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Australia will likely have to close more coal power stations to meet climate targets. Coal power image from www.shutterstock.com

People power is the secret to reliable, clean energy

Australia's energy watchdog has warned that closing coal power stations could leave us vulnerable to supply problems. But not if we help take the pressure off the grid.
Turnbull might be hamstrung by his barely-there majority. AAP Image/Paul Miller

Can Malcolm Turnbull do climate and energy policy now?

Malcolm Turnbull returns to the helm with a wafer-thin majority and a significant element in his government who still oppose climate action - can he defy the odds and serve up some credible policy?
Fossil fuel industry-funded organisations have played a big role in climate denial. Coal power image from www.shutterstock.com

A brief history of fossil-fuelled climate denial

Latest revelations about Peabody's funding of groups linked to climate denial are the tip of the iceberg.
Miners were fired by a sense of solidarity but also by dangerous working conditions, which produced high death and injury rates. Janet Lindenmuth/Flickr

Coal and industrial relations: how miners secured workers' rights

Miners were among the first workers to organise into trade unions from the middle of the 1700s, battling a lack of legal recognition and resistance from the mine owners.
Coal has provided us with some stunning fossils. Bart Bernardes/Flickr

Coal’s formation is a window on an ancient world

Despite its insidious influence on the climate and our health, coal has a lesser-known positive side to its otherwise dark soul. It has provided us with some stunning fossils.

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