SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.
Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country," suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012. Now Californians are facing their own "Big Dry," and looking Down Under to see how they coped.
The next generation of buoys being designed by Carnegie Wave Energy, based in Perth, Australia, would be 65 feet wide and generate a megawatt of electricity each, four times what the current prototype can produce, The New York Times reports.
The white paper on energy published by Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government only mentions climate once, and says the administration won’t influence market decisions about the use of fossil fuels or renewable energy, The Guardian reports.
Efforts by the U.S. and European countries to cut subsidies for building new coal-fired plants in developing countries are being opposed by the government of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Australia has made a surprise pledge of 200 million Australian dollars ($165 million) to a key U.N. climate fund.
Expectations of an Australian contribution to the Green Climate Fund were low after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told The Associated Press last week that Australia would continue to help developing countries cope with climate change through its own aid program.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will continue to directly pay for climate change adaptation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to a U.N. Green Climate Fund designed for the same purpose, the foreign minister said Friday ahead of climate talks in Peru.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said governments should judge for themselves whether bilateral action to reduce the impact of climate change on developing countries was a more efficient use of aid money than donating through the U.N.
A watchdog group's analysis shows that, out of the nearly 900 resolutions shareholders have brought to companies' annual meetings this year, nearly half are concerned with environmental and social issues, and 40 percent of those relate to climate change, energy and sustainability, E&E reports.
The Hill quotes a top lobbyist from America’s Natural Gas Alliance as saying that imposing a new tax on the natural gas industry, as proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pa., would threaten the state's energy boom and “doesn’t make any sense.”
Oil prices dropped as the dollar continued to gain on currency markets Wednesday. U.S. benchmark crude fell 52 cents to settle at $57.51 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent slid 2.6 percent, or $1.66, to $62.06, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new building unveiled at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Tuesday, which is named after former Energy Secretary Steven Chu, is housing research into sunlight, including a quest for artificial photosynthesis, KGO reports.
Officials are investigating the cause of the discharge of oily water into the Piscataqua River from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, which didn’t appear to have harmed wildlife or causeed any pollution onshore, the Bangor Daily News reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency does have the authority to reject a state’s air pollution plan, according to an appeals court ruling in a case brought by Kansas challenging authorities under the Cross-State Air Pollution rule, The Hill reports.