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Bad PCs and underwater islands

Bad PCs and underwater islands

What's making green news today.

Cracks in the ice

Cracks in the ice

These days the climate change conversation rarely strays from dry political soundbites about emission target percentages and ETS frameworks. But logging on to the Extreme Ice Survey website brings the reality of global warming sharply backĀ  into focus. EIS uses video, conventional photography and time-lapse photography to document changes on the Earth’s glacial ice. The […]

Three Mile Island, 30 years on

Three Mile Island, 30 years on

Green news for the day: Happy Birthday, nuclear disaster! It’s 30 years since the nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island melted down. TIME looks at how it changed the US energy industry, and asks: if the disaster hadn’t happened, and the nuclear industry had continued to grow unabated, would the country’s greenhouse emissions be significantly […]

PM dog-whistling to climate action sceptics?

PM dog-whistling to climate action sceptics?

Anyone else troubled by the PM’s statement overnight that the GFC makes it more difficult to reach a strong climate agreement at Copenhagen? He’s done it very carefully, of course. The usual Ruddsterness of saying effectively ‘oh, I don’t think it’s a problem, but everyone else does, so don’t blame me if it doesn’t work […]

Earth hour, shmirth hour

Earth hour, shmirth hour

Earth hour. It's that time of year again, is everyone ready to feel awesome about themselves? Balance it all out? Crikey is. But are there some selling the self satisfied glow a little too cheaply...

India joins IRENA

India joins IRENA

News briefs from across the planet:

Farmers fight back

Farmers fight back

News from around the planet:

Eureka! Clever things being done in green tech

Eureka! Clever things being done in green tech

A look at some clever things being done by smart people in the world of green technologies: Solar power. Scientists in China and Japan are using the scales on butterflies wings as a template for improved light harvesting on Gratzel solar cells. Tests have shown they absorbs more light than conventional dye-sensitized cells as well […]

Can Disney really go green?

Can Disney really go green?

News from around the planet today: Disney goes green? The happiest company on Earth is planning to cut their greenhouse gas emissions in half over the next four years, but the Guardian‘s Fred Pearce calls BS, asking: just how green can they be if they still rely on people travelling around the world to visit […]