Environment

Cornish homes take part in trial to supply clean power to grid

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 11:01pm

Project links solar-fitted premises in ‘milestone’ to form a mini virtual power plant

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Cornwall have started selling electricity to their local energy network and the national energy system in a pioneering move.

The trial is the first time that traditional energy users – such as homes, hotels and businesses – have acted as suppliers in a microcosm of a full energy system.

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Norway's Equinor must modify environmental plan to drill in Great Australian Bight

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 11:00pm

Federal regulator wants to know more about the consultation Equinor conducted and the risks posed by oil spills

Norwegian energy company Equinor has been ordered to modify and resubmit an environmental plan to drill an oil exploration well in the Great Australian Bight.

The company has exploration rights on a site about 370km off the South Australian coast and first submitted its environmental statement on the drilling proposal in April.

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Coalition grilled on regional jobs package – Senate question time live

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 9:54pm

The Senate-only sitting week has started in the midst of a debate on climate change as ‘catastrophic’ blazes threaten swathes of NSW and Queensland. All the day’s events, live

Follow all the latest news on NSW and Queensland bushfires – live

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STATEMENT | Nationals kill dairy rescue bill.

Senator Pauline Hanson's private senator’s bill to introduce a minimum farm gate price for milk has been defeated by 31 votes to 30.#auspol #qldpolhttps://t.co/lXoeaHjP3Q

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Breaking: Norwegian oil giant, Equinor has had their environmental & safety plan to drill in the Great Aust Bight rejected. The risk of an oil spill is too big and the damange to local fishing & tourism jobs too great. It’s time to protect the Bight from big oil once and for all

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NSW and Qld fires: Victoria sends reinforcements as catastrophic bushfire conditions spread – live

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 9:53pm

Fears for Sydney and the Hunter with conditions set to worsen on Tuesday, while dozens of bushfires continue to burn across Australia’s east coast

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In Torrington, NSW near Glen Innes, resident Thomas Eveans has returned home to find “nothing recoverable”

“The shed, the caravan parked beside it, the motorbike is gone,” he told AAP. “There was an aluminium meltdown like you wouldn’t believe.”

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“All the pastures are gone, we don’t have any water,” he added. “With the drought, the last thing we bloody needed was a fire.”

Storm Sparks and her young son, Zeke Bacon, told AAP they had heard some of their animals had survived.

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Catastrophic fire danger: what does it mean and what should we do in these conditions?

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 8:38pm

For the first time since new fire ratings were introduced in 2009, the highest fire danger has been forecast for Sydney

Catastrophic fire danger has been forecast for the greater Sydney, greater Hunter and Illawarra/Shoalhaven regions on Tuesday 12 November. This includes the central coast and the Blue Mountains.

It’s the first time since the new fire ratings were introduced in 2009 that catastrophic conditions have been forecast for Sydney.

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Norway set to gain more from drilling in Great Australian Bight than Australia

Guardian Environment News - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 10:00am

Australians to shoulder the risk of oil and gas exploration while Norway enjoys the financial gain, Australia Institute warns

The Norwegian government stands to gain $400m more from drilling in the Great Australian Bight than the South Australian and federal governments combined, according to a new study.

A report by the Australia Institute, to be released on Monday, finds that through its two-thirds ownership of Equinor the Norwegian government stands to make $8.1bn from oil and gas exploration in the Bight.

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Studying The Ripple Effects Of Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice

NPR News - Environment - Sun, 2019/11/10 - 5:00am

Scientists have frozen their ship to an ice floe to study the causes and consequences of diminishing Arctic ice, in the hopes of improving how the Arctic is represented in climate models.

(Image credit: Ravenna Koenig/NPR)

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