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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 14:17 Source

Solar, offshore wind drove 17% surge in global renewables investment in 2014, the world's best year for added renewables capacity - and Australia's worst.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:52 Source

Moody’s says increasing carbon liabilities and rise of solar power having a tangible impact on credit rating of carbon intensive industries.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:41 Source

By Leith van Onselen The ABS has released engineering construction data for the December quarter of 2014, which revealed a 0.6% seasonally adjusted fall in the value of work done over the quarter, a 12.4% fall over the year, and an ongoing reduction in the construction pipeline. According to the ABS, private sector engineering construction

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:40 Source

The California ISO has issued a blueprint for how the Golden State's grid can meet Governor Jerry Brown's call for 50% renewable energy by 2030.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:35 Source

Report shows ACT on target for a 40% reduction on 1990 emissions levels by 2020, thanks to cuts in electricity demand and and the addition of renewables.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:35 Source

From David Bassanese: If you think the current rout in iron ore prices is bad enough, I have some potentially troubling news for you: by long-run historical standards, prices still appear relatively high. The implicit assumption from both the Federal Government and commodity analysts in recent years was that “this time is different”. Almost everyone

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:33 Source

Many solar companies in Australian have gone bust, but Solar Juice co-founders sell majority stake to China company for $25.5m.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:23 Source

The second of China’s PMIs (the official version) is out for March and did better than the private HSBC measure managing to flop over the line into expansion up 0.2 points to 50.1. Output jumped to 52.1 but new orders remain subdued at 50.2 and new export orders are contracting at 48.3:   Hardly spectacular and

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:02 Source

A chart reviewing the first week's output from AGL's Nyngan solar plant shows it has been regular as clockwork in its supply of electricity to the grid.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:01 Source

Opposition to a scheduled appearance by the Minister continues to grow, with former refugees and prominent graduates coming forward to speak out.

 

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:58 Source

By Leith van Onselen The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released dwelling approvals data for the month of February. At the national level, the number of dwelling approvals fell by a seasonally adjusted 3.2% to 18,768. The overall fall was driven by the volatile unit and apartment segment, which fell by 6.0% in February.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:45 Source

To make well-informed conclusions about health and medicine, scientists need a lot of data. Small studies don't accurately represent the population at large, but scientists often have trouble recruiting enough test subjects to do powerful studies.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:45 Source

Perhaps the most iconic symbol to emerge from the science fiction genre over the last century is every alien's favorite mode of travel: the flying saucer. Often depicted as a spinning disc that smoothly glides through space, the flying saucer has become somewhat of a caricature of itself--a goofy, unrealistic way for extraterrestrials to travel the cosmos. But it turns out there may be something to the rotating disc design after all.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:45 Source

It isn't often that environmental scientists get good news. But a new study in Nature Climate Change found that for the past few years, the earth has been getting a little bit greener, accumulating an additional 4 tons of biomass (vegetation) between 2003 and 2012. That's a good thing, because plants take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, locking harmful greenhouse gas away in the new growth.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:45 Source

The last thing an admiral wants to do is send his own sailors face-to-face with explosives. A new project, jointly funded by the defense ministries of the United Kingdom and France, wants to create a team of robots that can face down and defuse underwater mines, all without risking a human life in the process. The project has cleared the design stage, and now engineers will begin building and testing the underwater minesweepers.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:45 Source

For an organization at the heart of the future of war, DARPA can sometimes really undersell what it's making. Late last night, the agency released a video about drone and missile swarms, full of intelligent war machines working together to outwit, defeat, and destroy enemies. They titled this concept a “system of systems,” which only makes sense in deepest Pentagonese.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:45 Source

Remembering to buy new filters or toner or even pet food can be a pain. So why not have your appliances remember for you? That's the intent behind Amazon's new Dash Replenishment Service, which hardware makers can integrate with their devices to let your appliances re-up on supplies when they deem you need them.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:45 Source

Tampons are pretty much only made for their one purpose, but engineers at the University of Sheffield figured out a way for this feminine hygiene product to clean up the environment.

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Popular Science Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:45 Source

When a rodent feels pain, its face gets all scrunched up. Its ears flatten, its eyes narrow, and its nose and cheeks swell. Is this just a reflexive response that helps the animal cope with the pain? Or does it also help the rodent communicate its pain to others, either as a warning signal or a call for help?

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:29 Source

By Leith van Onselen Following the release Monday of the Australian Treasury’s discussion paper on tax, there has been lots of calls for the Abbott Government remove the 50% discount on capital gains tax (CGT), which has overwhelmingly benefited the rich by creating a tax shelter via, among other things, negative gearing. Here’s an example

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:16 Source

BP Energy Outlook calls into question role BP and other international fossil fuel companies are playing in adapting to a carbon-constrained future.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:11 Source

Big iron is again outperforming on the stockmarket today even as its business dissolves. Let’s take a look at how this magnificent fiction is achieved. Deutsche has just cut its iron ore prices to $51 for 2015 and $60 for next year and today recommended RIO as a buy (not picking on it especially): After

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:11 Source

Channel 9's flagship news program is profiling the Bowraville murders, an atrocity committed more than two decades ago, with no-one yet convicted. 

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:09 Source

New solar generation made up for four-fifths of California’s lost hydro production in 2014.

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Renew Economy Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:08 Source

US informs United Nations how it will fight global warming under a post-2020 agreement that’s due to be finalized during talks in Paris in December.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:02 Source

The evidence suggest the harms of population screening for prostate cancer outweigh the benefits, so why does it remain so popular? It’s a complex issue, particularly for GPs who are on the frontline on decision-making, says Kristen Pickles...

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xkcd.com Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 11:00 Source

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Cheeseburger Gothic Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 10:55 Source

It's weird innit, that the SF end of world fantasy of Mad Max looks somehow more realistic than the ostenisbly 'real world' narrative of Furious 7.

Whereas this shit is just unbelievable.

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MacroBusiness Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 10:44 Source

By Leith van Onselen Last night, ABC’s Lateline dedicated an entire program to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – the US-led trade deal being negotiated between 12 Pacific Rim nations, including Australia. The first segment showed how interests within the US political system – particularly the Democratic Party and unions – are opposed to the TPP,

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The Australian Independent Media Network Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 10:34 Source

“I also went to the educational facilities, the classrooms there [in the detention centre in Nauru] where young people at taxpayers’ expense are being provided with English classes and schooling otherwise that is of a standard at least as good as in Australia.”

Peter Dutton, Minister for “Operational Affairs”

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