Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
The first US Republican to officially declare a 2016 presidential run, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, has confused 21st century scientists with the 17th century Church, with climate change a movement aiming to control 'every aspect of our lives'.
The IEA's bombshell last week that energy emissions had stalled globally, and prematurely - largely on the back of China's dip - has some scientists optimistic but others encouraging caution about where emissions numbers will go from here.
Australia's emissions task is shrinking in the government's favour as projections fall short of reality. But for Direct Action to deliver our meagre 5% target, Greg Hunt will have to find abatement at remarkably low cost.
Coal mine approvals are continuing apace, despite the sector's dire outlook. With filling the entire mine 'void' beyond the realms of 'best-practice ecological rehabilitation', these approvals are set to have a lasting legacy.
The poster child for cleantech in this country, Ceramic Fuel Cells, has recently gone into administration due to financial difficulties and it doesn’t surprise me at all. The technology can't match it with a combination of solar, wind, batteries and heat pumps.
The goal of net-zero emissions has a good chance of being enshrined in Paris. But the term can mean several things, and the world will need to decide whether if refers to stabilising atmospheric concentrations, actual emissions or otherwise.
Countries are being asked to submit their 'INDCs' by October 1. The self-determined targets shift global climate policy to a more bottom-up approach, where their cumulative effect may not be enough to limit warming to 2 degrees. So what should Australia do?
The NHMRC has reserved $2.5m for research into possible health effects from wind turbines. It's a small amount of money but there are lots of other highly meritorious health research projects missing out on funding so why is this special, and why not dedicated funding for wifi sensitivity, smart electricity meter dangers or 'fan death'?