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The Garzweiler surface mine produced 35 million tonnes of brown coal (lignite) in 2017. Germany plans to phase-out coal-fired power by 2038. (Shutterstock)

Why action on climate change gets stuck and what to do about it

Plans to reduce emissions quickly are seductive but can stall. Climate initiatives should end dependence on fossil energy and pursue a path towards a more just and equitable society.
Few people would have predicted in 2010 that by the end of the decade, electricity generation from renewables would outpace nuclear. J Davidson/Shutterstock

Britain’s electricity since 2010: wind surges to second place, coal collapses and fossil fuel use nearly halves

Britain greets a new decade with substantially cleaner electricity, but challenges lie ahead to decarbonise its transport and heating.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Energy Minister Angus Taylor at Snowy Hydro Scheme. The Grattan Institute says the government should better encourage investment rather than build electricity infrastructure. LUKAS COCH/AAP

Governments took the hard road on clean energy – and consumers are feeling the bumps

Australia's entire coal fleet will retire in the next few decades. The federal government's response to the Hazelwood coal plant closure has left a mess – it must do better.
Large scale wind farms are driving Australia’s renewable energy generation. AAP Image/Supplied by CWP Renewables

Australia is the runaway global leader in building new renewable energy

Australia is installing renewable energy at more than ten times the global average. This is excellent news, but raises serious questions about integrating this electricity into our grids.
The Opal nuclear research reactor at Lucas Heights in Sydney. It does not produce nuclear energy but is used to produce medical radioisotopes and for other purposes. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Nuclear power should be allowed in Australia – but only with a carbon price

The state of Australia's energy and climate change policy is reason to despair. But there may be a nuclear solution that keeps both sides happy.

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