Leeanne Enoch ‘devastated’ at Adani mine impact on Indigenous people – video | Business

Queensland’s environment minister was filmed in Cairns days after her department approved the Indian mining giant’s groundwater plans saying she had to ‘obey the law’ when a Stop Adani protester asked about the approval. The Australian Marine Conservation Society said the decision would put coral and ocean wildlife on the Great Barrier Reef at risk […]

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Hopes for climate progress falter with coal still king across Asia | Business

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund is preparing to leave fossil fuels behind. Last week, Norway’s parliament confirmed by unanimous vote that its $1tn sovereign wealth fund would dump $13bn of fossil fuel investments – and start investing billions in renewables. The move is designed to protect Norway’s state-owned investment fund from the decline in […]

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Australia to achieve 50% renewables by 2030 without government intervention, analysis finds | Australia news

Australia is on track to achieve 50% renewable electricity by 2030 even without new federal energy policies, according to modelling by the energy analysts RepuTex. The analysis, to be released on Wednesday, suggests that a surge in renewable energy driven by state schemes and rooftop solar installations will reduce wholesale prices from $85 per MWh […]

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The power switch: tracking Britain’s record coal-free run | Environment

Source: Gridwatch. Last updated at 3:30am on 26 May Britain is setting new records for going without coal-powered energy. In the latest milestone, it has gone for more than eight days without using coal to generate electricity – the longest such period since 1882. The coal-free run comes less than two years after the National […]

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Eden Project plans $150m ecotourism site for Victorian coalmine | Australia news

A UK charity that redeveloped a china clay quarry in Cornwall into a major ecotourism project has its eyes on Alcoa’s former coalmine in Anglesea, Victoria. The Eden Project and Alcoa announced a plan to turn a portion of the site into a $150m ecotourism attraction based around Anglesea’s coastal location. They say they will […]

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Australian election: never mind the pyjamas, one-on-one conversations can change minds | Australia news

About one out of every 20 householders opens their front door in their pyjamas, Australian Conservation Foundation campaigner Maggie McKeown has learned after door-knocking in key federal seats in Queensland every weekend for the past six weeks. The foundation is just one organisation trying to get voters’ attention before the election on 18 May. These […]

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Parliament must back Labor’s climate policy if party wins power, Mark Butler says | Australia news

The shadow climate change minister, Mark Butler, has issued a stark warning before the coming election campaign, declaring the Australian parliament must end the stalemate and back Labor’s climate policy in the event of a Bill Shorten victory, or politicians will betray the next generation. In an interview with Guardian Australia’s political podcast, Butler says […]

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China’s policies put Australia’s $5bn coal export earnings at risk | Environment

Australia’s booming earnings from coal exports could be in jeopardy if China switches to more domestic supply and if port restrictions continue to favour competing exporters, a federal government report has warned. The country’s energy and resources exports will rake in an extra $20bn this financial year, the report by the industry department said, creating […]

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Scott Morrison’s latest stunt continues a trend of captain’s calls replacing policy | Nicky Ison | Opinion

Scott Morrison has announced his government’sintention to potentially underwrite 12 gas, pumped hydro and coal projects. Oh, and to fund a feasibility study into a new coal-fired power station in Central Queensland. This election stunt is designed to firstly indicate to the electorate that this government is doing something on energy and secondly placate a […]

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Deep coal mine gets go ahead in Cumbria despite protests | Environment

Britain’s first new deep coal mine in 30 years has been given the go-ahead by Cumbria county council, sparking protests from climate change campaigners that the decision would harm the UK’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions. The £165m Woodhouse colliery was backed by Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors, who said it would bring vital […]

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