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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

Port Augusta solar thermal plant to power South Australian government

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Solar Reserve’s Crescent Dune plant in Nevada will be a blueprint for its 150 megawatt solar thermal plant in Port Augusta. Photograph: Solar Reserve

Jay Weatherill’s government says 150 megawatt plant will be biggest of its kind in the world and create about 700 jobs

August 14, 2017 — A proposed solar thermal power plant in South Australia’s mid-north has been contracted to supply all the state government’s power needs. Continue reading Port Augusta solar thermal plant to power South Australian government

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

The risk is too high. Why locals don’t want BP in the Great Australian Bight

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‘City of Victor Harbor CEO Graeme Maxwell warned that BP’s drilling plans represented a high risk to both the values and economy of the coastal community.’ Great Australian Bight Marine Park. Photograph: Sarah Hanson-Young

Locals on the coast of South Australia, where BP hopes to begin exploratory drilling, are nervous about the risks posed to the ocean and the threat to their livelihood

September 12, 2016 — You wouldn’t ride a roller coaster if you weren’t certain that all the bolts were sound. Yet, as reported in the Guardian on Monday, that’s just the risk being being taken with an oil-rig headed for the Great Australian Bight.  Continue reading The risk is too high. Why locals don’t want BP in the Great Australian Bight

Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

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Hydraulic connector flange/fasteners showing failures and first engaged threads. Since 2003 enormous bolts that secure offshore oil equipment to the seafloor, including potentially in the Great Australian Bight, have been snapping in half. Photograph: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement/United States Department of the Interior

MPs and activists want BP’s exploration licences to be suspended over ‘very critical safety issue’ identified by US regulators

September 11, 2016 — Oil rigs poised to begin drilling in the Great Australian Bight could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Continue reading Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

Turnbull warns Labor’s emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs

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Malcolm Turnbull says Labor’s proposed emissions trading schemes would ‘double the burden on Australia, relative to other countries’. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Prime minister criticises Labor’s plan, claiming it will raise energy prices, be an ‘economic handbrake’ and do little to combat climate change

April 27, 2016 — Malcolm Turnbull has criticised Labor’s plan to reintroduce an emissions trading scheme, warning it would be a “jobs-destroying” measure, a handbrake on the economy, lead to Continue reading Turnbull warns Labor’s emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs

Melbourne records its hottest March night since records began

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The all-time record until Tuesday night was 26.9C, recorded on 18 March in 2008. Photograph: David Crosling/AAP
Temperatures hovered around 30°C for most of Tuesday night, after reaching a daytime peak of 38.9°C

March 9, 2016 — Melbourne sweltered through its hottest March night on record on Tuesday, hovering around 30°C after reaching a peak of 38.6°C in the city at 5pm.

Continue reading Melbourne records its hottest March night since records began