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Rio Tinto ready to quit Minerals Council

15 Apr 19 - Rio Tinto has signalled it is prepared to quit its membership of industry associations, including the Minerals Council, if the council makes public statements inconsistent with Australia’s Paris climate agreement commitment.

Australia not ready, say expert firefighters

15 Apr 19 - More than 20 former fire and emergency chiefs from multiple states and territories say Australia is unprepared for worsening natural disasters from climate change and governments are putting lives at risk.

Queensland upsets with new solar rules

12 Apr 19 - Queensland has confirmed plans to put in place controversial new regulations for solar farm construction that will restrict the installation or removal of PV panels to licensed electricians.

Australia sitting pretty on hydrogen

11 Apr 19 - With demand set to rise across the world, Australia is set to become a global primary producer of hydrogen.

Tasmania's bushfires raise mercury scare

11 Apr 19 - Tasmania’s bushfires might have resulted in the release of significant amounts of mercury from burnt trees into the atmosphere.

Australia's fire forests might be changed forever

9 Apr 19 - Parts of Australia’s climate change-impacted forests might never be the same again, scientists say.

Coalition tailors budget for climate denial

4 Apr 19 - The Australian government has delivered its last budget before May elections with long-term climate and clean energy policies and technologies being ignored.


Labor climate policy is to hit big polluters

Bill Shorten

3 Apr 19 - A Bill Shorten Labor government in Australia would add about 100 high polluters to those subject to an emissions cap, and drastically slash the present cap’s level.

Japan to oppose new coal-fired power plants

2 Apr 19 - Japan’s environment minister has announced he will “in principle” oppose any new plans to build or expand coal-fired power stations, as further signs emerge of a dramatic energy pivot by Australia’s...

Canberra gets blame for failure to cut vehicle emissions

1 Apr 19 - Cuts to carbon emissions from vehicle efficiency standards have been left out of government projections for meeting Australia’s Paris climate commitments, indicating the policy has been shelved.

Top companies accused of undermining Paris deal

26 Mar 19 - New analysis shows 22 of Australia’s largest companies are actively working to undermine the Paris Agreement targets, betting shareholders’ money on strategies that assume global climate change...

More gas mining threatens climate, water and health

22 Mar 19 - Australia, like its competitors Qatar, Canada and the US, aspires to become the world’s largest exporter of gas, arguing this helps importing nations reduce their greenhouse emissions by replacing...

Toyota's Melbourne plant to make hydrogen

22 Mar 19 - Toyota and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency will kick in $7.4m to transform part of the carmaker’s decommissioned Melbourne car manufacturing site into a commercial-grade hydrogen production...

Scientists call for stronger land-clearing laws

14 Mar 19 - Australia’s high rates of forest loss and weakening land clearing laws are increasing bushfire risk, and undermining the country's ability to meet national targets aimed at curbing climate change.

Western Australia watchdog gets tough

12 Mar 19 - Western Australia’s environmental protection authority has announced tough new measures aimed at curbing greenhouse gas emissions from large projects.

HORROR HEAT: Australia looks back on its angriest summer

8 Mar 19 - Australians will remember the past few months as the angriest summer they have known - a time so hot that fruit cooked on the trees.

OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF LUCK: Hidden victims of heatwaves

5 Mar 19 - Extreme weather events are causing severe damage to native flora and fauna, but the casualties are slipping under the radar.

Australian emissions reach new peak

1 Mar 19 - Australia's greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, reaching their highest on a quarterly level since mid-2011.

Morrison adopts $2b 'climate solutions' fund

25 Feb 19 - Australian leader Scott Morrison will attempt to appeal to voters by rebadging Tony Abbott’s emissions reduction fund as a “climate solutions” fund – with $2bn to be rolled out over 10 years.


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