Each day, our Sun pours its energy down onto the Earth's surface, turning vast expanses of open water into vapour. New research shows the surprising degree to which this clean and renewable process could be used to produce electricity -- enough, perhaps, to meet 70 per cent of US energy needs. But before this energy solution makes it to prime time, we'll need to know a lot more about its potential environmental effects.
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Lumo Energy has paid a penalty of $10,800 to the ACCC for making a "false or misleading" representation of its energy discounts under Australian Consumer Law.
In February this year Lumo stated on its website that consumers could save 33 per cent off their total electricity bill, and 17 per cent off their total gas bill if they switched to Lumo. Despite offering electricity to Victoria, South Australia and Queensland, it turns out this offer was only available to Victorian customers - something Lumo failed to mention.
Contrary to what conventional beauty standards may lead us to believe, naked mole rats are good. They're highly social animals who live communally. They're ruled by a loyal queen. They're also seemingly impervious to cancer and don't age. But still, these little subterraneans get a bad rap for not looking like puppies or kittens, which is a shame, because in some ways, naked mole rats are biologically wired better than humans. If we actually listened to these guys instead of roasting them for being fugly, we might be able to help heart attack and stroke sufferers. I bet you feel really bad right now, and maybe you should.
Premier Jay Weatherill recently announced that that South Australia's Riverland will be host to the world's biggest battery and solar farm - comprised of 3.4 million panels and 1.1 million batteries. The Lyon Group will be developing the project, which partner David Green described as a "330-megawatt solar generation and 100-megawatt battery storage system will be Australia's biggest solar farm". The development is set to create 270 new jobs.
But what do the experts have to say?
America's coal mining industry has cooled down in recent years. It lost over 200,000 jobs between 2014 and 2016; the latest sorry statistic to cap what's been a massive downward trend for decades. Expounding on his plan to restore the industry in the "America First Energy Plan", Trump has promised increased fossil fuel production and environmental deregulation. He's also committed, time and again, to an obscure and speculative technology called "clean coal", which, in his mind, probably sounds like a win-win for jobs and the environment. Policy and environmental experts, however, say it is neither.
On Thursday, US President Trump signed legislation blocking the Stream Protection Rule, a key Obama regulation that limited mining companies from dumping excess spoil into waterways. Waste from mining operations can contain sulphur-bearing minerals which, mixed with water, create what the EPA calls "acid mine drainage". It's a fair trade-off, in Trump's mind, for stimulating coal industry job growth. Trump is set to kill even more regulations. The problem: Deregulation won't bring back coal jobs.
A remotely-controlled robot sent to inspect and clean a damaged reactor at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant had to be pulled early when its onboard camera went dark, the result of excess radiation. The abbreviated mission suggests that radiation levels inside the reactor are even higher than was reported last week -- and that robots are going to have a hell of a time cleaning this mess up.
A meterologist, a climate science professor and the Deputy Director of the Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute gave us their insights on the recent "unusual" tropical weather patterns appearing in South Australia, what exactly is causing the continual blackouts, and how renewables can help.
For the second time in recent months and the third time over the past year, President Obama has penned a policy commentary in a leading scientific journal. This time, he isn't defending his signature health care law, but rather, making the case that a clean energy future is inevitable -- no matter what Trump does.