Policy & Politics

Grattan says solar a $10 billion waste - I’d agree, if it was still 2009

Back in 2009 and even 2011, if all we cared about was reducing the largest amount of emissions within just a few years solar PV would be towards the bottom of the list. Yet in the 3½ years since I left the Grattan Institute solar PV costs have dropped so far that it's worth celebrating rather than lamenting.

France's largest insurer divests from coal

'The facts are undeniable': AXA cites climate change as it prepares to dump $700m in coal stocks alongside a tripling of investment in green bonds, to $US3.3bn.

Protests at CBA end week of action against coal developments

Organisers claim more than 100 events across Australia and globe calling for Qld mine and port halt.

Grattan report 'ignore solar's value': CEC

$30bn of investment, thousands of jobs attributable to solar support, says council.

Greens stand firm on fuel indexation

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Di Natale won't support measure with revenue linked to roads.

Ipsos report details guidelines for large-scale solar consultation

Market research company also finds 78% support for large-scale solar.

Wealthy nations overlook the dangers of climate change

Who cares more about environmental issues: people in rich countries, or not-so-rich countries? A survey suggests it's those in poorer places who are more vulnerable to issues like climate change.

NSW Govt breaking its privatisation power price promises

NSW consumers already pay twice as much as Victorians in network charges. The energy regulator in its latest determination failed to address this discrepancy, yet the NSW Government via Networks NSW has sent in the lawyers to get even more money from consumers.

Open letter: Scientists' Galilee plea to banks

A group of leading Australian scientists - including Peter Doherty and Fiona Stantley - has called on major banks not to finance the massive expansion of coal projects in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

We need real consensus, not Bjorn Lomborg's illusion of it

There is a way for governments to find out the consensus on global issues such as climate change. But it involves painstaking, complex work, and an end to the adversarial clash of competing ideologies.
2 companies responsible for 31% of global emissions
Gazprom leads list with Russian gas giant on par with Japanese nation.

Saudi oil minister: 'Fossil fuels doomed, we're switching to solar'

Minister sees mid-century end to fossil fuel use, eyes solar export industry.

Here's how the states can dodge Canberra's renewable roadblock

The Abbott Government has achieved a significant cut to the Renewable Energy Target yet a clause in the federal legislation prevents state schemes similar to the federal RET. One workaround options stands out for climate-concerned state energy ministers.

Feeling the pressure: Bumbling nuclear's negative learning curve

Areva's experience with its European Pressurised Reactors shows developing modified versions of even conventional reactors, let alone radically new types, can be complicated and protracted and end in failure.

Canada has put its head in the tar sands

Canada looks set to use forestry credits to give it cover for expanding its tar sands sector, putting the country on track to become a clean-energy laggard.

Could wood waste be a Trojan horse to wreck the RET?

Making native forest wood waste eligible under the RET is unlikely to make a material difference to solar and wind projects by itself. But anti-RET senators Leyonhjelm and Day could use it for ends that extend beyond just wood waste.

Vic Nats vote down RET dump motion

Party 'totally committed' to renewable energy: Drum.

We need a smart urban revolution, and Asia is just the place to do it

Nobel Laureates met recently in Hong Kong to sign a memorandum calling for cities to help guard against climate change. As the most creative places on the planet, big cities are the perfect place to meet this challenge.

Think the iron ore inquiry's a waste of money? Then have a look at wind farms

‘A ridiculous waste of taxpayers money’ is probably a good description of the iron ore inquiry being pushed by Twiggy Forrest, but it’s an even better description of the countless inquiries the wind industry has been subjected to. Comic relief is the only cure for the Aussie epidemic of 'wind farm inquiry' sickness.

China approves 34GW wind; fuel cells industry 'at tipping point'

The week in clean energy saw gigawatt-scale boosts in solar and wind in China, while Korean and US firms continued to conspire on fuel cells.