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Greg Hunt ... Direct Action better.

The carbon tax wasn’t a ‘slug’ to the economy and Direct Action may be a waste of money

Monday - Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, writing in the Fairfax opinion pages, has said that the now abolished carbon tax was a far more expensive way to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions than the Direct Action policy that replaced it.

Treasury tells Government how to cut emissions

2 Jun 15 - Treasury has told the Government that if it wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions it should introduce a carbon price floor, get rid of the two-for-one provisions or cut the number of free carbon credits it gives to emitters.

The world is waking up to the $5.3 trillion cost of fossil fuels

25 May 15 - Prospects for global energy markets have been reshaped by two recent pieces of news, one of which helps to explain the other.

Wealthy nations overlook the dangers of climate change

Vanuatu damage ... poorer nations are more worried about climate change.

25 May 15 - By ALEX LO.- Do rich countries care more about the environment that poorer ones? In a recent study I found that’s not necessarily the case.

Where's the clean-tech economy talk, Mr Little?

Andrew Little ... houses and milk.

18 May 15 - Labour leader Andrew Little is blasting the Government for failing to diversify the economy, but he is still not talking about a low-carbon, clean-tech economy.

Tesla's battery power could give Nevada a $100b jolt

Tesla's Powerwall.

18 May 15 - The new Tesla Motors factory being built outside Sparks, Nevada, was already on tap to produce 500,000 electric car batteries and become the largest battery factory in the world when chief executive Elon Musk announced last month it would also produce the potentially revolutionary home battery, the Powerwall.

We’re not there yet, Garnaut tells Australia

Ross Garnaut ... questions remain.

11 May 15 - Following the repeal of the carbon tax, the Australian Government has implemented its Direct Action climate policy, centred on the A$2.55 billion Emissions Reduction Fund.


So, where's the carbon auction money going?

Growth industry: forestry will account for much of the carbon reductions under the first round of Emissions Reduction Fund contracts.

28 Apr 15 - The results of the Australian Government’s first reverse auction (https://theconversation.com/explainer-how-does-todays-direct-action-reverse-auction-work-40152) of carbon-cutting projects have been...

NZ's fine on fossil-fuel subsidies, says Groser

Gareth Hughes ... easy win.

20 Apr 15 - New Zealand has been given a clean bill-of-health on fossil-fuel subsidies, the Government says.

Inquiry takes aim at green charities that get political

Friends of the Earth is among the environmental groups that have been criticised in some quarters as ‘anti-jobs’.

20 Apr 15 - The almost 600 environmental groups that hold tax-deductibility status in Australia are being scrutinised by a Federal Government inquiry, with reports that more than 100 of them face being struck...

Why all cities should have a Department of Food

7 Apr 15 - The United States is a nation where hunger and obesity go hand in hand. More than 17 million households struggle to put food on the table, and when they do, it’s often high in fat and sugar because...

Water crisis pushes Brazil toward solar power at last

7 Apr 15 - Brazil’s long-running drought could have the unexpected consequence of finally prompting one of the sunniest countries in the world to take solar power seriously.

No matter how you cut it, the answer is ecosystem services

23 Mar 15 - As a professor of ecology, Shahid Naeem knows all too well that there’s no shortage of environmental ills to keep us awake at night – global warming, the spread of diseases, dead zones in the Gulf of...

Why is low-carbon energy innovation so slow? You can thank Economics 101

23 Mar 15 - The world needs a lot of energy. Global energy demand is expected to increase by 37 per cent percent over the next 25 years, according to the International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook 2014.

Powerful wind blows through US energy sector

23 Mar 15 - By KIERAN COOKE.- The wind turbines are turning across America, and a major report by the US Department of Energy says the wind energy sector now supplies 4.5 per cent of the nation’s electricity.

Why is pumping CO2 underground stuck in second gear?

16 Mar 15 - There are many uncertainties with respect to global climate change, but there is one thing about which I have no doubts: we will not solve climate change by running out of fossil fuels.

Biobattery breakthrough boosts waste-to-energy revolution

9 Mar 15 - Competition to make biofuels out of waste products that would otherwise have to be dumped is creating a fast-growing, worldwide industry.

Let's cut emissions, not worry about how

2 Mar 15 - Australia had an emissions trading scheme with a fixed price; it was one good way to encourage carbon cuts throughout the economy.

New Zealand’s defective law on climate change, by Sir Geoffrey Palmer

23 Feb 15 - Distinguished law fellow Sir Geoffrey Palmer, QC, has been at or near the heart of our attempts to tackled climate change for nearly three decades.


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