Policy & Politics

NSW approves controversial new coalmine

Shenhua's $1bn Watermark project for fertile Liverpool Plains gets planning tick.

Qld council pushes for reopening of coal-fired power station

Whitsunday mayor calls on state candidates to opt for Collinsville over new Moray Project.

Momentum in Europe as a quiet physicist makes his mark

From the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps to a small London theatre, there has been a lot said about climate change over the last couple of weeks.

How Greg Hunt wrongly muddies the carbon tax effect

The minister points to slowing emissions reductions across all sectors, including the significant forestry sector. But focusing only on relevant sectors, those actually targeted, the carbon tax sped emissions reductions. Nevertheless, its early success was unsustainable.

US Senate approves Keystone pipeline

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Eight Democrats defy president to pass-through bill on oil project.

Affection for solar extends across all political colours

New polling shows ownership of solar is almost exactly the same across Labor, Conservatives, Greens, and unaligned voters. It's one key reason why the Abbott Government got cold feet on abolishing the small-scale Renewable Energy Target.

India to sell 10% Coal India stake

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Modi govt faces fight in bid to offload $5bn stake.

Modi and Obama's promising first steps

While coal remains the elephant in the room, the two leaders at least made progress on HFCs, solar and climate adaptation.

US starts playing catch-up on offshore wind

America is set for its first offshore wind farm with the federal government opening up waters off the northeast coast in an attempt to follow Europe's advanced tapping of Atlantic winds.

CEFC lends $4.4m for Energy Efficient Loans program

Victorian food suppliers win funds for PV systems, energy efficiency equipment.

Inner Sydney council to divest from fossil fuels

Marrickville becomes first NSW municipality to join global push; set to withdraw $15m, dump big banks.

Coalition falls behind in marginal seats

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Medicare, higher education changes weigh on voters.

U-turn to nowhere: Nuclear's dire outlook

Apart from China, nuclear is not garnering traction anywhere in the world with most nations likely to phase out or downgrade capacity in coming years - reinforcing a decades-long trend of stagnation.

A crash in gas use is more likely than the forecast 'shortage'

Official forecasts point to steady or rising demand yet our analysis suggests that, with prices rising, gas demand in NSW could fall to as much as half within 10 years.

Obama's American and Indian dream; EU carbon fix falters

The week in clean energy saw Obama outline his climate intentions and commit to helping India meet its solar goal, while EU carbon fell on oversupply dithering.

Queensland Labor talks bold, promises little on renewable energy

Labor has released a policy statement boldly titled, A Solar Future. It needs to carry the accompanying line - 'how we'll study it but not implement it'.

US-India agree to work closer on solar, nuclear

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But Modi says country feels no pressure on emissions target ahead of Paris.

Picking apart a weak wind farm report

The most recent 'wind syndrome' study breaks a raft of basic tenets of scientific inquiry and, by doing so, creates a spurious correlation. It is not a good report.

Climate politics 2015: Hotter and fewer places to hide

Last year we saw Clive and Al, the US-China agreement and Abbott's axe. But 2015 promises even more climate sizzle with global targets to be announced, resolution of the RET barnacle and the beginnings of Direct Action.

Second opinion? Doctors' coal concerns rebuked by Abbott Govt

A rebuke from the Prime Minister's Office to doctors complaining that coal isn't all that good for humanity exposes a government with completely inconsistent policy positions.