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Articles by Sophie Vorrath

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Tesla Model X "best car ever" says Musk – and hints at company's first profit

Tesla Model X “best car ever” says Musk – and hints at company’s first profit

After an “excruciating” few months, an upbeat Musk calls Model X the “best car ever” and hints Tesla could soon deliver its first profit.

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Climate politics 'more like religion', says CSIRO boss

Climate politics ‘more like religion’, says CSIRO boss

CSIRO chief provides echo chamber for climate denialists: “It almost sounds more like religion than science to me.”

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Victorian climate review calls for 1.5°C long-term emissions target

Victorian climate review calls for 1.5°C long-term emissions target

Independent review of Victoria’s Climate Change Act recommends a 1.5°C long-term emissions target for the state that hosts Australia’s large brown coal generators. It also calls for greater regulatory power for the EPA.

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Greg Hunt 'World's Best Minister' inspires new level of satire

Greg Hunt ‘World’s Best Minister’ inspires new level of satire

How did Greg Hunt win an award that Greens deputy leader Scott Ludlam says “sounds like something his mum made up”? As the satire ramps up, confusion emerges about exactly who was responsible.

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Tesla confirms mass-market Model 3 could cost as little as $25,000 in US

Tesla confirms mass-market Model 3 could cost as little as $25,000 in US

Tesla says Model 3 could cost as little as $US25,000 once US tax credits factored in – a mass market price that could “upend US auto market.”

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Redflow to start selling home battery storage in March

Redflow to start selling home battery storage in March

Australian battery company Redflow says plug and play residential model of zinc bromine technology to be launched on Australian market in just over a month.

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Sydney home becomes 'mini power station' with solar + Powerwall + GridCredits

Sydney home becomes ‘mini power station’ with solar + Powerwall + GridCredits

Australia’s first household to add a Tesla Powerwall can this week begin buying and selling electricity on the market, after the addition of a world-leading software program by Reposit Power.

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Wind farm commissioner cost and role under cloud after Senate hearing

Wind farm commissioner cost and role under cloud after Senate hearing

Australia’s first wind farm commissioneris being paid more than $200,000 a year to investigate complaints against turbines, and hopes soon to be out of a job.

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Is Australian coal finally having its "oh sh*t" moment?

Is Australian coal finally having its “oh sh*t” moment?

Queensland Resource Council calls for government aid as struggling coal companies “teeter on the brink”. Is the coal industry finally facing up to reality?

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Waterloo wind farm extension set to begin, using Australian-made turbine towers

Waterloo wind farm extension set to begin, using Australian-made turbine towers

Work to increase EnergyAustraila’s Waterloo wind farm to a capacity of 130MW will start this month, with local SA company Keppel Prince to supply six new turbine towers.

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Graph of the Day: Why solar power is taking over the world

Graph of the Day: Why solar power is taking over the world

For anyone who is in doubt about the incredible journey solar power has taken in past decade, this graph offers a stunning reminder.