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  • Understanding climate science in 10 easy steps

    Blogpost by Kat Skeie - October 30, 2014 at 8:38

    The latest United Nations report on climate change is about to be finalised, written by thousands of scientists. The report is VERY important, but also a bit dull.

    What we really want to know is: How bad is climate change? And what can we do about it? Using the latest IPCC findings and a few other recent discoveries, here's our take on what you need to know about climate change and what to do about it.

    1. Politicians talk – too little happens

    Politicians spend a lot of time talking about reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the planet to heat up. But despite all the chatter, emissions are still growing.

    From 2000 to 2010, greenhouse gas emissions grew faster than before. The reason? We keep burning more fossil fuels. The climate scientists' advice, however, is clear: we ne... Read more >

  • How 30 Climate Warriors took on the world’s biggest coal port

    Blogpost by Rosie Dickison - October 28, 2014 at 10:10

    It’s no secret that I am an emotional person, and that nothing inspires me more than people standing up for what they believe in. Last week, as the Pacific Climate Warriors led a flotilla in the world’s largest coal port – even the most unemotional among those witnessing were moved.

    Climate WarriorsImage via Jeff Tan

    While countries fail to heed calls to stop contributing to devastating climate change, sea level rise is already affecting some of the island homes of the Pacific Climate Warriors at rates which the IPCC describes as being “significantly higher than the global average”.1

    In true warrior spirit, their response is: “We are not drowning – we are fighting!” For the last year, Warriors from 13 Pacific Island nations have been building traditional canoes – and on Friday, they paddled out in Newca... Read more >

  • 7 solar wonders of the world

    Blogpost by Paula Tejón Carbajal and Helena Meresman - October 28, 2014 at 9:50

    Solar energy is clean, reliable, abundant and an affordable alternative to fossil fuels - but not only that, solar is also cool. Check out our selection of the most amazing solar plants from all around the globe.

    1. The sunflower solar panel

    This new piece of solar technology from IBM, set to launch in 2017, would not only provide electricity – it can also desalinate water for sanitation and drinking. A group of several solar generators could provide enough fresh water for an entire town. The sunflower operates by tracking the sun, so that it always points in the best direction for collecting the rays - just like a real sunflower!

    Sunflower solar panel© IBM Research / flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0

    2. The loveliest solar plant, ever

    We blogged this last week, but she's worth showing againg; this heart-shaped solar ... Read more >

  • 6 amazing renewable energy projects that we love

    Blogpost by Richard Casson - October 24, 2014 at 8:03

    Here's a few renewable energy projects from around the world -- ones that we totally love.

    1. Germany has invested big in solar and wind. And in the first six months of 2012, the amount of electricity produced using renewables jumped from 20% to 25%

    Wind Turbines in East Germany

    And (get this) they're aiming for 80-95% CO2 reductions by 2050. Impressive!

    2. Next up, this magnificent heart-shaped solar farm

    Heart Shaped Solar Array

    When it's finished next year, this extraordinary power plant will generate enough electricity to power 750 homes.

    3. Over in Portugal, a new record was set in 2013, when 70% of power was generated from renewables.

    Wave Farm

    Portugal's a world leader when it comes to renewables, like the wave power machine in the photo above, which was the world's first when it was opened in 2007. And for a few glorious hours at the ... Read more >

  • China's coal use actually falling now (for the first time this century)

    Blogpost by Lauri Myllyvirta - October 24, 2014 at 8:01

    Coal Mine in China

    Coal use in China is falling this year - according to official data reported in the Chinese press.

    It is the first time this century that China has seen year on year quarterly falls in coal use. The Chinese economy continues to grow by 7.4%.

    The data suggests the world's largest economy is finally starting to radically slow down its emission growth, and it comes ahead of key talks next year on a new global climate and energy deal. 

    The latest 3rd quarter data reinforces a trend towards falling coal use which started in the second quarter of 2014 and suggests China's annual coal use may end up down on the previous year. 

    Significantly the latest data showed that even as power consumption grew by 4% (based on government data) coal demand for power generation actually fell by 1%.

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  • Assaulted for protecting olive trees

    Blogpost by Andrew Davies - October 23, 2014 at 13:18

    Villagers and activists were assaulted, handcuffed and hospitalized today while protecting olive trees at the site of a proposed coal plant in Turkey.

    The Kolin Group wants the olive trees cut down to make way for a new coal power plant. The villagers of Yırca, in Western Turkey, rely on the olive trees, and have been peacefully protecting them for over a month. Greenpeace Mediterranean joined them, and filed a lawsuit on their behalf.

    Save The People of the Olive Trees

    Greenpeace Mediterranean contends that the Kolin Group must wait for the lawsuit ruling before proceeding. But hundreds of olive trees have already been cut down. And now, when villagers and activists tried to peacefully intervene, violence was used against them.

    According to Greenpeace Mediterranean lawyer, Deniz Bayram, "By hacking down these trees the... Read more >

  • Taranaki Oil Rig

    “There be trouble in town sheriff, some cowboys is coming into town”. It could be a line from a grainy old western from our childhood (well, mine anyway) when the good, clean living people of a well to do town see trouble on a dusty horizon. It’s when the street talk stops, shutters shut and bar stools and laws get broken.

    Well it seems the cowboys are right here in little ol’ New Zealand.

    Yesterday it was revealed that the country’s largest oil company, Shell Todd Energy, has been drilling illegally off the west coast. In official documents released to the Green party, the Environmental Protection Agency has slammed Shell for failing to get permission to drill two wells in their oil and gas fields. It described the oil giant as having a “low range of a negative attitude”, which to you ... Read more >

  • 7 inspiring stories of communities taking action for climate

    Blogpost by Helena Meresman - October 23, 2014 at 10:03

    Stories of communities taking action for the climate and refusing to accept the plans of polluting fossil fuel companies are happening more and more. Here are just a few inspiring climate acts of courage taken by doctors, villagers, students, farmers, and 92-year old veterans – people just like you.

    1. Canoes vs. coal

    The People of the Pacific refuse to allow themselves to drown, they are fighting back against climate change! Residents of the Pacific islands, among the countries most vulnerable to rising sea levels, are taking the fight to save their homes directly to the fossil fuel industry. Using traditional canoes, 30 Pacific Climate Warriors from 12 Pacific islands paddled into the oncoming path of coal ships in an effort to shut down the world's biggest coal port for a day. Read more >

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