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This week in Australia energy and climate collided; it’s a global story

Tuesday - The announcement that the NSW government would extend the life of Australia’s biggest coal-fired power station was neither a surprise to energy observers in this country nor unique in a world struggling to at once battle climate change and keep pace with soaring energy demand.

More desalination is coming to Australia’s driest states – but super-salty outflows could trash ecosystems and fisheries

15 May 24 - From around 1996 to 2010, Australia was gripped by the millennium drought and as water shortages bit hard, most capital cities built large seawater desalination plants.

Australia’s PM faces internal revolt from inner-city Labor MPs over gas strategy

14 May 24 - Resources minister Madeleine King released party’s future gas strategy, which says new sources will be needed ‘to 2050 and beyond’.

Climate risks ignored in National Defence Strategy, Australian former defence chief says

6 May 24 - A former chief of Australia's defence force says the federal government has failed to understand the risk climate change poses to the nation's security.

Torres Strait Islanders in landmark Australian federal court case

1 May 24 - Uncle Paul Kabai and Pabai Pabai are suing the Australian government for "failing its duty of care" to protect their ancestral lands from the impacts of climate change.

Australia could reach an ‘ambitious’ emissions cut of up to 75% by 2035, advisers tell Labor

17 Apr 24 - Climate Change Authority says goal could be achievable if more action is taken by governments, business, investors and households.

Scientists warn Australians to prepare for megadroughts lasting more than 20 years

5 Apr 24 - New research shows megadroughts lasting up to 20 years or more have occurred in Australia in the past and could happen again.

Australia’s carbon credits system a failure on global scale, study finds

28 Mar 24 - Researchers find carbon offsets approach, which is supposed to regenerate scrubby outback forests, was not reducing emissions as promised.

Australia's New Vehicle Efficiency Standard weakened

27 Mar 24 - The Australian government will loosen fuel economy standards for utes and vans in its proposed climate laws for cars.

Climate-conscious investors put nuclear dead last on list of desirable Australian ventures

26 Mar 24 - Nuclear energy ranks last on the list of climate technologies that big institutional investors want exposure to, according to a survey of climate conscious investors with $37tn under management.

A role for nuclear in Australia’s climate response?

7 Mar 24 - In the facts-lite political debate, the opportunities and comparative advantages of solar are being sidelined.

Melbourne Extinction Rebellion climate activists jailed for disrupting traffic

6 Mar 24 - Two environmental activists have been jailed for causing major traffic disruptions in Melbourne, after they used a rental truck to block the West Gate Bridge.

Australia's capital cities will see number of hot days double by 2050 without urgent climate change action

29 Feb 24 - By the time today's children reach retirement, Australia's capital cities will swelter through at least twice as many days over 35 degrees and large swathes of the country will be all but...

‘They ain’t seen nothing yet’: UN boss names climate change impacts coming to Australia

27 Feb 24 - Top UN climate official Simon Stiell says Australia will be “front and centre in resettling entire national populations” if climate targets are not met.

Australian Prime Minister vows full support amidst wildfires destroying homes

26 Feb 24 - Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese pledges immediate assistance to Victoria amid wildfire crisis, emphasising urgency in addressing climate change.

Pressure from young people for Anthony Albanese to consider duty of care over climate harm

23 Feb 24 - A group of young Aussies fronted up to demand Anthony Albanese do more to protect them from one issue.

Australia’s best known carbon-neutral farm can no longer offset its emissions

21 Feb 24 - Trees and soil on Jigsaw Farms in western Victoria have now passed peak sequestration – reflecting the challenge for the broader red meat industry.

Climate change is forcing Australians to weigh up relocating

19 Feb 24 - Big environmental changes mean ever more Australians will confront the tough choice of whether to move home or risk staying put.

Veteran economists say a carbon levy would cut emissions, cut inflation and raise billions, but see little prospect of adoption

16 Feb 24 - Two of Australia’s most respected economists have put forward a bold plan to lower global carbon emissions by at least 6 per cent, super-charge a new green export industry, deliver much cheaper power...

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