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  • French deliver a hydrogen spark | Business Spectator
    a natural process found in rocks deep below the Earth s surface a short cut that may herald the wider use of what is a clean fuel a study showed yesterday Used in rockets and in battery like fuel cells hydrogen is being widely researched as a non polluting fuel but its use is so far hampered by high costs A few hydrogen vehicles are already on the roads such as the Honda FXC Clarity and Mercedes Benz F Cell and more are planned Researchers in France said aluminium oxide speeded up a process by which hydrogen is produced naturally when water meets olivine a common type of rock under the high temperatures and pressures found at great depths We have overcome a preliminary step for a carbon free energy production lead researcher Muriel Andreani of the University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in France told Reuters The addition of aluminium oxide accelerated the natural process by between 7 and 50 times using temperatures of between 200 and 300 degrees Celsius at a pressure equivalent to twice the depth of the deepest ocean In the process olivine turns into the mineral serpentine and water splits into its components hydrogen and oxygen Currently the most widely used technology for producing hydrogen separating it from natural gas requires far higher temperatures of 700 degrees Celsius and releases heat trapping carbon dioxide as a by product Using lower temperatures would save energy and money Water vapour Fuel cells which meld hydrogen with oxygen in the air to yield electricity emit only water That makes them attractive as a way to cut greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution Far more research is needed to see if the French findings could be increased to a commercial scale said Jesse Ausubel of the Rockefeller University in New York Scaling this up to meet global energy needs in a carbon free way would probably require 50 years he said in a statement But a growing market for hydrogen in fuel cells could help pull the process into the market The findings will be presented to the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco this week after an initial report in the journal American Mineralogist in October The work is part of the Deep Carbon Observatory a 10 year project due for completion in 2019 involving 1000 researchers in 40 nations Among puzzling DCO findings experts said microbes living in tiny fissures in deep rocks where hydrogen forms naturally often continents apart seem to be related to one another in what may be a deep subterranean microbe network Matt Schrenk of Michigan State University said life extended to at least 4 5km deep under land and it was unclear how similar microbes had spread to places as far apart as South Africa North America and Japan It is easy to understand how birds or fish might be similar oceans apart but it challenges the imagination to think of nearly identical microbes 16 000 km apart from each other in

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  • Alister Doyle | Business Spectator
    comments Learning to love the IPCC s favourite U word At the pioneering edge of science the word uncertainty is a constant companion not to be feared It s a rule that needs to be made clear ahead of the IPCC s report next week by Alister Doyle 11 06am September 20 6 comments The religious climate change response With the Pope concerned about global warming and a Queensland church installing solar panels in the shape of the cross there s hope that religious communities will soon be pushing for action on climate change by Alister Doyle 9 21am June 19 Climate policy flexibility but where s the breakthrough Progress is being made on a new UN climate deal but we are far from the breakthrough needed to avoid dangerous climate change by Alister Doyle 9 28am May 06 1 comment Climate change research gets more specific Growing evidence that the dice are loaded towards ever more severe local weather should make it easier for experts to explain global warming to the public pin down costs and guide investments by Alister Doyle 8 01am July 31 Nuclear divide deepens as Germany calls it quits Is Germany s decision to shut down all nuclear reactors by 2022 another nail in the coffin for nuclear power or just another bump in the road to revival by Alister Doyle 7 15am May 31 More for less UN says renewables are set to surge The most comprehensive UN overview of the clean energy sector to date has predicted renewables could expand by three to 20 times by mid century by Alister Doyle 9 26am May 05 A drop in the ocean New evidence suggests that ocean fertilization can at best make only a small contribution to storing industrial CO2 emissions by Alister Doyle 9 41am February 01 The great emissions divide Calls to shift the weight of responsibility for cutting global greenhouse gas emissions from developed nations to developing nations like China presage conflict at the Cancun climate talks by Alister Doyle 8 43am November 12 Clouds over Cancun Plenty of world leaders are making the link between catastrophic extreme weather events and global warming but will this translate into action at the Cancun climate talks by Alister Doyle 9 19am August 18 Floods and heat fit climate trend A natural catastrophe database run by reinsurer Munich Re shows that the number of extreme weather events has tripled since 1980 and the trend is expected to persist by Alister Doyle 6 23am August 10 French deliver a hydrogen spark Researchers in Lyon have found aluminium oxide could speed the formation of hydrogen 50 fold potentially providing a shortcut to commercial fuel cell favour by Alister Doyle 11 04am December 10 2 comments The oceans face up to a deadly trio A major international study has found warming lower oxygen levels and acidification are damaging seas which are still warming despite the so called temperature hiatus by Alister Doyle 8 33am October 07 5 comments

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  • We're underprepared, says China | Business Spectator
    consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu We re underprepared says China 10 Dec 2013 10 18 AM 1 Climate Policy Politics Science Environment Communist govt says nation is poorly positioned to battle climate impacts You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Reuters China is poorly prepared to tackle the impact of climate change that presents a serious threat to the country thanks to a lack of planning and public awareness the government said overnight The world s most populous country already faces challenges from weather extremes with 2000 people dying on average each year since the 1990s in natural disasters that are set to get worse China s powerful economic planning agency said Our country is a developing nation with a large population complex climate conditions and a weak environment situation the National Development and Reform Commission said in a report Climate change is already a serious threat to food water ecological and energy security and to people s lives and property it added The mission to deal with climate change is very arduous but knowledge in society and ability to do this are weak across the board China is seeing more droughts in its northern region with typhoons arriving earlier wetlands drying up and sea levels rising said the document published in coordination with several ministries including the Agriculture Ministry In the future the rising trend of temperatures will become even more obvious there will be even more unfavourable impacts from climate change and if effective measures are not taken the losses from disasters caused by extreme weather will be even more serious the agency added Government steps to mitigate climate change range from building more reservoirs providing better protection to forests and wetlands to improving weather warning systems but the overall picture was not optimistic the planner said Although our work at dealing with climate change has achieved some successes basic abilities have yet to be raised up and there are many weak links in our work it added China was unable to protect basic infrastructure such as power and

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  • Radioactive spill 'no threat' | Business Spectator
    wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Radioactive spill no threat 9 Dec 2013 6 17 PM Climate Science Environment Sludge from NT uranium mine contained in Kakadu plant says government You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Acidic radioactive slurry spillage at a Northern Territory uranium mine has been contained and poses no threat to the environment or human health the federal government says Senator Mathias Cormann said Australia s acting supervising scientist had provided the assurances after attending the site in the Kakadu National Park The spill was contained within the plant area and there is no threat to the surrounding area or to human health outside of the immediate area Senator Cormann told the upper house during question time on Monday The government has ordered an investigation into the spillage which occurred about 1am Saturday when a hole was discovered in the side of a leach tank sparking the evacuation of staff and suspension of operations The environment minister will consider the findings of the investigation which will be released publicly when finished Senator Cormann said A clean up has begun including the installation of retaining walls

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  • Science & Environment | Business Spectator
    s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Science Environment Radioactive spill no threat Sludge from NT uranium mine contained in Kakadu plant says government 6 17pm December 09 Climate Council delivers fire verdict More intense fires more often 3 11pm December 09 1 comment Arctic melting affects global climate A new study suggests Arctic ice melt is influencing climatic events further afield 11 45am December 09 2 degree threshold too much Temperature limit too high to avoid catastrophic effects says eminent group 11 09am December 06 WA cyclones magnify Vic heatwaves Research finds cross continent connection with deadly weather extremes 8 57am December 05 Carbon mapping and why only climate policy can stop the boats Being able to visualise the climate problem from those most at risk to who s doing what where helps put the world s many mindsets into perspective by Matt Grantham 11 32am November 29 16 comments Coal faith is flicked to the backburner Analysis has turned Queensland s coal rich Galilee Basin into the world s most expensive cattle station while moves afoot abroad could put more pressure on coal s fundamentals by Erland Howden 11 07am November 28 3 comments Fading illusion A slap to the slowdown set New data from previously unmeasured parts of the Arctic Antarctic and Africa refute the notion of a slowdown in warming while also increasing estimates of rising temperatures by Zeke Hausfather 9 21am November 27 4 comments Flannery on fires foreigners and the way ahead Climate Spectator talks with Dr Tim Flannery about rebuilding the Climate Council nee commission support for the Council from UK conservatives and why Abbott was wrong on the bushfires by John Conroy 11 42am November 26 11 comments US

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  • Science & Environment | Business Spectator
    in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Science Environment Climate to clear eucalypt forests Australia s gumtrees under threat under warming scenarios study 9 27am January 13 Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential by Tristan Edis 10 52am January 10 11 comments A soil carbon troppo dream An Australian think tank headed by retired military types including a former Howard government governor general has offered an alluring vision for the Coalition irrigate the north and solve carbon emissions Pity it won t work by Ben Rose 10 03am January 10 19 comments 2014 may be even hotter Predictions of a return of El Nino could see Australia break record again 10 05am January 09 Australia s hottest year mostly warm eleswhere Australia produced its warmest year yet despite no El Niño while elsewhere a worldwide record was set for November amid an above average year by Blair Trewin David Jones Karl Braganza Neil Plummer Rob Smalley 10 59am January 06 7 comments ANZ Bank is blowing the carbon budget ANZ s board are exposing shareholders and depositors to a very risky business by lending money to coal projects Approvals by Australian state governments won t save them from global concern to act on climate change by Ian Lowe 11 22am December 20 12 comments China s polar expansion to include climate focus Nation to expand scientific presence in Antarctica with new research bases 10 45am December 20 A green army missing the point Australia has long grappled with the challenge of creating a conservation industry to restore the landscape The Coalition s latest incarnation is unlikely to be effective by David Hudson 9 56am December 20 2 comments Beyond the ice A nation s slow motion loss From covering 10 per cent of the country s land mass glaciers may just be ice museums atop Iceland s highest peaks by as early as the mid 2100s by Cheryl Katz 8 32am December 20 1 comment Slaying the poor s grubby golden goose Coal power stations are responsible for around

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  • Pacific Hydro to appoint new CEO | Business Spectator
    to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Pacific Hydro to appoint new CEO 10 Oct 2013 11 50 AM Climate Green Deals Renewables provider to replace long serving chief Rob Grant in new year You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password By a staff reporter The board of global clean energy solutions provider Pacific Hydro today announced that its chief executive officer Rob Grant will be leaving the company in 2014 A global executive search to appoint a new CEO will be conducted by the Board and the company s owner Industry Funds Management Mr Grant s final day at Pacific Hydro will be July 5 2014 the ninth anniversary of his appointment as CEO and 18th year since he joined the company Pacific Hydro chairman Garry Weaven said that Mr Grant is committed to achieving the goals set for the company in the 2013 14 financial year and that he will work closely with the Board over the next nine months until his successor is appointed Rob has agreed to support the board during the search for his replacement and will work closely with his successor during a handover period Mr Weaven said Rob has played a key role during the first 20 years of Pacific Hydro s history and I d like to thank him for his valuable contribution to the development of a business that has grown from being a small renewable energy project developer to a global clean energy solutions provider operating in Australia Brazil and Chile During his time at Pacific Hydro Mr Grant established a strong safety culture across the company

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  • Geodynamics in KUth Energy bid | Business Spectator
    wins The unparalleled Google Analytics service means Google knows more about internet users than anyone else And runner up Facebook must go further to mine precious user insights if it wants to compete Will Twitter s founder strike social gold twice Biz Stone is looking to tap into the selflessness of others with his latest venture Jelly Enterprises But the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Marking the milestones of 2013 Australia s transition to a clean energy economy took some political blows in 2013 but progress on the ground was heartening with energy efficiency solar and wind all providing tangible proof of their future potential A fifth year of declining power consumption Power consumption fell again in 2013 dipping 2 8 per cent across the National Electricity Market as scheduled renewables rose to 12 per cent of the market Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Geodynamics in KUth Energy bid 19 Sep 2013 8 33 AM Climate Green Deals Renewable energy Hot rocks developer buys smaller player with assets in Australia Vanuatu You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Australia s largest geothermal energy developer Geodynamics has made a bid for smaller player KUth Energy an acquisition the company hopes will provide shareholders with a an enlarged more diverse portfolio of projects In the conditional off market takeover Geodynamics has bid to acquire all of KUth at a 31 6 per cent premium to the company s 30 day VWAP offering KUTh shareholders one Geodynamics share for every 5 5 KUTh shares The offer has received support from both KUTh s board as well as major shareholders representing 36 7 per cent of KUTh s issued shares Geodynamics said The transaction provides Geodynamics shareholders with access to an enlarged more diverse portfolio of high quality geothermal projects in the Pacific Islands realising substantial synergies between Geodynamics Savo Island project in the Solomon Islands and KUTh s flagship Takara project in Vanuatu The enlarged Geodynamics Group will have a pro

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