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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 […]
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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” […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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]
One neat thing about the new invention is that the “porous” layer of glass is not formed onto the glass substrate through an expensive high-heat process, as you would expect when combining liquid with solids, but it actually forms at room temperature.
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]