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ENVIRONMENT |

Direct Action subsidies: wrong way, Abbott, go back

Nothing has happened since the election to challenge the view that the Coalition’s Direct Action plan for carbon reduction is vastly inferior to carbon pricing, write economists Frank Jotzo and Paul Burk at Inside Story.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Is this it for coal?

Fossil fuels have had their day, and a carbon crash is coming, writes RenewEconomy sustainability researcher and writer Paul Gilding.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Tasmanian forest wars: Liberal win could reignite a decades-old debate

They said the conflict over Tasmania’s forests was over. But with the Liberals poised to win the state election on Saturday, should we be bracing for another round of protests?

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ENVIRONMENT |

GM canola in an organic field could signal winds of change

Would you eat genetically modified food? If a landmark legal case in Western Australia rules one way, you may not even know. Freelance journalist Tim Oliver explains the crop fight out West.

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Three years on from Fukushima, nuclear power has some new allies

Japan has reinvested in nuclear power, even though the Fukushima power plant is still not safe. Freelance journalist David Donaldson says developing nations are just getting started with nuclear.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

‘Hope is not a strategy’: time for gas market reform

Hoping to be able to meet overseas demands is not a strategy,” the NSW Energy Minister says. The gas market is distorted and in desperate need of reform. Crikey concludes its special investigation.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Can we solve climate change for under $1 billion?

The government’s Climate Change Authority has today released a major report which says Australia should do much more on climate change — a 19% cut in emissions by 2020. But Tony Abbott is unlikely to listen.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

As fossil fuels rule with an iron fist, renewables flapping in the wind

Wind farms have been shown to have no ill health effects, but that won’t stop the anti-renewables lobby from repeating the furphy that they are bad for your health. All in all, it’s a bad time to be in the business of clean energy.

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Watch your language: why the climate change case has to be personal

In his winning entry for the Gavin Mooney Memorial Essay Competition, Sydney GP Tim Senior argues at Inside Story that language has been getting in the way of action on climate change.

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CARA WATERS | ENVIRONMENT |

Abbott’s clean-tech investment? Grants dribbled out again

The Abbott government has quietly revived grants under the previous government’s Clean Technology Food and Foundries Program, including one grant to Rheem which will be used to close two factories.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

What Dick might do: the seven disasters that could befall the RET

Cancelling the Renewable Energy Target altogether, scrapping remaining solar credits, capping wind — all are at stake in the federal government’s review that has the energy sector nervous.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Sceptical review: clean energy finding no friends in high places

The renewable energy sector has talked tough on the government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target, but in reality the industry is in very deep trouble. Dick Warburton seems certain to scale it back.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

David and Goliath battle over solar: why they want you on the grid

Australian households are flocking to solar, screwing up the business models of the nation’s state-owned electricity generators. Politicians have yet to come to grips with the situation.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Think global, act local: the role for councils in climate change

State and local governments are going it alone on climate change. Australian councils are starting to follow, write ANU researcher Dr Matthew Rimmer and climate campaigner Charlotte Wood.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Will Abbott appoint an IPA man to a renewables review?

Talk in Canberra is the government is poised to appoint a leading anti-wind and anti-solar campaigner from the IPA to a new panel to review the renewable energy target. It spells disaster for the sector.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Meet the US scientists who are legitimising Japanese whaling

Perhaps Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling is exactly that? Crikey reveals that US researchers are publishing papers based on the results, casting some doubt on Australia’s claim the science is a sham.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

It’s the water market, Darling: what’s behind the MDB sell-off

The government wants to sell its environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin to cotton farmers. Is this dodgy, or is it market economics to make Adam Smith proud?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Essential: public backs Abbott’s asylum seeker ‘war’

An Essential poll has found the Coalition’s tough line on asylum seekers is popular with the public, who don’t think most are genuine refugees. And people remain fairly evenly split on whether anthropogenic climate change is real.

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For goodness snakes: how decades-old venom could save lives

The discovery of snake venom collected in the 1950s could lead to a new breakthrough. But science writer Stephen Luntz says researchers should start saving their own archives — the government might not.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Hot enough for you? A meteorological explanation of the heatwave

Bit hot, huh? So what’s going on with the weather patterns? Crikey asked our favourite meteorologist, Channel Ten presenter Magdalena Roze, to explain. You better get used to it.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Climate sceptics crow as Fairfax starts questioning the science

Recent op-eds in Fairfax have questioned the science of climate change and the need to act on it. Is the trend here to stay — or a hiccup caused by editors being on summer holidays?

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Tony Abbott’s half-baked war on renewable energy

The Abbott government seems to hate renewable energy, but the march of progress is unstoppable at this point. The only question is, when will the government get out of the way?

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ENVIRONMENT |

The Big Oil-backed climate denier who hoodwinked Fairfax

Expert reviewer” John McLean wrote a climate denialist opinion piece in the Fairfax media — despite its papers vowing not to. Researcher Elaine McKewon asks: just who is John McLean, anyway?

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TRISTAN EDIS | ENVIRONMENT |

It’s not all bad — five things to not hate about Direct Action

Yes, there is a lot wrong with the government’s Direct Action climate change policy. But it’s not all bad. Here’s the way Direct Action might help create a sustainable energy future.

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‘Now it is too late’: bracing for Pacific climate displacement

The impact of climate change means it’s probably too late to save islands in the Solomons. So where will thousands of villagers go? Catherine Wilson reports on the looming displacement crisis.

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