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The tools on our smartphones are enabled by a huge network of mobile phone towers, Wi-Fi networks and server farms. Shutterstock

Computing faces an energy crunch unless new technologies are found

The energy required to power the massive, factory-sized data centres that computers rely on already consumes 5% of global electricity. And that energy load is doubling every decade.
Now that Shorten has released the energy policy this week, the. Coalition is reaching back into the past for lines and fears. Ben Rushton/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Labor’s energy policy is savvy – now is it scare-proof?

Labor's promise to subsidise batteries for households quickly became, in government parlance, “pink batts to pink batteries” – seeking to trigger memories of Rudd's policy that cost several lives.
In a speech to be delivered on Thursday, Shorten stresses a Labor government would seek bipartisanship on the NEG. Daniel Pockett/AAP

Households to get $2000 subsidy for batteries under Shorten energy policy

The ALP estimates the battery subsidy would triple the number of battery systems in Australian households. The policy sets a national target of one million household battery installations by 2025.
How many times have you heard “get out of the way!” when someone is trying to change the channel? Willemvdk/flickr

Curious Kids: How do remote controls work?

Even the Voyager spacecraft are controlled remotely, 20 billion kilometres away. It takes 20 hours for instructions to travel from Earth to the spacecraft but we can do it -- using a remote.
The poll found stark differences between voting intentions and attitude to energy policy. Shutterstock

47% say prioritise cutting power bills: Ipsos

A new poll reveals many Australians want to cut their electricity bills - but many also want to reduce emissions.
The beauty of our federation is that each state can learn from each other. Shutterstock

Grattan Institute Orange Book 2018. State governments matter, vote wisely

Ahead of two state elections, the Grattan Institute Orange Book examines the state of each state and how each can do things better. The good news is that if each copied the best in each field they would do very well indeed.
Suncor’s base plant with upgraders in the oil sands in Fort McMurray Alta., June 13, 2017. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)

How post-truth politics is sinking debate on environmental assessment reform

Canada's proposed new environmental assessment law is facing heated, if not necessarily well-informed, opposition. The real question is whether it goes far enough.

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