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Environment & Energy

This includes articles about coal mining and CSG, mining the Galilee Basin, dredging, and Abbot Point. It also contains articles on sandmining on Stradbroke Island. Other, related articles, can be found under 'Environment: Great Barrier Reef'.

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The 'Galileo gambit' and climate science

Stephan Lewandowsky writes in The Conversation (11.8.16) about the recently elected One Nation senator from Queensland, Malcolm Roberts, '... More »

Labor hopes tree clearing data will trump LNP

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (7.8.16) on the latest release of data from the state government's monitoring of tree clearing,... More »

The solution to Australia’s gas crisis is not more gas

Alan Pears writes in The Conversation (4.8.16) about the dilemma caused by increased demand for Australia's supplies of liquified natural ... More »

Greasing the wheels: The systemic weaknesses that allow undue influence by mining companies on government - a Queensland case study

Hannah Aulby and Mark Ogge of The Australia Institute report:

'Between 2010 and 2015 the Liberal Party of Australia and the Queensland Libe... More »

Turnbull government orders CSIRO U-turn towards climate science

Nicole Hasham and Peter Hartcher report in the Sydney Morning Herald (4.8.16) on a directive from the new Science Minister, Greg Hunt, tha... More »

The electricity market’s not doing a great job – here’s how to improve it

Alex Fattal and Nicky Ison write in The Conversation (2.8.16) about the shortcomings of Australia's wholesale electricity market, and argu... More »

New opportunities for improving mine rehabilitation: Queensland’s Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Act 2016

This article explains how and why the statutory requirements for mining rehabilitation have failed to serve Queensland in the past and how the Envi... More »

3 Aug 2016

Water in northern Australia a history of Aboriginal exclusion

Liz Macpherson and colleagues write in The Conversation (2.8.16) about the history of water allocation and resource management in the nort... More »

21,000 koala trees cleared for Moreton Bay Rail project

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (27.7.16) on the loss of koala habitat around the northern fringes of Brisbane as land clearing w... More »

There are bright spots among the world’s coral reefs – the challenge is to learn from them

Joshua Cinner writes in The Conversation (21.7.16) about the identification of coral reefs which show less of the damaging effects of chan... More »

Under a single minister, will energy and the environment be friends or foes?

Alan Pears writes in The Conversation (19.7.16) about Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's reshaped Cabinet, which features a merged 'super-p... More »

Australia’s energy sector is in critical need of reform

The Grattan Institute's Tony Wood writes in The Conversation (14.7.16) about the need for structural and policy reform in Australia's ener... More »

Fossil fuel industry and climate denial

Graham Redfearn writes in The Guardian (13.7.16) that Australians have been both helpers and victims of the fossil fuelled web o... More »

UN sustainable development goals: how should Australia respond?

The Global Change Institute, University of Queensland, has produced a discussion paper which presents seven recommendations for Australian Governme... More »

Mining considered on Cape York station bought by Queensland Government to protect reef

The ABC's Mark Willacy reports (5.7.16) on mining applications being considered by the Natural Resources Department, on parts of the far north Quee... More »

Scientists urge tightening of land-clearing laws in Australia

The ABC's Stephanie Smail reports (7.7.16) on a declaration by scores of environmental scientists calling for tighter land clearing laws and greate... More »

Koalas are feeling the heat, and we need to make some tough choices to save our furry friends

Jonathan Rhodes and colleagues write in The Conversation (6.7.16) about the decline in koala populations due to expanding urban developmen... More »

Election 2016: Failing on climate change - a national disgrace

Michael Slezac reports in The Guardian (27.6.16) aht peaking at the same time as Turnbull addressed the party faithful at the Co... More »

Rush to dam northern Australia comes at the expense of sustainability

Barry Hart and colleagues write in The Conversation (27.6.16) about the environmental impacts of the major parties' proposals for developi... More »

Qld inches towards protected area targets

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (25.6.16) on the government's moves to secure more state land as protected areas.

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Tree 'panic clearing' on Queensland properties revealed by satellite imagery

The ABC's Stephanie Smail reports (23.6.16) on new indications that some farmers on large rural properties are continuing to undertake extensive an... More »

What happened to debate over the environment?

Marc Hudson writes in The Conversation (23.6.16):

'There’s a deafening silence in the ongoing Australian election campa... More »

PolicyCheck: What are the parties really offering to save the Great Barrier Reef?

John Brodie writes in The Conversation (21.6.16) about the major parties' policy offerings and funding promises to date regarding protecti... More »

George Brandis and the Adani mine proposal

Thom Mitchell writes in The New Matilda (21.6.16) that George Brandis claims that the Adani mine is the 'best shot at economic p... More »

Catholic church thinking big on fossil fuel divestment?

Neil Ormerod writes in The Conversation (20.6.16): 

'This week’s decision by four Australian Catholic orders to di... More »


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