Policy & Politics

Solar can bring a bright energy future – even in the UK

Despite its reputation as a cloudy country, with just its roof space Britain would far outstrip the UK's annual power consumption of 36 GW.

Add polymer to carbon market, urges EU

Germany pressured on plastics policy; Poland faces sanction over fluorinated gases.

US details $4bn green bank return

Obama administration unveils post-Solyndra loan aid for renewables; plans year-end start.

The ABC icon among Oz's 'dirty dozen'

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Among the list of Australia's 12 most influential climate foes sits an ABC legend with a following to make shock-jocks - and the renewables industry - weep.

Industrialisation, with green characteristics

Recycling resources, growing renewables and eco-finance are at the heart of China's existential - but still early - pursuit of clean industrialisation.

Global warming will kill: Ludlam

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Weather already turning violent, renewables the solution, says senator.

China's genuine green energy revolution

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China is leading the world in the installation of renewable energy and is also the largest consumer of coal. But it's the former system that's built to last.

How Twitter obliterated the mining industry's latest lobbying campaign

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The Minerals Council took to Twitter to give the 'silent majority' a voice. Instead it turned itself into the target of a very vocal majority.

Biomass with capture: silver bullet or bulldust?

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The IPCC has talked up biomass as a way to store masses of carbon, over eons, while supplying power. Indeed while it could offset 150% of car emissions in Australia by 2050, it should only be seen as a support, not substitute.

Germany's renewed path, JA's trade jump

The week in clean energy saw Germany opt for a third way for renewables development, JA Solar eye a trade-barrier loophole, and EU carbon advance again.

Climate Institute backs carbon capture

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Capture and storage technologies could 'contribute significantly' in Australia.

Factbox: The abridged IPCC

Among the main findings from Sunday's report are: a prediction of at least 3.7 degrees warming; a need for 50 per cent renewables by 2050; and efficiency investment potential of $357 billion a year.

IMF, World Bank push carbon pricing

Financial leaders back carbon pricing, removal of fossil fuel subsidies.

Lessons for Australia from Norway's petro-wealth debate

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As Norway is slowly realising, it makes perfect financial sense for an economy heavily exposed to fossil fuels to hedge its bets and start tilting towards the low-carbon sector.

The state of play after WA

As the dust settles on the WA election re-run, the next four weeks will provide key insight on the shape of Direct Action as the Coalition seeks to bridge the divide between the Palmer United Party and other crossbenchers.

Minerals Council launches 'Australians for coal' website

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Rio and BHP-backed mining lobby aims to counter 'noisy extremists'; boasts '510 years of brown coal'.

Can China win the war on air pollution?

China consumes slightly more coal than all other countries in the world combined. Bold structural reform will be required to kick the habit.

The end of Germany's grassroots transition

Germany’s latest Energiewende reforms are a step towards giving renewables back to corporations.

IPCC wrap: the need for emissions-negative energy

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The UN report has canvassed biomass fuel and carbon capture and storage as part of 'a broad portfolio of options'.

Parkinson warns of climate refugees

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Treasury secretary tells US audience Australia faces Pacific influx.

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