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

renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability
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

Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

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Land clearing in Queensland is an increasing danger to the environment and threatened species because the federal government is failing to enforce laws. Photograph: WWF Australia

Huge spike in Queensland land clearing destroys ecological communities and habitat of threatened species, according to analysis

July 11, 2017 — The federal government is allowing the huge spike in land clearing in Queensland to destroy threatened ecological communities, the habitat of threatened species and increase Continue reading Government inaction leading to increased pollution on Barrier Reef, says WWF

Energy executives say gas market to blame for South Australia’s woes

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A gas processing facility in Queensland. AGL Energy bosses blame unreliable energy supply in SA on ‘dysfunction’ in the gas market. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Main problem afflicting country’s grid is the lack of clear policy direction from Canberra, witnesses tell Senate inquiry

March 7, 2017 — Senior executives from AGL Energy have given evidence that the main issue causing problems with reliable energy supply in South Australia is “dysfunction” in the gas market – not too many wind farms making the grid unreliable. Continue reading Energy executives say gas market to blame for South Australia’s woes

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

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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

Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

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SERIOUS DAMAGE. This photo taken on November 20, 2014 shows an aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of the Whitsunday Islands, along the central coast of Queensland, Australia. File photo by Sarah Lai/AFP

An independent report says the ‘unprecedented’ bleaching and coral die-off in 2016 was ‘a game changer’

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 26, 2017) — Australia’s plan to rescue the beleaguered Great Barrier Reef has been set back at least two decades after the fragile ecosystem suffered its worst-ever bleaching last year, experts said Friday, February 24. Continue reading Plan to save Great Barrier Reef set back decades – experts

Great Barrier Reef authority a ‘shell of its former self’, says Queensland minister

the great barrier reef marine park
According to conservationists, due to underfunding, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority risks being left unable to deal with the challenges of coral bleaching, the impacts of climate change, poor water quality and industrialisation Photograph: Justin Blank/AAP

Environment minister Steven Miles calls on federal government to fast-track extra $1.65m for agency tasked with protecting the reef

November 7, 2016 — Queensland’s environment minister has flagged concerns that the agency tasked with protecting the Great Barrier Reef is running as a “shell of its former self” amid the underfunding of a cornerstone program.  Continue reading Great Barrier Reef authority a ‘shell of its former self’, says Queensland minister

Cuts to marine reserves would deliver ‘minuscule’ economic benefits

sharks feed at osprey reef in the coral sea
Sharks feed at Osprey Reef in the Coral Sea. The Ocean Science Council of Australia is calling on the government to extend marine protections. Photograph: James Woodford for the Guardian

Analysis of government review shows destructive fishing practices would rise and very few fishers would benefit

October 30, 2016 — Proposals to allow increased fishing in Australian waters would generate minuscule economic benefits to only a handful of licence holders, according to a new analysis.  Continue reading Cuts to marine reserves would deliver ‘minuscule’ economic benefits