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Lake Liddell with power stations. Wikimedia commons

More coal doesn’t equal more peak power

We need to remember that baseload coal power stations won't help cope with peak demand – the issue that will determine whether people in elevators are trapped by a sudden blackout, per Barnaby Joyce.
One big mess: the market has failed to deliver on cheap, reliable energy. Shutterstock

The day Australia was put on blackout alert

The energy market operator has released a report on the state of Australia's electricity system. It couldn't be blunter if it tried: the market has failed.
The controversial Narrabri coal seam gas project. Australia has plenty of gas reserves that are cheaper to develop and a safer bet. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Memo to COAG: Australia is already awash with gas

Australia has enough gas reserves to supply the next 25 years' demand. Federal pressure to lift state bans on onshore gas development is pointless, risky – and won't bring prices down.
Future food will shift to alternative proteins such as insects, like this 3D-printed biscuit made of insect flour by designer Penelope Kupfer. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Bugging out: How we’ll feed ourselves in 2167

Climate change, insects and urban farm towers are a few things that will change how and what we eat in the future.
A tanker ship heads into Liverpool harbour as a pilot boats heads out. In the background. In the background, the Burbo Bank wind farm. While new facilities have increased capacity, the UK currently imports 6% of its electricity. Andrew/Flickr

‘Energy Brexit’: What are the consequences on both sides of the Channel?

A year after Brexit, experts from the Grenoble École de Management and the Centre for European Economic Research look at what impacts the UK's leaving the EU could have on energy prices and security.
William Shatner as Star Trek’s Captain James T. Kirk is depicted on a commemorative stamp issued by Canada Post in 2016. Handout/Canada Post

Energy fuels Star Trek economy

Canada's economy faces a radical shift as abundant energy and resources could propel the country toward a Star Trek future.
Converting waste into fuel or energy should be part of Australia’s recycling and rubbish reduction plan. Bobby Yip/Reuters

Explainer: why we should be turning waste into fuel

A recycling company has received tens of millions from the federal government to develop solid waste fuel. This fuel reduces landfill, shrinks our carbon footprint and protects the environment.
Many bitcoins equals a heavy environmental burden. Flickr

The bitcoin and blockchain: energy hogs

The digital world is taking more and more space in our lives... and dramatically increasing electrical use. It’s a serious problem given the urgent need fight climate change.

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