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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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Half the world’s ecosystems at risk from habitat loss, and Australia is one of the worst

James Watson and colleagues write in The Conversation (14.12.16) about habitat loss and risks to ecosystems from overdevelopment in sensit... More »

Eradicating fire ants is still possible, but we have to choose now

Daniel Spring and colleagues write in The Conversation (13.12.16): 'Australia needs to spend millions of dollars more to eradicate one of ... More »

Chief Scientist’s report lays a solid foundation for reforming Australia’s electricity network

Anne Kallies writes in The Conversation (13.12.16) about how the nation's electricity network can be used proactively to meet Australia's ... More »

Turnbull was right in 2009: ruling out emissions trading is 'bullshit'

Lenore Taylor (The Guardian, 10.12.16) slams Malcolm Turnbull’s change of view on climate policy:

'Malcolm Turnbull's climat... More »

Federal Government to consider carbon price for power companies

The ABC's Stephanie Anderson reports (5.12.16) on indications that the federal government will introduce a carbon pricing mechanism for power compa... More »

Adani coal mine project: Queensland Government approves rail line, camp

The ABC reports (5.12.16) that 'the $22 billion Carmichael coal and rail project has secured Queensland Government approval for a permanent rail li... More »

No new funding or climate commitments in Great Barrier Reef update

Adam Morton reports in the Brisbane Times (1.12.16) on details of the federal government's latest update report on the state of health of ... More »

Will the latest electricity review bring climate and energy policy together at last?

Dylan McConnell and Anne Kallies write in The Conversation (30.11.16) about the federal government's review of Australia's electricity mar... More »

Farmer survey reveals concern, shifting attitudes on climate change

The ABC's Anna Vidot reports (29.11.16): 'A survey of Australian farmers' attitudes to climate change has found many are concerned, and want their ... More »

Electricity from coal should be phased out in Australia - Senate report

Michael Slezak reports in The Guardian (29.11.16):

'A Senate report has recommended that Australia should move completely awa... More »

No politician can single-handedly bring back coal - not even Donald Trump

Peter Newman writes in The Conversation (28.11.16):

'Governments, including Trump’s, can try to stand in the way in a bid to... More »

How much coral has died in the Great Barrier Reef’s worst bleaching event? Who do you believe - Pauline Hanson or the reef scientists?

Terry Hughes, Britta Schaffelke and James Kerry write in The Conversation  (29.11.16):

'Two-thirds of the corals in the north... More »

Coal station closures inevitable, start planning: Labor and Greens

Adam Morton reports in the Brisbane Times (28.11.16) on the deliberations of a Senate inquiry into the retirement of coal-fired power stat... More »

Adani mine jumps another legal hurdle, but ...

Justine Bell-James writes in The Conversation (28.11.16):

'The Carmichael coal mine planned for Queensland’s Galilee Basin h... More »

Post-truth - Pauline declares the reef fine

'Pauline Hanson goes snorkelling in wrong spot to prove 'untruths' on the Great Barrier Reef' reports news.com.au on 25 November.

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Saving the Reef: The five-year time bomb set to explode off our coast

In the Brisbane Times (25.11.16), reporters Adam Morton and Jason South have created an interactive text and visual montage outlining the ... More »

2050 climate targets: nations are playing the long game in fighting global warming

John Thwaites and Scott Ferraro write in The Conversation (25.11.16) about how several countries are now announcing strategies to cut gree... More »

Can billions of litres of coal seam gas water be safely reinjected into the ground?

Henning Prommer writes in The Conversation (23.11.16) about a new CSIRO report which suggests that the billions of litres of water extract... More »

Why China and Europe should form the world's most powerful 'climate bloc'

'We should expect that President-elect Trump will withdraw from the Paris Agreement', writes Christian Downie in The Conversation (23.11.1... More »

Australia failing to protect the Great Barrier Reef from shipping disasters

Michael Slezak reports in The Guardian (22.11.16) that 'the government is failing to protect the reef from the effects of shipping di... More »

Laws passed to tighten groundwater licence requirements for mines

Gail Burke (ABC 10.11.16) reports that the Queensland Government has succeeded in passing laws to tighten groundwater licence require... More »

Resources Council attacks funding for Environmental Defender's Office

Michael Roche, retiring CEO of the Resources Council, has criticised government funding being allocated to the Environmental Defender's Office. (Fe... More »

Forty years of measuring the world’s cleanest air reveals human fingerprints on the atmosphere

Sam Cleland and colleagues write in The Conversation (15.11.16) about data from the Cape Grim air pollution station in northwestern T... More »

Climate Institute submission on the retirement of coal fired power stations

Policy Online carries a link (10.11.16) to a Climate Institute submission to the Seante inquiry into the retirement of coal fired pow... More »

The lessons we need to learn to deal with the ‘creeping disaster’ of drought

Anthony Kiem and colleagues write in The Conversation (9.11.16) about how droughts are much bigger and slower than other natural disasters... More »


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