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The too hard basket: a short history of Australia's aborted climate policies

The Conversation - 1 hour 58 min ago
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned the emissions-reduction component of his signature energy policy, in the latest chapter of a brutal decade-long saga for Australian climate policy. Marc Hudson, PhD Candidate, Sustainable Consumption Institute, University of Manchester Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Musk says $25,000 Tesla EV possible in “about three years”

RenewEconomy - 2 hours 30 min ago

Tesla CEO says the company could "maybe ... in about three years" deliver an EV for a price tag of just $US25,000 – but it won't be easy.

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“NEG is dead” without emissions target, says ACT

RenewEconomy - 2 hours 34 min ago

COAG energy council member and ACT climate minister Shane Rattenbury declares the NEG "dead," killed off by Turnbull's complete capitulation on emissions and climate.

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Death by tailpipe emissions: What number is acceptable?

RenewEconomy - 3 hours 52 min ago

There are many sections of industry and the public that can see the benefits of electric transportation; unfortunately we have a small group of politicians that believe otherwise.

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Take unprecedented action or bear the consequences, says eminent scientist and advisor

RenewEconomy - 3 hours 55 min ago

“Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences.” Those are the challenging words from Prof. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, for twenty years the head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and a...

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“I am not afraid to say the c-word, coal, coal, coal”- Nationals deputy

RenewEconomy - 4 hours 4 min ago

NationalsNationals celebrate ditching of emissions targets from NEG and a push for new dispatchable generation: "Coal, coal, coal," says the deputy leader.

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Does more renewable energy mean higher prices?

RenewEconomy - 4 hours 15 min ago

The cost to decarbonise the electricity system is lower than the cost of replacing the existing power system like for like. Think about it: that is a gift.

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Integration of energy and climate change policy critical for investment certainty

RenewEconomy - 5 hours 1 min ago

Investors with more than $2 trillion in assets under management have expressed dismay at the sidelining of emissions reduction policy in Australia. 

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Bills slashed with energy efficiency measures

RenewEconomy - 5 hours 10 min ago

Power bills for thousands of families and businesses across NSW will fall thanks to $72 million in energy efficiency measures announced by Premier Gladys Berejiklian today.

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Lombok earthquakes: different building designs could lessen future damage

The Conversation - 5 hours 18 min ago
Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless following the Lombok earthquakes. Much of this suffering need not have happened if houses were constructed to better withstand shaking. Graeme MacRae, Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology, Massey University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Turnbull dumps emissions from NEG in final act of capitulation

RenewEconomy - 5 hours 49 min ago

TurnbullTurnbull effectively dumps emissions component from the proposed National Energy Guarantee, in what could be his final act of capitulation to the far right forces within the government parties.

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Australia drops emissions target from National Energy Guarantee

Carbon Pulse - 5 hours 57 min ago
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday said his government would not try to legislate an emissions target for the electricity sector under the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) as opposition from a handful of MPs from his own party meant the policy would likely not make it through parliament.
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First electric vehicle charging station for Ginninderry

RenewEconomy - 6 hours 51 min ago

An ActewAGL electric vehicle charging station, the first to service West Belconnen and the first of several planned for the Ginninderry development, was launched today by Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Shane Rattenbury.

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A rare bird makes an appearance and vintage vans on display

ABC Environment - 6 hours 55 min ago
The critically endangered regent honey eater flies into the Hunter; we go trackside with 90-year-old Alf McLeod; meet Clyde the kelpie; and visit a vintage caravan rally.
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Energy Insiders Podcast: Lily D’Ambrosio and the big solar deal

RenewEconomy - 7 hours 15 min ago

Lily D’Ambrosio talks about the state’s big rooftop solar initiative; David Leitch accuses Rod Sims of stepping over the line; and why price caps could cause bills to rise.

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The Australian mining threat to South Africa's Wild Coast – photo essay

The Guardian - 12 hours 17 min ago

Thom Pierce visited the people of Xolobeni to photograph them and the postcards he will post on their behalf to the Australian mining company putting at risk their way of life

Xolobeni is a cluster of rural communities on the eastern coast of South Africa. Tourists know beautiful and rugged area as the Wild Coast. The people of Xolobeni are mostly self-sufficient, living off the land and fishing in the sea, and often only travelling the two hours to the closest shops once a month to buy sugar, oil and other basic provisions.

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Beards, prayers and steam rollers: Sunday's top images

The Guardian - 16 hours 47 min ago

Our picture editors choose the best photos from the past 24 hours

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The poachers and the treasures of the deep: diving for abalone in South Africa

The Guardian - Sun, 2018-08-19 21:00

The seafood delicacy can sell for £420 a plate in China. As demand outstrips legal supply, divers from the poor suburbs of Cape Town are making up the shortfall

A muscular, bald man moved through the kelp, hunting forbidden shellfish. His scuba rig bubbled and hissed. He was nearly 100 metres from the seashore and 20 metres below the surface, which was grey and flat like a lake. The water was clear, giving far range of sight. Below him the seafloor spread out until it blurred into nothingness.

It was dangerous territory, but Shuhood (not his real name) accepted the risks. For more than a decade he’d been an abalone poacher, lifting a marine snail worth hundreds of pounds per kilo in Asia from reefs around South Africa. The first time he’d used scuba gear, without training, he’d almost drowned, held down by his weight belt and a mesh bag stuffed with abalone. Another day, his air hose broke underwater, and he blacked out as he swam up to the surface. One night the skipper of a boat he was working on ran him over while fleeing a police patrol vessel, and Shuhood was almost chopped by the propellers. Months later, a poacher was decapitated in a similar incident off Robben Island.

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Plastic pollution: 'Stop flushing contact lenses down the loo'

BBC - Sun, 2018-08-19 20:35
Flushing daily disposable lenses down the toilet is increasing the threat from plastics, say experts.
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Origin CEO backs push to cut short rooftop solar rebate

RenewEconomy - Sun, 2018-08-19 17:31

Origin supports ACCC call to wind up the federal rooftop solar subsidy early, citing savings to consumers.

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