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Australia’s electricity grid can easily support electric cars – if we get smart

Smart meters can help share the load of charging electric cars. Chris Hunkeler/Flickr, CC BY-SA Following opposition leader Bill Shorten’s policy announcement that 50% of new cars will be electric by 2030, questions have been raised about...

Shorten’s climate policy would hit more big polluters harder and set electric car target

A Shorten government would consult with industry and experts on baselines for individual entities and the timing of reduction. James Ross/AAP A Shorten government would add about 100 high polluters to those subject to an...

The government’s electricity shortlist rightly features pumped hydro (and wrongly includes coal)

Energy Minister Angus Taylor has six pumped hydro projects on his list, and most are better taxpayer investments than the already announced Snowy 2.0 project. AAP Image/Lukas Coch The federal government last week released...

The government’s $2bn climate fund: a rebadged rehash of old mistakes

Scott Morrison has given a new name to an old policy. AAP/David Crosling Australia’s new flagship Climate Solutions Fund, announced this week by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, will spend more than A$2 billion on cutting greenhouse...

Here’s how a 100% renewable energy future can create jobs and even save the...

The gas industry of the future could manufacture and deliver renewable fuels, rather than mining and processing natural gas.  Shutterstock.com The world can limit global warming to 1.5℃ and move to 100% renewable energy while...

The environmental impact of music: digital, records, CDs analysed

Our favourite way of listening to music might have a bigger environmental impact than we think. patat/ Shutterstock Although streaming remains the most popular way people listen to music, old formats like cassettes and vinyl have both seen...
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Your drinking water could be saltier than you think (even if you live in...

Your salt intake from water can vary depending on where you live. Bryan Carlson/Unsplash As the drought drags on, small communities in eastern Australia are turning to emergency water supplies. Often, this means bore water, which...
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The government can restrain electricity prices without threatening to break up power companies. Its...

Victoria’s Loy Yang brown coal power station at night. Breaking up generation companies might do little to bring prices down.  Shutterstock Who wouldn’t want cheaper power? And who wouldn’t enjoy a bit of a stoush between...
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Carbon emissions will reach 37 billion tonnes in 2018, a record high

AAP Image/Mick Tsikas Carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from fossil fuels and industry are projected to rise more than 2% (range 1.8% to 3.7%) in 2018, taking global fossil CO₂ emissions to a new record...
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Why battery-powered vehicles stack up better than hydrogen

A battery electric vehicle in The University of Queensland’s vehicle fleet.  Low energy efficiency is already a major problem for petrol and diesel vehicles. Typically, only 20% of the overall well-to-wheel energy is actually used to...