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Australia’s emissions hidden, as climate standoff continues

The Climate Council is calling for the backlog of Australia’s emissions data to be urgently released, with the Federal Government failing to provide the nation’s quarterly data for over 6 months.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie labelled the consistently delayed reporting of emissions data - the quarterly update of Australia’s National…

Turnbull’s approach to power: serving coal corporations, not community

Climate Council energy experts Andrew Stock and Greg Bourne have today labelled the Federal Government’s national energy policy announcement as “baffling”.“Government charged the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, to go through an extensive considered policy process to address national challenges of security, affordability and emissions reduction in …

UNESCO Warning: climate action key for Reef protection

The Climate Council has today warned the Federal Government needs to urgently step up its efforts to tackle climate change in order to protect the Great Barrier Reef, following a damning report from UNESCO over the weekend.Speaking out on World Environment Day, Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said that Australia needed to implement stronger…

MEDIA RELEASE: Trump’s failure on Paris Agreement won’t stop climate progress

The Climate Council condemns US President Donald Trump’s moves towards withdrawing from the historic international Paris Climate Agreement."The US is positioning itself as an international pariah. Out of nearly 200 countries only three have rejected the Paris Climate Agreement. Nicaragua, because it didn't go far enough.…

Turnbull Government diverting clean energy funds to coal bizarre

Diverting renewable energy funds to coal projects is costly, will increase emissions, and exacerbate climate change, the Climate Council warns.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said news the Federal Government wants to enable the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to fund coal plants with carbon capture and storage is a waste of money.…

Queensland Government Adani Decision Good for the Reef

The Climate Council says the Queensland Government has acted in the interests of Queensland tourism in announcing it will not use public funds to support the Adani Group’s proposed monster coal mine.“The Queensland Government has made an economically and environmentally sound decision.…

New report: Adani monster mine could damage climate, health, tourism

The Climate Council is warning of serious risks to the environment, public health and North Queensland tourism, if plans for Australia’s largest coal mine go ahead, according to its new report released today. The Climate Council’s Risky Business: Health, Climate and Economic Risks of the Carmichael Coal Mine report shows that if the Galilee Basin…

Climate Review: Submission calls for urgent climate and energy action in Australia

Urgent recommendations to seriously tackle climate change and transition to a clean, secure and affordable energy system have been handed to the Federal Government, as part of the Climate Council’s submission to the 2017 climate policy review.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said more frequent and intense extreme weather events, heatwaves,…

MEDIA RELEASE: CSIRO report shows cheap renewables solution to gas crisis

Renewable technology is the cleanest, cheapest and fastest solution to Australia’s energy price crisis, according to the latest CSIRO report released today.The ‘Electricity Transformation Roadmap’ finds that Australia can generate electricity with zero carbon emissions by 2050 by embracing more large-scale renewable technologies such as wind,…

MEDIA RELEASE: Climate Council: Gas will do nothing to tackle climate change

Investing in more gas will lock in high electricity prices and pollution for decades to come, according to a new Climate Council report released today. The landmark report ‘Pollution and Price: The cost of investing in gas,’ shows global temperatures will continue to rise unless the main driver of climate change - coal, oil and gas - are entirely…

Media Release: Energy experts: Aussies paying the price, while pollution rises

Australian households and businesses will be hit with higher power prices under a greater gas-reliant energy grid that will do little to stop pollution, according to the Climate Council’s latest report. The ‘Pollution and Price: The cost of investing in gas,’ report shows Australia must continue its transition away from fossil fuel power,…

MEDIA ALERT: Report shows Aussies will pay the price for gas, while pollution rises

WHEN: THURSDAY - APRIL 20, 2017 at 10:30AM AEST WHERE: The Senate Courtyard, Parliament House, Canberra WHAT: Energy sector experts will unveil the Climate Council's first national gas report 'Pollution and Price: The Cost of Investing in Gas', in Canberra on Thursday, showing Australia's gas prices are locked-in and will continue to skyrocket,…

Media Release CORAL CRISIS: Loss of reefs could cost $1 trillion globally

Intensifying climate change remains the biggest threat to coral reefs around the world, with rising sea surface temperatures driving widespread bleaching events, according to the Climate Council’s latest report.The report ‘Climate Change: A Deadly Threat to Coral Reefs’, shows worsening bleaching events are also placing tourism and global…

MEDIA RELEASE Great Barrier Grief: Bleaching could cost Queensland $1 billion annually

Queensland's economy and tourism sector could suffer a billion dollar hit, if extreme coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef continues, according to a new Climate Council report.The report ‘Climate Change: A Deadly Threat to Coral Reefs,’ shows worsening coral bleaching and mortality events worldwide, driven by intensifying climate change could …

Media Release: Climate Council warning: Extreme flooding events will intensify

Climate change will continue to amplify extreme weather events, including intense heavy rainfall and flooding, like that triggered by ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.Climate Council Head of Research, Dr. Martin Rice said climate change continues to drive Australia’s devastating extreme weather events, with a warmer atmosphere holding more moisture in…

Great Barrier Reef Launch Postponed Due to Cyclone Debbie

The Climate Council has postponed the release of its report 'Climate Change: A Deadly Threat to Coral Reefs', ahead of Cyclone Debbie in Queensland.*If you would like to be notified of the new release date and media opportunity please contact Media Advisor Alexia Boland on 0430 511 068 and at [email protected]

Media Release: 5 million reasons for Hazelwood to close

Australia's most polluting power station, Hazelwood, is set to become the 9th coal-fired power station to close its doors, as the nation’s transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy continues.Climate Councillor and energy expert Andrew Stock, responsible for overseeing development of the last three large gas power stations built on the …

​South Australian energy plan signals storage revolution

AUSTRALIA’S largest battery storage technology will be built in South Australia to warehouse renewable energy, providing more affordable and reliable electricity, along with jobs and investment.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie praised the South Australian Government’s leadership on energy, saying its $150 million Renewable Technology Fund and…

Climate Council to Finkel: Gas is polluting and expensive

The climate council’s submission to the National Energy Market (NEM) Security Review chaired by Chief Scientist Alan Finkel, calls for a rapid move away from all fossil fuelled power sources, including gas, to reduce Australia’s rising carbon emissions and protect Australia from worsening extreme weather.…

Climate Council: Gas is a threat to power prices, emissions

Power shortages predicted to hit New South Wales and South Australia can be avoided by quickly expanding clean competitive renewable energy and storage technology, according to the Climate Council. Climate Councillor and energy expert, Andrew Stock who oversaw construction of the last three large efficient gas plants on the east coast, called for…