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Climate change connection noted

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7 People Die in West Coast [US] Wildfires. Strong winds were likely to continue to propel the extraordinary number of fires burning in California, Oregon and Washington. The death toll rises as wildfires spread at an astonishing rate. At least seven people were pronounced dead in wildfires in Washington, Oregon and California on

How much plastic would you like with your tea?

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The hidden plastics in Twinings, Tetley and Yorkshire teabags BRITISH PEOPLE are known around the world for their love of tea, with 100 million cups consumed across the UK every day. But Britons may want to think twice about which brand they buy after tests revealed that Twinings, Tetley and Yorkshire Tea bags

The inevitable tragedy of a Summer on edge in Portland

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ALL THROUGH SUMMER, through the haze of tear gas and assaults by federal agents, amid nightly clashes between Portland police and protesters, an incident like the one on Saturday night seemed not only possible but inevitable. On the ninety-third day of protests in response to the murder of George Floyd,

Are virtual power plants the future of solar power?

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WHEN MATHS TEACHER Katie Brooks was searching for a new apartment, the solar panels on the rooftop of the Fremantle complex she eventually settled on were a big drawcard. ABOVE:  Katie Brooks can sell power to other residents in the White Gum Valley apartment complex. (Supplied) Ms Brooks said utilising solar energy

The therapeutic power of gardening

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Can anxious minds find solace working with plants? A therapist and her husband, a garden designer, say yes. By Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 17 August 2020 IN MID-MARCH, in the tense week before the British government announced its belated coronavirus-induced lockdown, certain everyday products became extraordinarily hard to find. Panicked buyers swept up

Surprise! NSW embraces renewables big time

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“How Australia’s State energy ministers are turning the tables on Angus Taylor” is the promising headline of a Guardian Australia story by Simon Holmes à Court. It outlines the positive renewables revolution in NSW that has quietly gathered speed since 2018 and a new environment/energy minister. Here’s a few sentences and

Renewables confidence rises as solar boom shows no sign of fading

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By Peter Hannam, The Sydney Morning Herald. INVESTOR CONFIDENCE in clean energy is rising strongly, led by interest in NSW’s new renewables zones, while the boom in solar rooftop installations shows little sign of tapering. The latest semi-annual survey of renewable energy generators and storage firms by the Clean Energy Council showed

Medicinal cannabis is legal in Australia

but people like Grace are still turning to the black market. By Sophie Kesteven and Michele Weekes for Life Matters, ABC AFTER GRACE* was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, she turned to medicinal cannabis. But accessing it through legal medical channels was a challenge: she faced long waiting times and substantial

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