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Coal seam gas extraction has increased social stress in Darling Downs. University of Queensland

Fracking can cause social stress in nearby areas: new research

Research into Queensland's Darling Downs area has found social stress caused by housing pressure, population shifts and the 'two-speed economy' of coal seam gas.
The study showed that boosting the office temperature a little can save energy and keep office workers comfortable without sacrificing their cognitive performance. Mami Kempe / The Conversation

Chill out. A slightly warmer office won’t make it too hot to think

Our study found that office workers performed just the same, whether the air conditioning was set at 22°C or 25°C. But making that tweak can cut energy use by 18%.
Tony Abbott will be cycling through the Latrobe valley when the 30th Newspoll is released on Monday. Lukas Coch/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Coal fires Tony Abbott’s pre-Newspoll play

Many among the public will discount Abbott's activities as just his usual trouble-making. The noise, however, reinforces the general impression of a fractured government.
Researchers talk to Bruny Islanders who have signed up to an experimental new method of managing energy. Chris Crerar

Tesla’s ‘virtual power plant’ might be second-best to real people power

Our energy system puts consumers more or less at the mercy of business and regulators. What if the future of energy meant putting the power back in the hands of households?
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Americans are saving energy by staying at home

New research shows that computers, streaming video and other digital technologies are helping Americans spend more time at home and less out shopping and commuting, yielding measurable energy savings.

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