Scotland closes its last coal power plant

Author: Kate Yoder
Source: Grist
Date: 11th of April 2016
Scotland may be home to golf, haggis, and Sean Connery — but it’s no longer hospitable to coal. On March 24, Scottish Power shut down Longanett power station, its last standing coal-fired power plant. Weirdly enough, the act of silencing the plant’s turbines was exactly what you might imagine...

An environmentally just city works best for all in the end.

Author: Anitra Nelson
Date: 7th of March 2016
Melbourne’s population is expected to almost double by mid-century, overtaking Sydney as Australia’s biggest city. But all states are growing and the increases are concentrated in the capital cities. Along with adaptation, developing resilience and decarbonising buildings and other infrastru...

Can you guess which country just set a new world record for wind power?

Author: B. Kahn
Source: Grist
Date: 18 January 2016
Wind turbines are as ubiquitous as clogs, Legos, and tall people in Denmark. Unlike the latter three, though, Denmark’s wind turbines were busy setting a world record in 2015. According to Energinet, Denmark’s electric utility, the country’s turbines accounted for the equivalent of 42 percent...

The great bathroom debate: paper towel or hand dryer?

Author: S. Lockery
Date: 4 January 2016
It’s the age-old question that continues to baffle many of us in the bathroom: when you come to drying your hands, should you reach for the paper towel, or the electric dryer? For some, this decision might be related to hygiene, and for others, drying performance. For many, environmental concerns...

A climate for change

Author: Matt England & Stefan Rahmstorf
Date: 20th November 2015
On the eve of international climate change talks in Paris, UNSW magazine sits down with UNSW’s Matt England and Potsdam University’s Stefan Rahmstorf to discuss the likelihood of a legally binding global agreement, climate change denial and the importance of staying positive. Stefan...

Solar cloth could stretch PV’s applications

Author: Katie Valentine
A British start-up has developed a way for parking lots and structures with roofs that can’t take much weight to harness the power of the sun. The Cambridge, England-based Solar Cloth Company is beginning to run trials of its solar cloth, which uses lightweight photovoltaic fabric that can be str...

Finally, some light relief for the Renewable Energy Target

Author: Iain MacGill
Date: 08 September, 2014
The Australian government has just received a vitally important report to guide their decisions on the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET). But it’s not the RET review report of the Coalition-appointed expert panel, led by Dick Warburton, which was released last week. Rat...

Google’s $1m solar inverter challenge

Author: Emily Aitken
Date: 04 August, 2014
“Smaller is baller,” “Min it to win it,” “Think shrink.” Those are the puns Google is using to promote its new competition: $US1 million to whomever can invent a working power inverter for solar and other forms of renewable energy that’s roughly as small as a laptop. The company has...

UNSW students break a longstanding world record with solar car

Author: Science Alert Staff
Date: 28 July 2014
On Monday a team of students from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australiabroke a 26-year-old world electric car record using a solar car known as Sunswift eVe. This car became the fastest electric car to complete a 500 km distance course.  The Sunswift eVe, Australia’s fastes...

Which transport is the fairest of them all?

Author: Cameron Gordon
Date: 23 April, 2014
How did you get to where you need to be today? Car, bike, public transport, or perhaps walking? Transport is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions, globally and in Australia. The latest IPCC report finds transport accounted for around 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions in 201...