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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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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 »

Adani's Carmichael coal mine is environmentally reckless and contrary to today's energy markets

Julien Vincent comments in the Brisbane Times (6.4.17) on Adani's Galilee Basin coal mine project, arguing that the proposed venture doesn... More »

Despite the politics, good news on climate

TJ Ryan Foundation Board member, John Quiggin, writes in Inside Story (5.4.17) that it’s almost certainly too late for any national ... More »

'Irreversible consequences': Adani coalmine granted unlimited water access for 60 years

Helen Davidson reports in The Guardian (5.4.17) on environmental and legal groups, now fearing damaging impacts upon central Queensla... More »

After 25 years of trying, why aren’t we environmentally sustainable yet?

Michael Howes writes in The Conversation (3.4.17) asking why, after decades of international agreements, planners, developers and reg... More »

Climate change: global reshuffle of wildlife will have huge impacts on humanity

Damian Carrington reports in The Guardian (31.3.17) on international research indicating that climate change-induced mass migration of ani... More »

Hazelwood's closure shows industry and government must plan ahead for climate change

Nicholas Aberle asserts in The Guardian (29.3.17) that, with the closure of Victoria's Hazelwood power station, more coal-fired generators... More »

Australia needs long-term planning, not 'knee-jerk' action to tackle SA blackouts, professor says

The ABC's Joseph Lam reports (26.3.17) on experts' observations made at a World Science Festival panel discussion held in Brisbane, examining ... More »

Government needs to front up billions, not millions, to save Australia’s threatened species

Don Driscoll and colleagues write in The Conversation (21.3.17) that the federal government's charity drive for threatened Australian anim... More »

Contested spaces: conflict behind the sand dunes takes a new turn

Nick Osbaldiston writes in The Conversation (17.3.17) about how conflicts over coastal areas have largely been contests between developmen... More »

Gas crisis? Energy crisis? The real problem is lack of long-term planning

Alan Pears writes in The Conversation (20.3.17) about how it will take more than the current flurry of energy policy debates to meet vital... More »

Barnaby Joyce floats national royalty plan to dismantle coal seam gas bans

Amy Remeikis and Sean Nicholls report in the Sydney Morning Herald (17.3.17) on Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's proposal to entice m... More »

Emissions standards on cars will save Australians billions of dollars, and help meet our climate targets

Scott Ferraro and Claire Painter write in The Conversation (16.3.17) about how the federal government is considering a cap on car emission... More »

Turnbull unveils Snowy plan for pumped hydro, costing billions

Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation (16.3.17) about Malcolm Turnbull's announcement that the federal government plans to greatly e... More »

Year-on-year bleaching threatens Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage status

Terry Hughes and colleagues write in The Conversation (16.3.17) that the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing additional bleaching events. T... More »

Jay Weatherill's state-first energy plan burns off a decade of pointless power-play

Mark Kenny reports in the Brisbane Times (14.3.17) on South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill's $500M plan to build a new gas-fired p... More »

The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability

James Ward and colleagues write in The Conversation (13.3.17) about the conundrum of economic growth and increased prosperity in the devel... More »

Australia's original climate body to shut after running out of funding

Adam Morton reports in the Brisbane Times (8.3.17) on news that the Climate Institute, in operation sinces 2005, will close later this yea... More »

Energy crisis: Wholesale power prices have doubled since the carbon tax was axed

Adam Morton reports in the Brisbane Times (8.3.17) on research conducted for the Australian Greens showing the rise in domestic power pric... More »

Don't be so naif: Adani and governance of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF)

Policy Online carries a link (2.3.17) to an Australia Institute discussion paper which argues that the Northern Australia Infrastruct... More »

The case for renationalising Australia’s electricity grid

John Quiggin writes in The Conversation (6.3.17) about how privatisation has failed to keep Australia's electricity supply cheap and ... More »


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