Tony Abbott aims for fracking boom

By Ben Courtice. Green Left Weekly, April 25 2015

A new report on unconventional gas development from the federal Department of Industry and Science has been released.

Its stated aim is “to ensure the responsible development of coal seam, shale and tight gas resources for the benefit of Australians and position Australia to remain an energy superpower”.

Australia’s climate inaction embarrassment

By Neville Spencer. Green Left Weekly, April 24 2015

Politicians, both Labor and Liberal, have spent years defending this county’s pitiful efforts on tackling climate change with the excuse that Australia “can’t go it alone” — it has to wait for other countries to commit to action on climate change. The same excuse was often echoed in the media.

Canberra remains blind to coal and gas slowdown

By Tristan Edis. Climate Spectator, April 21 2015

Treasurer Joe Hockey and indeed the WA Government plus the former Newman Government, in conjunction with a range of investors in our mining giants, have been struggling to grapple with a huge shock that China has not granted us a permanent ticket to prosperity on the back of high iron ore, coal and gas prices. Prices for all these major export commodities have plummeted in the last 12 months.

Deep carbon emission cuts possible and inevitable, reports find

By Peter Hannam. Sydney Morning Herald, April 21 2015

"Australia will not only be forced to decouple its economy from fossil fuels but also its export sector, as nations step up efforts to combat climate change."

Futures of the power sector and carbon reductions are closely tied.

Carbon reduction in Asia will punch $100bn hole in Federal revenue by 2030: report.

RN Breakfast, April 21 2015

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As the Federal Treasurer tries to plug a widening budget hole - a new report warns that the revenue shortfall is about to get a whole lot worse.

According to the climate change think tank Beyond Zero Emissions, export revenue from Australia's main commodities will fall short by an estimated $100 billion a year by 2030, as major trading partners shift away from fossil fuels and move towards clean energy.

The Dirty Energy Finance Corporation

By Gerard Drew. The Fifth Estate, April 14 2015.

The Energy White Paper released last Wednesday didn’t just try and ignore global action on climate change. It actively sought to work against it.

Hazelwood Power Station

Zero emissions goal must be included in climate change deal

By Stephen Bygrave. RenewEconomy, April 10 2015

In December this year world leaders will hopefully agree a meaningful international agreement on climate change. Pressure to deliver is significant following the failure at Copenhagen 5 years ago.

Communities take lead on renewable energy as big projects stall

By Giles Parkinson. RenewEconomy, March 10 2015

The market for large-scale renewable energy projects may well be at a standstill in Australia, but at the community level, things are happening quickly.

Dozens of projects have emerged as state governments tap into local ideas, offering grants for innovative projects that allow solar and other renewables to be developed at a local level, for innovative financing packages, and even the development of localised smart grid.

10 million solar roofs

Byron Bay first regional Australian city to commit to zero emissions

By Oliver Milman. The Guardian, March 9 2015

Byron shire says it aims to be a 'zero emissions community' within 10 years by upgrading public transport, improving agriculture and retrofitting buildings. 

Byron Bay has become the first regional Australian city to commit to cutting its carbon emissions to zero. Photograph: Byron At Byron/AAP

Byron Bay has become the first place in Australia outside the major cities to commit to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to zero over the next 10 years.

Byron shire aims to lead Australia on zero emissions community plan

By Giles Parkinson. RenewEconomy, March 9 2015

Byron Shire – in the northern rivers region of New South Wales – is aiming to become the first region in Australia to become “net zero emissions”, with a goal to reduce emissions from energy, transport, buildings, waste and land use to zero within 10 years.

The push by Byron mayor Simon Richardson means that Byron Bay will be the first town or council in Australia to adopt the master-plan created several years ago by the think tank Beyond Zero Emissions.

The idea is to dovetail the plan with other local initiatives, including a stream of community-based renewable energy developments, the creation of the country’s first community energy retailer, and the proliferation of rooftop solar at the household and business level.


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