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Adani should bow out gracefully from its Carmichael coal mine

31 August 2016

John Quiggin  – Professor, School of Economics, The University of Queensland (reproduced from “The Conversation”) The rejection by the Federal Court of the most serious remaining legal challenges to the proposed Carmichael mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin means it is finally [read more]

The dark side of green energy

30 August 2016

Rare earth metals are essential for wind turbines and electric vehicles but leave a toxic footprint and potential short supply may become a limiting factor. Liu Hongqiao, August 30, 2016 Rare earth metals, hard-to-find materials, with unfamiliar names such as lanthanum, neodymium and europium, [read more]

The dangers of Pakistan’s coal revival

26 February 2016

Due to a crippling electricity shortage, Pakistan is all set to expand power generation through coal, but renewables may be a better option Maha Wasim, The Third Pole Last December, delegates from over 150 countries gathered at the UN Climate Summit in Paris to conclude an agreement on climate with [read more]

China’s west tries to harness more of its wind power

8 January 2016

by Dr. Yu Jie Gansu and Inner Mongolia, two of China’s windiest provinces, will use a higher share of locally-produced wind energy as the government tries to cut down on the amount of low carbon electricity lost through the country’s old-fashioned system of power grids. The initiative, which [read more]

Possible threat to US Nuclear Plants from Boone Dam Failure

21 March 2015

There have been recent reports of problems at the Boone Dam in Tennessee, which is upstream of seven nuclear reactors. Although the indications are that the problems will be solved, the seepage at the dam means that the potential failure of such dams, and associated threats to nuclear facilities, [read more]

The Deepwater Horizon Disaster

21 October 2014

On the 20th April 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico there was an explosion on the oil rig Deepwater Horizon, which subsequently sunk with the loss of eleven lives. The oil which gushed into the Gulf of Mexico was the largest marine oil spill ever recorded and it was only on the 19th September 2010 that [read more]

The World’s 10 Biggest Energy Gluttons

21 October 2014

By Andrew Topf | Mon, 29 September 2014 20:41 | 7 Next time you get into your car and drive to the supermarket, think about how much energy you consume on an annual basis. It is widely assumed that Westerners are some of the world’s worst energy pigs. While Americans make up just 5 percent of [read more]

BP’s Texas City Refinery Explosion 2005

14 October 2014

On the 23rd March 2005, a fire and explosion occurred at BP’s Texas City Refinery in Texas City, Texas, killing 15 workers and injuring more than 170 others.  The accident was a catastrophic process failure. The Texas City Refinery was the second-largest oil refinery in Texas and the third [read more]

Over the Peak – Why Peak Oil Matters

14 October 2014

In the last few days (written 14 October 2014) the headlines have focused on the increase in oil production from OPEC producers, now at its highest level since the summer of 2013 – In its monthly oil market report, OPEC said its oil production rose by 402,000 barrels a day in September [read more]

UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) 2009 Report on Oil Production

8 October 2009

Oct 8, 2009 – 8:41:11 AM A new report, launched on the 8th October 2009 by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), argues that conventional oil production is likely to peak before 2030, with a significant risk of a peak before 2020. The report concludes that the UK Government is not alone in [read more]
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