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A new report claims that combing renewable energy sources like solar with battery storage could safely take Australia to 50% renewables by 2030. AAP Image/Lucy Hughes Jones

‘Finkel’s new energy report’ isn’t new and it isn’t by Finkel

A recent report claims that Australia's energy can reliably come from 50% renewable sources by 2030. But arguing over renewable levels distracts from a paucity of policy.
Climate fight: a traditional Fijian warrior poses at the UN climate summit in Bonn. Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Don’t give up on Pacific Island nations yet

To many people, island nations such as Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands are synonymous with climate catastrophe. But prophesies of doom aren't all that helpful.
The growth in global carbon emissions has resumed after a three-year pause. AAP Image/Dave Hunt

Fossil fuel emissions hit record high after unexpected growth: Global Carbon Budget 2017

After three years in which global carbon emissions scarcely rose, 2017 has seen them climb by 2%, as the long-anticipated peak in global emissions remains elusive.
Pasta and bolognese sauce were on the menu provided at this Sydney venue by not-for-profit organisation Foodbank.

‘Successful failures’ – the problem with food banks

Foodbanks were originally established as a temporary measure to alleviate food insecurity. But have they become an excuse for governments not to deal properly with the problem?
Nearly everyone owns a pair of white sneakers. But what the different materials required to make a sneaker? Maria Morri/flickr

Sustainable shopping: how to rock white sneakers without eco-guilt

Iconic Stan Smiths can be styled with almost anything, but most white sneakers are costly to the environment. Lucky for us, there are many sustainable alternatives that are just as cool.
A fireman tackles one of the wildfires that swept through parts of California in October. Jim Urquhart/Reuters

2017 is set to be among the three hottest years on record

This year is poised to go down as the hottest non-El Niño year ever recorded, with record low polar ice and extreme weather that left many regions battling bushfires and hurricanes.
An Antarctic icebreaker sails past a penguin. But conservationists are still waiting for their own breakthrough. John B. Weller

Why are talks over an East Antarctic marine park still deadlocked?

Australia is among nations calling for a 1 million square km marine park off East Antarctica. But Russia and China remain opposed, and a recent summit yet again failed to seal the deal.
A long-term monitoring project in Simpson Desert provides crucial information about the ecosystem. Mina Guli/Flickr

Australia among the world’s worst on biodiversity conservation

Australia is among seven countries contributing to more than half of the world's biodiversity loss. Yet next month, a crucial network of long-term research sites will lose funding.