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The Argument For Nuclear Energy In Australia

This is a piece written by me (Barry Brook) and my Ph.D. student, Ben Heard, as part of the “Nuclear Debate” series on the New Matilda news/opinion site. The original article can be read here.By now, most of you would have heard that the...

Posted February 26, 2015    

Royal Commission Into Nuclear Will Open a World of Possibilities

By Ben Heard and Barry Brook, originally published in The Conversation.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...

Posted February 11, 2015    

The Limits of Planetary Boundaries 2.0

Back in 2013, I led some research that critiqued the ‘Planetary Boundaries‘ concept (my refereed paper, Does the terrestrial biosphere have planetary tipping points?, appeared in Trends in Ecology & Evolution). I also blogged about this...

Posted January 20, 2015    

Australian Climate Heating for 2014

The Bureau of Meteorology in Australia has released its annual climate statement, for 2014. As expected, it was once again a hot year across the continent (and indeed, globally):There is a lot of year-to-year variation driven by natural climate...

Posted January 8, 2015    

It's Time for Environmentalists to Give Nuclear a Fair Go

This is an article by Corey Bradshaw and I, published recently in The Conversation.Should nuclear energy be part of Australia’s (and many other countries’) future energy mix? We think so, particularly as part of a solution to reduce greenhouse gas...

Posted December 20, 2014    

The Catch-22 of Energy Storage

Pick up a research paper on battery technology, fuel cells, energy storage technologies or any of the advanced materials science used in these fields, and you will likely find somewhere in the introductory paragraphs a throwaway line about its...

Posted August 25, 2014    

Nuclear Energy: the Debate Australia Has to Have [VIDEO]

On July 28, I (Barry Brook) was an invited participant in a public discussion and Q&A session on the future of nuclear energy for electricity generation in Australia. It was organised and hosted by the Inspiring Australia initiative,...

Posted August 8, 2014    

IPCC Double Standards on Energy Barriers

Advocating energy policy to ecologists…The IPCC have released statements regarding their Working Group III report for AR5, on mitigation, with the full report to be released tomorrow (15 April). Summary for Policy Makers is here. See here for some...

Posted April 15, 2014    

Can Household Solar Energy be a Primary Source of Low-Emission Power?

Guest Post by Graham Palmer. Graham is an industrial engineer and energy commenter from Melbourne. For another BNC post featuring his work, see Does energy efficiency reduce emissions and peak demand?Click the above image to download...

Posted April 6, 2013    

Renewable Energy's Hidden Costs?

A recent Bloomberg press release got wide coverage with its claim that wind power is now cheaper than coal. But a new report from the OECD shows that when you cover the full cost to the grid, variable renewables like wind don’t add up as...

Posted March 23, 2013    

Energy Policy: Substance Over Style

There’s a gradual, but a rising tide of rational, enviro-progressive scientists out there who are committed to solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Many of these problems involve touchy subjects, including ways to reduce poverty while...

Posted February 5, 2013    

A Zero Emissions Vehicle Fuel?

Guest post by John Morgan. John runs R&D programmes at a Sydney startup company. He has a PhD in physical chemistry, and research experience in chemical engineering in the US and at CSIRO. He is a regular commenter on BNC.You can follow John on...

Posted January 16, 2013