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ScoMo refuses to commit to net-zero emissions by 2050

Monday - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declined to sign up to a net-zero target by 2050 because he is “more interested in the doing”.

Australia can hit net-zero by 2050 by investing in gas, says oil exec

17 Sep 20 - Corporate heavyweight Andrew Liveris, the Morrison government’s special adviser on manufacturing, has declared Australia and the world can hit net zero emissions by 2050 by significantly expanding the supply and domestic use of gas – despite gas being a fossil fuel with “roughly 60 per cent of the emissions of coal”.

Australia’s biggest solar farm sends first output to the grid

16 Sep 20 - What will be Australia’s biggest solar farm once commissioning is complete – the 275MW Darlington project in south-west NSW – has sent its first output to the grid as it begins the lengthy journey to full production.

Australia’s gas plans could use quarter of world’s carbon budget

11 Sep 20 - A push to develop Australia’s gas resources could jeopardise global efforts keep global warming to safe levels, eating up more than a quarter of the world’s remaining carbon budget, a new report suggests.

BHP chooses solar to power Queensland mines

3 Sep 20 - Global mining giant BHP has signed a five year contract to use wind and solar to deliver up to half of the power needs for its coal mining operations in Queensland.

Australia's biggest emitters offset only a fraction of emissions

1 Sep 20 - Only 1.2 per cent of the greenhouse gas emissions released by Australia’s top 65 emitting companies had to be offset under federal and state laws last financial year, an analysis has found.

Australia 'woefully unprepared', say business, farming and environment heads

31 Aug 20 - Business, industry, farming and environmental leaders have joined forces to warn Australia is “woefully unprepared” for the impact of climate change over the coming decades and to urge the Morrison Government to do far more to cut emissions and improve the country’s resilience.


Australia's chief scientist rejects experts' letter warning him not to back gas

28 Aug 20 - Australia’s chief scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has rejected a letter from leading scientists who warned his advocacy for increased use of gas-fired electricity was at odds with the Paris climate...

New rules for big-battery storage

21 Aug 20 - The Australian Energy Market Commission is seeking feedback on potential changes to the status of large-scale battery storage systems and hybrid projects as the technologies begin to drive...

BHP to sell coal mines within two years

19 Aug 20 - Australian mining giant BHP has announced it plans to sell off its thermal coal mines within two years as part of moves by the global mining giant to ready itself for a low-carbon future.

Australia's environment laws 'must mention climate change'

17 Aug 20 - Australia's 20-year-old national environmental laws need to be modernised to address climate change as part of the statutory review now under way, the chief minister of the Australian Capital...

Covid commission backs gas but not green development

Nev Power

12 Aug 20 - The head of Scott Morrison’s handpicked National Covid-19 Commission advisory board has confirmed that it has recommended that the federal government use taxpayer funds to underwrite new gas industry...

Gillard says her carbon price proved climate policy isn't 'too hard'

6 Aug 20 - Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has warned against a feeling of “received helplessness” that policies to reduce greenhouse gases are “all too hard”, citing the carbon price legislated...

Cycling and walking can help drive Australia’s recovery

24 Jul 20 - What do bike paths and walk-friendly streets have to do with economic recovery from a pandemic-induced recession? How could removing a car parking space benefit a local business? Instead of...

Student accuses Australia of misleading investors on climate risk

Katta O'Donnell

23 Jul 20 - A Melbourne university student has launched what has been described as a world-first legal case against the Australian government, accusing it of misleading investors in sovereign bonds by failing to...

Don’t abandon plans for high-speed rail in Australia

20 Jul 20 - The Grattan Institute’s call to abandon plans for any high-speed rail network in Australia fails to look at the wider benefits such a project can bring by way of more productive economies and more...

Plunge in mass transit ridership deals huge blow

20 Jul 20 - Transit agencies are asking Congress for relief as commuters return to their cars and fare revenues tank. Meanwhile, driving direction requests - and carbon emissions - soar.

Australian flying car wins $1m grant

20 Jul 20 - The New South Wales government has awarded almost $1m from a regional grants fund to a company developing what deputy premier John Barilaro describes as an electric flying car.

VERTICAL CRUISE SHIPS: How to remake housing towers

16 Jul 20 - After 3000 people in nine public housing towers in Melbourne were placed under the harshest coronavirus lockdown in Australia so far, acting Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly referred to the towers as...


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