The typical suburban backyard of the future?
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The average consumerist suburban lifestyle is unsustainable. But what if affluent suburbanites and battlers alike ditch the rat race and embrace economic 'degrowth'? Here's how it might unfold.
Australia needs to think about the energy grid of the future.
'Energy security' isn't just about cheaper bills. We urgently need to design a modern, safe Australian grid.
Australia currently keeps only a fraction of the fuel it needs in reserve.
Australia depends on imported fuel to keep running. We never got around to setting up an official reserve, and that means we're already at risk.
Fun, games and gas insecurity.
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More than 80% of UK households use gas to heat their homes so the industry has to handle huge swings in demand.
There are ways we can stay cool in a heat wave without blasting air con at peak times.
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The urban heat island and summertime blackouts.
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Today, we're asking why some of the most disadvantaged parts of our cities cop the worst of a heatwave and how you -- yes, you! -- can do your bit to reduce the risk of a summer time blackout.
The largest opportunity to reduce gas demand exists in industry, through improved energy efficiency as a result of reusing waste heat and upgrading boilers.
We can make up 70% of Australia's projected gas shortfall simply by improving energy efficiency and sensible use of gas alternatives.
Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie, speaking on Q&A.
Response from a spokesperson from the Climate Council in relation to an article on CEO Amanda McKenzie’s claims about worsening heatwaves and increasing numbers of hot days in Australia.
Poland’s first liquefied natural gas terminal, in the Baltic port of Swinoujscie,, under construction in 2014.
Can Poland reduce its dependence on cheap and dirty domestic coal power?
Current political intervention in the energy market is haphazard and disconnected.
The energy security crisis has politicians leaping to unveil various schemes. But we don't need piecemeal action – the Finkel review, due in June, aims to create a coherent new energy blueprint.
Gas infrastructure and exploration attracted the lion’s share of new energy announcements in the 2017 federal budget.
The federal budget will pump A$90 million into boosting domestic gas production, as well as investing in pumped hydro and measures to monitor energy prices.
Hydro electricity will be part of Australia’s energy future.
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Energy security requires both short and long planning. Recent gas and hydro announcements are a promising start towards some proper joined-up thinking.
As Malcolm Turnbull aspires to get a lift by thinking big, the Coalition is searching for hope in the smallest positive sign.
As the government seeks to rein in the excessive expectations of what it can do to make housing more affordable, Malcolm Turnbull is throwing everything at his energy security policy.
Malcolm Turnbull says ending the local shortage ‘will ensure gas prices in Australia are lower and fairly reflect international export prices, as they should’.
The Turnbull government will impose restrictions on the export of Australian gas to boost domestic supplies and lower prices.
Hazelwood’s closure does not mean imminent blackouts for Victoria.
Victoria will be able to import more electricity to make up for any shortfalls from Hazelwood power station's closure.
Malcolm Turnbull is throwing out ideas and initiatives as he goes, rather than producing an integrated blueprint.
Malcolm Turnbull had the media troop to Talbingo in the Snowy Mountains for Thursday's big Hydro announcement.
Greens leader Richard Di Natale is calling for a reimagining of the way Australians approach work.
Malcolm Turnbull said the projection last week showed a shortage of gas supply in the eastern market with deep implications for energy security.
Malcolm Turnbull has threatened to use the Commonwealth's power over exports against gas producers if they do not carry through with undertakings to make more gas available for the domestic market.
There are calls for Australia’s onshore gas to flow much more freely.
Rising gas prices and energy security issues have led to calls for more gas to be pumped into our energy system. But we need to balance that with the equally pressing need to limit greenhouse emissions.
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg with a lump of coal during Question Time.
Eighteen groups have issued a plea for political leaders to 'stop partisan antics' and work together to achieve energy reform.
Wind and solar power can be intermittent. Should our usage be too?