Policy & Politics

Falling oil and coal prices raise the bar for renewables

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To meet the Paris climate targets, there will need to be a massive research effort to reduce the cost of renewables.

The Paris climate deal's smoke and mirrors

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The climate deal struck in Paris will be costly to implement and may not even achieve the desired policy goals. But there is an alternative solution.

Turnbull govt backs wind farms

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New PM makes first major break from Abbott's climate policies, lifts ban on investment.

Flannery says Paris deal incredible

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Environmentalist Tim Flannery labels Paris agreement as a watershed moment.

President Obama hails climate deal

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US president says deal represents best chance to save planet from effects of climate change.

Adapt or wither: Australia's climate imperative

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Fighting to preserve our current lifestyles might be a costly indulgence when adaptive steps appropriate to the climate ahead are available to us.

Negotiators get to work in Paris

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Environment minister notes 'great responsibility' to reach a significant deal on climate.

The energy holy grail is within our reach

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Australia can capitalise on its competitive advantage in renewable energy without compromising on its goals for economic growth.

Shorten rejects $200 carbon price talk

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ALP leader says talk of high costs for his carbon emissions scheme are 'complete rubbish'.

Aust won't sign fossil fuel deal

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PM won't sign an international agreement to phase out fossil fuel subsidies.

Australians back better climate targets

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Lowy Institute finds over 60% of Australians believe govt should consider boosting targets.

Heads of state OK Paris climate talks

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Heads of state confirm they will attend climate talks even after the Paris attacks.

My error: Council announces ambitious target and I believed it

An article published yesterday about councils aiming to procure 1200 megawatts of renewable energy is incorrect. A Melbourne City Council official has clarified that this is just a goal of their council, but they don't intend to achieve it. So why have such a target in the first place?

UK joins NZ in closing down all coal

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All coal power plants to be shut-down by 2025 unless fitted technology to capture emissions.

Kiribati president still awaiting response on new coal mine ban

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Australia yet to formally respond to the President of Kiribati's call for a moratorium on new coal mines.

Farewell to brown coal without tears: how to shut high-emitting power stations

We know that brown coal generators are the biggest polluters but we've made little in-roads into reducing their emissions via a wide array of policy measures. Should taxpayers foot the bill to shut one of them down or should we just pick out Hazelwood and force it to shut? We propose a better market-based alternative.

Turnbull govt undermines deal to cut coal power plant subsidies

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Australia and Sth Korea secure loopholes to allow financing of inefficient coal power plants.

Terrorist attacks won't undermine Paris climate summit - Hunt

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Environment Minister believes the Paris attacks will boost the determination of world leaders to strike a climate change deal at Paris summit.

Could Turnbull hopes turn to tears?

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Malcolm Turnbull has completely reversed the Coalition’s fortunes in the polls built on what people hope he will do. On climate change are these hopes justified given the Environment Minister has said he doesn’t need to do anything more to achieve his targets to 2020?

Gorgon will contribute to gov't coffers: Chevron

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Chevron, accused of rorting tax system, says Gorgon LNG will contribute $350 billion in taxes.

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