The enhanced partnership could accelerate Australia’s transition from fossil fuel exporter to clean energy powerhouse. But success is far from assured.
A natural gas export project in Québec failed to pass a federal environment impact assesment.
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To address the climate crisis, governments need to limit new fossil fuel developments. But foreign investors are often protected under trade and investment agreements.
Hydrogen has potential, but it faces some big challenges, including a lack of pipeline infrastructure.
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Hydrogen is getting a lot of attention as the EPA prepares to propose new emissions rules for power plants. But it has a problem: almost all of it used today is made from fossil fuels.
Two trucks transport gold ore from Barrick Cowal Gold Mine in New South Wales, Australia.
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A gradual drawdown of gold mining is a critical step towards sustainability.
Superconducting cables transmit electicity without losses.
As we modernise Australia’s power grid, we should look to superconducting cables to save energy, cut emissions and future-proof the system
Proponents of mining in space often point to the potential benefits for Earth and its people. But this research casts doubt on many of them.
The Chinese ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, toasting a year in which Australia and China can ‘rise above differences’.
Now that diplomatic relations are out of the deep freeze, business and cultural ties between China and Australia are set for a major rebound.
U.S. universities now have over 3,000 sustainability programs.
Green jobs go beyond solar panel installation and wind turbine maintenance. They’re found in fields from design to economics and in many types of management.
The target chamber at the National Ignition Facility has been the site of a number of breakthroughs in fusion physics.
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The promise of abundant, clean energy powered by nuclear fusion is one big step closer thanks to a new experiment. The results are a historic scientific milestone, but energy production remains a ways off.
Equinor’s Hywind Scotland became the world’s first floating wind farm in 2017.
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Some of the most powerful offshore wind is over water too deep for a standard wind turbine. Engineers found a way around the problem.
After a decade of climate wars, Australia is suddenly united – with state, territory and federal goverments aiming for net zero by 2050 for the first time
How long should a solar subsidies, or any subsidy, last?
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Start high, drop fast and avoid the free-riders: How to design subsidies that can boost clean energy in the US and elsewhere.
A country’s ability to pursue major energy reforms hinges on the government’s capacity to defuse political opposition.
The current energy crisis is an opportunity to accelerate the transition towards clean energy – but some countries are better than others at pursuing major energy reform.
Eighty-five per cent of our global CO2 emissions come from the burning of coal, oil and natural gas.
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Saying that the climate problem is complex is false, and a distraction from what we know needs to be done.
A pipeline in Tunisia supplies natural gas from Algeria to Italy.
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Natural gas projects in Africa might help reduce supply shortages temporarily, but they could soon become stranded assets.
COP27 has given countries and organizations yet another chance to push for a managed decline in fossil fuel production. A climate action banner hangs from the Tower bridge in London in April 2022.
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A managed fossil fuel phasing-out offers a chance for producers – including governments, corporations and unions – to negotiate the terms of a ‘just transition’ to renewable energy.
Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen will lead Australia’s COP27 delegation.
COP27 is Australia’s chance to join the global climate effort, but we’ll need to bring more to the table to be taken seriously.
End of an era: Hazelwood chimney demolition.
The answer? By closing a highly polluting power station - and ramping up renewables.
By 2025, factories are on track to churn out enough silicon to produce the equivalent of all installed solar – every year.
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If mining workplaces are anything to go by, the clean energy sector will have their work cut out for them to retain women in the workforce.