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  • Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Alan Finkel November 19, 2017
    Chief scientist warns in new report that Australia risks missing out on global growth industry of energy storage because of ongoing policy uncertainty Australia’s power grid can reach penetrations of 50% renewable energy without a significant requirement for storage to support reliability, according to a new report commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel.While the […]
    Katharine Murphy, political editor
  • UK trade minister lobbied Brazil on behalf of oil giants November 19, 2017
    A telegram obtained by Greenpeace shows that Greg Hands met a Brazilian minister to discuss relaxation of tax and environmental regulationBritain successfully lobbied Brazil on behalf of BP and Shell to address the oil giants’ concerns over Brazilian taxation, environmental regulation and rules on using local firms, government documents reveal.The UK’s trade minister travelled to […]
    Adam Vaughan
  • 'My eyes are burning': Delhi holds half marathon despite pollution warning November 19, 2017
    Around 35,000 brave runners registered for the race after more than a week of hazardous pollution levels Tens of thousands of runners Sunday choked through smog for the Delhi half marathon, ignoring dire health warnings from doctors who fought for the controversial race in the heavily polluted capital to be postponed.More than 30,000 people, some […]
    Agence France-Presse
  • The eco guide to the cod bounceback November 19, 2017
    It was great news for fish and chips fans when North Sea cod was certified sustainable. Steady on though, there are still things to worry about at seaHere’s a food truth: most Britons are happy to say “cod and chips, please” without even thinking about the sustainability impact of our favourite Friday night supper. Our […]
    Lucy Siegle
  • ‘Eight, nine, ten …’ Why people are counting sheep in Cheddar Gorge November 19, 2017
    The audit of a feral flock at the Somerset beauty spot is significantThere is a shaggy creation myth surrounding the feral sheep of Cheddar Gorge in Somerset. The story goes that during a poker game in the village in 1992 one of the gamblers, running out of money, put his seven sheep up as his […]
    Dan Glaister