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 February 13, 2015
February 13/14 marks Global Divestment Day and the pressure on the energy industry to move away from fossil fuels to renewable energy solutions like solar power. 

To avert the catastrophic effects of global warming we need to ensure that fossil fuels stay in the ground and that we divest from corporations who continue to support this industry. 

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 February 3, 2015
It is shaping up to be New Zealand's sunniest summer yet, which is great news for those with solar panels. Radio Live's Mark Sainsbury and Ingrid Hipkiss talk about the incredible weather around the country, including Windy Wellington. 

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 January 19, 2015
When Aro Hā Wellness Retreat first opened last January, founding partner Damian Chaparro never thought he'd see such staggering results from the investment in renewable energy in the first year of business. 

Damian says, "Aro Hā is a massive site, it takes a lot to power it, especially in winter. When my business partner Chris Madison and I came up with the idea, we decided the facility should produce as much of its own power as possible. This wold meet our vision for how the retreat should operate." 

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 January 13, 2015
Designed by architecture firm Snohetta for the Research Center on Zero Emission Buildings, this Norwegian home is designed to emit zero emissions. Leaning at a 19 degree angle to capture as much of the sunlight as possible, the eco-home is made from stacked wood, recycled bricks and timber and generates its own power through solar and thermal panels on its roof. The generation of its own power means that the home can heat its swimming pool, cover its own energy use and charge an electric car. As well as this, the home collects rain water, grey water and drain water and uses the heat recovered from the water as well as the excess warmth inside the home to heat incoming tap water. This eco-home also includes a sauna and vegetable patch.

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 January 5, 2015
South African's are learning to live in the dark as their power supply is unable to meet electricity demand. A rolling schedule of blackouts known as 'load shedding' have been introduced as a means to maintain the power supply of the country. Residents are encouraged to check electricity reports that read like weather forecasts, predicting the probability of load shedding in the country, as well as having printed electricity survival tips in newspapers that include how to prepare food without using electricity. 

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