Tag Archives: Policy & Politics

World is now shutting down coal plants faster than it’s opening them

That’s good news for global emissions. And the change is not just due to the pandemic, experts say. — Read on http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/programs/hack/world-global-coal-power-capacity-has-fell-in-2020/12523904

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Australia cannot expect China to import and burn coal it no longer needs | Coal | The Guardian

We have to prepare for this shift and our policymakers need to stop misleading coalmining communities that their exports will go on forever — Read on amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jun/11/australia-cannot-expect-china-to-import-and-burn-coal-it-no-longer-needs

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When the market for news fails… | Inside Story

How to organise some real news: Journalists keep losing their jobs, but politicians on all sides are refusing to face the consequences — Read on insidestory.org.au/when-the-market-for-news-fails/

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Extreme climate change has reached the United States: Here are America’s fastest-warming places – Washington Post

Pulitzervprize winning series investigative journalism. More than a century of temperature data shows much of the U.S. Northeast is in the grip of extreme warming, with winter heating up more quickly than other seasons. — Read on http://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/climate-environment/climate-change-america/

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Why frack off Brexit might improve Europe’s Environment

 Brexit/Britain is opposing — along with oil and gas industry — an EU proposal to monitor methane emissions from fracking. Government officials called it “unnecessary red tape,” according to the Guardian, but they are clearly either not interested in addressing climate change … Continue reading

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Coalition raids CEFC. again, $100m green cities fund

…news release Coal-ition… latest policy proposal green cities fund…industry and green groups say this $100M move constitutes the third such “redirection” of CEFC funding, with $1 billion withdrawn for car loan scheme, and another $1 billion to fund the Great Barrier … Continue reading

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American ‘weaponised philanthropy’

IMAGE: KOCH BROTHERS (JOE KLAMAR/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)LINK TO LARGER IMAGE. For two people who have never held elected office, billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, are without a doubt the most influential people in American politics. But although they are shaping American … Continue reading

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UCG banned immediately in Queensland, laws to follow, Mines Minister Anthony Lynham say

PHOTO: Linc Energy’s underground coal gasification pilot plant is located at Chinchilla. (Landline: Pip Courtney) Underground coal gasification (UCG) will be banned in Queensland due to its environmental impact, Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham says. There had been only three UCG pilot projects … Continue reading

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Nuclear fail: New reactor took 43 years to build, shut down after 2 days

More than four decades after construction began, the Watts Bar-2 reactor was finally connected to the grid on 3 June 2016. However, two days later, while operating at 12.5 percent power, the reactor automatically shut down. >more> RenewEconomy

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Rundle: Direct Action puts Australia in the ‘arseholes club’ of climate policy

Australia is the worst performer on climate action in the industrialised world. Some countries that had been with us in the arseholes club, such as the US, have now left it, according to CAT, thanks to recent changes in policy. … Continue reading

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