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It’s no surprise emissions keep going up. There’s no price on carbon

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‘Emissions from electricity have actually fallen but they haven’t fallen enough.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The only thing close to climate change policy is the national energy guarantee. It’s not enough

May 14, 2018 — Late last Friday, the government quietly released the latest data on greenhouse gas emissions and, as has been the case since the ending of the carbon price, they show emissions are increasing. But the figures also highlight that the government’s Continue reading It’s no surprise emissions keep going up. There’s no price on carbon

Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, government’s white paper warns

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Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop at the launch of the foreign policy white paper. The foreign affairs minister said Australia would resist the ‘false hope of protectionism and isolationism’. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

Foreign policy paper says climate-related conflict and migration could put Australia’s economic interests under pressure

November 23, 2017 — Climate change is creating a disaster on Australia’s doorstep, with environmental degradation and the demand for sustainable sources of food undermining stability in Continue reading Australia facing climate disaster on its doorstep, government’s white paper warns

Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

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A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies says 50% renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Chief scientist-commissioned report warns Australia risks missing global growth industry of energy storage because of ongoing policy uncertainty

November 19, 2017 — Australia’s power grid can reach penetrations of 50% renewable energy without a significant requirement for storage to support reliability, according to a new report commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel. Continue reading Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

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China still uses a stack of coal but data shows it has stopped construction at 33 sites in the past three months. Photograph: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

A recent story on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark

October 16, 2017 — This is a story about how misinformation can take hold. It’s not always down to dishonesty. Sometimes it’s just a lack of time, a headline and the multiplying power of ideological certainty. Continue reading The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

Australian cities to have 50C summer days by 2040, study says

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Researchers say that 50C summer days in Sydney could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5C. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Researchers say Sydney and Melbourne would have unprecedented temperatures even if Paris target met

October 3, 2017 — Even if the Paris agreement to limit the global temperature rise to below 2°C is met, summer heatwaves in major Australian cities are likely to reach highs of 50°C by 2040, a study published on Wednesday warns. Continue reading Australian cities to have 50C summer days by 2040, study says

Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

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David Suzuki has implored Australia to ‘wake up’ and face the interconnected issues of climate change and ocean health. Photograph: Scott Oates

Conservationist and 1,461 other scientists release statement describing Australia’s oceans as a ‘global asset’ that must be protected

September 26, 2017 — Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and more than 1,461 other scientists. Continue reading Australia’s ‘sickening’ threat to marine reserves undermines global protection

Enough tiptoeing around. Let’s make this clear: coal kills people

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‘How can journalists and editors report on the politics of coal on one page and bushfires around Sydney in September on another without making the connection?’ Photograph: Aaron Favila/AP

Burning more coal, knowing what we know, is a deliberate act of arson. We must urgently come to grips with this fact and reconnect with nature and our communities

September 17, 2017 —Coal kills people. This isn’t even slightly scientifically controversial. From the mines to the trains to the climate disruption; from black lung to asthma, heat stress to hunger, fires to floods: coal is killing people in Australia and around the world right now. Continue reading Enough tiptoeing around. Let’s make this clear: coal kills people

Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

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The Liddell coal-fired power station, on the right, near Muswellbrook in NSW. Photograph: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

Environmental law group has accused Delta Electricity of underreporting emissions at its Vales Point power station and breaching licence conditions

September 7, 2017 — The only Australian company with a stated potential interest in buying and keeping AGL’s ageing Liddell coal-fired power station open beyond 2022 is facing a number of allegations of environmental mismanagement. Continue reading Mismanagement alleged against only company interested in Liddell power station

Somaliland’s women show kindness and leadership in the face of a humanitarian crisis

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‘If we are to respond effectively to these impending crises—if we are, like the women of Gorgeysa and Saylabari, to ensure that nobody goes without, especially those most vulnerable—we must take action now to ensure that women are equally represented in leadership positions’ Photograph: Holly Miller, ActionAid Australia

As in any emergency, women are most affected by the drought in Somaliland. There is much that Australia could learn from how they respond to the disaster

September 7, 2017 — For three years now, Somaliland, like much of East Africa, has experienced extreme drought. Drought that has become more and more severe, until earlier this year, with Continue reading Somaliland’s women show kindness and leadership in the face of a humanitarian crisis

States powering ahead on climate targets despite federal inaction, report shows

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Mount Millar windfarm, South Australia. The state is performing better than any other state or territory in helping Australia to meet greenhouse gas targets. Photograph: Tim Phillips Photos/Getty Images

After being criticised by Canberra, South Australia is leading the race, with ACT and Tasmania close behind, says Climate Council

August 30, 2017 — Australian states and territories are powering ahead, developing policies that will meet the federal government’s internationally agreed greenhouse gas emission targets, with South Australia, the ACT and Tasmania leading the race. Continue reading States powering ahead on climate targets despite federal inaction, report shows