Electricity emissions can be cut to net-zero while keeping the lights on and prices down. But achieving that quickly means keeping gas around, for now.
Mercury is a nasty toxin that harms humans and ecosystems. The gold and sugar-cane industries have tackled the problem, and it’s time for coal to follow suit.
The blocks can be used to run steam turbines at power stations as a clean alternative to burning coal, and at a fraction of the price of storing energy in batteries.
In some areas of human activity such as farming, we are exhausting our capacity to adapt to climate change.
Australian winemakers have lost smoke-tainted crops and political leaders apparently cannot solve the Murray Darling crisis. Perhaps climate change is getting the better of us.
South Africa’s agriculture and food production industries are exempt from the carbon tax - for now.
South Africa’s recently introduced carbon tax may lead to financial losses in the short term, but it’s necessary and will be beneficial in the long term.
Steam rises from Neurath coal-fired power plant near Cologne, Germany. May 2 2019.
A new study lays out what must happen immediately for any hope of limiting global warming to 1.5°C.
A key tool for capturing and storing carbon may have been hiding in plain sight all along.
Is more than waste stored in this pile of coal ash?
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Questions about supplies of rare-earth elements, crucial in high-tech devices, pushed researchers to look to industrial waste for new sources of the key materials.
The closure of the Hazelwood mine has lessons for the future of coal in Australia.
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An international report has found there’s no future for Australia’s coal exports.
AGL has promised to replace the power generated by Liddell with a mix of other sources.
Government pressure on AGL to keep its Liddell power plant open past 2022 ignores the sensible, cost-effective plan to replace it.
Eskom’s pilot wind-farm facility at Klipheuwel. The utility must seriously consider in-house renewable projects.
South Africa’s power utility would do well to consider swapping out expensive new coal-powered capability for renewables.
Emmanuel Macron, president of France, gestures during a special address in Davos, Switzerland.
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The French president said he would eliminate all coal-fired plants in his country by 2021, while his US counterpart is pushing policies intended to make them more profitable. Either way, the laws of economics will win.
Labor mentioned Scott Morrison’s ‘pet rock’ during Question Time on Tuesday.
As coal has muscled its way to the centre of the stage, we’ve seen the showdown between the government and AGL over the future of its Liddell coal-fired power station.
Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg accused AGL of wanting to have its cake and eat it too.
If anyone thinks the government isn’t behaving in a extraordinary manner in its onslaught against AGL over the future of the Liddell power station, just consider what the Coalition would say if a Labor…
Politics podcast: Mark Butler on energy uncertainty.
Opposition climate change and energy spokesman Mark Butler has written about the toxic divisions on energy policy in a recent book.
AGL boss Andy Vesey spent 90 minutes with Malcolm Turnbull, Josh Frydenberg and Barnaby Joyce on Monday.
The government’s public pressure on AGL is based on a report warning there will be a substantial electricity shortfall over coming years.
Malcolm Turnbull will meet with AGL chief executive Andy Vesey on Monday to discuss the future of the Liddell power station.
As he grapples with the power issue, Malcolm Turnbull has swung increasing emphasis onto coal.
Malcolm Turnbull told parliament on Tuesday he and Josh Frydenberg are in discussions with AGL about keeping Liddell operating beyond 2022.
AGL has delivered an initial sharp rebuff to Malcolm Turnbull’s plea to extend the life of the Liddell coal-fired power station by at least five years.
Coal-fired power stations, metal smelting and vehicle emissions all pump mercury into the atmosphere.
Australia is the 16th-largest emitter of mercury in the world. A huge amount comes from coal power stations – and a new report argues our pollution guidelines are hopelessly lax.
Protests at the Brandenburg Gate, in Berlin, against the US withdrawal from the Paris climate change deal.
An expert report shows that the G20 countries are using their energy more efficiently. But there is still a long way to go.