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In the Face of Extreme Drought, Australia (and Possibly Texas) Undoes Best Strategy for Water Conservation: Clean Energy

April 14, 2015 by Kate Zerrenner
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Drought Risk and Clean Energy

Cowboys, frontier grit, accented English, and wild, wide open spaces are just a few of the similarities shared by Texas and Australia. Both places also have an energy-water problem. But, the good news for Texas is that it’s not too late for us to learn from Australia’s mistakes – and a few successes, too.[read more]

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Nuclear in Australia: Through a New Prism

March 19, 2015 by Oscar Archer
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Nuclear Development in Australia

On March 12th, Federal Senator for South Australia Sean Edwards announced that his submission to South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission – instituted last month by the state Labor government – would revolve around the establishment of a new nuclear fuel recycling industry.[read more]

South Australian Senator Believes There's Value in "Nuclear Waste"

March 19, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy and South Australia

South Australian Senator Sean Edwards sees economic opportunity in taking advantage of other countries’ fear of radioactive materials. He recognizes there billions set aside for safe disposal of used fuel. In most countries, however, there is no effective planning that will result in the desired result.[read more]

Is This the Key to Australia's Economic and Environmental Success?

March 11, 2015 by Nigel Morris

I stumbled across an annual report called the Global Energy Architecture Performance Index, produced by the World Economic Forum. It pulls together an array of data, opinion and information and produces an index for decision-makers to “holistically benchmark a nations’ energy systems performance.”[read more]

The Argument For Nuclear Energy In Australia

February 26, 2015 by Barry Brook
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Australia and Nuclear Energy

The Premier of South Australia, Labor’s Jay Weatherill, has announced a Royal Commission into an expanded future role for the state in nuclear energy. For people those of us who are both strongly focused on tackling climate change and who consider nuclear to be an essential tool, this is real progress.[read more]

A Critical Issue: Water Resiliency

February 17, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. It took a drought of epic proportions to force the Australian nation to radically reform its water policies and practices. California is now in the fourth year of its own serious drought, with growing negative impacts to economies, communities, and ecosystems.[read more]

Hey Sports Fans: Time to Deal with Climate Change, and it Won't be Cheap

February 15, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Climate Change Impacts on Sports

The year 2014 was dubbed the hottest year on earth since the start of record keeping. Now, the Australian Climate Institute finds in a new report – “Sport and Climate Impacts: How much heat can sport handle”? – that more frequent and extreme weather events “threaten the viability of much of Australian sport."[read more]

Royal Commission Into Nuclear Will Open a World of Possibilities

February 11, 2015 by Barry Brook
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Australia and Nuclear Development

South Australian premier Jay Weatherill on Sunday announced a formal inquiry into the future role of the state in the nuclear fuel cycle, which will be tasked with considering options across the full gamut of mining, enrichment, energy and storage. Currently, mining is its only involvement.[read more]

What A Down Under Drought Can Teach California About Water

February 10, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Two highly important drought-related events happened in California late in the last year. The state received much-needed rainfall in December, and it convened a daylong conference in Sacramento to compare Australian and Californian water policies.[read more]

Australian Climate Heating for 2014

January 8, 2015 by Barry Brook

Temps and Climate in Australia

The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia has released its annual climate statement, for 2014, and it was again a hot year across the continent. There is a lot of year-to-year variation driven by natural climate variability, but the running mean (10-year average) plots a relatively steady rise over the last 60+ years.[read more]

Making Change Happen in G20 Climate Talks: Beijing Pact Not Enough

November 13, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet

G20 Climate Talks and Change

Having reached a landmark agreement with China this week to limit greenhouse gas emissions, US president Barack Obama heads to Australia for the G20 summit of economic superpowers. Yet Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is likely to do his best to deflect any talk of international action.[read more]

Australian-Japanese Coal 'Partnership' and Why Global Coal is Here to Stay

October 27, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Global Coal and the Future

Recently, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned at the opening of the Caval Ridge coal mine in Queensland against the “demonization of coal.” Abbott stressed that “coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future.[read more]

Still No Sign of the Rational Middle?

October 20, 2014 by David Hone
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Energy and Politics

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott turned up in Queensland very recently to open a coal mine. In an interview he managed to inflame a number of commentators around the world with his quote that “Coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future."[read more]

Off the Grid with Solar Energy for Twenty Years and Still Going Strong

October 3, 2014 by Nigel Morris
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Going bush is a tradition that we all too often neglect and thanks to my in-laws, we headed back to Barkala Farm for a second year. They are quite famous for their large and very substantial pottery making facility – and its all run 100% by solar energy.[read more]

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Are Reverse Auctions the Key to Reforming Solar Energy Subsidies?

August 21, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Solar and Reverse Auction

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has implemented a novel way to support renewable energy: a reverse feed-in tariff auction. The first reverse auction ran from January 2012 to August 2013 and attracted a highly competitive pool of 49 proposals from 27 different participants.[read more]