The cleantech political race begins

Via Greenpeace New Zealand, 23-05-2011 This weekend, Labour fired the starting gun on their election campaign by offering a glimpse of their vision for rebuilding the nation’s economy. Bruised from the debate that engulfed last week’s budget cuts, the opposition party have set about putting some distance between themselves and John Key’s slash and burn…

Axe coal to halt global warming

Via stuff.co.nz, 14-05-2011 Stopping the use of coal for electricity generation is the answer to halting global warming. This is the view of an internationally acclaimed scientist, known as the ‘father of climate change’, who spoke at Massey University yesterday. Dr James Hansen is one of the world’s leading climate scientists and was in Palmerston…

The ugly side of solar panels

Via Low-tech Magazine, 03-03-2008 New research shows, albeit unintentional, that generating electricity with solar panels can also be a very bad idea. In some cases, producing electricity by solar panels releases more greenhouse gases than producing electricity by gas or even coal. Producing electricity from solar cells reduces air pollutants and greenhouse gases by about…