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What big coal’s happy-clappers missed about Vietnam’s growing coal headache

What big coal’s happy-clappers missed about Vietnam’s growing coal headache

The fossil fuel industry continues to peddle the shop-worn storyline that more coal will be the salvation of the energy poor. But the energy poor are not so sure.

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7 cleantech ideas & developments that are bringing us a low-carbon economy

7 cleantech ideas & developments that are bringing us a low-carbon economy

7 of the “ideas and developments” that have already helped these cleantech solutions break through big barriers, and/or will help them get to the next stage.

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Why the strategy of oil companies is doomed to failure

Why the strategy of oil companies is doomed to failure

Oil companies like Shell have unique skills that make them ideally placed to help build the energy world of the future. Yet they seem unable to look beyond their own interests.

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French government study: 95% renewable mix cheaper than nuclear and gas

French government study: 95% renewable mix cheaper than nuclear and gas

A new study shows that the cost to the French consumer of a 100% renewable scenario is more or less equal to a scenario close to today’s, with only 40% renewables.

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The Bjorn supremacy – is Australia getting the climate advice it deserves?

The Bjorn supremacy – is Australia getting the climate advice it deserves?

Lomborg’s dangerous form of climate denial is to begrudgingly accept the science while producing economic models to say global warming is minor issue.

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Abbott blows his carbon budget in first Direct Action auction

Abbott blows his carbon budget in first Direct Action auction

Abbott appears to have already blown its carbon budget, selling emissions abatement in first round of auctions at price that would make it impossible to meet even Australia’s modest 5 per cent cut in emissions by 2020.

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Time to 'Do the math' again: Allowing 2°C global warming is madness

Time to ‘Do the math’ again: Allowing 2°C global warming is madness

Have we gone mad? 2°C of warming will bring catastrophic and irreversible consequences. We should not take risks with the climate that we would not take with civil infrastructure.

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Boom in electric vehicles will transform storage, and energy markets

Boom in electric vehicles will transform storage, and energy markets

Storage is seen as a key to reduce demand charges, and the anticipated boom in the electric vehicle market will transform the electricity sector.

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PV, batteries and the smart home: Is the solar industry getting ahead of itself?

PV, batteries and the smart home: Is the solar industry getting ahead of itself?

Leading solar companies are moving beyond PV and into battery storage and home energy management. Is the mass market ready?

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Storm blackouts in NSW will push consumers to battery storage

Storm blackouts in NSW will push consumers to battery storage

Up to 200,000 NSW customers face week-long blackouts because of the storms. This will likely accelerate push to battery storage, particularly for solar households that are also disconnected, and for those about to lose premium tariffs.

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Alinta says Port August coal to shut by 2030, but it has no plan B

Alinta says Port August coal to shut by 2030, but it has no plan B

Alinta Energy has confirmed that its two ageing coal-fired power stations in Port Augusta will be shut down by 2030, with no plans yet to replace them.