Saturday, March 28, 2015

Earth Hour Video 2015

With Earth Hour tonight, 8.30-9.30pm in your local time zone, what better time to look at the official Earth Hour video for 2015 - featuring Pompeii by Bastille.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Australia's top 10 polluters

Who are Australia's top 10 polluters? Geoff Cousins went on Lateline to announce them - and here they are:

You may recognise them. Some of them have been very loud in the media trying to reduce the amount of renewable energy in Australia.

Read more about on the ACF website.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Super Solar

ABC's science show Catalyst this week looked at Australian solar research. A new technology converts about 40% of sunlight into electricity. That's double the efficiency of current panels.

Catalyst Super Solar Cells

It's a bit high-tech, and probably won't be suitable for home rooftops. But it could mean even more productive solar farms, which would mean even cheaper renewable energy. The episode is well worth a look.

Monday, March 09, 2015

High Speed Rail for Australia

Long-distance travel can be a tricky to do without emitting carbon. Until now.

Research group Beyond Zero Emissions have come up with a comprehensive plan for High Speed Rail in Australia.

Beyond zero emissions high speed rail report

The plan makes train travel a convenient and less expensive way to travel up and down the east coast of Australia. 60% of Australians live within reach of this high speed network, and trips to Sydney can be made in about 3 hours, from either Melbourne or Brisbane. And that time is city centre to city centre (not to an airport that takes extra time to commute to and from).

Here's a small sample of their example timetable.

High speed rail timetable from Beyond Zero Emissions high speed rail report

It's a really good report. I encourage you to download a copy.

Map of high speed rail route from Beyond Zero Emissions high speed rail report

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