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The biggest source of mercury in the U.S. continues to be coal power plants. booleansplit/flickr

Are tighter EPA controls on mercury pollution worth it?

Politicians rail against the EPA, but economic analysis shows the health benefits of mercury controls – including both higher IQ and heart health – are worth billions of dollars a year.
Prime Minister Bob Hawke opening the General Assembly of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Perth, November 1990. National Archives of Australia

Cabinet papers 1990: déjà vu? We’re having the same debate about climate as we were then

The National Archives of Australia today released selected federal cabinet records for 1990 and 1991. They reveal intense battles over Australia's domestic climate targets and, above all, a palpable determination that Australia not damage its coal revenue.
While low emissions technology might help coal, there are plenty of other energy sources competing in the post-Paris climate race. Coal image from www.shutterstock.com

After Paris, the future of Australian coal is downhill

Despite its vital role in the development of Australia's economy, the future of coal looks grim in a world aiming to limit warming to below 2℃.
Mozambique is seeking to use renewable energy to extend electricity access to rural institutions. Joshua Kirshner

Mozambique needs a community-driven approach to electrification

Mozambique has long standing energy challenges and widespread energy poverty. To change this, particularly for people living in rural areas, it needs to democratise the way it supplies energy.
A tax on coal would increase the price, reducing demand but benefiting exporting countries such as Australia. Coal image from www.shutterstock.com

A coal tax to help the climate and the resource owners

Coal exporting countries could buffer the transition to low carbon economies by taxing coal production or exports.
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Everybody loves Malcolm – for now

I’ve been feeling uncharacteristically optimistic about the future of the country. Like most Australians, it seems, I’m infatuated with Malcolm Turnbull. My unaccustomed euphoria has been brought on by…

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