Carbon News 10/11/14: Mighty River to push EVs

By Gareth Renowden 10/11/2014

How Mighty River is switching on to the new economy

Generator Mighty River Power is claiming a stake in the new economy, pushing for New Zealand’s car fleet to go electric and indicating that it will move into the water business. The company is expected to shortly announce joint ventures with companies operating large vehicle fleets and car-parking businesses. Chief executive Fraser Whineray has set the scene by telling the annual shareholders’ meeting that New Zealand has a “stunning opportunity” to adopt electric vehicles on a large scale.

Carbon units traffic slows to 3m trickle

Just 3.4 million carbon units passed through the New Zealand Emissions Units Register last month.

Trustpower’s Aussie wind farm breezes along

The second stage of Kiwi company Trustpower’s project to build South Australia’s largest wind farm has been launched, ahead of time and under budget.

Climate change will send pollen count soaring

Scientists have identified a new hazard that will arrive as a result of climate change: a huge increase in hay fever and pollen allergies.

Election rout blow to US climate change role

The role of the United States in confronting the global climate crisis has been cast into serious doubt after an election that stacked the deck in Congress in favour of fossil fuel industries.

Environment another casualty of war, says UN

The environment has long been a “silent casualty of war, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said yesterday as he warned that the fast-changing dynamic of conflict required solutions to support peace and sustainable development.

On the web: news from the world of carbon

  • Why the climate movement needs to get confrontational
  • Govt bid to strip Tasmanian forests of world heritage cover ‘disappointing’
  • The world’s 10 biggest tidal power projects
  • Energy storage slam dunk: Graphene + carbon canotubes + li-ion EV batteries
  • NASA rolls out enhanced, mobile-friendly climate site

India wants to double coal production

The man responsible for maintaining India’s power supply says he wants the country’s coal production to double within the next five years.

Why warnings on climate spark aggressive denials

If you don’t like the message on climate change, it seems that the answer is to shoot the messenger.

Big business sounds water warning bells

Two-thirds of the world’s largest companies are reporting exposure to water risks, some of which have potential to limit growth, says the Carbon Disclosure Project.

EU plans power supergrid to boost renewables

An electricity supergrid is being planned to connect all 28 European Union countries and provide them with insurance against power blackouts.

Why Australia’s entire power sector should support target

There’s been much talk about how uncertainty over the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) is affecting the renewable energy industry.

US drought shows why the price of water should rise

Last January, California Governor Jerry Brown declared a State of Emergency following projections of severe drought.

Social acceptance new key for today’s miners

A licence to dig is no longer enough for today’s mining and extractive companies. Stakeholder approval is progressively becoming a “must have” for mining companies around the globe — a requirement these companies widely acknowledge through what’s known as a “social licence to operate”.

NZUS close at $4.35

Carbon ended the week as it started, quietly and this will most likely continue, OMFinancial reports.

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