Retrofitting older homes to ‘green’ the nation’s housing stock involves much more than installing rooftop solar panels.
While new buildings may be the glamorous eco-home pinups, retrofitting existing homes is the main game when it comes to creating energy-efficient, comfortable housing stock for all Australians.
Despite persistent buzz, the falling cost of electric cars isn't enough to guarantee sales in Australia.
Every December Australia's air travel peaks, as we travel to family and friends (or flee on holiday). Many buy carbon offsets for these flights – but what do they actually do to our carbon emissions?
Some projects shouldn’t be receiving funding from the government. Yet, lack of proper monitoring has caused huge amounts of wasted money.
A review of the Emissions Reduction Fund has found it's performing well – but new research raises serious credibility issues.
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In the push to lower emissions and reduce energy prices, agricultural waste could be Australia's secret weapon.
Emissions from real-life urban driving can be much higher than advertised.
Australian vehicles have been accused of creating more emissions than their manufacturers advertise. But are Australian testing standards up to scratch?
Blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in 2010. The losses produced by polluting companies should cost as ‘negative’ for a country’s growth.
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A new accounting system that goes beyond the capitalist understanding of value is bubbling under and could topple capitalism itself.
The Liddell power station in the Hunter Valley near Newcastle.
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Government payments to keep Australia's oldest coal plant running amounts to a carbon subsidy. It's worth looking at the financial – and carbon –
Tonight on the ABC's Catalyst, scientist Tim Flannery asks if seaweed can save the world. It's a bold claim for algae, but seaweed could play a key role in keeping climate change in check.
The traditional media industry comes with a large environmental cost, but emissions from digital productions are often ignored.
Turnbull takes heart from the widespread acceptance that things can’t stay as they are.
To implement an alternative that still effectively puts a price on emissions might – apart from its policy advantages – be seen by Malcolm Turnbull as righting the old wrong done to him by his party.
The government faces a hard internal sell on the Finkel plan, not least to Tony Abbott.
Bedding down an energy security policy based broadly on the Finkel model is now crucial for Malcolm Turnbull. But the issue will also test Tony Abbott’s judgement and influence, in what has long been a…
Australia is falling far behind other countries in improving car pollution. ,
Australia's road emissions have plateaued – last year showed the smallest reduction on record.
The climate crisis demands not only green technologies, but a completely different approach to economic development.
The forecast for future blackouts in Australia doesn’t look good if there’s no change in our energy demand and supply.
Better energy management could reduce peak demand by the equivalent of two Hazelwood power stations. It's time to get serious about demand response solutions to our energy crisis.
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.
When we look at the latest car models we want fast cars, all-terrain cars or cars to fit the whole family. What about an environmentally friendly car?
The Australian market is awash with highly polluting cars. But there are a couple of key resources to help you find the best vehicle that fits your needs.
Diesel engines have been demonised for their emissions but the technology has already cleaned up its act.
No matter how hard we dig, the Earth’s resources are ultimately finite.
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Even supposedly "green" technologies such as renewable energy require materials, land and solar exposure and cannot grow indefinitely on this planet.
New coal power technology can’t meet Australia’s climate targets alone.
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As Australia's energy debate heats up, some politicians are calling for cleaner and more efficient coal power stations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.