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Outback doctors fleeing heat

Wednesday - THE Northern Territory could lose one-third of its doctors because of the ever-increasing heat, according to a new study ringing alarm bells for all regional areas.

Aboriginals fight new coal mine

Tuesday - With support from the Australian government, the Adani corporation is pushing ahead with an environmentally destructive coal mine in Queensland. But the traditional Aboriginal owners of the land, the Wangan and Jagalingou nation, are waging a determined fight to stop them.

NSW's big ugly coal problem

9 Apr 21 - On Wednesday this week, the New South Wales Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade John Barilaro stood next to a train packed with coal, hurtling past metres away as he espoused the benefits of coal mining (sadly, he failed to literally salute it, as he had promised in the tweet).

Carbon price is coming, one way or another

1 Apr 21 - Australia is about to get a carbon price, one way or another. Unfortunately, the process is shaping up to be much more economically damaging than it could have been, says Sydney Morning Herald senior economics writer Jessica Irvine.

Gigawatt-scale solar manufacturing plan

1 Apr 21 - The $26 billion, gigawatt-scale solar export plans of the Sun Cable consortium made important progress this week, with the lodgement of a development application for the first phase of a solar manufacturing and assembly facility in Darwin.

Australia can replace oil & gas with renewables - report

29 Mar 21 - Renewable energy and batteries can secure Australia’s electricity grid as effectively as coal and gas, new research suggests.

Gas-led recovery? Probably not, says AEMO

29 Mar 21 - The Australian Energy Market Operator says gas could disappear from that country's grid because it can't compete with renewables and green hydrogen.


Heavy rains in Australia's east bring worst floods in 50 years

22 Mar 21 - Heavy rains along Australia's east coast over the weekend have brought the worst flooding in half a century in some areas, authorities said on Sunday, forcing thousands to evacuate and damaging...

Australia tells US it's moving to a 'new energy' economy

18 Mar 21 - Scott Morrison has reiterated his intention to reach net-zero emissions “as soon as possible and preferably by 2050”, and transition Australia to a “new energy economy”, in a conversation with Joe...

Early shut for coal-fired power station

11 Mar 21 - Australia's third-largest power retailer EnergyAustralia will shut its ageing Yallourn coal-fired power station in 2028, four years earlier than previously flagged, stoking concern about electricity...

Aussie says as OECD boss he would be climate ambitious

10 Mar 21 - The former Australian finance minister vying to become the new head of the OECD said he would pursue an "ambitious" and "global" approach to help nations become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Climate change could put insurance out of reach

4 Mar 21 - Millions of Australians could be left uninsured as the effects of climate change put increasing pressure on the financial system, the industry’s regulatory body has warned.

Teens take their climate crisis plea to court

2 Mar 21 - Eight teenagers and an octogenarian nun are in Australian court today to launch what they hope will prove to be a landmark case – one that establishes the federal government’s duty of care in...

OPINION: Carbon tariffs are not about Australia

24 Feb 21 - Reports that Britain’s prime minister, Boris Johnson, is considering calling for carbon border levies at the G7 summit to be held in London in June have produced a predictable reaction from the...

Gas networks eyeing hydrogen

23 Feb 21 - Australia's' natural gas pipeline owners are working to future-proof their $A75 billion in assets amid a global push towards clean energy, running tests to blend hydrogen with gas and produce green...

How can soil carbon cut Australia's emissions?

22 Feb 21 - The Australian Government is backing soil carbon – drawing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it in the land – as a major part of its response to the climate crisis.

Sinking coal profits prompts rething at AGL

15 Feb 21 - Listed Australian energy company AGL says it will urgently rewrite its business strategy after rapid market change forced it to announce a massive loss in the December half, and as demand for home...

Bank to stop lending to port over fossil fuels

10 Feb 21 - ANZ will stop lending money to Australia’s biggest coal port, the Port of Newcastle, after adopting new policies last year that prohibit it entering new finance deals for customers with significant...

'Dangerous' push to leave farmers out of Aussie target

9 Feb 21 - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison might be warming to the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but federal Nationals leader Michael McCormack has thrown a spanner in the works by suggesting...


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