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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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Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching could be the new normal by 2050, research finds

The ABC's Kathleen Calderwood reports (23.2.17) on the release of new research which indicates that coral bleaching events on the Great Barrier Ree... More »

Mount Isa contamination ‘within guidelines’ but residents told to clean their homes

Mark Patrick Taylor and colleagues write in The Conversation (21.2.17) that Anglo-Swiss mining company Glencore has admitted responsibilit... More »

Labor’s climate policy could remove the need for renewable energy targets

The Grattan Institute's Tony Wood writes in The Conversation (21.2.17) that Labor has been criticised for vacillating about its 50% renewa... More »

Former Newman government 'killed off' profitable climate change company Ecofund

The ABC's Mark Willacy and Alexandra Blucher report (20.2.17) on details of Cabinet briefing documents prepared for the Newman government... More »

Australia’s electricity market is not agile and innovative enough to keep up

Hugh Saddler writes in The Conversation (17.2.17) about the 'real problem' behind Australia's electricity woes: the rules that govern... More »

Mining report finds 60,000 abandoned sites, lack of rehabilitation and unreliable data

The ABC reports (15.2.17) on details of a new Australia Institute study which shows a massive number of abandoned mine sites across Australia needi... More »

Why did energy regulators deliberately turn out the lights in South Australia?

Hugh Saddler writes in The Conversation (10.2.17) about the blame game between state and federal governments over the power blackouts enfo... More »

The simple truth: Coal-fired generators have no future in Australia

The ABC's Ian Verrender comments (13.2.17) on the debate over energy policy in Australia, arguing that clinging to the dominance of coal-fired powe... More »

Government may change native title laws to uphold 'at-risk' mining deals

Joshua Robertson reports in The Guardian (9.2.17) on the latest native title challenge to the Adani Carmichael coal mine project from trad... More »

Crisis, what crisis? How smart solar can protect our vulnerable power grids

Lawrence McIntosh and Dani Alexander write in The Conversation (8.2.17) about recent fears over the 'security' of power supply as renewabl... More »

Three ingredients for running a successful environmental campaign

Andrea Gaynor writes in The Conversation (3.2.17) about environmental campaigners in Perth fighting to stop the destruction of bushland fo... More »

Resources Minister Matt Canavan opens $5 billion infrastructure fund for clean-coal power stations

The ABC's Henry Belot reports (3.2.17) on the federal government's announcement of a multi-billion dollar infrastructure fund to subsidise the cons... More »

Coal could get clean-energy subsidy under new Turnbull focus

Mark Kenny reports in the Brisbane Times (1.2.17) on indications that the Turnbull government may offer subsidies to energy companies to c... More »

2017 will be a big year for Australia’s energy system: here’s what to look out for

Alan Pears writes in The Conversation (25.1.17) about the prospects this year of achieving workable government energy policies, suggesting... More »

No, new coal is not feasible: on price, reliability or emissions

Tennant Reed comments in The Guardian (24.1.17) on recent statements from federal government ministers supporting the coal-powered energy ... More »

President Trump threatens to undermine key measure of climate policy success

David Hodgkinson writes in The Conversation (20.1.17) about how the 'social cost' of carbon – which calculates the impact of carbon ... More »

New Acland coal mine: Controversial expansion approved by Josh Frydenberg

The ABC's Isobel Roe reports (20.1.17) on an expansion of the New Acland coal mine in Queensland's Darling Downs, given next stage approval by the ... More »

2016 crowned hottest year on record: Australia needs to get heat smart

Liz Hanna and colleagues write in The Conversation (19.1.17) about confirmation from various government agencies that 2016 rewrote the rec... More »

Questions raised after resources minister says Australia should invest in coal power to reduce emissions

Michael Slezak reports in The Guardian (17.1.17) on comments from the federal resources minister, north Queensland's Matt Canavan, suggest... More »

Adani coalmine activists gear up to fight: ‘This will dwarf the Franklin blockade’

Joshua Robertson reports in The Guardian (14.1.17) that 'as the protest against the Carmichael project – Australia’s largest p... More »

Great Barrier Reef: Ancient coral samples show icon could recover, but scientists warn of new threats

The ABC's Kathy McLeish reports (15.1.17) on new research into the Great Barrier Reef's history of adapting to changes in climatic and ocean condit... More »

Old floods show Brisbane’s next big wet might be closer than we think

Jacky Croke writes in The Conversation (11.1.17) about new research based on palaeological flood records which suggests that floods as big... More »

BOM climate report finds 2016 fourth-hottest year on record for Australia

The ABC reports (5.1.17) on findings from the Bureau of Meteorology indicating that 2016 was another record-breaking year for heat, extreme rainfal... More »

Put solar panels on Suncorp Stadium, QPAC and power 1200 homes: researchers

Tony Moore reports in the Brisbane Times (2.1.17) on research produced by the University of New South Wales which suggests huge energy gai... More »

Health experts slam Turnbull government's air pollution proposals

Gina McColl reports in the Brisbane Times (2.1.17) on criticisms of the federal government's review of vehicle emissions and air poll... More »


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