Human Impact vs. the Environment – What can we do about it?

Millions of people make decisions that will impact the environment for better or worse. For the past 20 years, the world’s leaders have been working towards implementing processes, laws, legislations and infrastructure that will help to protect the environment and improve sustainability. There are always ongoing threats to the environment. However, there have been some recent decisions that will have a major impact on the environment. What are some alternative solutions that could have been taken? Technology is best solution…

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Solar Air Conditioning System Uses Heat To Cool Spaces

CSIRO’s solar air conditioning system now sits on top of a major shopping center in Australia, and it is saving energy by using heat from the sun to cool the air in the center. The system uses concentrating solar thermal technology to produce heat energy used to power the air conditioning system. It is a “closed-loop” air conditioner, meaning it heats and cools air within the building without introducing any external air into the system, with a pair of “desiccant” (drying)…

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New Green Roof Homes “Sprouting” in Sydney

Three new terrace homes featuring green roofs covered with native plants that can grow in small amounts of soil with minimal water are going up in Newtown, Australia- a suburb located just 4 miles from the Sydney Central Business District. Similar in concept to vertical gardens, the new green roofs will help provide thermal and acoustic insulation to the three bedroom, two bathroom homes. Homes that also feature solar heating, a courtyard for added green space, and a lockup garage that…

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Using Science to Get the Most Out of New Windows

Australia’s Sustainable Window Alliance (SWA) is using science to measure the properties of energy efficient windows for residential applications. The groups says that while windows represent only 8% of a home’s exterior surface, they can account for up to 60% of unwanted heat loss in winter and 91% of unwanted heat gain in summer … and that understanding how to best use different kinds of windows could reduce global carbon emissions by billions of tons each year. Traditionally, a new windows’ U-value…

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Living as One with the Landscape

Buildings that are beautifully and uniquely designed are only made better when they tie in with their surroundings and bring out their individual landscapes. The following are four examples of buildings that become one with their environment and both bring out the brilliance in the other. Nature, nurture, design and intent all mesh into a space of alluring creativity. The first building is an entryway to an underground mystery space. The building is the Jewel Cave Visitor Center at Yallingup,…

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Keeping the Carbon Capture and Storage Option

Australia should keep open the option to deploy carbon capture and storage (CCS), in readiness for global calls for deep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, according to the nation’s leading CCS research organisation. In a submission to the Australian Government’s Energy White Paper, the Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies (CO2CRC) has called for Australia to build on its CCS research skills, demonstration projects and strong knowledge base in the developing technology. “CCS is currently the only technology that…

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Energex: Rooftop Solar Is Destroying Our Business Model

Joining the rest of the utility power companies, Energex, a Queensland electricity network operator, believes that rooftop solar is destroying its traditional business model. The concept of generating power at a centralized location, and then distributing it to thousands of people via an electricity grid was created to benefit from economies of scale, while keeping the source of power plant pollutant and noise emissions out of residential areas. However, such benefits of scale apply only to fossil-fueled and nuclear power…

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DIY Wonderland

Australian website provides plenty to find for home improvement and gardening do-it-yourselfers The laundry list of what a DIY home improvement specialist may want or need is often considerably long, whether it pertains to materials, tools, or uncategorized equipment. Some times such a person my not even know what he or she needs until they see it listed for sale. Here is a worthy and comprehensive resource for such a DIY shopper: quicksales.com.au. Try this category for starting your search:…

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Current Reports on Climate Change Issues

Research published today in the journal Nature Climate Change looked at 50,000 globally widespread and common species and found that more than one half of the plants and one third of the animals will lose more than half of their climatic range by 2080 if nothing is done to reduce the amount of global warming and slow it down.

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Australia’s 1st Utility-Scale Solar Farm Now On!

Renewable news update from Australia: 150,000 solar photovoltaic panels installed at the Greenough River solar farm are now operational! Source: Clean Technica [repostus hash=1684ae0fdc7497d4e805fc8295424757 title=Australia%26%238217%3Bs+1st+Utility-Scale+Solar+Farm+Now+On%21 host=Clean+Technica short=1pFCC snip=%C2%A0+At+about+11am+local+time+near+the+Western+Australian+town+of+Geraldton+this+morning%2C+Australia%E2%80%99s+first-utility+scale+solar+farm+was+officially+switched+on.+It+was+a+suitably+sunny+day+%28blighted+by+three+million+flies%29+and+although+just+10MW+in+size%2C+and+built+courtesy+of+funding+from+the+local%26hellip%3B thumb=3040780 jump=4]

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Australian Territory (ACT) Outlines Plan for 90% Renewable Energy by 2020

This news concerning renewable energy planning in Australia is tremendously encouraging. From Zach Shahan at Clean Technica. [repostus hash=c45e0b56055ad87749a58aa7e985ce78 title=Australian+Territory+%28ACT%29+Outlines+Plan+for+90%25+Renewable+Energy+by+2020 host=Clean+Technica short=1oWc9 snip=%C2%A0This+article+was+originally+published+on+Renew+Economy.+It+has+been+reposted+with+full+permission.+The+ACT+government+has+outlined+an+ambitious+plan+to+source+90+per+cent+of+its+energy+requirements+from+renewable+energy+by+2020%2C+with+solar%2C+wind+and+energy+efficiency+at+the+centrepiece+of+its+strategy%26hellip%3B thumb=2993355 jump=4]

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Guest Post: Effective Measures to Consider in Choosing an Electrical Contractor

There are certain things that one needs to keep in mind while availing the service of an electrical contractor, the prime reason of this being the fact that there are several electrical contractors in the league today and they all provide a competitive service. In order to get the best service by choosing the best contractor, you need to keep in mind a few things that would ensure a smooth competition of your project.

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Natural Gas: A Step In The Right Direction

This post by Grady Winston addresses critical energy fuel and energy issues we all need to think about as a population that’s addicted to fossil fuels. I have no doubt some renewable enthusiasts will challenge Winston’s argument for using natural gas as opposed to oil or coal, saying it’s not nearly enough and it’s still a fossil fuel. But its cleaner combustion can’t be — and shouldn’t be — overlooked, especially as we see increasing evidence on the damaging effects of global…

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UQM PowerPhase Select Drive System Powers EV Engineering All-Electric Passenger Car to an Unofficial World EV Distance Record

Australia-based EV Engineering has set an unofficial world distance record with its all-electric Holden Commodore passenger car propelled by a UQM electric propulsion system. The car was driven a total of 1,172 miles (1,886 kilometers) in 24 hours, traveling back and forth between Port Melbourne and Geelong, Australia.

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