The Conversation, 14 April 2015
The cost of batteries is one of the major hurdles standing in the way of widespread use of electric cars and household solar batteries. By storing surplus energy, batteries allow households to reduce power bought from the electricity grid. Unfortunately, batteries have so far been prohibitively expensive. But research published recently in Nature Climate Change Letters shows battery pack costs may in some cases be as low as US$300 per kilowatt-hour today, and could reach US$200 by 2020. This cost development is notably cheaper and faster decreasing than I and many others expected.
Business Spectator, 13 April 2015
Today you could hear the egg splattering over the faces of a range of politicians and prominent business journalists around the country. According to these people – which included our current minister responsible for energy, Ian Macfarlane, as well as a past one, Martin Ferguson – unless we started pumping gas out of NSW coal seams, the state was at imminent threat of running of gas.
Crikey, 8 April 2015
Social psychologist and author Hugh Mackay reckons the City of Parramatta’s plan to build more high-rise residential towers is a big mistake because it’s not how humans are meant to live.
Canberra Times, 13 April 2015
Pedal Power has called for a $50 million investment in cycling infrastructure and health promotion efforts from the ACT government's coming budget, including for the completion of a special city bike route. The advocacy group used a submission to the budget process to argue the four-year funding of $12.5 million annually would assist the government to meet its stated goal of 6 per cent of all trips to work being completed by bike from next year, and 7 per cent by 2020.
Tuesday 21thApril (6.00pm – 8.00pm)
Piney Lakes Environment Centre
Leach Highway (south side) between Murdoch and Riseley streets, Winthrop