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Insurers have to protect themselves against foreseeable risks. For insurers of fossil fuel projects, those risks are growing. Shutterstock

Adani beware: coal is on the road to becoming completely uninsurable

The decision of Suncorp to dump coal, just months after the re-election of the Morrison government, makes it clear that insurers can't afford wishful thinking.
Climate activists block the entrance to the Swiss bank UBS with a pile of coal in Basel, Switzerland earlier this summer. Climate protests are helping raise awareness about the ugliness of fossil fuels, and so too should the language we use. (Georgios Kefalas/Keystone via AP)

Using language to make the world of fossil fuels strange and ugly

If how we speak about the world we want to see is crucial in building support for climate change momentum, then what is visible and invisible, strange and normal, positive and negative, must change.
Australia’s LNG exports aren’t as good for the planet as the government seems to think. AAP Image/Origin Energy

Australia’s energy exports increase global greenhouse emissions, not decrease them

The federal government claims that Australia's rising emissions are offset by savings around the globe when Australian gas exports replace other fossil fuels. But the numbers don't stack up like that.
On March 7, 2019, demonstrators gathered outside the National Assembly in Paris. The sign above reads “Deputies, please save the climate”. The one in front reads “Fossilise the future?” Bertrand Guay/AFP

France and Britain in a race for carbon neutrality by 2050

By enacting a legislative framework to achieve carbon neutrality, France and the United Kingdom are making a difference in the fight against climate change.
It’s a 50km long patch in the middle of Queensland that’s causing a lot of trouble, but many people couldn’t even point it out on a map. Queensland Government - Coordinated Projects Map

Interactive: Everything you need to know about Adani – from cost, environmental impact and jobs to its possible future

Everything you need to know – where it is, the environmental impact, Indigenous land rights issues and actual profitability – of the Adani Carmichael coal mine in one simple interactive.
A Hazelwood power station employee hangs his hat on the fence after it closed after 52 years of operation. AAP Image/Mal Fairclough

How to transition from coal: 4 lessons for Australia from around the world

Australia hasn’t done much planning to prepare for the shift away from coal. But it’s not too late to learn from international experiences.
Price said the decision did not amount to final approval for the project. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Morrison government approves next step towards Adani coal mine

The decision, taken by Price, comes after public pressure from Queensland LNP members, including a threat by McGrath to publicly call for her resignation if she failed to treat the project fairly.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has six pumped hydro projects on his list, and most are better taxpayer investments than the already announced Snowy 2.0 project. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

The government’s electricity shortlist rightly features pumped hydro (and wrongly includes coal)

Twelve power projects are in the running for federal government dollars: six pumped hydro, five gas and one coal. It's clear which one shouldn't be on the list, for economic and environmental reasons.

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