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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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TJ Ryan Foundation submission to the Better Mine Rehabilitation for Queensland Consultation

In response to a call for public input towards the Palaszczuk Government's proposed new policy on mine site rehabilitation, the TJ Ryan Foundation ... More »

On climate, the consumer’s vote will be more important than the party room’s

Giles Parkinson writes in Inside Story (10.6.17) about Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s energy sector report, arguing that it is a poli... More »

Business is leading the transition to renewables while politicians dither

Blair Palese reports in The Guardian (8.6.17) that, ahead of the Finkel Review into Australia's energy sector, local businesses such ... More »

Will the Paris Agreement still be able to deliver after the US withdrawal?

Bill Hare writes in The Conversation (2.6.17) about President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Agreement,... More »

Global stocktake shows the 43 greenhouse gases driving global warming

Pep Canadell and colleagues write in The Conversation (1.6.17) that, while the gases most responsible for global warming - carbon dio... More »

The world’s coral reefs are in trouble, but don’t give up on them yet

Terry Hughes and Joshua Cinner write in The Conversation (1.6.17) that tropical coral reefs can be saved from climate change and other pre... More »

Ending land clearing would compete with renewables for carbon abatement, analysis finds

Michael Slezak reports in The Guardian (1.6.17) on new analysis which suggests that phasing out all land clearing by 2030 would save ... More »

Who tilts at windmills? Explaining hostility to renewables

Marc Hudson writes in The Conversation (29.5.17) that the policy uncertainty around Australia’s energy sector is unsurprising, given... More »

Government must address emissions reduction in any moves to save Great Barrier Reef

Alex Lavelle comments in the Brisbane Times (29.5.17) on the increasing incidence of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, argui... More »

'We can't be passive bystanders': Advisers call for dramatic re-think on Great Barrier Reef

Adam Morton reports in the Brisbane Times (21.5.17) on details of a new communique from the Independent Expert Panel advising the federal ... More »

There are better things to spend $1 billion on than the Adani coal mine

TJ Ryan Foundation Board member, John Quiggin, comments in the Brisbane Times (20.5.17) on the economic and environmental arguments stacki... More »

After the mining, what's next? Overseas mine rehabilitation offers lessons for Australia

The ABC's Gregg Borschmann reports (4.5.17) on the issue of environmental rehabilitation after mine closures, suggesting that overseas approac... More »

Adani offered $320m deferment of Carmichael mine royalties?

Joshua Robertson reports in The Guardian (18.5.17) that the Palaszczuk Government is considering offering Indian mining company Adani a "r... More »

Koalas facing 'local extinction' from part of Queensland's Fraser Coast

The ABC's Jess Lodge reports (18.5.17) on dwindling koala population numbers in coastal areas to the north of Brisbane, as authorities and research... More »

Why 2 degrees of global warming is much worse for Australia than 1.5 degrees

Andrew King and colleagues write in The Conversation (16.5.17) that global warming of 2 degrees Celsius, the higher of the two Paris ... More »

Adani's Carmichael mine will overload coal market, cause global prices to fall, report shows

The ABC's Stephen Long reports (9.5.17) on details of a confidential report, commissioned by a "leading New South Wales coal producer", sugges... More »

The government is swimming against the tide on Westpac’s Adani decision

TJ Ryan Foundation Research Associate, David Peetz, and Georgina Murray write in The Conversation (3.5.17) that, as the cost of renewable ... More »

CSIRO: Leaked emails reveal claims organisation 'missing in action' on climate advice

The ABC's Anna Salleh and Gregg Borschmann report (2.5.17) on leaked communications indicating fierce disagreements within CSIRO about whether... More »

Coal vs. hydro-electric — governments at odds over north Queensland power supply

The ABC's Andree Withey reports (2.5.17) on state government plans to build a hydro-electric power station at Burdekin Falls Dam in north Queenslan... More »

The solar panel and battery revolution: how will your state measure up?

The CSIRO's Paul Graham writes in The Conversation (2.5.17) about a new Energy Networks Australia report which predicts a boom in hou... More »

Labor fossil fuel policy: Lobby group's push to leave coal in the ground

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (23.4.17) on a potential change to Labor's fossil fuels policy, raising questions about what it... More »

CSG could increase methane emissions near 'bubbling' Condamine River, report finds

The ABC's Dominique Schwartz and colleagues report (17.4.17) on recent investigations by the University of Melbourne's Energy Institute, which... More »

Loss of coral reefs caused by rising sea temperatures could cost $1tn globally

Ben Doherty and Christopher Knaus report in The Guardian (12.4.17) on a new Climate Council report which warns of the dire economic costs ... More »

Australia's politicians have betrayed the Great Barrier Reef and only the people can save it

David Ritter comments in The Guardian (10.4.17), arging that 'the big lie' propagated by government and big business is that it is possibl... More »

Australian gas: between a fracked rock and a socially hard place

Kim de Rijke writes in The Conversation (10.4.17) about the federal government's eagerness to usher in a new boom in onshore gas productio... More »


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