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13 04 2021 | 12:30

Sydney’s inland suburbs are 10°C warmer than the coast in heat waves

Large-scale weather patterns and urban overheating are interacting to make Sydney’s inland suburbs up to 10°C warmer than coastal areas during extreme heat events.

13 04 2021 | 12:24

Gas consortium seeks approval to drill 7,700 wells in Queensland, including near national parks

Australia Pacific LNG wants environmental approval to drill across nearly half a million hectares of central and south-west Queensland. Australia’s largest east coast gas producer has sought federal…

13 04 2021 | 10:03

Community batteries: what are they, and how could they help Australian energy consumers?

Labor proposes funding batteries to allow households with solar power to pool excess electricity. Here’s what you need to know. In what might be the most attention the battery world has had since…

07 04 2021 | 09:41

'Every choice matters': can we cling to hope of avoiding 1.5C heating?

The Australian Academy of Science warns that limiting global heating to the Paris goal is now ‘virtually impossible’. Is it right? by Graham Readfearn and Adam Morton Australia’s leading scientists…

05 04 2021 | 08:42

Australia's miners urge Europe to define nuclear power and fossil fuels with carbon capture as 'sustainable'

Minerals Council of Australia has been accused of trying to export its ‘negative approach to climate policy’ The Minerals Council of Australia has weighed into a European Commission climate policy…

03 04 2021 | 07:44

Climate experts in dismay at choice of Mathias Cormann as OECD chief.

Critics say election of former Australian finance minister with ‘atrocious record’ sends a dangerous signal.

29 03 2021 | 11:11

Renewables plus batteries offer Australia the same energy security as coal, research finds.

Australia Institute calls for rule change to allow renewables to replace fossil fuels in underpinning grid reliability. Renewable energy and batteries can secure Australia’s electricity grid as…

22 03 2021 | 09:19

Yallourn, one of Australia's last brown coal power stations, to close early in favour of giant battery.

Power station produces 13% of Victoria’s and 3% of national emissions and employs 500 people. One of Australia’s dirtiest coal-fired power stations, Yallourn in Victoria’s Latrobe valley, will close…

22 03 2021 | 08:58

Australian exporters could face millions of dollars in European tariffs as EU seeks to punish polluters.

Australian exporters to Europe are likely to face millions of dollars in new tariffs after the European Parliament voted overnight to move forward with a carbon levy on products from countries…

12 03 2021 | 09:43

Blue carbon: how three Australian marine sites lock away 2bn tonnes of CO2.

Greenhouse gas stored in country’s marine world heritage sites about same as four years of national emissions. Three of Australia’s world heritage-listed marine sites have more than 2bn tonnes of…

12 03 2021 | 08:50

Australia accused of 'shamefully' holding back global action on climate change.

United Nations calls on all countries to have ‘concrete plans to phase out fossil fuels as fast as possible’ Australia has been accused of “shamefully doing nothing” and weighing down global action…

26 02 2021 | 11:54

Australia was the first casualty of the big blackout lie blaming wind power – the US could be next.

As climate impacts intensify, power grids stuffed with ageing fossil fuel infrastructure crumble.

09 02 2021 | 08:46

Nationals coal push disrupts Scott Morrison's climate policy pivot.

Coalition tensions in evidence as growing chorus of Nationals call for new coal plants after PM sends zero emissions signal. The Nationals are continuing to agitate for new investments in coal,…

08 02 2021 | 15:03

Australia's proposed gas pipelines would generate emissions equivalent to 33 coal-fired power plants.

Report warns if $56bn worth of developments go ahead, it could threaten the goals of the Paris climate deal and lead to billions of dollars in stranded assets. Australia has $56bn worth of gas…

03 02 2021 | 13:42

Remote Tasmanian island to be powered by ‘blowhole’ energy that harnesses waves.

Hopes the above-water unit on King Island can be expanded across Australia’s vast southern coastline. Technology that harnesses wave energy through a “blowhole” is being tested at a remote Tasmanian…

03 02 2021 | 09:45

Climate crisis: Biden’s presidency turns up the heat on Australia to set out environment targets, experts say.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has previously said he won’t be dictated to by other countries on climate policy. The combined pressure of Joe Biden’s new environmentally-focused administration in the…

03 02 2021 | 08:41

'I wrapped myself in a damp towel': Sydneysiders risk health inside hot homes

Some Sydney residents are living in homes with room temperatures nudging 40 degrees, as climate change raises temperatures and fear of big energy bills stops people from cooling down. A study of…

25 01 2021 | 16:51

Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in 'within decades' .

Parts of Victoria and NSW are sweating through an extreme heatwave that started sweeping across Australia's southeast on Saturday. This may seem like just a good excuse to go to the beach, but as…

20 01 2021 | 09:20

NSW coal-fired power plant chosen as site of Australia's biggest battery.

Analysts say Origin’s plan for 700MW battery at Lake Macquarie Eraring power station and Neoen’s proposal for a 500MW storage project near Lithgow will accelerate the state’s energy transition. Two…

11 01 2021 | 14:40

Last decade hottest on record for Australia with temperature almost 1C above average.

Maximum and minimum temperatures were above average for all states and territories, Bureau of Meteorology says The last decade was the hottest on record for Australia with the temperature almost 1C…