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Articles by Giles Parkinson

Giles Parkinson is a journalist of 30 years experience, a former Business Editor and Deputy Editor of the Financial Review, a columnist for The Bulletin magazine and The Australian, and the former editor of Climate Spectator.

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Abbott’s Achilles Heel: Is it ideology or ignorance?

Abbott’s Achilles Heel: Is it ideology or ignorance?

Tony Abbott’s decision to award an Australian knighthood to a 93 year-old British prince tells us all we need to know about this Coalition government: isolated, ignorant and locked in the past. Now we may find out if there are any moderates left in government, and if Australia’s climate and clean energy policies can be retrieved.

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India and US agree: Coal is not the answer

India and US agree: Coal is not the answer

The Modi-Obama energy agreement brings all three of the world’s biggest emitters – India, the US and China – into alignment on climate action and proves that the ‘all of the above’ credo that once dominated their thinking on energy is steadily morphing into ‘anything but coal.’

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Graph of the Day: The big boom in solar in world's biggest energy market

Graph of the Day: The big boom in solar in world’s biggest energy market

The US solar market has surged in the past year, and forecasts suggest it will continue growth in next two years.

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Australia thumbs its nose at global renewable energy market

Australia thumbs its nose at global renewable energy market

Australia has again courted controversy on the international stage, sending an embassy staffer instead of its energy minister to the annual congress of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Shades of Warsaw and its decision to snub the climate change conference – another international policy arena it seeks to avoid.

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Saudis to build world's first large scale solar powered desalination plant

Saudis to build world’s first large scale solar powered desalination plant

A Saudi company is to build the world’s biggest solar powered water desalination plant.

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Saudi power giant sees solar taking on base load fossil fuels

Saudi power giant sees solar taking on base load fossil fuels

Saudi Arabian power giant says combination of cheap solar PV and solar tower and storage will be cheaper, cleaner and more reliable than base-load fossil fuels. The market is now talking about a “seismic change” in the industry, but western countries are still in shock.

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How Australia could become manufacturing hub of battery storage

How Australia could become manufacturing hub of battery storage

Founder of Liquid Metal Batteries says Australia could help lead energy revolution by establishing a manufacturing base for batteries storage. He also plans a pilot plant in NSW combining solar PV and storage and 24/7 output.

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CEFC signs $20m deal with ET Solar for commercial solar PPA market

CEFC signs $20m deal with ET Solar for commercial solar PPA market

CEFC allocates $20m to a solar financing deal for ET Solar to boost commercial solar market. But another financing commitment has lapsed.

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"Dead" Australian renewables market faces train-crash

“Dead” Australian renewables market faces train-crash

Australia branded “dead” market by international investors. Just one new renewable project approved in 2014, but 5,000MW needed to meet target Coalition wants to cut.

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Solar Impulse plane to circle globe on just solar and storage

Solar Impulse plane to circle globe on just solar and storage

Solar Impulse to circle globe powered by just the sun, and storage. The feat will test the limits of human endurance, with pilots having to fly non-stop for up to five days and nights, but will ram home a message that the technologies for a clean energy system are available now.

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Graph of the Day: Coal, nuclear subsidies vs renewables in Germany

Graph of the Day: Coal, nuclear subsidies vs renewables in Germany

New research shows cumulative subsidies to coal and nuclear are each double that of renewables in Germany, and adding nearly a third to household costs.