John Johnston

Rockefeller

In a momentous and hugely symbolic move, the heirs of John D Rockefeller’s oil fortune, built form Standard Oil, have announced that they are divesting their funds from fossil fuel interests. The family will add the weight of its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, to the growing fossil fuel divestment movement that [...]

China’s Coal Imports Dropping, May Leave Australian Coal Stranded

by John Johnston September 17, 2014
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It appears that China’s expansion of coal consumption is coming to an end. China has previously “declared war on pollution,” and if recent actions are anything to go by, it’s finally getting serious. According to a report  from Lauri Myllyvirta and Greenpeace International, China’s coal consumption dropped (1.8%) for the first time this century, in the [...]

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New Zealand Political Parties Propose Cleantech Push, 100% Renewables

by John Johnston September 16, 2014
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Ahead of the upcoming election in New Zealand, several major political parties have proposed significantly increased clean technology investments, and renewable energy targets. The Green Party, which has been polling around 14% in the MMP proportional representation political system, has proposed a target of 100% renewable energy by 2030. Thanks to an unusually large amount of [...]

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World Greenhouse Gas Levels Increase at Fastest Rate in 30 Years

by John Johnston September 10, 2014
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Between 2012 and 2013, carbon dioxide emissions were higher than in any other year since 1984, the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has said in its latest report (pdf) this week. The WMO’s Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows there has been an atmospheric CO2 increase of 2.9 parts per million during that period, which is the biggest [...]

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Hillary Clinton Wants US to Become a Clean Energy Superpower

by John Johnston September 8, 2014
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Hillary Clinton, who is likely to be the leading Democratic candidate for the 2016 US presidency, has asserted that the United States could become “the clean energy superpower of the 21st century.” Clinton, speaking at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas, also emphasized that clean energy development will have a positive effect on [...]

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Australia Cancels Plan to Dump Sludge Near Great Barrier Reef

by John Johnston September 3, 2014
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Australia has cancelled a plan to dump as much as 5 million tonnes of sludge in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, New Scientist has reported. The sludge that was to be dumped is due to be dredged from the expansion of a seaport at Abbot Point in Queensland. The port is being expanded to cater [...]

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World Renewable Energy Capacity Grew at Fastest Rate Ever in 2013

by John Johnston September 1, 2014
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The respected International Energy Agency (IEA) has found that world renewable energy capacity grew at the fastest ever annual rate in 2013, The Guardian has reported. Moreover, renewable energy now accounts for 22% of the world’s electricity generation, and that figure is expected to climb to 26% by 2020. The new analysis by the IEA [...]

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China Proposes ‘Global Energy Internet’ for Sharing Renewable Energy

by John Johnston August 27, 2014
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The Chairman of the government-owned State Grid Corporation of China, Zhenya Liu, has proposed the development of a worldwide, high voltage energy transmission network, RenewEconomy has reported. This new “Global Energy Internet” would be capable of sharing renewable energy around the world. The bold proposal was made at one of the largest electrical engineering conferences in [...]

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A Solar Power Material You Can See Through, For Placing Over Windows

by John Johnston August 25, 2014
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Scientists at Michigan State University have invented a new kind of solar concentrator. The material is transparent, so when positioned over a window, you can see through it. Apart from windows, this type of power-generating material could be placed over mobile device screens, or indeed over any other flat, transparent surface. To be sure, this [...]

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Cost of Home Solar Power has Nearly Halved Since 2007

by John Johnston August 20, 2014
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The cost of installing an average-sized rooftop solar system in the United States has almost halved since 2007, and the number of households with solar is skyrocketing, the Union of Concerned Scientists has reported. Further, the continually declining costs of solar and the plentiful sunshine hours in many parts of the US have meant that [...]

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