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California Renewables Rush

The California Gold Rush of the mid-19th century put a glitter into the eyes of the most enterprising of Americans -- leading more than 300,000 to abandon farms, fur traps and shops to head West. Transcontinental railways soon bound America. Souls who never ventured more than a few miles from their …

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The trillion-dollar hole in Abbott’s climate policy logic

A new report from global investment giant Citigroup has blown a great big hole in the Abbott government’s logic for aiming low on emissions reduction …

Dropbox will now let you use a USB key for two-factor login

Today, Dropbox took a big step toward stronger account security. The company announced today it's enabling USB security keys for two-factor login, allowing users to supplement the traditional password login with a physical device, rather than the typical six-digit authentication code delivered over …

Malaysia in turmoil as PM focuses on survival

A serious political crisis is playing out in Malaysia, with no certainty as to when, or whether, it will be resolved. At the heart of this crisis is …

How a Young Couple Transformed an Empty Suburban Lot Into a Fantastical Food Oasis

If you head west out of Denver along the six lanes of Alameda Avenue, after passing about 15 fast-food joints, nine auto repair shops, seven …

Norway confirms $900bn sovereign wealth fund's major coal divestment

Norway’s parliament has formally endorsed the move to sell off coal investments from its $900bn sovereign wealth fund, the world’s biggest.<p>It is the largest fossil fuel divestment yet, affecting 122 companies across the world, and marking a new success for the fast-growing and UN-backed climate …

Energy

India’s diesel-guzzling railways are testing coaches with solar panels

Solar energy has a surprising new supporter in India: The country’s massive state-owned railways.<p>India has one of the largest (pdf) railway networks in the world, running some 12,000 trains that carry over 23 million passengers every day. That’s almost as much as the entire population of …

Renewable Energy

Microsoft unveils Office Delve and Office 365 Video for iPhone

Microsoft has just released a couple of iPhone apps specially for Office 365 users.<p>Perhaps the more interesting of the two is Office Delve, which …

New Tesla battery could take your home off the grid

Ever wish you could ditch your electric bill? Tesla is working on a house battery that could help you slash your expensive utility bill, by taking …

MYOB owner dismisses Xero criticism

After reporting for the past three years that it had 1.2 million customers for its small business software, MYOB was forced to clarify in February …

Why New York City is the best choice for European Startups

The tech industry is fast, international, and brutal. It simply does not make sense to think local, especially when it comes to European startups.<p>As a continent, Europe consists of many small countries, which all follow different jurisdictions, speak dozens of different languages and have their own …

Startups

Australia's climate change policy on course for 'disastrous' 4C warming

The chart above illustrates the huge question confronting Australian policy on climate change.<p>The top line on the chart – produced by the independent Climate Change Authority – shows United States’ greenhouse gas emissions as a percentage of what they were in 1990, with a dotted line to show the …

Climate

Wall Street keeping a close eye on wages

The stock market moved sideways and down this week as investors sorted through a welter of conflicting data about the strength of the U.S. economic recovery: consumer spending up, inventories down, dollar stronger, output forecasts lowered.<p>But, analysts said, the one place investors might check …

Economics

Looming exit of the US Ex-Im Bank leaves questions for Australian companies

The closure of the US Export-Import Bank is being mooted by both sides of US politics.<p>The Ex-Im bank, as it is commonly known, helps support US …

Heed Fraser's warning on Australian media concentration – it's getting worse

The passing of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser last Friday prompted me to recall his warning about the state of Australian media ownership in an …

Explainer: bond yields and what they tell us about the economy

When the Australian Office of Financial Management borrowed A$4.25 billion for 20 years at an interest rate of just 2.865% this week, economic …

Last Light

Huge Floating Solar Array Is Coming to Australia

In Jamestown, Australia, the water treatment plant will be powered by the sun<p>An Australian water treatment plant will power itself by floating solar panels in its lagoon. Opening in Jamestown in April, the array is expected to power the entire facility and return some of the additional energy to …

Does global warming mean more or less snow?

As first glance, asking whether global warming results in more snow may seem like a silly question because obviously, if it gets warm enough, there …

Renewables rose and coal power fell in 2014 - UK report

The 2014 GB fuel mix was powered by a rise in output from renewable sources as coal-fired generation continued to fall.<p>That was the stand-out …

Connected Roadways and the Last Traffic Jam

My morning commute usually takes about an hour, on a good day, and it’s only 25 miles from home to office. As I was sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic — yet again — I began to think of the global nature of this problem and how much time and money is being wasted. According to the most recent Urban …

Internet of Things

Why Solar-Powered Datacenters Are A Big Deal

Solar-powered datacenters are all the rage these days.<p>Earlier this month, Apple announced it will buy $848 million worth of solar from a 130MW power plant created by First Solar for its offices and datacenters and other facilities. The company also said it will also spend $2 billion on a global …

Solar Power

Shell urges shareholders to accept climate resolution

Shell is set to confront the risk that climate change may pose to its future, after backing a resolution from activist shareholders. The move came on the same day it announced $15bn (£10bn) in cost cutting due to plummeting oil prices and said it wanted to resume drilling for oil in the Arctic.<p>The …

Energy

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Chile’s Mineral Industry Is Mining Renewable Energy

<b>Published on</b> December 20th, 2014 | <i>by Guest Contributor</i><p>2<p>Chile’s Mineral Industry Is Mining Renewable Energy<p>December 20th, 2014 by <b>Guest …

Why negative interest rates have arrived

Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable?

Here are four arid regions looking to renewables for the energy-intensive work of squeezing drinkable water from the ocean.<p>The oceans have long taunted those who thirst.<p>Records dating to A.D. 200 show that sailors boiled seawater and used sponges to absorb fresh water from the steam. Today, …

Private equity firms increasingly investing in social impact

Despite negative press, the private equity sector is an increasingly important backer of sustainable businesses, social enterprises and charities<p>Even the staunchest defenders of Wall Street or the City of London will admit that the private equity industry, rightly or wrongly, has developed …

Venture Capital

Scientists: Human activity has pushed Earth beyond 4 of 9 'planetary boundaries'

At the rate things are going, the Earth in the coming decades could cease to be a "safe operating space" for human beings. That is the conclusion of a new paper published Thursday in the journal Science by 18 researchers trying to gauge the breaking points in the natural world.<p>The paper contends …