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The United States could fulfill its greenhouse gas emission pledge under the Paris Climate Agreement by virtually eliminating coal as an energy source by 2024, according to new research from Portland State University.
An international team has developed newly refined techniques for obtaining past climate data from mollusc shells. Mollusc shells are abundant in archaeological sites spanning the last 160,000 years. Using laser imaging, researchers have now found new ways of reconstructing how climate changed during a mollusc’s lifetime, down to the seasonal level
An international team of researchers projected as much as a 35 percent increase in newborns with heart malformations in a region including Texas.
Energy Locals, Enosi launch rooftop solar trading platform to put consumers in charge of who they sell their excess PV generation to, and for how much.
Transport expert Chris Loader’s easy-on-the-eye graphs paint a very clear picture of Australia’s transport-based carbon emissions.
Climate change is one of those “tree hugger” issues…right? Not quite. On this new episode of Global Weirding, Katharine Hayhoe shares why this issue concerns everyone.
Labor wants the federal government’s proposed energy laws to be back on the parliamentary agenda so they can vote against the plan.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison says Australia “smashed” the Kyoto agreement, but the nation was allowed to increase pollution under the arrangement.
Transparency advocates say secret campaigns such as Project Caesar have to be brought out of the shadows
Matt Canavan’s comments come as Queensland Nationals push for ‘immediate’ action to underwrite power stations
Despite internal pressure on Nationals leader Michael McCormack, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says energy divestment powers are not a priority in Parliament’s dying days.
A record number of households are being forced onto hardship programs to pay off their electricity bills as they struggle to cope with rising power prices.
Australian energy policy is among the most volatile in the world, hurting investment plans, according to IFM Investors.
Energy and resources chiefs argue the market case for a low-emissions power plant will be strengthened by Labor’s targets.
New data from Wiki-Solar reveals that some of the world’s leading energy utilities are beginning to build significant solar generation portfolios.
Energy Networks Australia releases first of standardised guidelines to govern “safe, consistent and efficient” installation of rooftop solar and storage across NEM.
Climate Council of Australia
The Australian summer of 2018/19 marked the return of the ‘Angry Summer,’ with record-breaking heat and other destructive extreme weather events.
Simon Holmes à Court
The Coalition needs to come up with a credible climate policy. Tricky accounting and microwaved policy leftovers don’t cut it
The political process has delivered up an unholy mess.
Without a solid national plan to confront climate threats, there’s plenty more hardship on the horizon.
A smoke haze will cover parts of Victoria for days as firefighters continue to bring blazes under control.
Victorian councils left in limbo after the closure of major recycling plants are demanding more cash from the state government.
A syndicate is busted for wedging lizards into cooking appliances, food packaging and toys in an attempt to smuggle them out of Melbourne to be sold as pets in Hong Kong and China.
Rescuers found 127 ringtail possums along the shoreline and in the water on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula
Temperate grasslands are home to diverse flora and fauna but they are in decline because of land clearing and our lack of concern
Changes to product requirements and compliance matters, plus the election in New South Wales, have made for interesting times in NSW and Victoria energy efficiency markets.
If it were on a strategic plan with construction anticipated to commence several decades from now it would make a lot more sense.
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For some kids in Moree, roaming the streets at night can be safer than being at home, but police and youth services hope they might have the answer.
Environmentalists are calling on the prime minister and NSW premier to stop plans for new coal-fired power stations in the Hunter Valley.
HK and China-based firms behind plan have access to only some of required capital
The regent honeyeater’s plight has blocked previous Hunter Valley development plans in the Hunter economic zone
The final Berejiklian government moves before entering caretaker mode included easing the way for a gas pipeline to the proposed Narrabri coal seam gasfield and easing the rules of clearing native vegetation.
It sounds too good to be true – and the state government is emphatic it is – but the NSW Greens are confident their sums add up.
Cabinet is yet to make a formal decision on dropping the Barton dogleg, but the Transport Minister says the government now sees a direct route as more likely.
A rare and beautiful cockatoo, known as the “Ringo Starr” of the bird world, could be extinct within a decade unless urgent action is taken to protect its habitat in a remote part of Queensland.
Thousand of people have signed a state government e-petition asking for an examination of how Ipswich land that was held as an aboriginal reserve was sold as freehold land.
Rio’s $2.6bn bauxite mine in Queensland should serve as a reboot for the nation’s aluminium industry, Matt Canavan says.
Six Queensland rebel MPs have been inspired to action by a thesis that says the state’s Labor government is “robbing $1.5 billion from all Queenslanders” in power bills. There’s some truth to this – or there was.
Pastoralists say a century-old outback fence can no longer keep the sheep industry safe from wild dogs and dingoes.
The modelling used to promote the multi-billion Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project appears to assume that in South Australia, solar power is produced during the night.
Councils will receive no financial help from the State Government to cope with escalating recycling costs, despite $120 million sitting in a green industry fund.
An aged care home has reignited debate over the safety of Queensland box street trees, saying dropped seed pods are a major hazard for its elderly residents.
Greg Barila After spending an hour and $22 stuck in traffic, an e-scooter cost me $6 and 15 minutes to get back to work. Adelaide, embrace this idea — for the world as well as our sanity.
Despite burning questions from residents, the NT’s environmental watchdog says a low roar emitting from a gas plant and audible in some suburbs meets acceptable noise levels.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is set to announce a $96 million infrastructure package to ease congestion in parts of Perth during his four-day visit to WA.
It was valued at $83 million in June 2017, but Carnegie Clean Energy’s CETO wave technology is now worth just $15 million, despite governments pouring tens of millions into the supposedly world-leading company.
Western Australia’s Labor government says it is drawing up plans to facilitate the shift from coal to a grid dominated by renewables, and will develop a “whole of system” plan as well as a strategy to cope with the dramatic uptake of rooftop solar and battery storage
All new large projects in WA face having to pay to offset their carbon emissions after WA’s environmental watchdog unveiled new guidelines.
W.A. utility to decommission 54km of poles and wires and replace with 13 Micro Power Systems combining solar, battery storage and a back-up diesel generator.
With a few genetic tweaks, a type of soil bacteria with an appetite for hydrocarbons shows promise as a biological factory for converting a renewable — but frustratingly untapped — bounty into a replacement for ubiquitous plastics.
Activist investors targeting coal have put WA’s lucrative iron ore industry on notice, demanding the big miners take responsibility for the emissions generated when their product is turned into steel.
WA’s Environmental Protection Authority will require offsets for any project emitting more than 100,000 tonnes per annum.
Ocean plastics, particularly the Indian Ocean Garbage Patch, is something Western Australia is perfectly placed to tackle, says the newly appointed leader of Andrew Forrest’s Flourishing Oceans philanthropic venture.
EU judges ruled that the European Food Safety Agency must disclose details of studies of the toxicity and carcinogenic properties of the chemical glyphosate.
In a suit filed Monday, accusers say European nations burning wood pellets and chips for energy are putting the world at risk with carbon emissions greater than from coal burning.
Temperatures may climb and seas may rise, but the lights (and, undoubtedly, the air conditioning) will still be on in nations with high capacities for wind and solar energy. New research suggests that these electricity systems should work almost equally well in both historical and future European climates despite changing weather patterns.
Contamination found across UK lakes and rivers, in US groundwater, along the Yangtze river and Spanish coast, and harbouring dangerous bacteria in Singapore
Hydrogen is a highly attractive, but also highly explosive energy carrier, which requires safe, lightweight and cheap storage as well as transportation systems. Scientists at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, have now developed a chemical storage system based on simple and abundant organic compounds. As reported in the journal Angewandte Chemie, the liquid hydrogen carrier system has a high theoretical capacity and uses the same catalyst for the charging-discharging reaction.
Planet-friendly products from straws to bottles to blankets are multiplying, but many Americans can’t afford them yet.
Deal with wind sector aims to produce one third of UK’s electricity needs by 2030
Several churches have caught on to the trend of merging environmental activism and Lent.
A simple frame that allows a solar cell to track the sun’s path across the sky
Think Game of Thrones, but this one is underground and defends against a far more realistic threat.
Simple, inexpensive urban design interventions can increase well-being and social connections among city residents, finds a new case study.
Driving is ruining our lives.
Conservation groups say Trump administration plan that would scale the wolves’ protected area and allow people to shoot the species on private land will snuff out the species
Microplastic traces have been found in every single river and waterway tested in a UK wide study.
Vegetation biomass on grasslands increases in response to elevated carbon dioxide levels, but less than expected. Vegetation on grasslands with a wet spring season has the greatest increase.
Human disturbance reduces forest density, biomass, and richness of species in sacred church forests of northern Ethiopia, according to new research.
A ship ran aground more than a month ago, and a gash on its side is leaking oil. There’s growing outrage that the companies responsible are not taking action to stop the environmental destruction.
A team led by a conservation biologist from the University of Kent has successfully relocated threatened Seychelles paradise flycatchers (Terpsiphone corvina) to a different island to help prevent their extinction.
Wild bees in Europe are in trouble — more than 50 percent of local species are now classified as endangered. Recent findings indicate that, in farming areas, species that emerge in late summer are most acutely threatened.
Rising temperatures and humidity putting hugely important wetlands under pressure, environment official warns.
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