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Aaron Brooks and Daniel Bleakley
Our politicians are highly connected to big business
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Mock Cop26 set up in frustration at lack of progress due to coronavirus crisis
The European Union should change the way it hands out free pollution permits in the bloc’s carbon market, which is failing to bring about deep cuts in emissions.
Climate change is making wildfires bigger, fiercer, and deadlier, fueling a new kind of despair on the West Coast—and beyond.
T-Rex would have liked having the heat return to dinosaur territory, and other ironies of global warming.
From ‘greenies’ to ‘arsonists’: Australia is watching the West Coast wildfires with an eerie sense of déjà vu.
In climate change, the Four Horsemen have a perfect force of destruction. Maybe these fires and floods will be a wake-up call to stop stalling
What is the impact of temperature increases in the tropics? How likely is it that regions along the Equator will be uninhabitable due to high wet bulb temperatures such as 35℃ and more in places like Singapore? Do we have models that suggest how likely this is and at what time frames?
The one piece of good news from the Coalition’s gas plan was $250 million in funding to accelerate three new transmission links critical for big renewable energy projects.
Climate change and clean energy campaigners were left dismayed at the federal government’s plans to spearhead a “gas-led recovery” from COVID-19, saying it will be ineffective and damage the prospects of meeting international emissions reduction commitments.
Review of EPBC Act was delivered to government 11 days after process of drawing up legislation had begun
Tamborine local Matt Luthi has managed to build two 10-star energy-rated houses in the last six years, and he reckons anyone can do it.
BHP has rejected a proposed moratorium on mining activities that might impact cultural heritage sites across Australia until relevant laws are strengthened.
Labor’s grassroots environmental network has thrown its support behind Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s decision to leave out specific 2030 climate change targets from the party’s preliminary draft platform.
Some of Australia’s top manufacturers have backed the federal government’s gas policy, saying it should lower prices and protect local jobs.
Aaron Brooks and Daniel Bleakley
Our politicians are highly connected to big business
Gas fracking and a new fossil fuel power plant got a big leg-up today as News Corp, Nine Entertainment, ABC News and Guardian Australia faithfully splashed with the latest government gas plan on their front pages today.
There is nothing accidental or haphazard about the Coalition’s latest threat to the energy industry, and the attempt to force-feed more gas generation into Australia’s main grid.
The federal government today announced it will build a new gas power plant in the Hunter Valley, NSW, if electricity generators don’t fill the energy gap left by the Liddell coal-fired station when it retires in 2023.
The Australian media demands we be frightened by Chinese firms doing exactly what Western spy agencies have been doing for years.
The Federal Government has laid out a plan to cut gas prices and kickstart the economy, but it largely sidesteps the root cause of the gas-price crisis
The Coalition has royally stuffed up energy policy when Australia should be moving to fuels of the future
Gas is part of our plan to reduce emissions without imposing new costs on households.
The Prime Minister takes an unequivocal position that more gas is good for the country but for many in the environmental movement, gas is the next Adani coal mine, to be stopped at all costs.
Angus Taylor’s gas plan could easily become redundant if technology, such as battery power, and consumer-driven demand take us down a different path.
Scott Morrison’s plan to focus on gas will upset environmentalists and the pro-coal enthusiasts in his party. But the PM insists the government must be ready to step up.
The Prime Minister’s intervention in the gas market means Australians won’t have to choose between cutting emissions, lower power prices and manufacturing jobs.
The Prime Minister’s muscular push for government intervention to reduce the cost of gas may end up reducing supply by scaring off private investment.
The wild fires that have ravaged the US west coast, turning skies orange, are a lurid reminder that climate change looms ever larger as an economic threat.
James Jin Kang
The philanthropic foundation of mining billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has unveiled a plan to transform how Australia responds to bushfires.
A modern coal-fired power station remains the most effective way of generating the baseload power without which no electricity system can function or even survive.
Whether Labor has a medium or a long-term target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — 2030 or 2050 — is a meaningless illusion.
Charged by the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis and the recession it has caused, Scott Morrison has laid out a much-needed blueprint to safeguard the future of Australia’s energy market.
The federal government is playing a game of bluff with big energy, but the not so hidden message behind the gas plan is an admission that the future is renewables and gas is simply a transition mechanism.
Hobsons Bay will enjoy improved air quality, reduced ground temperature, enhanced liveability and more shade on buildings and open spaces through the delivery of an ambitious plan.
State government logging agency VicForests has lodged an appeal against a Federal Court decision that ruled it had unlawfully destroyed possum habitat.
The drilling of a new onshore-to-offshore gas well near Port Campbell is expected to begin at the end of this month.
Serious concerns about the ability of Melburnians to prepare their regional holiday homes for bushfire season have been raised, with fears many won’t be insured if they can’t tend to their homes in time.
New South Wales
Transgrid short-lists projects that will be able to bid for 1,400MW capacity on a new transmission line in New England region of NSW.
Angus Taylor gives up on idea of forcing AGL to keep Liddell coal generator online, but what is an “acceptable” battery?
Atlassian co-founder says it is ‘bullshit’ that giant fossil fuel companies need subsidies to extract gas and export it
Every residential lot in a major urban growth area of Sydney will be required to have at least one eight-metre-high tree in the backyard and one five-metre tree in the front yard.
The only concerns John Barilaro passed on over the divisive koala planning policy were those of a major north coast developer.
Closing Liddell power station would lift NSW wholesale power prices by more than a quarter but the effects would decline as more capacity entered the market, according to a leaked report.
Suburbs and areas as varied as the Northern Beaches, Liverpool and Newcastle have been identified as potential habitats for koalas under new guidelines which last week threatened to split the state government.
Replacing the policy designed to protect koala habitat in NSW was a step in the right direction, but it successor is far from perfect.
Woden could be ditched as the next stage of light rail and replaced with Belconnen under a Liberal government.
Korea’s Hana Financial inks deal to finance 162MW Columboola solar project in Queensland, and says looking for more projects in Australia.
A climate activist has appealed Brisbane City Council’s decision to ban Extinction Rebellion from booking library rooms, saying the council’s decision was politically “discriminatory” and left her feeling “like an outcast and outlaw”.
The Senate committee inquiry into the regulation of farm practices impacting water quality on the Great Barrier Reef has yielded some remarkable confessions by science institutions about the state of the reef.
Dan Murphy’s parent company Endeavour Group says 50% of the liquor retailer’s South Australian stores will have rooftop solar by mid-2021.
There are fears new fencing at Granite Island can’t do enough to shield the local penguin population, with nine still falling prey to foxes over the winter.
The plans for a Port Willunga coastal path – which will make up part of a 70km walking and cycling path from North Haven to Sellicks Beach – have been unveiled.
The Marinus Link undersea interconnector project will be fast-tracked under a sweeping Commonwealth government plan to bring down power prices and improve the nation’s fuel security.
The University of Tasmania has carried out works to restrict the spread of PFAS chemicals at AMC Search’s Firefighting Centre at Bell Bay after studies found contamination above human health guidelines.
The proponent of a controversial tourism development says the decision to end his lease on another site is “political”.
Media release – Environment Protection Authority
A man who was previously issued with an Environment Infringement Notice (EIN) by the EPA for dumping used tyres in private bushland near Nugent was fined an even larger amount in the Magistrates Court today.
John Lawrence says the Hydro paid through the nose for the first cable and warns it has not learnt its lesson with the second on the drawing board
The Northern Territory Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority is prosecuting Parks Australia over allegedly illegal works done on a sacred site near Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National Park.
WA could accept more Australians travelling home from overseas if they could be quarantined in Commonwealth facilities including Christmas Island and the Yongah Hill immigration detention facility, the state’s Premier Mark McGowan says.
A new shared value approach offers a way to better combine companies’ social and environmental outcomes with profitability
Climate Action 100+ group put 161 fossil fuel, mining, transport and other big-emitting companies on notice in latest campaign by shareholders
In his new book, the journalist and co-founder of Vox argues that dramatic population growth could revitalize the nation.
Biosolids are the driving force behind a sustainable new method for producing hydrogen from wastewater
New method could aid in the removal of the toxic, persistent environmental contaminants
A research group have succeeded in greatly increasing the catalytic activity of Rubisco, the enzyme which fixes carbon from carbon dioxide in plant photosynthesis. The research team also hypothesized the mechanism which determines the enzyme’s catalytic activity. In the future, it is hoped that increasing the photosynthetic ability of agricultural crops will lead to improved yields.
Oil and gas companies make far more money churning out new plastic than reusing old. Meanwhile, the public gets the blame
Good corporate Environmental, Social and Governance practices can contribute to lower risk and the ability to achieve higher growth over the long-term
“Solutions” to environmental problems that assume linear cause and effect and ignore the complexity of interwoven systems are not enough.
Scientific American editorial
We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now
A Taiwan conservation group said on Tuesday it had been kicked out of a British-based wild bird protection body after it had been asked and refused to sign a document stating it did not advocate for the Chinese-claimed island’s independence.
‘Humanity at a crossroads’ after a decade in which all of the 2010 Aichi goals to protect wildlife and ecosystems have been missed
Conservation efforts have saved up to 48 mammal and bird species since 1993, but scientists say much more is needed to stem biodiversity loss.
Researchers found more than 90 per cent of the conventionally farmed soils in their global study were thinning, and 16 per cent had lifespans of less than a century. These rapidly thinning soils were found all over the world, including countries such as Australia, China, the UK, and the USA.
Animals in tropical and Mediterranean areas are the most sensitive to climate change and land use pressures, finds a new study.
The forest canopy, the closed vegetation cover consisting of treetops, is rapidly declining according to new research. The team used satellite images, to create the first high-resolution map of canopy openings in Europe’s forests and reached the conclusion that the canopy of more than 36 million forest areas has been lost over the past 30 years.
A potential response of river fish to environmental changes is to colonize new habitats. But what happens when dams and weirs restrict their movement? And are native and alien species similarly affected?
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