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Some projects shouldn’t be receiving funding from the government. Yet, lack of proper monitoring has caused huge amounts of wasted money. www.goodfreephotos.com

The government is miscounting greenhouse emissions reductions

A review of the Emissions Reduction Fund has found it's performing well – but new research raises serious credibility issues.
Emissions from real-life urban driving can be much higher than advertised. AMPG/Shutterstock.com

Australia still lags behind in vehicle emissions testing

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. Reuters/US Coast Guard/Files

Why capitalism wins. And how a simple accounting move can defeat it

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. AAP Image/Dean Sewell/Greenpeace

The true cost of keeping the Liddell power plant open

Government payments to keep Australia's oldest coal plant running amounts to a carbon subsidy. It's worth looking at the financial – and carbon – cost.
The government faces a hard internal sell on the Finkel plan, not least to Tony Abbott. Mick Tsikas/AAP

How hard will Tony Abbott run against the Finkel plan?

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. , CSIRO/Wikimedia commons

Australia has stalled on car efficiency

Australia's road emissions have plateaued – last year showed the smallest reduction on record.
No matter how hard we dig, the Earth’s resources are ultimately finite. Mining image from www.shutterstock.com

The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability

Even supposedly "green" technologies such as renewable energy require materials, land and solar exposure and cannot grow indefinitely on this planet.

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