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Online Opinion | ECONOMY|

What Australia can learn from the demise of GM

Australia is as dependent on coal as General Motors was on the gas-guzzling SUV. Will we learn from their example and do away with this relic of the old industrial revolution? asks Ben McNeil.

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Tree Hugger | ENVIRONMENT|

China’s renewable energy source: human power

China may own the dubious title of being the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, but it’s 1.3 billion citizens also provide much sustainable human power.

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The Guardian | ENVIRONMENT|

Smart energy meters added to every UK home by 2020

Every home in the UK must be fitted with a “smart meter” by 2020 to reduce energy use and pave the way for a low-carbon “smart grid”, under plans unveiled by the government.

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Seed Magazine | UNCATEGORIZED|

Obama’s historic committment to science

Obama has announced he will ramp up research and development spending, create an advanced research agency for energy, and roll out new programs to improve science education in the US.

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The Age | ENVIRONMENT|

The coming global catastrophe: what will we tell the next generation?

A British Government advisor is predicting a global catastrophe by 2030 over diminishing food, water and energy supplies. What will you tell your children if he’s correct? asks Martin Flanagan.

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Baltimore Sun | ENVIRONMENT|

Obama’s smalls to get an airing

The founder of Project Laundry List, an effort to get Americans to give up their clothes dryers, hopes the Obamas will hang out their laundry in the White House backyard.

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No use planning for climate change without acknowledging peak oil

Last Wednesday, the Australian Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas wrote to Professor Ross Garnaut, noting the inconsistency in his Supplementary Draft Report in dealing with the possibility of Australia reaching Peak Oil, reports Edwina Blight.

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You can’t take it with you (unless it’s your energy bill)

AGL appears to have begun to charge customers extra for being dead, writes Stephen Downes.

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Rudd and Ferguson to dump a core election promise?

Will Kevin Rudd rein in Energy and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson, who is stalling on the implemention of election committments regarding nuclear waste management, writes Natalie Wasley.

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