OPINION

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible

The Paris climate agreement has two aims: "holding the increase in global average temperature to well below 2℃ above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5℃". The more ambitious of these is not yet out of reach,...

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Time for pragmatism, not panic, for the electricity market

Time for pragmatism, not panic, for the electricity market

There was a familiar kneejerk reaction to last week's announcement by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) that there are risks to our electricity supply after the scheduled closure of the Liddell coal-fired power station in New South Wales in...

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How can Indonesia win against plastic pollution?

How can Indonesia win against plastic pollution?

Four of Indonesia's rivers rank among the 20 most polluted in the world in terms of mismanaged plastic waste measured in metric tons.

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What Hurricane Harvey says about risk, climate and resilience

What Hurricane Harvey says about risk, climate and resilience

Hurricane Harvey has taught us many lessons, but the most valuable may be the oldest lesson of all, one we humans have been learning - and forgetting - since the dawn of time: how much we all have to lose when climate and weather disasters strike.

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Biofuel breakthroughs bring 'negative emissions' a step closer

Biofuel breakthroughs bring 'negative emissions' a step closer

The use of biofuels helps reduce human greenhouse gas emissions. That's one reason why some petroleum companies offer petrol containing up to 10% ethanol (a biofuel). But if we are to have any real chance of avoiding catastrophic climate change, it is...

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Reports of the death of recycling greatly exaggerated

Reports of the death of recycling greatly exaggerated

If someone knew little about the recycling industry in Queensland, watching ABC's Four Corners program in early August might have given the impression the industry is in chaos.

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100% renewable by 2050: the technology already exists to make it happen

100% renewable by 2050: the technology already exists to make it happen

Most of the world could switch to 100% renewable energy by 2050, creating millions of jobs, saving millions of lives that would otherwise be lost to air pollution, and avoiding 1.5℃ of warming. That's the bold claim of a major new study by Stanford professor...

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Short-term thinking is killing us in the long run

Short-term thinking is killing us in the long run

Good news isn't written overnight. Headlines by nature may be heralding and immediate, but the back-end story is one of strategy, sweat and concerted effort over time.

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Revisiting the issue of interstate waste movement

Revisiting the issue of interstate waste movementLock icon

UPDATE: I am pleased that Queensland has recognised the problem and taken speedy action by launching an independent inquiry on the matter on August 16. The Queensland government's 2016 Waste and Recycling report stated that 566,000 tonnes of waste was...

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Future Focus: Electric vehicles for Australia

Future Focus: Electric vehicles for AustraliaLock icon

Ironically, the tardiness and reluctance of industry to clean up fuel in Australia may be a catalyst for more rapid change to electric vehicles. Thankfully there are a number of major initiatives bringing the future of cleaner transport within our reach....

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