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Windfarm settings triggered South Australian blackout, final energy report finds

Protection mechanism in tornado-hit turbines caused drop in power that led to entire system being tripped, Aemo saysThe state-wide blackout in South Australia which prompted a national political storm over energy policy was caused by extreme weather, w…

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Gloom in the valley as Hazelwood fades to black | Gay Alcorn

Gay Alcorn meets the people of the Latrobe Valley facing an uncertain future as the power station that has sustained their community closes after 52 years• Snuffed out: the last days of Hazelwood power station – in picturesIt could be black humour….

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Snuffed out: the last days of Hazelwood power station – in pictures

The Victorian plant will close down this week after half a century of electricity generation. The brown coal-powered station supplies more than 5% of Australia’s total energy demand – but is the country’s dirtiest and least efficient power plant,…

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Why is Australia’s gas market broken? – Australian politics live podcast

Australia is about to become the biggest exporter of liquified natural gas in the world, but domestically it is the only country where the price of gas is rising. Bruce Robertson from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis tells Guar…

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Stressed street trees: mapping the urban forests to save them – and us

City trees are under increased threat but research tools show that looking after them will lower temperatures, prevent flooding and reduce pollutionStanding proud at the intersection of Queen and Little Bourke streets in Melbourne’s central business …

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EU greenlights Dow-DuPont mega-merger raising food security fears

Green groups say $130bn merger signals lack of choice for farmers who need more seed diversity to adapt to changing climate The EU has approved a $130bn mega-merger between Dow and DuPont, heralding a new round of agribusiness takeovers that environmen…

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Let’s tackle Britain’s invasive species – just leave the daffodils alone | Patrick Barkham

Not all non-native plants and animals are vandals, but there’s nothing wrong with controlling those linked to other species’ extinctionSunrise, Golden Harvest, Cheerfulness, Magnificence, Soleil d’Or – the names of cultivated daffodil varieties…

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Not the sunshine state: why is Florida so far behind with solar energy? – video

Despite its Sunshine State moniker, Florida is barely harnessing its bountiful rays for energy, with the number of households getting solar panels not projected to squeak past 100 a year until 2021. Meanwhile, there’s a solar boom occurring in north-…

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Desperately wanted: python hunters to tackle Florida’s unwelcome intruder

Since Burmese pythons found their way into the wild in the 80s, they have decimated native wildlife. Now 150,000 could be lurking in the state’s waterwaysBill Booth struggles to recall the last time he saw a raccoon, a fox or a rabbit on one of his f…

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12 ways to turn water from waste to resource

As 80% of the world’s wastewater flows untreated into the environment, we asked an expert panel to discuss how to promote water reuseThe main message we should give is that proper reuse can save money and generate income, and is good for the environm…

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