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31 05 2020 | 08:59

Australian researchers claim world first in global race to develop better solar panels.

Experimental cell using the potentially game-changing material perovskite passes a series of heat and humidity tests A team of Australian researchers are claiming a world first in a global race to…

31 05 2020 | 08:44

Australian renewable energy generation tops gas for first time in 2019, coal falls to record low.

More electricity was produced from renewable energy sources Australia-wide than gas generation for the first time in 2019, as a surge in wind and solar generation also pushes the share of electricity…

25 05 2020 | 08:58

Leaked Covid-19 commission report calls for Australian taxpayers to underwrite gas industry expansion.

Exclusive: The report does not consider alternatives to gas, or mention climate change and the financial risk of investing in fossil fuel as emissions are cut Australian taxpayers should underwrite…

20 05 2020 | 13:26

Norway’s giant oil fund ditches stake in Australia's AGL over fossil fuel concerns.

Trillion-dollar fund also puts BHP on ‘observation list’ carrying risk of future divestment. Norway’s gigantic sovereign wealth fund has dumped its stake in the Australian energy company AGL, which…

20 05 2020 | 12:47

Australia backs BP's study to produce hydrogen from wind, solar.

MELBOURNE - BP Plc has won Australian government backing for a feasibility study into producing hydrogen using wind and solar power to split water and converting the hydrogen to ammonia in Western…

14 05 2020 | 06:46

Study shows rooftop solar pushing fossil fuels off of Australian electricity grid.

Strong growth in rooftop solar installations has continued to push coal fired generation out of the Australian electricity market, a new audit of the National Electricity Market has shown.

11 05 2020 | 07:45

Coal Loses Backing From Another Big Bank.

Financing a thermal coal project in Australia just got a little bit harder after Westpac Banking Corp. said it would exit the sector by 2030, leaving Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. as…

08 05 2020 | 07:33

Trouble with gas: the Coalition is betting on the fossil fuel for recovery – but the sums don't add up.

The Australian government says gas is ‘essential’, but the global view is it’s the second-least desirable source of electricity. Τhe agency that runs Australia’s electricity last week gave its…

19 04 2020 | 07:12

Australia’s Whitehaven Coal delays decision on $700 million mine expansion as sales slump.

Whitehaven Coal shares slumped on Thursday after the miner downgraded its coal sales target for the second time in five months and ruled out investments in coal mine expansions this year amid…

08 04 2020 | 11:28

Probably the worst year in a century': Australia's environmental toll of 2019.

The annual Australia’s Environment report finds last year’s heat and drought caused unprecedented damage. Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst environmental conditions across…

05 03 2020 | 07:46

Summers Now a Month Longer as Climate Change Bites in Australia.

When baby boomers say that summers aren’t what they used to be, for once they may be right. Australian summers are now a month longer than they were in the 1950s as climate change upends traditional…

05 03 2020 | 07:39

Killer heat: how a warming land is changing Australia forever.

The frontline ->  Inside Australia's climate emergency: the killer heat   Australia is heating faster than the global average, and extreme heat days are on the rise. Doctors say there’s clear…

05 03 2020 | 06:25

Australia's carbon emissions fall just 0.3% as industrial pollution surges.

Emissions from electricity generation and agriculture decline, but tiny overall decline shows shortcomings of Coalition policy Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have dipped slightly on the back…

01 03 2020 | 13:45

Australia's wild summer sees blast of snow.

Tasmania snow concludes Australia's summer of extremes Snow has fallen in mountainous parts of Tasmania, rounding out a summer of dramatic weather changes in Australia. Watch the video here…

28 02 2020 | 06:54

'Unprecedented' globally: more than 20% of Australia's forests burnt in bushfires.

Researchers’ figure contrasts starkly with proportion of forest burned over such a period on any other continent More than 20% of Australia’s forests burned during the summer’s bushfire catastrophe…

23 02 2020 | 11:22

Inside Australia's climate emergency: the air we breathe.

For months, Australians breathed air pollution up to 26 times above levels considered hazardous to human health. The long-term impact could be devastating.   On the worst day of the smoke,…

20 02 2020 | 07:08

Australia on FIRE!

Australia is on the front line of the climate crisis.  I'm in Australia on tour. I'm coming to MELBOURNE, ADELAIDE, PERTH, BRISBANE & SYDNEY. Get your tickets at JonathanPie.com       14…

13 02 2020 | 06:48

Coalition wilfully blind to economics of renewables.

One of the greatest frustrations as a scientist is to see interpretations of data misrepresented by politicians. Unfortunately in Australia, much of this bluster has come from the far-right side of…

13 02 2020 | 06:25

Coal-fired power investment nuts: Turnbull.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says it's "nuts" for the Morrison government to consider backing coal-fired power. Mr Turnbull was in Canberra on Monday as a guest at a speech to…

01 02 2020 | 10:29

Australia fires: State of emergency declared for Canberra region.

Authorities in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) have declared a state of emergency as massive bushfires rage south of Canberra. It is the worst fire threat to the territory in nearly two…