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ENVIRONMENT


ALEX MITCHELL | ENVIRONMENT | 4 UNLOCK?

Mind control, psychosurgery and murder: the bizarre antecedents of climate study given to PM’s office

The Climate Study Group is using some pretty weird characters to back up its climate denial agenda …

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT | 15 UNLOCK?

Federal Court rebukes government’s ‘vigilante litigants’ campaign

The Federal Court has taken the rare step of correcting claims about its role in the Carmichael case, further undermining the government’s insistence that “vigilante litigants” need to be reined in.

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JOSH TAYLOR | ENVIRONMENT | 20 UNLOCK?

Call in the Green Army! Threat of ‘green lawfare’ takes down … wait … only two projects?

Is “green lawfare” really destroying our economy and way of life? Er …

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT | 13 UNLOCK?

The rich irony of crying ‘lawfare’ while surrendering our sovereignty

The government is complaining about “lawfare” against mining projects while inviting multinationals to sue it and score generous payouts.

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ENVIRONMENT | 4

Is Australia really lagging behind on climate action?

Australia has announced its new carbon emissions target, and most climate scientists say it’s not nearly enough. Jennifer Morgan global director of the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute (WRI), explains why.

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT | 11

Coalition’s emissions target further exposes its climate lie

There is a lie at the heart of the Coalition’s denialism-based climate policy — and its proposed emissions targets make it more obvious.

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT | 15

Coalition’s fight for coal defies reality

The government’s approval for the Carmichael coal project was flawed under its own rules. Greg Hunt’s response is to change the rules — but it still won’t save this unviable mine.

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ENVIRONMENT | 2

What is the US’ new climate change policy, and why should we care?

Barack Obama has finally acted to regulate coal-fired power stations. The Climate Institute’s Susan Cavanagh explains what it means for Australia.

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT |

Shorten’s Super-RET: dumb economics, but smart politics?

Bill Shorten’s higher RET is intended to exploit the gap between voter enthusiasm for renewables and Tony Abbott’s pathological hatred of them. But it’s not the best way to achieve decarbonisation.

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JOSH TAYLOR | ENVIRONMENT |

Gone with the wind farms: govt moves to fetter renewables, states say no

The federal government says there is “merit” in investigating the effects of “infrasound” and wind turbines. But state environment ministers have said that’s total bunk.

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GUY RUNDLE | ENVIRONMENT |

Rundle: Abbott’s gutting of renewables is not just dumb, it’s treason

Renewable energy is helping Australia make the transition from private to socialised power. And that scares the pants off Big Energy.

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The secret life of Graham ‘Efrem’ Lloyd: Oz environment editor’s greenie double life

One of Australia’s fiercest critics of renewable energy, Graham Lloyd, has left the country to travel to Peru for his Amazon rainforest conservation foundation, which he runs under a different name. No, really.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT |

After crying into the vastness of space for months, tiny Philae makes itself heard

Comet lander Philae has defied all expectations and is continuing to transmit photos from the comet’s surface long after it was thought to have gone dark.

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Abbott’s longstanding fear of made-up science

Tony Abbott has taken a stand against tall towers that cause all kinds of health problems. But the towers in question are mobile phone towers, and it’s 1995. Ketan Joshi explains.

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Climate talks in Bonn a warm-up act for Paris

Is Australia really committed to a sustainable emissions reduction target? That is what everyone will want to know at tonight’s climate talks, writes Erwin Jackson, deputy CEO of The Climate Institute.

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What the Grattan Institute gets wrong about solar

The Grattan researchers forgot quite a few things about Queensland, writes economist and University of Queensland academic John Quiggin

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Temperature’s rising: acid rain of govt intervention leaves BOM high and dry

Morale at the Bureau of Meteorology is at rock bottom, amid veiled pressure from the Abbott government, write Crikey reporter Sally Whyte and Crikey editor Marni Cordell.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Dark cloud for solar in watered-down RET

The good news is the Abbott government has finally agreed to a Renewable Energy Target. The bad news is it is nowhere near where it should be.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Budget losers: climate agencies up in smoke

Like true conservatives, the Coalition’s leadership team thinks the best environmental strategy is to defund every climate science body but boost spending for a bunch of people to pick up litter.

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What the Gregs (Sheridan and Hunt) don’t get about emissions abatement

Conservative columnists and politicians are in lockstep on Direct Action. They’re also wrong, writes Canberra economist Tom Westland.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Abbott blows his carbon budget in first Direct Action auction

With a quarter of its money spent in the first round, has the government’s carbon policy failed straight out of the gate?

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Call of the wild: if a jet ski falls in the forest …

The Tasmanian government’s proposed expansion of the tourism industry threatens everything great about Tassie’s wilderness, writes Bert Spinks, freelance writer and bushwalking guide on the Overland Track.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

The winners and losers of Abbott’s energy white paper (SPOILER: Tony likes coal)

In many ways, the Coalition’s energy white paper is a predictable piece of backward-looking falsehoods. But it does make some surprising concessions to a future of renewable energy.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

‘They know coal is coming to an end’: Bob Massie on the death of the mining boom

People on the ground are ready to make the transition to a non-mining economy, but the government and big mining companies are doubling down on coal.

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How the government is sneakily taking over the Climate Change Authority

The government has decided to put the Climate Change Authority and Clean Energy Regulator under the purview of the Environment Minister. Not that you’d know it from reading the bill. Freelance journalist Marcus Priest reports.

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