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Australia is counting on cooking the books to meet its climate targets

A new OECD report has warned that Australia risks falling short of its 2030 emissions target unless it implements “a major effort to move to a low-carbon model”. This view is consistent both with official government projections released late last year, and independent analysis of Australia’s emissions trajectory. Yet the government still insists we are …

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Majority of South Australians want 100% renewable energy by 2030: TAI poll

Nearly 70 per cent of South Australian voters want their state to adopt 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030. In addition, it seems South Australian renewable energy has overwhelming support across political divides. New polling by The Australian Institute (TAI) shows majority support for renewables like wind and solar power cuts through party affiliations. …

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Hydrogen blues: Is this the gas industry version of “clean coal”?

You remember “clean coal?” It bought the coal industry an extra decade of social licence. It was the technology promised as just around the corner. Eventually it would allow us to burn coal with no climate impact. Clean coal attracted billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded government support, but today there’s nothing to show. After cost …

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Solar Panels: How do they work?

Fifty years ago, solar panels were so expensive that they were used mainly for powering billion-dollar space probes, and that’s about it. But as the panels became cheaper — and as environmental worries about coal and other fossil fuels made renewable energy sources like solar more attractive — solar panels began sprouting up all over …

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Oil giant Shell to take on Australian power utilities within a decade

Royal Dutch Shell says it expects to lay down a substantial challenge to Australia’s major power utilities within a decade, focusing on the power trading business and providing services to customers wanting solar, storage and electric vehicles. The plans signaled by one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies highlight the looming threat to …

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4 Creative Ways Cities Are Transitioning To A Clean Energy Future

Mayors from cities across the U.S. are stepping up and committing to broad and inspirational action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize local energy systems. This leadership is especially critical given lack of federal climate action, but translating a mayoral commitment to reality can be a challenge. City staff face many hurdles when attempting …

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Climate Change driven extreme heat threatens health of South Australians

Extreme heat events will threaten the health of residents in south-eastern South Australia, including the major metro area of Adelaide, unless urgent action is taken to combat climate change. That’s the verdict of a new report predicting a rapid increase in the number of days over 35°C in South Australia. The ‘Heatwatch’ report by The Australia …

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Utilities are starting to invest in big batteries instead of building new power plants

You might only think about energy storage when your laptop or cellphone are running out of juice, but utilities can plug bigger versions into the electric grid. And thanks to rapidly declining lithium-ion battery prices, using energy storage to stretch electricity generation capacity. Based on our research on energy storage costs and performance in North Carolina, and our analysis of the potential role energy …

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