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Irena: Energy transition at a ‘turning point’ as renewables undercut fossil fuel generation costs

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Plunging costs of renewables mark a turning point in a global transition to low-carbon energy, with new solar or wind farms increasingly cheaper to build than running existing coal plants, according to a report published on Tuesday.The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said the attractive prices of renewables relative to fossil fuel power generation could help governments embrace green economic recoveries from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.“We have reached an important turning point in the energy transition,” Francesco La Camera, director-general of IRENA, said in a statement.Although scientists say the world needs to stage a much faster transition to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, the annual report by the Abu Dhabi-based agency shows that wind and solar are increasingly competitive on price alone. More than half of the renewable capacity added in 2019 achieved lower power costs than the cheapest new coal plants, the report found.Auction results also suggest that the average cost of building new solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind power now costs less than keeping many existing coal plants running, reinforcing the case for phasing out coal, the report said.The authors also calculated that the world could save up to $23 billion of power system costs per year by using onshore wind and solar PV to replace the most expensive 500 gigawatts of coal-fired power, mostly found in China, India, Ukraine, Poland, South Korea, Japan, Germany and the United States. Next year, up to 1,200 GW of existing coal capacity could prove more expensive to operate than the cost of building new utility-scale solar PV farms, the report found.[Matthew Green]More: Plunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition: IRENA Irena: Energy transition at a ‘turning point’ as renewables undercut fossil fuel generation costslast_img read more

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Australia accuses China of fueling ‘infodemic’ over virus

first_img“We will do so through facts and transparency, underpinned by liberal democratic values that we will continue to promote home and abroad,” said Payne.Tensions between Beijing and Canberra have escalated steadily since Australia joined calls for an international probe into the origins of coronavirus and its handling by China.Beijing has since taken retaliatory steps, including targeting trade with Australia and discouraging its citizens from visiting the country.Chinese travelers represent the biggest group of tourists to Australia, as well as a significant and lucrative source of income from university students.Payne acknowledged Australia may have made itself a target by speaking out for a review on coronavirus, but said it had been in Australia’s best long-term interests. “There are times to pursue quiet diplomacy behind the scenes, but there are also times to voice our concern and persuade others of the need for a course of action,” she said.Topics : “For our part, it is troubling that some countries are using the pandemic to undermine liberal democracy to promote their own more authoritarian models.” Payne also labeled Beijing’s warnings to citizens against travelling to Australia because of potential racist attacks as “disinformation”.”At a time like this, what we need is cooperation and understanding,” she said.She called for nation’s to bolster global bodies such as the World Health Organization to counter the “infodemic”. Australia’s foreign minister accused China Tuesday of contributing to a climate of “fear and division” over the coronavirus in a speech also attacking Russia and Turkey for spreading disinformation about the disease.Speaking at the Australian National University in Canberra, Marise Payne said the virus had provided fertile ground for fake news, and highlighted Twitter’s action in uncovering the role Russia, China and Turkey had allegedly played on the platform.”Twitter disclosed over 32,000 accounts as state-linked information operations, which the company attributed to Russia to China and to Turkey,” Payne said.last_img read more

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Wilder retains heavyweight crown after Fury thriller ends in draw

first_imgWilder landed just 71 of 430 punches thrown, or 17 percent.Fury by contrast cleverly picked his moments, finding Wilder with greater accuracy and causing a nasty swelling over the American’s left eye.Wilder, the more aggressive of the two fighters early on, quickly moved into an early lead.But Fury gradually grew in confidence, regularly taunting Wilder by throwing his arms up in the air or behind his back.Wilder responded with increasingly desperate flurries of big punches, very few of which found their mark.As several former heavyweights had predicted beforehand, the longer the fight went on, the more Fury looked in control.– Fury goes down –However in the ninth round, Wilder finally made his mark, dropping Fury with a short hook that had the fans on their feet.Fury recovered well however and regained his composure to resume where he had left off. With a large contingent of British fans in the audience of 17,698 roaring him on, a victory suddenly seemed within reach.Wilder however suddenly found a devastating combination just when he needed it in the 12th round.A right hand sent Fury rocking backwards towards the deck and a brutal left hand on the way down appeared to be the coup de grace for the challenger.Incredibly however, Fury managed to pick himself up and clear his head to survive the remainder of the round and escape with a draw. Tyson Fury punches Deontay Wilde in the fifth round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Champioinship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTOLos Angeles, United States | AFP | Deontay Wilder retained his WBC heavyweight crown here Saturday after battling to a split decision draw against Britain’s Tyson Fury in a pulsating 12-round battle.Wilder had Fury on the canvas twice, including a spectacular final round knockdown, but was unable to get the knockout victory he had promised to deliver at the Staples Center.The three judges were divided on the outcome, with one scoring it 115-111 for Wilder, another 114-112 for Fury and the third 113-113.“I think with the two knockdowns I definitely won the fight,” said Wilder afterwards. “We poured our hearts out tonight. We’re both warriors, but with those two drops I think I won the fight.”Wilder, who remains unbeaten after 41 fights, immediately called for a rematch.“I would love for it to be my next fight,” Wilder said. “Let’s give the fans what they want to see. It was a great fight and let’s do it again.”Fury meanwhile insisted he had done enough to win.“We’re on away soil, I got knocked down twice, but I still believe I won that fight,” Fury said.“That man is a fearsome puncher and I was able to avoid that. The world knows I won the fight.”Fury also said he hopes to arrange a rematch.“One hundred percent we’ll do the rematch,” Fury said. “We are two great champions. Me and this man are the two best heavyweights on the planet.”Until a sensational final round knockdown from Wilder, Fury appeared to be heading towards what would have been a remarkable upset.The 30-year-old “Gypsy King”, who returned to boxing this year after missing more than two years through depression, drink and drug problems, had boxed cleverly to evade the heavy-hitting threat of Wilder for most of the fight.The American champion struggled to connect cleanly with Fury throughout an absorbing contest, all too often sending huge arcing haymakers whistling past Fury’s head. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Roethlisberger guides Steelers past Ravens 23-16

first_imgThe Ravens (4-5) scored only one touchdown in their third straight defeat, managing two field goals in the first half while falling behind 14-6. Baltimore had converted 72.4 percent of its red zone opportunities into TDs — the fourth-best percentage in the NFL — but on this day it was a struggle.“To hold those guys to field goals in the first half when they were down there was significant,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.Pittsburgh opened the second half with a drive that lasted nearly seven minutes and ended with a 1-yard plunge by Roethlisberger. The conversion sailed wide to the right, keeping the score at 20-6.Down by two touchdowns and facing a potential two-game deficit in the AFC North, the Ravens reacted. Flacco completed six passes in a 75-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Alex Collins.The defense followed by forcing the game’s first three-and-out, but the Baltimore offense failed to sustain the momentum.After the Ravens punted. Roethlisberger was collared from behind by Za’Darius Smith and remained on the ground for several minutes. Joshua Dobbs came in, completed a 22-yard pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, then gave way to Roethlisberger.“That was a huge play,” Roethlisberger said of Dobbs’ first-down toss.The drive led to a field goal for a 10-point cushion with 8:26 remaining.Baltimore got another field goal to get within a touchdown with 5:23 to go, but never threatened thereafter. It was not at all the way the Ravens wanted to enter their long-awaited bye week.“We’ll go into our bye week trying to get rested up, trying to get healthy,” coach John Harbaugh said. “We’ll try to come out swinging the last seven games and find a way to make the playoffs.”In the first half, Roethlisberger threw 29 passes and showed his kicking prowess as Pittsburgh took control.With the Steelers facing a fourth down from the Baltimore 38, Roethlisberger lined up in shotgun formation and popped up a 27-yard punt — his seventh career kick.The Ravens then settled for a field goal one play after Flacco failed to see wide-open Lamar Jackson on the right side near the end zone. Jackson, a rookie quarterback who’s been used in a variety of ways, went in motion on the play and was left uncovered.Roethlisberger put Pittsburgh ahead with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Conner, and the Steelers made it 14-3 when Roethlisberger capped a 75-yard drive with a 6-yard TD pass to Antonio Brown.INJURIESSteelers: None reported.Ravens: Starting offensive tackles Ronnie Stanley (ankle) and James Hurst (back) were on the inactive list. … CB Tavon Young hurt his right ankle in the fourth quarter and did not return. … Also inactive, though not injured, was Ty Montgomery, obtained Tuesday in a trade with Packers.TRIBUTE TO SYNAGOGUE VICTIMSRoethlisberger wore cleats emblazoned with a Star of David in response to the late-October shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The Star of David was in yellow and served as the upper part of the Steelers logo. There were also the words, “Stronger Than Hate” on each shoe.Roethlisberger and his wife are friends of Michele Rosenthal, a former team employee. Two of Rosenthal’s brothers were among the 11 killed in the attack that stunned the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, left, scores a touchdown in front of Baltimore Ravens free safety Eric Weddle in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)MR. TOUCHDOWNSConner has 10 touchdowns, most by a Steelers player through eight games since 1950. Brown has nine TD catches, a team record through eight games.UP NEXTSteelers: Host Carolina on Thursday night.Ravens: Bye, followed by home game vs Cincinnati on Nov. 18.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL By 19 minutes ago BALTIMORE (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes, ran for a score and put up an unexpected left-footed punt to help the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens 23-16 Sunday.James Conner rushed for 107 yards and caught a TD pass for the Steelers (5-2-1), who have won four straight since falling to the Ravens at home on Sept. 30.Roethlisberger went 28 for 47 for 270 yards. His 1-yard run put Pittsburgh up 20-6 in the third quarter, and the 36-year-old showed his grit by missing only one play after being flattened during a sprint from the pocket with just over 13 minutes left.last_img read more

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MISS SUGARS ADDS BLINKERS AND GETS UP TO WIN $75,000 BLUE NORTHER STAKES BY A HEAD UNDER BAZE; TRAINED BY MULLINS, SHE GETS MILE ON TURF IN 1:36.24

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 29, 2016)–A close fourth with a troubled early trip in her most recent start, English-bred Miss Sugars added blinkers and was up to win Thursday’s $75,000 Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita by a head under Tyler Baze as she stopped the clock for one mile on turf in 1:36.24.Trained by Jeff Mullins, Miss Sugars was closer to the early pace with the equipment change and was three-wide turning for home while third behind pacesetter Princess Roi, who dug in tenaciously to finish second in a three-way photo for the win.“In England, they don’t have anybody with them in the gate and since this is only her third start here, they load me and then we’re on our own,” said Baze.  “She broke great today and the trip we got worked out just the way we wanted it to.  We were up closer and able to save ground early and around the far turn I took a look back and just decided to let her kick before the others did.“She tries really hard and Jeff’s been a big part of my career.  It’s great to end up the year winning a race like this for him.”Off at 6-1 in a field of 10 juvenile fillies, Miss Sugars paid $14.60, $7.00 and $5.00.Owned by Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho Temescal, LLC, she improved her record to 8-2-3-1.  With the winner’s share of $46,800, she increased her earnings to $71,985.“Well today, we didn’t have to go through the steeplechase deal,” Mullins said, as he laughingly referred to a weather related obstruction that caused Miss Sugars to lose some ground into the first turn of the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar on Nov. 26.  “The blinkers helped her lay closer to the pace today and it made Tyler’s job a little easier.  We’ll keep her on the grass.”Ridden by a comebacking Corey Nakatani, Princess Roi was pressured throughout by eventual third place finisher Tap It All, but dug in resolutely at the rail to nab the place by a nose.  Off at 15-1, Princess Roi paid $15.00 and $12.00.“I love this filly,” said Nakatani.  “We got pressure and for her to fight back like she did, shows her class.  I really want to thank Richard (trainer, Baltas) for putting me on her.  I’ve been working horses for him and this was a good opportunity.”Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Tap It All broke from post position eight and vied for the lead with Princess Roi throughout and just missed winning.  Off at 28-1, Tap It All paid $12.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.49, 47.67, 1:12.35 and 1:24.29.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Friday, with first post time at 12:30 p.m.  Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

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