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Turnbull convinces party to unite on energy policy

Thursday - 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.

Planting the planet could cut as much carbon as halting oil

Thursday - Planting forests and other activities that harness the power of nature could play a major role in limiting global warming under the 2015 Paris agreement.

KITCHEN CRIMES: The hidden scandal of hotel food waste

Thursday - What if every time you sat down for a meal, you threw one-quarter of it in the trash? That’s the hidden story of waste in the hospitality industry.

France looks to solar power ‘prosumers’

Thursday - France plans to more than double its solar power capacity in the next 10 years and make it easier for citizens to become energy independent.

How potatoes and bananas can keep your house warm

Thursday - Potatoes and bananas reborn as insulation, peanuts processed into partition boards and mushroom bricks that grow in five days ... just some of the ways the building trade could change its wasteful ways and construct virtuous new cities.

Texas town mayor turns green-power tyro

Thursday - The mayor of Georgetown, Texas, Dale Ross is ‘a good little Republican’ – but ever since his city weaned itself off fossil fuels, he has become a hero to environmentalists.

Egypt shaped by volcanoes and climate change

Thursday - Volcanic eruptions and climate change have been linked to periods of social unrest and the eventual downfall one of Ancient Egypt's most famous dynasties.


Worldwide demand for petrol likely to reach peak by 2030

Wednesday - World petrol demand will peak within 13 years thanks to the impact of electric cars and more efficient engines, energy experts have predicted.

Agrifood mergers bad for farmers, warn experts

Wednesday - Mergers in the agrifood sector squeeze farmers’ income and consolidate current models of food production, aggravating environmental and social fallouts, according to experts.

Qantas eyes transpacific biofuel flights by 2020

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

Thunderstorms set to grow stronger

Wednesday - Thunderstorms are set to become more intense throughout the tropics and subtropics this century as a result of climate change, according to new research.

World's choking cities need fewer cars, not cleaner cars

Wednesday - Electric cars won’t eradicate city gridlocks and air pollution, but carbon footprints could be cut by favouring pedestrians, cyclists and mass transit.

Trump stance on Paris deal sad, says Pope

Wednesday - Speaking on World Food Day, Francis said climate change was a driver of hunger and migration and the Paris climate agreement was the legal basis for the solution.

The tide has turned globally, analyst tells politicians

Michael Wilkins

Tuesday - The global shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy will continue regardless of political action from politicians such as Donald Trump and Tony Abbott, a senior ratings analyst says.

Starving penguins a sign that all is not well in Antarctica

Tuesday - The awful news that all but two penguin chicks have starved to death out of a colony of almost 40,000 birds is a grim illustration of the enormous pressure Antarctic wildlife is under.

Coal misinformation is distorting the facts

Tuesday - A recent story in the global media on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark.

Chevron dumps plan to drill in Australian Bight

Tuesday - 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.

One-third of population could be living in Africa by 2100

Tuesday - Today, one out of six people on Earth live in Africa. These same projections predict that the proportion will be one in four in 2050 and more than one in three by 2100.

Big brands promise 100% sustainable cotton by 2025

Tuesday - Major clothing and textile companies, including Burberry, Adidas, Timberland, and Levi’s have pledged to use 100 per cent sustainable cotton by 2025.


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