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The usual trade-off between maximising revenue while protecting industry’s long-term future no longer applies
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A new study predicts the changing climate will provide increased opportunities for the spread of novel viruses.
The world’s coastlines are at the forefront of climate change. That’s because they’re constantly changing, and respond quickly to changes in climate.
A petition calls on the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate emissions under the Toxic Substances Control Act
Researchers have now calculated how many people could be saved from heat-related death if the US takes meaningful action
Rather than being affected by carbon pollution, a post claims Asia’s lofty mountain range is the “biggest emitter of CO2 on the planet”.
Rich countries including the European Union and the United States have pushed back against efforts to put financial help for poor nations suffering the devastating effects of global warming firmly on the agenda for this year’s UN climate summit.
Two Antarctic glaciers are now losing ice at a faster rate than any time over the past 5,500 years, with “potentially disastrous” implications for sea level rise, new research has found.
Repeated exposure to hurricanes, whether direct, indirect or media-based, is linked to adverse psychological symptoms and may be associated with increased mental health problems, according to a new study.
It was one day after the temperature in Jacobabad hit a record-breaking 51 degrees Celsius, making it the hottest city on Earth that day. In one home, six-month-old Tamanna cries in the afternoon heat. Today her mother, Razia, has enough water to pour over the baby in a metal basin and soap her down. Tamanna is calmer, cooing and playing with her mother’s scarf.
Albanese formally commits Australia to a stronger 2030 emissions reduction target, as Bowen blames energy crisis on slow renewables investment.
Federal climate minister Chris Bowen says Australia now “open for business”, calling on investors to seize a $130 billion green investment opportunity.
Thursday’s Q+A panel was unanimous in its support for Labor’s elaborate plan on re-wiring the energy grid and hoped the current crisis would create political will for a massive shift in how the country’s energy market works.
Australia’s position as a laggard in the global EV race is unlikely to change despite the election of a more clean-transport-friendly Labor government, say industry experts.
Emissions are coming down as farmers increase the amount of ground cover across their paddocks, land clearing has slowed, and abattoirs have built systems that trap waste and divert it from landfill.
Australia’s energy operator made a massive move on Wednesday, and that’s keeping blackouts at bay — for now. So how did we get here? And what’s coming next?
Energy Minister Chris Bowen says the government fully backs the unprecedented energy market takeover by the regulator, adding there is no time line on how long it will last.
Australia’s energy regulator says conditions have improved in the electricity market after its unprecedented intervention earlier this week.
The pressure on the electricity grid highlights the need for a long-term shift away from the fossil fuels that are subject to global pricing, the chair of the Energy Security Board says.
Experts agree that a shortage of coal-fired power generation is one of the main causes for the current crisis, where power prices are soaring and there are rolling warnings of electricity blackouts.
Anthony Albanese faces a parliamentary defeat over his plan to legislate a 43 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton attacks Labor’s plan to ramp up battery storage amid energy crisis; Russia names and shames its 121 least favourite Aussies. Follow updates here.
Prime minister Anthony Albanese criticises previous government’s inaction on energy policy while announcing Australia’s new climate targets
Australia’s Energy Market Operator, AEMO, has made an unprecedented intervention this week amid the energy crisis gripping the country’s east coast.
If you aren’t a long-term energy policy news junkie, you’d be forgiven for thinking today’s crisis arrived fairly suddenly.
The electricity market has been suspended, blackouts loom, power prices soar – along with corporate profits – and fingers are being rudely pointed. What’s the scam?
Having gained massive power through political influence, fossil fuel companies decided to abuse that power to the point where the electricity market broke down.
The Labor government today disappointed many by summoning industry stakeholders to Canberra for a ceremony in which it “formally pledged” its insufficient emissions-reduction target of 43 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.
The problems with coal plants and their replacement is as much about lousy management as anything else. But Grok It! There is hope on the horizon.
Tina Soliman Hunter and Madeline Taylor
The energy crisis is hitting the east coast hard. But Western Australia is sailing through because of government intervention in the market.
The Albanese government is blaming the energy crisis engulfing eastern Australia on the Coalition’s failure to put in place policy to ensure adequate and timely investment in renewables. That’s correct, but it’s not the whole story
Canberra Times editorial
The incoming government has been hit by a perfect energy storm: winter plus soaring fuel prices through reasons way beyond its control.
Kishor Napier-Raman and Noel Towell
How the crusading anti-fossil fuel billionaire tech bro could win out from Australia’s energy crunch. Plus, a new face at League HQ.
The chaos and dysfunction in the national electricity market this week flows from the collision of a number of unexpected events with long-term vulnerabilities.
The Albanese Government has today submitted its enhanced nationally determined contribution (NDC) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change secretariat.
The usual trade-off between maximising revenue while protecting industry’s long-term future no longer applies
Labor is electrified at the prospect of two terms in power but if they can’t keep the lights on, there could be an early outage.
Former Energy Security Board chair Kerry Schott says the last 10 days is the wake-up call to the fact coal-fired generators are simply not reliable.
The European experience highlights the role that coal, gas or nuclear energy play in delivering energy reliability. If our leaders do not manage this situation carefully and learn from other nations, Australians may have to prepare for an energy crisis that never ends.
This week’s electric shock had mostly outside causes. But it is a grim warning for the politicians supervising an electricity system with a huge transition in front of it.
Threats of blackouts and the regulatory takeover of power generation amid the collapse of the national electricity market highlight long-term domestic policy failure.
If you’re anything like me, you’re increasingly working from home, one that was built before energy efficiency measures were introduced in Australia.
Surely this is Australia’s Enron. The electricity market has been shut down after years of fossil fuel thuggery culminated in naked extortion this week.
Once there is an energy plan rather than just silly slogans, the pieces of this puzzle will fall into place.
The energy crisis threatening to plunge Australians into the cold and dark has been a long time coming — and obvious.
The Victorian premier hit back at Federal Resources Minister Madeleine King’s suggestion that the state’s ban on fracking was a barrier to fixing the energy crisis.
Experts and industry chiefs say a gas moratorium implemented by the Andrews government has fuelled the state’s current energy crisis.
This week’s threat to our power supply shows all options should be on the table to end the perfect storm and Victoria’s “crazy” coal stance isn’t helping.
New South Wales
The Gomeroi people, farmers and climate activists have slammed Resources Minister Madeleine King’s push to fast-track the controversial Narrabri coal seam gas (CSG) project.
In an extraordinary development in NSW’s energy crisis, Kean met the governor late on Thursday to seek the powers, which gives him authority to force coal and logistics companies to deliver fuel.
Forestry Corporation NSW has been found illegally tree felling in koala exclusion zones in bushland near Coffs Harbour, with a judge saying it caused “actual harm” to koala habitat.
In an Australian first, a small renewable energy company has turned to use crowdfunding for a new solar farm in southern New South Wales.
Mining giant BHP fails to find a buyer for its Mt Arthur operation in the NSW Hunter Valley, and announces it will close the site in 2030.
Shoalhaven Council has secured another four years of funding through the NSW Department of Planning and Environment to control a key environmental threat Bitou Bush
End of cold snap and return of more coal-fired power plants to ease pressure that caused national electricity market suspension
The NSW government will commit a further $180 million to the management of marine estates, continuing on its ten-year strategy to invest in the coast.
Electric vehicle charging stations will be rolled out across 16 shopping centres across the country including the Macquarie Centre in Sydney in a deal between AMP Capital and EV group Evie Networks.
Only about 20% of businesses have reopened and many have exhausted their savings trying to repair properties
Nature Conservation Council
Today’s $135,600 fine for destroying koala habitat is more evidence Forestry Corporation is a rogue entity unfit in its current state to manage a resource as important as the state’s public native forests.
Mining And Energy Union
BHP must invest in supporting the thousands of mineworkers at its giant Mt Arthur mine in the Hunter Valley after announcing it intends to close the mine in 2030, the Mining and Energy Union said today.
What makes Matt Kean think fossil fuel generators would start to do the right thing now? For the past two decades or more, they have done everything but.
A cold start to winter has the News Corp newspaper and Sky News telling ‘alarmists’ to chill, but what is really going on with snowfall?
Concerns over electricity supply have been eased for ACT households this evening, with the market operator advising network providers supply was expected to meet demand.
Australia’s east coast is in the midst of an energy crisis, with skyrocketing wholesale prices putting never before seen pressure on the national electricity grid.
Queensland’s energy supply crisis has triggered calls for an inquiry into the state’s surging electricity prices.
Feral cats are picking off the endangered dunnarts that weren’t already ravaged by the devastating Christmas Island bushfires.
SA’s status as a renewable energy leader could be boosted again with news a group of private firms is moving on big plans of its own.
Tasmania government launches ROI for new renewables and storage and for businesses seeking renewable electrical loads.
Burrowed in the spinifex of central Australia, in tunnels running ten metres in diameter, the tjalapa has long been a sacred part of the tjukurrpa for those on Country.
In remote Indigenous communities that are already very hot and socioeconomically disadvantaged, climate change is driving inequities even further.
Four solar farms in the Northern Territory are sitting idle, years after construction.
After 20 years fighting for justice, Daisy Tjuparntarri Ward and other traditional owners celebrate a native title determination at the Pila Nature Reserve that may renew hope for First Nations people across the country.
A key step has been reached in the push for a faster passenger rail link between Perth and WA’s major tourism and food region as power sources for the train are investigated.
Fortescue and Liebherr will integrate technology developed by Williams Advanced Engineering, an offshoot of the Williams Formula One racing team specialising in electrification that Fortescue bought in January for $237 million.
The Australian Energy Market Operator’s annual review of the power system serving WA’s populous South West predicted a need for new generation from 2025 and more than 300 megawatts by 2031.
People have cleared, filled and drained 70 to 80 per cent of all wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plains, but the remaining lakes still face great ecological loss in a warming climate.
The water loss at Loch McNess and the caves of Yanchep National Park have been dramatic over the past 20 years.
A first-of-its-kind report into how many social enterprises there are worldwide has just been released, revealing many similarities exist between businesses in the sector – no matter where in the world they are based.
Air pollution in Bangladesh is the worst in the world, a new study shows, reducing the average Bangladeshi’s life expectancy by 6.7 years.
A majority of countries are not on track to remove the toxic pollutants known as PCBs from the environment by the 2028 global Stockholm Convention goal, according to a new study.
Infants, children and unborn babies are uniquely vulnerable to the impacts of both climate change and air pollution, experts argued in a new scientific analysis.
Scientists mapping oil pollution across the Earth’s oceans have found that more than 90% of chronic oil slicks come from human sources, a much higher proportion than previously estimated.
A new study busts the long-held economic belief that humans are all motivated to want more and more, which could have important implications for sustainability policies.
Bruno Pereira highlighted the ravaging of the rainforest and abuse of human rights. Dom told his story. We should honour them
If we can’t save the Great Salt Lake, what chance do we have of saving the planet?
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