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Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support

hazelwood coal-fired power station
Morning mist surrounds the smokestacks at the now-closed Hazelwood coal-fired power station. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The pace of coal plants shutting down in Australia could mean the country’s fleet could be gone before 2040. The transformation is enormous – and seems inevitable

August 23, 2017 —For a glimpse into the future of coal power in Australia, go west. The country’s last major investment in coal-fired electricity was in Western Australia in 2009, when Colin Barnett’s Continue reading Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support

Climate change impact on Australia may be irreversible, five-yearly report says

tarkine wilderness area in tasmania
The Tarkine wilderness area in Tasmania. Josh Frydenberg says the State of the Environment report indicates the impact of changing weather patterns is being felt on both land and sea. Photograph: Jason Edwards/Getty Images/National Geographic RF

State of the Environment report says heritage and economic activity are being affected and the disadvantaged will be worst hit

March 6, 2017 — An independent review of the state of Australia’s environment has found the impacts of climate change are increasing and some of the changes could be irreversible. Continue reading Climate change impact on Australia may be irreversible, five-yearly report says

Arctic sea ice could disappear even if world achieves climate target

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A polar bear drinks Arctic water in Svalbard, Norway. The animals’ habitat is threatened by climate change. Photograph: Barcroft

Goal of limiting rise in average global temperatures to below 2°C may not prevent ice-free Arctic, scientists warn

March 6, 2017 — Arctic sea ice could vanish in summers this century even if governments achieve a core target for limiting global warming set by almost 200 countries, scientists have said. Continue reading Arctic sea ice could disappear even if world achieves climate target