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Climate politics in 2018: another guide for the perplexed

As I predicted a year ago, 2017 was another vicious and bloody-minded year in Australian climate politics. Yet the political bickering belied the …

Big new renewable projects planned across Australia as Tesla effect hits

Following the success of Elon Musk’s 100-megawatt battery in South Australia, another battery and renewable power plant are in the works<p>Australia’s renewable energy sector responds to the success of South Australia’s Tesla lithium ion battery. South Australia will build the world’s largest solar …

Renewable Energy

Warning: Australia Will Just Keep Getting Hotter Until 2050

The road-melting heatwave that made Sydney the hottest place on Earth at the weekend may just be a taste of things to come.<p>Temperatures in Australia …

Alzheimer's setback as promising drug shows no benefit in clinical trials

Disappointment as idalopirdine fails at trial to improve cognition and limit decline in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease<p>The quest to develop drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease has experienced a new setback, with a promising medication failing to show benefits in the latest series …

The First Warning Sign of Alzheimer's May Surprise You

We've all heard the stories of the grandma who got lost on her way home from the grocery store, or the great uncle who relies on GPS for the drive to …

Alaska is warming so quickly that weather algorithms can't keep up

The Arctic is heating up way faster than the rest of the world.<p>The National Centers for Environmental Information get a lot of, well, environmental information. They gather an immense amount of climate data, and in order to organize it all, they sit down on the 4th of every month to review …

Study: 1 in 6 deaths worldwide caused by pollution in 2015

Deadly Pollution<p>We all know that pollution, in general, is harmful to human health. But a study published in <i>T</i><i>he Lancet</i> has shown the true magnitude …

The world is going slow on coal, but misinformation is distorting the facts

A recent story on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark<p>• Support our independent journalism and critical reporting on energy and the environment by giving a one-off or monthly contribution<p>This is a story about how misinformation can take …

Julie Bishop

Penguins starving to death is a sign that something’s very wrong in the Antarctic | John Sauven

Overfishing, oil drilling, pollution and climate change are imperilling the ecosystem. But ocean sanctuaries could help protect what belongs to us all<p>The awful news that all but two penguin chicks have starved to death out of a colony of almost 40,000 birds is a grim illustration of the enormous …

Sea Ice

World will need 'carbon sucking' technology by 2030s, scientists warn

New methods to capture and store emissions, such as planting more forests and pumping carbon underground, are currently costly and need testing<p>As efforts to cut planet-warming emissions fall short, large-scale projects to suck carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere will be needed by the 2030s to hold …

Queensland tree clearing wipes out federal emissions gains

Accelerating rates of land clearing in Queensland are undermining Australia’s Direct Action greenhouse gas cuts<p>Accelerating rates of tree clearing in Queensland are wiping out any cuts to greenhouse gas emissions the federal government has made through its $2.55bn Direct Action fund, according to …

Environmentalism

Adani Carmichael coal mine: Former Indian minister sounds alarm on Adani's track record, mega-mine's viability

India's former environment minister Jairam Ramesh is "absolutely appalled" by the Australian Government's approval of the Adani Group's massive coal …

Want energy storage? Here are 22,000 sites for pumped hydro across Australia

The race is on for storage solutions that can help provide secure, reliable electricity supply as more renewables enter Australia’s electricity …

Hydroelectric Power

Planting program could help save Great Barrier Reef

During a visit from Sir Richard Branson to Australia last year, Greening Australia and Virgin Australia announced a partnership to progressively …

Australia

Asia's glaciers to shrink by a third by 2100, threatening water supply of millions

High mountains of Asia hold biggest store of frozen water outside the poles and feed many of the world’s great rivers, including the Ganges<p>Asia’s mountain glaciers will lose at least a third of their mass through global warming by the century’s end, with dire consequences for millions of people who …

Water

The Coalition attacks environmental groups with advice straight from the mining lobby | Tim Flannery

The lobby’s recommendations for environmental charities would set a dangerous precedent and could hamper any community group the government deems to be in conflict with its worldview<p>Tens of millions of dollars are spent annually on political lobbying for the interests of the fossil fuel sector. …

Climate

Irma and Harvey: very different storms, but both affected by climate change

There has been no let up since Hurricane Harvey dumped record-breaking rains on the Houston area of Texas. Hurricane Irma lashed parts of the …

Climate Change

Australia’s overall greenhouse gas emissions last financial year were the highest since 2011, despite the closure of the Hazelwood coal-fired power plant<p>Emissions from the electricity sector in the three months to June dropped by the biggest amount on record, as the effect of the Hazelwood …

Australia's hottest winter on record, temperatures up nearly 2C

Winter in Australia this year was hot and dry with the average maximum temperature up nearly 2 degrees Celsius above the long-term trend.<p>The average …

Global Warming

Renewable energy generates enough power to run 70% of Australian homes

Renewable Energy Index shows sector will generate power to run 90% of homes once wind and solar projects being built in 2016-17 are completed<p>Australia’s renewable energy sector is within striking distance of matching national household power consumption, cranking out enough electricity to run 70% …

Renewable Energy

I was an Exxon-funded climate scientist

ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false …

Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

The Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply from countries that supported Israel in the Yom Kippur war, the then US secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, called on the OECD to set up a new body to …

Fossil Fuels

Russian tanker sails through Arctic without icebreaker for first time

Climate change has thawed Arctic enough for $300m gas tanker to travel at record speed through northern sea route<p>A Russian tanker has travelled through the northern sea route in record speed and without an icebreaker escort for the first time, highlighting how climate change is opening up the high …

Merchant Shipping

100% renewable by 2050: the technology already exists to make it happen

Most of the world could switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, creating millions of jobs, saving millions of lives that would otherwise be lost to …

Artificial Intelligence

Solar thermal power plant announced for Port Augusta 'biggest of its kind in the world'

A 150-megawatt solar thermal power plant has been secured for Port Augusta in South Australia, State Premier Jay Weatherill has …

Environmental Justice Australia report says Australian coal-fired power plants regularly exceed lax limits imposed on them<p>Australian coal-fired power stationsare allowed to produce levels of toxic air pollution that would be illegal in the US, Europe and China, and may exceed even the lax limits …

Australia faces potentially disastrous consequences of climate change, inquiry told

Former defence force chief decries Australia’s response to climate challenge as a ‘manifest failure of leadership’<p>Military and climate experts, including a former chief of the defence force, have warned that Australia faces potential “disastrous consequences” from climate change, including …

Climate gloom and doom? Bring it on. But we need stories about taking action, too

There’s been no shortage of pessimistic news on climate change lately. A group of climate scientists and policy experts recently declared that we …

Climate

Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people

Extreme heatwaves that kill even healthy people within hours will strike parts of the Indian subcontinent unless global carbon emissions are cut sharply and soon, according to new research.<p>Even outside of these hotspots, three-quarters of the 1.7bn population – particularly those farming in the …

Climate Change

Queensland Resources Council denies urging Great Barrier Reef experts to ignore climate change

The mining industry's lobby group urged key advisors on the Great Barrier Reef not to consider climate change in the Reef 2050 plan, according to …