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Double black hole is powering quasar 31.8.2015 CNN: Top Stories
Single black holes are impressive enough, but astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have discovered a galaxy being powered by a quasar that contains two of the time-space benders, "furiously whirling about each other," the space agency observed in a news release.
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We in Alaska see that climate change is real. The time to act is now | Othniel Art Oomittuk 31.8.2015 Guardian: Comment is Free
Ahead of his trip to the Arctic, President Obama said ‘alarm bells are ringing’ about climate change. Here in Alaska, sirens have been sounding for decades How can we say no to drilling in the Arctic when we use oil every day? We use it for heating our houses, fueling our four-wheelers and cooking our meals. But saying no to oil does not mean we have to go back to old times. When I grew up in Point Hope, 50 years ago, we used dog sleds for transportation, seal oil for warmth, whale bones and sod for shelter. All these energy sources came from our land and our ocean through the animals to ...
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India, South Korea plan $10 billion e-park in Iran 31.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
Tehran, Aug 31 : A consortium of Iranian, Indian and South Korean companies seeks to set up an energy park in Iran's Khuzestan province in a project worth $10 billion, the media reported on Monday.
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Ruling helps solar panel owners 31.8.2015 Durango Herald
DENVER – Colorado’s Public Utility Commission has ruled that no changes are needed to the state’s net metering process, which means that homeowners with solar installations will continue to receive retail rates for energy they produce.Net metering provides a credit for every kilowatt-hour a solar-panel array puts on...
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The government’s efforts to kill off the solar industry and lead us to fracking hell | Letters 30.8.2015 Guardian: Environment
On 29 June the Department of Energy and Climate Change told me, on behalf of Amber Rudd, that “as you may know the government’s position remains that we are committed to seeing solar PV, including wide-scale deployment across community homes and rooftops”. On 7 July 2015 I held a party at the Oxford Ecohouse, with its 1995 first solar roof in Britain, to celebrate one million solar homes built in Britain in 20 years. DECC is now proposing to cut the feed-in tariff rates for solar PV installations by as much as 87% ( Plans for 87% solar subsidy cut ‘could kill the industry’ , 28 August). Big Energy and DECC have realised that if everyone generates their own electricity and heats their water with solar systems, there will be no markets for nuclear electricity and fracked gas. No wonder they are determined to kill off the solar industry. Solar power is citizen power, so – if you do not want a toxic nuclear future or degraded fracked landscapes and lives – keep building those solar roofs, because each single ...
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I'm also 100 percent Bihar: 'Avengers' star Mark Ruffalo 30.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
New York, Aug 30 : Hollywood actor Mark Ruffalo, best known for portraying the superhero Hulk in the popular "Avengers" franchise, has lent his support for the #SolarBihar project, aimed at urging people to adopt sustainable and renewable energy.
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Brown seeks to broaden California's clean-energy reach in the West 30.8.2015 LA Times: Top News
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The Observer view on green energy | Observer editorial 30.8.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Government cuts to funding for solar panel installation are short-sighted In terms of timing, last week’s government decision to slash subsidies that help families and small businesses install solar panels could not have been worse. This year promises to be the hottest on record. At the same time, international negotiations on the establishment of climate change controls are scheduled to reach their peak in Paris in a few months. The world is looking to developed nations to set an example on how to cut the carbon emissions that are triggering global temperature rises and the British government could once have played an authoritative role in these talks. Unfortunately, David Cameron’s administration has decided, over the last few months, to abandon nearly all its commitments to protecting the environment and to its pledges to create new green technologies that could wean us off our urge to burn fossil ...
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PUC ruling: No changes on net metering in Colorado 30.8.2015 Denver Post: Local
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Public Utility Commission has ruled that no changes are needed to the state's net metering process and that homeowners with solar installations will continue ...
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Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says 29.8.2015 LA Times: Top News
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Passive House apartment project wins nod from Steamboat planning commission 29.8.2015 Steamboat Pilot
A conflicted Steamboat Springs Planning commission voted 5-2 Thursday in favor of conceptual plans for architect/developer Jeff Pullman’s “Passive House Apartments,” which would create 52 highly energy-efficient rental units on a parcel of land set back from U.S. Highway 40. “I want to bring this passive house (concept) to Steamboat to lead by example,” Pullman said. “It will be a first in Steamboat, and I believe it would be the first in the state as well.” The site is across Weiss Drive from Southside Station convenience store and near the entrance to Walton Pond Apartments. The rub for planning commissioners came down to the significant number of variances (13) the developer sought to the “community commercial” zoning code that prevails in the neighborhood. Pullman told planning commission members that variances — such as placing the building in the center of the lot rather than addressing its access on Weiss Drive and exceeding the maximum 160-foot building length — were essential to maximizing solar ...
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NASA Finally Picked New Horizons’ Next Destination 29.8.2015 Wired Top Stories
New Horizons' next stop will be a Kuiper Belt object named 2014 MU69 nearly a billion miles beyond ...
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PG&E plan would hit solar homes harder than previously thought 28.8.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
PG&E and the state’s other big utility companies on Aug. 3 proposed changing the state’s financial incentives for people who install solar panels on their roofs. The utilities also proposed adding new monthly charges that would apply to solar homeowners alone, an idea utility executives said would ensure that all customers pay to maintain the electricity grid. Some solar homeowners who take aggressive steps to cut their energy use and install batteries connected to their solar arrays would end up paying $13 more per month than they would under today’s rules. Even if the commission approves the changes, homeowners who already have solar arrays would not face the new fees and reduced financial incentives for 20 years after the installation of their panels.
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Solyndra lied to federal government about sales, report alleges 28.8.2015 SFGate: Business & Technology
Solyndra executives repeatedly inflated their sales figures and misled federal officials in pursuit of a $535 million government loan guarantee, according to the results of a four-year investigation into the Fremont solar manufacturer’s high-profile demise. A report issued this week by federal investigators argues that Solyndra consistently overstated its sales prospects in order to win a loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy to build its factory. Energy Department staff, meanwhile, missed several opportunities to spot the growing gap between the company’s upbeat financial projections and its troubled reality, according to the report. “In our view, the investigative record suggests that the actions of certain Solyndra officials were, at best, reckless and irresponsible or, at worst, an orchestrated effort to knowingly and intentionally deceive and mislead the Department,” according to the report from the Energy Department’s inspector general, with help from the Federal Bureau of ...
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Mandalay Bay's convention center unveils 350,000-square-foot expansion 27.8.2015 LA Times: Commentary
Conventioneers can now get their shows rolling at the newly resized Mandalay Bay Convention Center, which debuted its 350,000-square-foot expansion last week.
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Slashing household solar subsides will kill off industry, government told 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Renewable energy sector condemns proposal to cut feed-in-tariff for small-scale solar installations by almost 90% from 1 January

The government wants to slash by 87% subsidies for householders who install solar panels on their roof tops, in a move that renewable energy experts warn could kill off a promising industry.

The potential reductions in the level of feed-in tariff (FIT), contained in a long-awaited consultation document released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), and are far larger than expected.

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Here’s the skinny on solar panels 27.8.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Here’s the skinny on solar panels
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What will happen to oil and gas workers as the world turns carbon neutral? 27.8.2015 Guardian: Environment

Building a wind farm or solar energy project is nothing professionals in fossil fuels can’t manage, but there are too few programmes to help them retrain

Adriaan Kamp used to be a die-hard oilman. After 17 years at Anglo-Dutch oil company Shell, the 54-year-old Dutchman now runs a consultancy based in Oslo advising national governments on transitioning to cleaner energy.

“In 2007 to 2008, we were looking at future energy scenarios in the Shell Group [and] there was a question on my desk about how do we play with renewables,” he says. “And from there, the journey started.”

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WTO rules against India in solar dispute with US: report 27.8.2015 Hindu: News
The panel found India violated global trade rules by imposing local content requirements for solar cells and solar modules.
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Grow plants if you want to curb urban heat: NASA 27.8.2015 New Kerala: World News
Washington, Aug 27 : The presence of vegetation in urban areas - along the roads, in the parks and in your neighbourhood - can limit city heat effect to a great extent, says a NASA study.
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