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May 13 Green Energy News


  • “5 things you can do about climate change” Climate change isn’t something in the far-off future: It’s a potentially disastrous reality that’s already starting to have effects that are expected to worsen, experts say. Here are some things you can do. [CNN]

Science and Technology:

  • The complete melting of a major section of West Antarctica’s ice sheet appears inevitable, and the process could lead to higher end-of-century global sea levels than previously anticipated, according to NASA researchers. [CNN]
  • A professor of hydraulic engineering at the University of Duisburg-Essen, believes pumped storage at abandoned mines could be used to store the surplus electricity from wind and solar power generating to counteract the problem of intermittent supply. [Sourceable]


  • The International Energy Agency says $44 trillion will have to be spent through to 2050 in order to decarbonise the energy sector and keep the average temperature rise to 2° C. This is a 22% increase from the 2012 figure, with the difference due to increased use of coal. [PennEnergy]
  • Ikea Australia has begun to install solar panels across its seven stores and warehouses in Australia’s east coast. The plan is to install 16,000 solar panels on the buildings as part of the Ikea’s global campaign to solely use renewable energy by 2020. []
  • Prime Minister Tony Abbott may be abandoning support for clean and renewable energy in Australia. There is speculation that the government is planning to cut the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) in the budget to be released tonight. [International Business Times AU]
  • Kingspan Energy has completed the UK’s largest rooftop solar energy installation to date. The 5.8 MW installation was completed in the first quarter of 2014 and spans nearly 115,000 square feet. [PennEnergy]
  • As two community leaders fighting the Batang coal plant in Indonesia begin their seven month prison sentence this week in Indonesia, thousands of anti-coal activists are protesting in solidarity. [Energy Collective]
  • In Canada, the Progressive Conservatives would, if elected, refuse to sign any more renewable energy deals at high rates of return, and focus instead on creating an electricity system reliant on gas, hydro operations and nuclear power. [CANOE]
  • In the past 10 years, the number of solar systems in Bangladesh has jumped from 25,000 to 2.8 million, according to IRENA. That in turn has created some 114,000 jobs, from assembling solar panels to selling, installing and maintaining them. [The Atlantic]


  • A new round of Massachusetts state solar incentives announced Tuesday puts a priority on cleaning toxic contamination that can be cleaned with zero-emissions renewable energy providing extra credits to toxic sites providing their own electricity. []
  • In a Senate briefing, Greenpeace released the Energy [R]evolution: Sustainable USA Energy Outlook. The E[R] aims to wean the economy off dirty fuels as thoroughly and quickly as possible, and in a way that is technologically, politically and ecologically realistic. [Huffington Post]

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