds, Michelle Davies has worked with governments and companies across the Middle East on their solar and wind power programmes.

Award for driving down the cost of solar



http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/bright-sparks-scoop-top-award-for-cutting-cost-of-solar-power-20140119-31346.html
Australia's world-leading efforts to drive down the cost of solar energy have been recognised with an Australia-based researcher taking out the engineering equivalent of the Oscars.

UKIP idots threaten to ban climate change education in British schools



http://blueandgreentomorrow.com/2014/01/19/ban-climate-change-teachings-in-schools-says-ukip-mep/

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 party.

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- 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! 

Climate change producing 'mountain tsunami's'



http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/01/19/climate_changes_new_menace_mountain_tsunamis.html 
Last summer more than 6,000 died after glacial melt cascaded through valleys in northern India. Scientists expect such disasters to become more common.

star.com world

Australian climate refugees flee to Tasmania



http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/climate-refugees-discover-tassie-is-the-place-to-beat-the-heat/story-fnjj6013-1226805405185
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



http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/20/supercomputers_suffer_in_global_warming_meltdown/
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....

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jan/20/european-greens-threaten-uk-government-shale-tax-breaks
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.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Bolivia takes first step to developing wind energy sector



http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2014/01/feature-bolivia-takes-first-step-in-realizing-its-wind-potential.html
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



http://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2013/12/nicaragua-sets-ambitious-renewable-energy-target-for-2020.html
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.

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Bulgarian President intervenes in solar levy dispute




Bulgaria’s president, Rosen Plevneliev, has weighed into a growing row over a proposed 20% levy on solar and wind projects.
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