Science & Environment

US further delays Keystone decision

Final decision on $5.8 billion pipeline delayed past November mid-term elections.

The ABC icon among Oz's 'dirty dozen'

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.

Global warming will kill: Ludlam

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

Clive Palmer gets nod on toxic sludge

Queensland govt permits nickel refinery to discharge higher level of toxic sludge.

US emissions down 10% since 2005

EPA finds lower demand, gas switch puts nation on track for 17 per cent target.

Car coolant rejected by Daimler is safe

EU scientists pave way for carmaker to abandon polluting old-style coolant.

Oil drilling possible 'trigger' for Italy quake

by AFP
Drilling suspended as report finds hydrocarbon exploitation may be factor in deadly 2012 tremor.

Biomass with capture: silver bullet or bulldust?

1 comment
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.

Climate Institute backs carbon capture

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.

Fish losing survival instinct: study

Climate-linked ocean acidification causing behavioural changes.

Palmer hits out at waste claims

by AAP
1 comment
Queensland Nickel suspends operations on toxic waste fears, MP critical of Qld govt.

IPCC wrap: the need for emissions-negative energy

1 comment
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

1 comment
Treasury secretary tells US audience Australia faces Pacific influx.

'Won't cost the world to save the planet'

The IPCC's 'mitigation' report says a radical shift from fossil fuels to low-carbon energy such as wind, solar and nuclear would shave only 0.06% a year off global growth.

Lessons and options from an IPCC inquisition

The world's peak climate body has delivered the final part of its seven-year global warming update, calling on additional effort which, sadly, may largely have to fall to the individual.

IPCC report points to 'renewables solution'

1 comment
Climate Council says Australia has to embrace 'renewables race'.

Swift action needed on climate: IPCC

by AAP
New global report urges Australia to boost renewable energy investment.

Huge LNG terminal proposed for Abbot Point

Gas project set to deepen dredging requirements for Great Barrier Reef export hub.

The isolated Scots harnessing the spirit of biomass

Whiskey distillers in Scotland's highlands are turning away from heavy fuels to adopt unwanted byproducts for biomass plants to power their ancient processes, and lift their green credentials.