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Politics podcast: Anna Krien on the climate wars.
Anna Krien's latest Quarterly Essay explores the debates on climate change policy in Australia and the ecological effects of not acting.
Members of the W&J Traditional Owners Council outside the Federal Court.
The Carmichael coal mine requires a crucial native title agreement to build key infrastructure. But an Indigenous group is bringing legal action against Adani, which may create a fatal roadblock.
Is it nearly the end of the road for coal?
The board of Indian mining firm Adani has approved its A$16 billion Carmichael coal mine. But has the Queensland government failed in its duty to be responsible with publicly owned resources such as coal?
The University of Canberra's Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Politics podcast: Matt Canavan on Adani
Matt Canavan tells The Conversation this mine is only one part of a plan for 'opening up the Galilee Basin' to provide investment opportunities, exports, and employment.
Gautam Adani’s company is in line to get an extraordinary helping hand from Malcolm Turnbull’s government to develop the Carmichael coal mine.
If the government were to provide loan insurance or loan guarantees, the banks might be more inclined to fund Adani. Taxpayers would then be at risk for the estimated $10 billion in project finance.
Many banks are worried that coal investments could be left stranded on their asset books.
A new Climate Council report points out that the Paris Agreement's carbon budget leaves no room for the development of massive new coal reserves such as the proposed Carmichael mine.
The public and finance sectors – but not the government, it seems – are questioning the wisdom of investing in infrastructure for projects like the Adani coal mine.
If infrastructure is to meet the needs and challenges of an uncertain future, we need to move beyond the AAA ratings mindset and aim for net-positive social and ecological outcomes as well.
Data shows coal is on the way out.
As the cost of renewable energy falls, funding a new mine is a risky investment.
The news last week that Australia’s oldest bank, Westpac, has withdrawn from any prospect of financing Adani’s Carmichael coal mine may well be the death knell for the controversial project. Westpac is…
Coal mines, such as this one near Bowen, use water for everything from equipment cooling to dust management.
Adani's controversial Carmichael coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin has been granted an unlimited 60-year water licence. But a range of measures could help the industry use less freshwater.
Companies in the developing world, like Adani Group headed by Gautam Adani, have achieved enormous success through strong ties with governments.
Even though the setup of the Indian Adani Group draws scrutiny in developed countries like Australia, it's common and makes sense in the context of emerging markets like India.
As Australia looks to expand the coal industry at home, it's also ramping up regional diplomacy aimed at avoiding condemnation by those at the front line of climate change.
Environmental activists rallied at Queensland’s state parliament in April.
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Queensland's Supreme Court has backed the state government's decision to approve the proposed Carmichael coal mine. But environmental groups have scored some key legal points on climate considerations.
Abbot Point port would have to be expanded to ship coal from the proposed new mine.
Queensland's planned new coal mine could impact the climate, the Great Barrier Reef, water, and local species. Yet still it has been declared as 'critical infrastructure' by the state government.
Indigenous activists confront Queensland politician Peter Wellington in 2015.
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Can Australia achieve fair and open decision-making and a just and sustainable energy transition when big coal players are involved?
It may not be coal for Christmas for Adani, unless it gets its foot in the ground.
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With the last major court case cleared, Adani is free to proceed with its Carmichael coal mine. But the business case is not looking good.
India is the world’s third-largest coal producer, but also the second-largest importer.
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India is at a crossroads: how to bring electricity to millions of people without power, while also dealing with climate change?
The southern black-throated finch could be brought to the brink by coal-mining developments.
More than half of the remaining habitat for Queensland's southern black-throated finches is potentially subject to mining development. If these mines go ahead, it will be bad news for these birds.
Is the sun setting on coal investments?
Energy companies are realising that, in light of the Paris climate deal, the economics are starting to line up in favour of climate action, not against it.