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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:31 Source

Tesla has filed to issue $US750 million in convertible notes, and another one million shares of stock in advance of its Model 3 roll-out.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:30 Source

Seawater Hydro could potentially help South Australia resolve its highly publicised energy problems.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:25 Source

Continued surge in NSW wholesale electricity costs could provide even more incentive for rooftop solar and storage.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:24 Source Australia today announced the launch of a #StopAdani Roadshow.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 13:24 Source

Finkel says other countries “well advanced” on energy policy, technology reform, as many of 360 submissions plea for bipartisan approach.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:54 Source

The Budget Blueprint would cut more than 50 programs from the EPA, including Obama's Clean Power Plan.

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En Passant Friday, March 17, 2017 - 12:49 Source


Newly elected Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus was right to say we should break unjust laws, and I know exactly which one to start with – Labor’s Fair Work regime.

To read the whole article in Independent Australia click here.


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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:29 Source

It took a couple of tweets, and at least one one-hour long phone call, but it seems pretty clear that Tesla founder, CEO and billionaire Elon Musk has helped turn the debate around energy policy in Australia on its head.

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Renew Economy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:00 Source

S.A. government has its eyes on installing five world-first gas plus battery units - each with 50MW of gas power and 10MW of battery storage - across the state.

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'So we just have a steady flow of metal piling up in our server room? Isn't that a problem?' 'Yeah, you should bring that up at our next bismuth meeting.'

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Your Democracy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:58 Source


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has for the first time offered explicit government support for a cut to penalty rates, saying he agreed with the decision announced this month.

Mr Turnbull had drawn criticism for repeatedly deflecting questions on his support for the Fair Work Commission's draft decision, which will see Sunday rates reduced from July.


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Rational Radical Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:43 Source

Cross-posted from The New Daily

Matt Ellis, 34, a Melbourne software engineer, is pleading with his fellow Australians to oppose the government’s idea of allowing home buyers to tap into their superannuation.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is actively considering the … Read more

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Your Democracy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:24 Source

clean water

Senate crossbenchers are questioning whether the Government's plan to expand the Snowy Hydro scheme is feasible and a good use of taxpayers' money.

Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced he was prepared to invest $2 billion to expand the capacity of the Snowy scheme to increase electricity production by 50 per cent.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

When Leigh Orf, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, strives to unravel the mysteries of tornado formation, he needs something way bigger than a laptop. Phenomena like the huge, supercell thunderstorms he studies involve such vast amounts of data, only a supercomputer will do.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

One morning, in a hospital in the Czech Republic, a 69-year-old man died of heart disease. An hour later, as nurses were preparing to move his body down to the lab for autopsy, they noticed his skin was unusually warm. After calling the doctor back to make sure the man was really dead (he was), they took his temperature. At 1.5 hours after death, the body was 104 degrees Fahrenheit—about five degrees hotter than it was before he died, even though the hospital room was kept at about 68 degrees.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

Exercise is hard. That should go without saying, but it's worth acknowledging. It's difficult enough to instill a new habit without all the things that make exercise uniquely unpleasant at first. You generally have to go to a crowded place full of cranky strangers, share equipment in close quarters, and sweat and shower alongside them. But on top of that, oh yeah, it's hard. A lot of the movements are weird and awkward for newcomers. Maybe you have to stick your butt up in the air, or wiggle around like a wet noodle in overpriced, stretchy clothing.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

In the late 1800s, British anthropologist and anatomist Arthur Thomson posited that people with ancestral origins in cold, arid climates were likely to have longer, thinner noses, while those who came from warm, humid regions were inclined to have noses that were shorter and thicker.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

The Ebola virus doesn't just bring terror and death to human communities, it also ravages Africa's great apes, whose populations are already imperiled by hunting and habitat encroachment. Now, in an effort to keep our closest-living relatives alive, researchers have successfully tested an oral Ebola vaccine in the laboratory.

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Popular Science Friday, March 17, 2017 - 09:56 Source

The White House released its proposed 2018 fiscal year budget on Wednesday night, and the prognosis for Earth Science isn't great. If Congress approves the budget in full, NASA's Earth-observing satellite programs (PACE, OCO-3, DSCOVR, and CLARREO Pathfinder), which are mostly still in development, are toast. And even if Congress doesn't make all of the suggested budget cuts, the proposal indicates the administration is shrinking away from the research that most serves to benefit our own planet. Here's what we stand to lose:

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Your Democracy Friday, March 17, 2017 - 07:33 Source
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laberal Friday, March 17, 2017 - 07:04 Source

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The Australian Independent Media Network Friday, March 17, 2017 - 07:00 Source

It was with great gusto and fanfare that our previously ineffectual Prime Minister announced his game-changing solution for energy security in Australia. We will have, in a year or two…..drum roll please….a feasibility study! Don’t get me wrong – when you are messing with river flows and drilling into mountains, a feasibility study is a…

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Core Econ Friday, March 17, 2017 - 01:33 Source


First some context. I raised this issue a couple of years ago in a post here. It was motivated by new research in the US on the impact of cross-ownership by institutional investors on competition in US airlines.

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 17, 2017 - 00:18 Source

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 17, 2017 - 00:16 Source

Just a reminder on the current political state of play around the nationAustralian Federal Government – Liberal-Nationals Coalition, Prime Minister Malcolm TurnbullAustralian Capital Territory Government – Labor, Chief Minister Andrew BarrNew South Wales Government – Liberal-Nationals Coalition, Premier Gladys BerejiklianNorthern Territory Government – Labor,

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North Coast Voices Friday, March 17, 2017 - 00:15 Source

Sadly US citizens are about to learn the hard lessons Australians have learnt under the far-right Abbott and Turnbull governments when ideology finally consumed all other considerations.Mother Jones, 6 March 2017:President Donald Trump promised during the campaign to get rid of the Environmental Protection Agency "in almost every form." That probably isn't going to happen, but if recent reports are corre

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Under The Milky Way Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 23:39 Source

Keep It Light

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Club Troppo Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 23:08 Source

Here is a link to a companion article to Treaty: Yeah, Nah, Maybe which I cross-posted here at Troppo from The Summit a week ago:

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The Australian Independent Media Network Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 21:33 Source

I was all set to write about Malcolm’s recent announcement about the Snow-job River Hydro Improvement scheme… Earlier tonight I heard Malcolm tell us that there used to be some plan to extend the Snowy River thingy and all it lacked was leadership and money and that the current government had plenty of both. Well,…

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Prosper Australia Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 19:43 Source

What did Marcus Aurelius mean when he said “Poverty is the mother of crime”? Surely he wasn’t trying to justify crime?  The vast majority of poor people keep on ‘the straight and narrow’ without turning to crime? No, he wasn’t justifying crime; he was simply being realistic. When they see affluence all around them, some of […]

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