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We need coal power, Joyce tells Australians

Friday - Australia's deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, says any new investment mechanism for the energy sector, be it a clean energy target or an alternative, will need to keep coal-fired power stations open.

Coal plant closes but emissions still on the rise

Thursday - Australia’s overall greenhouse gas emissions last financial year were the highest since 2011, despite the closure of the Hazelwood coal-fired power plant.

South Australia commits $150m to new-energy fund

13 Sep 17 - The government of South Australia has just announced it will invest $A150 million in renewable energy projects as part of its Renewable Technology Fund.

Australian business gets the tech message

6 Sep 17 - Australian businesses are now starting to grasp the fact they need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, says a company that had to take its carbon dioxide-capture technology to Europe because there was no interest at home.

Australia’s record winter linked to climate change

5 Sep 17 - Australia’s winter had the highest average daytime temperatures on record. It was also the driest in 15 years.

Abbott to be keynote speaker at climate sceptics' meeting

4 Sep 17 - Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott next month will give the annual lecture to a London-based climate sceptic group.

More states powering ahead on climate targets

1 Sep 17 - 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.


Renewable energy boom could turn to bust

31 Aug 17 - Australia produced enough renewable energy to power 70 per cent of households last financial year, but advocates warn the booming industry will flounder unless the Turnbull government commits to a...

Australian firm converts carbon emissions into 'green' concrete

28 Aug 17 - An Australian pilot project capturing carbon emissions and storing them in building materials aims to have a full-scale production plant by 2020.

Victoria moves to enshrine renewables targets in law

25 Aug 17 - The Victorian government has introduced legislation to enshrine its renewable energy targets in law and establish a reverse auction mechanism to build 650 megawatts worth of new projects.

Solar towers and storage plants will reshape energy markets

23 Aug 17 - The 150MW solar tower and molten salt storage plant to be built in South Australia could help to reshape Australian power markets, including the end of “baseload” power.

Premier renews warning states could go it alone

Jay Weatherill

23 Aug 17 - South Australian premier Jay Weatherill has renewed his warning that Labor-led state governments could go it alone on energy policy if the Turnbull government can’t resolve its internal battle over...

Dry winter primes NSW for 'horrific' fire season

22 Aug 17 - After a dry winter, NSW is preparing for an early start to bushfires with fire fighters forecasting an “horrific” season.

South Australia to build solar thermal plant

18 Aug 17 - South Australia will build a 150MW solar thermal plant to bring clean, reliable power to the state.

Miner Adani faces claims of financial fraud

17 Aug 17 - Indian mining giant Adani, seeking public funds to develop one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia, has been accused of fraudulently siphoning hundreds of millions of dollars of borrowed...

Carmichael matters to Australia – and the world

17 Aug 17 - Proposals for Adani's Carmichael coal mine in Queensland threatens not only the Great Barrier Reef, but also global efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

UK wrapping up $3b Green Bank sale to Australia

17 Aug 17 - The UK government this week is preparing to complete the $3 billion sale of its Green Investment Bank to a group led by Australia's Macquarie Group.

THE MADHOUSE EFFECT: How Australia and the US compare

16 Aug 17 - Climate policy in both Australia and the United States is being built upon alternative facts, fake news, outright lies, PR spin and industry-written talking points.

Climate change could spell disaster for Australia

15 Aug 17 - Military and climate experts, including a former chief of the defence force, have warned that Australia faces potential “disastrous consequences” from climate change.


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