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Medibank drops millions worth fossil-fuel investments

Wednesday - Australia’s largest private health insurer, Medibank, will shed tens of millions of dollars in fossil-fuel investments because of the effects of climate change on human health.

Coal-fired plant sent $1b offshore while pocketing public's $117m

10 Nov 17 - The owner of one of Australia’s dirtiest coal-fired power plants quietly moved $1bn offshore within days of pocketing $117m from taxpayers.

Whyalla steel goes green with solar and storage

2 Nov 17 - UK billionaire Sanjeev Gupta has made good on his commitment to transform his newly acquired Australian steel business into a renewable energy powerhouse.

Billion-dollar renewables boom boosts Queensland

1 Nov 17 - Queensland is a leader in Australia’s renewables boom, with more than $1.6 billion dollars invested in large-scale projects creating more than 1300 construction jobs.

Demand for fresh vegetables all year round is killing soils

31 Oct 17 - Consumers’ expectations that certain types of produce will be available all year round mean that farmers must engage in unsustainable and destructive practices.

Regional businesses use renewables to slash costs

31 Oct 17 - From solar to running generators, some regional businesses in Australia have quit the energy grid and several others are showing interest in defecting.

China’s carbon market exposes Australia’s energy paralysis

27 Oct 17 - When China’s national carbon market is launched later this year it will be the world’s second-largest carbon market, after the European emissions trading scheme.


Car lobby wants better testing to combat emissions

25 Oct 17 - Australia’s motoring lobby wants “real-world” vehicle emissions testing, arguing the current system is misleading consumers and regulators.

Turnbull convinces party to unite on energy policy

19 Oct 17 - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has secured party-room backing to impose new reliability and emissions reduction guarantees on energy retailers and large energy users from 2020.

Qantas eyes transpacific biofuel flights by 2020

18 Oct 17 - Qantas has announced that its Los Angeles to Melbourne flights will be powered by biofuel from 2020.

Chevron dumps plan to drill in Australian Bight

17 Oct 17 - Chevron has become the second big oil company to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, almost exactly a year after BP ditched its more advanced plans for the untapped basin.

Abbott reckons climate change is 'probably doing good'

11 Oct 17 - Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has suggested climate change is “probably doing good” in a speech in London in which he likened policies to combat it to “primitive people once killing...

Cities must face the reality of living with 50deg heat

9 Oct 17 - The predictions of extreme heat in Australian cities is worrying, but not particularly surprising given the fact that the country is setting hot weather records at 12 times the pace of cold ones. But...

Brisbane aims to be centre for aviation biofuel

6 Oct 17 - Brisbane is set to become a hub for sustainable aviation fuel under an agreement between Virgin Australia and United States-based biofuel producer Gevo.

Sweltering September sets Australian records

6 Oct 17 - Australian temperature records tumbled again in September, with the country experiencing the hottest day since records began, and New South Wales breaking that record twice within a few days.

Australian cities head for 50deg summer days

5 Oct 17 - Even if the Paris Agreement to limit the global temperature rise to below 2deg is met, summer heatwaves in major Australian cities are likely to reach highs of 50deg by 2040.

David Suzuki: Australia's marine threat is sickening

28 Sep 17 - Growing global momentum to protect the world’s oceans from overfishing could be undermined by Australia, warns renowned conservationist David Suzuki and nearly 1500 other scientists.

Australia failing to meet Paris targets, report says

26 Sep 17 - With the Coalition still hamstrung by internal divide over a clean energy target, a new report shows Australia is in danger of not meeting its Paris agreement commitments unless it acts soon.

We need coal power, Joyce tells Australians

15 Sep 17 - 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...


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