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David Blowers

David Blowers

David has extensive experience developing both energy and broader public policy in both Australia and the UK. He has spent the past three years working on energy and earth resources policy for the Victorian State Government, where he recently led the review of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme.

David has a Bachelor degree in Economics (Hons) from the University of Hull and a Masters degree in Economics of the European Union from the University of Exeter.

A high price for policy failure: the ten-year story of spiralling electricity bills

Jan 02, 2018 05:34 am UTC| Insights & Views

Politicians are told never to waste a good crisis. Australias electricity sector is in crisis, or something close to it. The nations first-ever statewide blackout, in South Australia in September 2016, was followed by...

Time for pragmatism, not panic, for the electricity market

Sep 11, 2017 08:44 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

There was a familiar kneejerk reaction to last weeks announcement by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) that there are risks to our electricity supply after the scheduled closure of the Liddell coal-fired power...

Climate Change Series

Emissions trading for electricity is the sensible way forward

Dec 09, 2016 03:47 am UTC| Insights & Views Economy

The preliminary report from the Finkel Review of electricity market security will be presented to COAG today. Leaked versions indicate that the report notes the urgent need for long-term policy certainty on climate change...

Climate Change Series

One day we won't need a Renewable Energy Target, because we'll have good climate policy

Apr 14, 2016 00:55 am UTC| Insights & Views Nature

Australias Renewable Energy Target (RET) has had a rough time in recent years. After a 2014 government review recommended it be abolished, both major parties eventually agreed to downsize the RET in 2015. But even with...

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Economy

Hertz paying $168M to settle theft, false arrest lawsuits

Hertz is resolving its false arrest and theft lawsuits by paying $168 million. The settlement will cover all 364 claims related to the false reporting of rental cars being stolen and wrongful arrests resulting from the...

올해 대미 '김치' 수출액 2700만 달러...사상 최대치 기록

원본 기사 : Kimchi US exports hit a record high this year as the popularity of K-food spikes 한국 전통 발표식품인 김치에 대한 세계적인 관심이 높아지면서 미국 등 해외 시장에 대한 수출도 급증하고 있다. 지난 5일...

Jollibee to sell stake in Vietnam’s Highlands Coffee for $800 million

Jollibee Foods Corp is negotiating to sell 10 percent to 15 percent of its stake in its Vietnamese coffee chain, Highlands Coffee, for around $800 million. If successful, the stake sale could eventually pave the way for...

Diageo India partners with Source Global to conserve groundwater, reduce carbon emissions

Diageo India will leverage Source Hydropanel technology, which uses the sun to draw pure water vapor out of the air, to produce water for its single malt whisky brand Godawan. Renewable water technology company Source...

Nike permanently ditches Kyrie Irving as it cut ties over antisemitic comments

Nike Inc. announced on Monday, Dec. 5, it has finally made the decision to sever its ties with the 30-year-old National Basketball Association player Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets. This means his contract with the...

Politics

UK: Labour wins vote demanding government release COVID-19 contracts

The British opposition Labour Party secured a vote to demand the government to release documents of COVID-19 contracts given to a firm with a connection to a Conservative member of the Upper House. The vote was secured...

Russia-Ukraine war: Drone strike hits Russian airfield

A drone strike hit another Russian airbase this week following reports of Ukraines capability to penetrate Russian airspace. The reports followed an attack on two previous Russian airbases. A drone strike hit what would...

US: Supreme Court considers potentially limiting judicial scrutiny over election-related cases

The Conservative majority of the United States Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in an appeal that could limit the judiciary of a state to scrutinize elections. The high court could potentially grant politicians more...

Myanmar coup: Relatives of Myanmar students sentenced to death ask for help

The Myanmar junta has continued to crack down on opponents and critics as they continue their rule over the country since overthrowing the elected government last year. Relatives of seven students who were sentenced to...

Science

S. Korean scientists detect antibiotic material in spider venom using AI

South Korean scientists have developed an artificial intelligence (AI)-based peptide detection model that can predict the antibiotic functionality of peptides antibiotic for hay bacillus, colon bacillus, staphylococcus...

Scientists test mRNA technology for universal flu vaccine

An experimental vaccine was found to potentially open a pathway to a universal flu shot that might help prevent future pandemics, according to a US study. In initial tests in mice and ferrets, the two-dos vaccine...

Unilever explores the use of “cow-free” ingredients for ice creams

Unilever has begun looking at utilizing precision fermentation technology to create cow-free dairy products or use them within its ice cream portfolio A spokesperson for Unilever said that the companys RD team is in...

S. Korean researchers develop wearable OLED that can cure jaundice in infants

Researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed a wearable green organic light-emitting diode (OLED) with a 470-nanometer (nm) wavelength that can cure jaundice in...

It was the first time scientists confirmed that nitrous oxide increases if nitrogenous fertilizers are used excessively for rice farming.

The excessive use of nitrogenous fertilizers for rice farming results in a sharp increase in the emission of nitrous oxide, the major greenhouse gas contributor, according to study by the Gyeonggi-do Agricultural Research ...

Technology

‘Cyberpunk 2077’ multiplayer: CD Projekt Red confirms it was shelved due to the game’s tumultuous launch

CD Projekt Red said years ago that Cyberpunk 2077 would have online multiplayer gameplay, which later became a planned standalone title. However, the developer has now confirmed it had to drastically change its plans...

‘Star Wars Jedi: Survivor’ release date is leaked on Steam, hinting at an early 2023 launch

Video game fans looking forward to Star Wars Jedi: Survivor may not have to wait for EA and Respawn Entertainments announcement for a release date. Details about the games launch appeared to have been leaked by quite a...

Apple AR/VR headset release date: Analyst says mass shipments could be delayed to the second half of 2023

Apple is expected to enter the AR and VR space by next year with its first mixed-reality headset. While previous reports claimed it could be announced in early 2023, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo updated his predictions to suggest...

PS Plus downloadable games for December includes remastered ‘Mass Effect’ trilogy

December is going to be a good month for PlayStation Plus members now that Sony announced the lineup of new downloadable games at no additional cost going live next week. The list is headlined by the collection of...
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