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​Solar power plants now cheaper than coal

Solar power is more affordable than new fossil fuel and nuclear power, with costs plummeting by almost 60% over the last 5 years, a new report released by the Climate Council today has found.The report ‘State of Solar 2016’, finds that the solar rollout will continue to go gangbusters, with more than 20 industrial-scale installations set to go…

AEMO Report: It’s time to stop the energy excuses

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL is urging Australia’s energy market operator (AEMO) to better prepare for extreme weather events, to avoid preventable power outages.Climate Councillor and energy expert with more than 40 years experience, Andrew Stock said AEMO’s primary accountability is to manage the national market to deliver reliable and secure electricity …

Turnbull's energy deception is holding Australia back

THE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT has lost credibility to deal with Australia’s ageing energy network, after revelations it deceived Australians about the cause of the South Australian blackout last year.Climate Councillor and former head of BP Australasia, Greg Bourne said Australians are right to wonder if the Turnbull Government can be trusted to create…

Australia’s energy grid isn’t prepared for extreme heat

The Climate Council is calling for Australia’s energy system to be overhauled, in a bid to ensure reliable power in the face of severe heatwaves and other extreme climate change driven weather.Climate Councillor and energy expert, Andrew Stock said load shedding in South Australia and now in New South Wales, one of Australia’s biggest coal power…

New report: Climate change fuelling severe weather

Climate change is now influencing all extreme weather events with some of the most severe climate impacts the world has experienced occurring in 2016, the latest Climate Council report has found. The Climate Council report 'Cranking Up The Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events’ finds that while the links between climate change and…

Turnbull's speech on energy is misleading

What he got wrongPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today claimed in his Press Club speech that renewable energy damages jobs and increases electricity prices. Both these claims are false.“Renewable energy creates jobs, including plant development, construction and operation, producing and installing solar panels,” said Amanda McKenzie, CEO of the…

Global heat records broken for a third year in a row

Worldwide heat records have been broken again, with 2016 declared the hottest for a third consecutive year, a new Climate Council report has revealed.New global temperature data from NOAA, NASA and the UK Met Office released overnight have shown that 2016 continued the worsening long-term heat trend.…

​New report shows bushfires will get worse for Victoria

Victoria is on the brink of an extreme bushfire season as climate change continues to intensify bushfire risk, a new Climate Council report reveals.The economic toll of Victoria’s bushfires is projected to more than double by 2050, with the state bearing the brunt of Australia’s economic losses from bushfires, the report finds.…

​Clean energy investment cracks $4.2 billion in Australia

The Australian Capital Territory has paved the way for a dramatic bounce back in Australia’s clean energy investment market, thanks to renewable energy target policies and incentives. Bloomberg New Energy Finance data released overnight shows investment in clean energy totalled more than $4.…

2016 named Australia's fourth-warmest year on record

The fingerprints of climate change can be found all over Australia’s record-breaking year in 2016, the Climate Council said today.The Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement shows a number of records were broken throughout 2016, from land, ocean and seasonal temperatures, through to above average rainfall.…

Australia's emissions continue to rise

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have jumped for a second consecutive year, despite global emissions flat lining, according to the Federal Government’s latest figures.The Climate Council’s Professor Will Steffen said he wasn’t surprised Australia’s emissions had risen by 0.…

New Report: Bushfires to intensify in NSW, ACT

New South Wales (NSW) and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are bracing for another severe bushfire season, as climate change continues to drive extreme conditions, a new Climate Council report has revealed. The ‘Climate Change and the NSW and ACT Bushfire Threat’ report finds the economic cost of bushfires in the NSW and ACT is approximately …

Newly released Reef plan fails the reef and us

The Climate Council has blasted the official response to this year’s devastating coral bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef as not being grounded in science. The Federal and Queensland governments today released their update to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre on the reef’s health and government actions.…

Climate change 'invisible illness' choking the health system

Australia can expect more extreme weather events that place pressure on the health sector under a changing climate, the Climate Council said today.Hospitals in Melbourne were overwhelmed yesterday after a mass incident of ‘thunderstorm asthma’.The Climate Council’s recently released report Super-charged storms in Australia: The Influence of…

Emissions to jump under Baird's land clearing laws

Australia’s rising carbon emissions are expected to rise even further after the Baird Government successfully passed its controversial land clearing legislation in New South Wales Parliament today.The new “biodiversity laws” are set to replace the state’s Native Vegetation Act, originally created to protect forest and land from extensive…

2016 on track for World's Hottest Year on Record

Another year, another record smashed, with 2016 set to become the world’s hottest on record, according to a new annual forecast.The World Meteorological Organization’s preliminary statement on global climate shows temperatures soared between January and September, reaching 0.88°C above the long-term average (1961-1990).…

Climate change fuelling more intense and damaging storms: new report

Climate change is fuelling more intense and damaging storms in Australia with powerful consequences for Australia’s critical infrastructure, a new Climate Council report has found. The report, released weeks after a violent storm knocked out South Australia’s electricity network, finds Australia is highly vulnerable to increasingly intense storms, …

Australia left behind on anniversary of global climate agreement: new report

Australia has been left behind as countries and businesses accelerate action on climate change after the historic global agreement one year ago, a new Climate Council report has revealed. The report, Towards Morocco: Tracking Global Climate Progress since Paris provides a detailed snapshot of global action on climate change in the last 12 months.…

Climate change driving many trends in BOM report

New data released by the Bureau of Meteorology has the fingerprints of climate change all over it, the Climate Council said today.The State of the Climate report reveals Australia’s mean surface air temperature and surrounding sea surface temperature have both warmed by around 1°C since 1910.…

Historic milestone: renewables now largest source of installed power in the world

RENEWABLES surpassed coal last year to become the largest source of installed power in the world, new International Energy Agency data has revealed. The historic milestone prompted the IEA to significantly boost its five-year forecast for renewables growth amid sharp cost reduction and significant policy support in key countries.…