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For $6 extra, AEMO keeps lights on and defies renewable skeptics

Remember the predictions of inevitable blackouts made before last summer? Conservative commentators were hoping, even praying, for a major outage – …

Australian Open (Tennis)

Carbon markets back from the brink of collapse, says World Bank

Development of major new markets in China and reforms in Europe have provided a crucial boost as countries look at tools to cut carbon and meet their Paris climate targets<p>Global carbon markets have been revived from the brink of collapse as, after years in the doldrums, recent developments have …

World Bank

Clive Palmer's coalmine plan scrutinised over impact on Great Barrier Reef

Alpha North, which would be bigger than Adani’s Carmichael mine, to be examined under federal environment laws<p>A proposal by the millionaire former MP Clive Palmer to develop the biggest open-cut coalmine in the southern hemisphere in Queensland will be scrutinised by the federal environment …

Australia

Asteroid from another star system found orbiting wrong way near Jupiter

For the first time, a permanent member of our solar system has been found to have originated elsewhere<p>A permanent visitor from interstellar space has been found in our solar system, astronomers studying an asteroid orbiting our sun have revealed.<p>While collisions with Earth by comets and asteroids …

Astronomy

Stopping Adani mine would pose no 'sovereign risk' to Australia, says economist Saul Eslake

Prominent economist slams both sides of politics for "tossing this term around".

Australia

AGL rejects Alinta's bid for Liddell power plant, confirming its closure

Josh Frydenberg wants AGL to commit to replacement plan, with the NSW plant set to shut in 2022<p>Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon<p>The energy minister, Josh Frydenberg, has called on AGL Energy to make a financial commitment to its transition plan after the company …

Hydroelectric Power

No tender process for $444m Great Barrier Reef grant, Senate hearing told

Department says it approached the non-profit group just weeks before the budget and had still not signed an agreement • Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon<p>The government approached a non-profit group that will receive a record grant for reef protection only a few weeks …

Great Barrier Reef

10 facts about deforestation in Australia

Around 5,000 square kilometres, of virgin bushland and advanced regrowth are cleared annually. In addition to destroying native wildlife, it is the …

Australia

Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn

Insects are vital to ecosystems but will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections<p>Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already severe losses, according to a new analysis.<p>Insects are vital to most ecosystems and a widespread collapse …

Biodiversity

All care, no policy: Liberal party pretenders exposed

On the ABC, the gender gap, climate change and wage growth, the Liberals pretend to care while making sure nothing changes<p>Sign up to receive the latest Australian opinion pieces every weekday<p>It probably should be no surprise that last night’s royal wedding became part of the political debate this …

Australia

Costa Rica to ban fossil fuels and become world's first decarbonised society

Costa Rica’s new president has announced a plan to ban fossil fuels and become the first fully decarbonised country in the world.<p>Carlos Alvarado, a …

Costa Rica

How Alan Jones made Josh Frydenberg look like a moderate

Alan Jones and Josh Frydenberg traded barbs on radio on Thursday. And beneath the bravado was an insight into how far to the right the debate around …

Kevin Rudd

Nissan drives into home solar and battery storage market

Automaker behind world's best selling EV unveils Nissan Energy Solar – a home solar, storage, and smart control package, including 2nd-hand EV …

Clean Energy

The myths and fears stopping Australians from becoming foster carers

There's an urgent need for foster carers in Australia.<p>In NSW alone 660 foster carers are being sought this year, to care for children who aren't safe …

Foster Care

How renters and apartment dwellers can get solar panels

The savings come as the energy your panels generate counts as a rebate against your total bill, no matter where you live.<p>Enova Energy is one …

Climate change an 'existential security risk' to Australia, Senate inquiry says

Threat is not a possible future one but one endangering Australia now, parliament told<p>Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon<p>Climate change is a “current and existential national security risk” to Australia, a Senate inquiry has told parliament, one that could inflame …

Climate Change

Festival Hall gets heritage listing, could be spared wrecking ball

Festival Hall has been recommended for inclusion on Victoria's Heritage Register, meaning plans to demolish the music venue are unlikely to be …

Live Music

'Carbon bomb': Clive Palmer seeks nod for mine twice the size of Adani's

At that size, it would be the "largest project of its type ever proposed in Australia," the environmental group said.<p>'Unacceptable'<p>In making its …

Carbon Emissions

Leaf leads global sales surge, Australia EV uptake doubles

Nissan Leaf leads global sales in EVs, with Australia one of a number of countries, including China, to record a doubling of sales in the first …

Electric Vehicles

Australia’s biggest wind farm project lands connection deal

Goldwind signs deal for $140m of new network infrastructure to service what will be Australia's largest, and lowest cost, wind farm.

Wind Farm

Tesla’s giant battery reduces cost of power outages by 90 per cent in South Australia

Tesla’s enormous battery in South Australia has led to a massive drop in the costs of backing up the region’s power supply, potentially saving local …

Tesla

New labelling helps UK shoppers avoid plastic packaging

Iceland is among the first supermarkets to introduce the new ‘trust mark’ that shows shoppers which food packaging has no hidden plastic in it<p>A new plastic-free “trust mark” is being introduced today, allowing shoppers to see at a glance whether products use plastic in their packaging.<p>The label …

Pollution

Carmichael rail line: engineering firm says it has 'demobilised' from Adani project

Exclusive: Indian miner says ‘current phase’ of AECOM’s engineering and design complete<p>The global engineering company AECOM, the firm that had been designing Adani’s $2.2bn rail line to its Carmichael coalmine, says that it has “demobilised” and is no longer working the project with the Indian …

Environmentalism

Turnbull government 'knew for years' about network rorts, letters show

Loading<p>'Dragged their feet'<p>"The Commonwealth has known for years that consumers were being ripped off by power companies but they did nothing about …

Australia

Almost half of Australian big business moving to renewables

Climate Council says capacity of firms to generate solar power has doubled in less than two years<p>Sign up to receive the top stories every morning<p>Almost half of Australia’s large businesses are actively transitioning to cheaper renewable energy, including many going off the grid by building their …

Renewable Energy

Australia’s biggest solar farm switches on in Port Augusta

The 220MW Bungala solar farm - Australia's largest - begins production, signalling a milestone for the transformation of Port Augusta into a …

Renewable Energy

Is this our gift to future generations? - National

In an interview in 2004 Jonathan Overpeck, director of the Institute for the Study of Planet Earth at the University of Arizona, was asked what he …

Climate Change

Who are Australia’s largest carbon emitters?

The Clean Energy Regulator has named Australia’s ten biggest contributors to carbon emissions and coal plays a starring role.

Fossil Fuels

Watchdog to probe possible $400 million power price gouge

Mr Frydenberg said the government wanted to ensure energy bills were as low as possible.<br>“It is totally unacceptable for consumers to be charged for …

Australian Taxation Office

'Like winning lotto': Reef Foundation minnow braces for $444m windfall

The accounting move - dubbed by some as profiling - improved the outlook for coming years, including the government's promise of delivering a modest …

Australia