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Few other world leaders are as enthusiastic as Tony Abbott in endorsing coal as ‘good for humanity’. AAP/Dan Peled

Zombie politics vs climate action: will the coming election focus on our future?

Australia's failure to lead on climate action marks a stark shift in political priorities in the past decade. The government is all about immediate economic returns whatever the long-term costs.
Will alternate solar technologies get a boost if solar overall grows? Walmartcorporate/flickr

Do we need a solar power technology breakthrough?

Hillary Clinton's renewable energy plan is ambitious but, on a technical level, doable. Would it foster more solar technology innovation?
Labor wants 50% of Australia’s electricity to come from renewables by 2030 - but what about other climate policies? Lawrence Murray/Flickr

Labor embraces renewables at the cost of good climate policy

Labor's proposal for 50% renewables demonstrates in spades how poisonous climate change politics has trumped good policy.
A biogas plant in Queensland. NH Foods Oakey Beef Exports

Bioenergy: making money, and clean energy

The government has issued a draft direction to the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to invest in "emerging" clean energy such as bioenergy. But what are the prospects for bioenergy?
Solar thermal technology is still an outside bet - and not the kind of investment the CEFC was set up to make. WorleyParsons/AAP Image

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is meant to back winners, not minnows

Environment minister Greg Hunt wants the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to focus on new technologies, not wind and solar. But that's not what it was set up to do, and Australia already has an agency for that.
South Africa, which has a shortage of energy, has three options for greater energy efficiency. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

How South Africa can transition to a less energy-intensive economy

Shifting South Africa's economy from energy intensive sectors to those with lower energy consumption will take more time, and even more funding. But the impact will be more permanent and sustainable.
To get to zero emissions, we’ll have to reform our energy sector away from fossil fuels. ccdoh1/Flickr

Australia can stop greenhouse gas emissions by 2050: here’s how

To avoid dangerous climate change there is a finite amount of greenhouse gas emissions, in particular CO<sub>2</sub>, that we can add to the atmosphere - our global carbon budget. If we use our budget wisely, we have until about 2050 to transition to zero net emissions. But how do we get there?

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