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Housework is worth money at last!

Genius is one of my 100-word stories, in which Emma Smith put a monetary value on a woman’s typical unpaid contribution to a household. China has taken first step toward this lofty goal. Read the BBC report.

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Renewables have won in the USA

Statistics are in for November, 2020. As in October, 100% of new energy generation came from wind and solar, and this is not even counting small rooftop solar installations. There is still a long way to go to replace gas … Continue reading

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European Investment Bank cuts off gas

Only ten years ago, natural gas was the golden fuel, supposed to bridge us into renewables. Now, it is known to be as dirty as coal, not to mention the damage fracking does. Dr Werner Hoyer, President of the European … Continue reading

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Coal failed — solar more than saved the day

Last weekend, two of the major coal-fired power plants in Victoria, Australia shut down in the middle of the day, when demand is high because of the many commercial uses, and since it’s summer, because of air conditioning. Demand for … Continue reading

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Terra Carta: Prince Charles leading toward survival

For many years, Prince Charles has been more a figure of ridicule than of respect in Australia. I have always disagreed with this. Like his father, he has been a public voice for fairness and environmental justice. For example, he … Continue reading

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Cooperation beats intimidation

Statistically, Newark is near the top for the highest rates of murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, and car theft in the United States.. But… “Statistically” means this is the past. The present is MUCH better. The Newark, New Jersey Police … Continue reading

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Undoing some palm oil ecocide

The Rhino and Forest Fund (RFF) is a small NGO that has invested in a big result. They have purchased a palm oil plantation on the Indonesian island of Sabah, and will replant it with local natives. This will provide … Continue reading

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Europe’s smoggiest city has decided to un-car itself

The city is Barcelona. In the early 20th century, it was redesigned to make it a convenient buzzalong for cars, in the name of progress. Now, it is to be re-redesigned to reverse this concept. Carrying the plan through will … Continue reading

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Attacks on our finned cousins halted

Where do whales and dolphins spend much of their time, including while breeding? Within the wonderful, rich ecosystems of the continental shelves. Where are oil companies most likely to find new locations to drill for? I’ll give you 2.75 guesses. … Continue reading

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World first: University of Queensland produces more green electricity than it uses

Universities are in financial trouble because of the pandemic. This hasn’t stopped the University of Queensland from following past action, by establishing a new solar farm, and installing a huge battery. The battery has already saved $A75,000, in only three … Continue reading

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