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Report: Catastrophic reef mortality confirmed on GBR

Intensifying climate change led to a record breaking marine heatwave in 2016 that caused extensive coral death and radical changes in coral systems on the Great Barrier Reef, according to new research released in Nature today. The report "Global warming transforms coral reef assemblages"…

COAG Countdown: Australia already powers past Government’s NEG 2030 target

Renewable Energy projects underway across Australian states and territories have already exceeded the 2030 targets outlined in the Federal Government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG), according to new data.Renewable Energy Index figures released today confirm that Australia already has more clean, reliable and affordable renewable energy …

Abnormal April: Climate records topple

Climate records have been broken already this month, thanks to abnormally warm conditions across Australia throughout the first half of April, according to new data. The Bureau of Meteorology today released a ‘Special Climate Statement’, highlighting April 9 as the hottest April day on record for Australia as a whole, with a national average…

Global Research: Australia scores energy storage gold

Australia has won gold in the global energy storage race, installing the most storage technology in the world during 2017, ahead of Germany, the United States and Japan, according to new research.Climate Councillor and energy expert Greg Bourne said the GTM Research, “Global Energy Storage: 2017 Year in Review and 2018-22 Outlook” shows that…

SA swelters in record breaking heat

Heat records have been smashed today in South Australia as Adelaide experienced its hottest three consecutive days ever recorded in April. Climate Councillor and climate scientist Professor Will Steffen said that Adelaide had experienced three consecutive days of temperatures soaring above 33°C for the first time ever in April, with some parts of…

Aussie renewable investment hits $8.5 billion

Global renewable records have been smashed for 2017, with Australia’s renewable energy investment also jumping by an astonishing 147%, reaching US$ 8.5 billion, according to a new United Nations (UN) report.The UN ‘Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2018’ report shows that the growth of renewable energy doubled that of coal, gas and…

​Push from the past: Coal would send Australia backwards

The Climate Council has slammed a fresh push to secure Australia’s ageing and polluting coal-fired power stations, along with calls to build new stations with so-called ‘clean coal’ technology.The Monash Forum, a group of Turnbull Government backbenchers today signal their support to keep coal at the centre of Australia’s electricity generation…

Tasman summer scorcher at land and sea

NEW ZEALAND has just experienced its hottest summer on record, while the surrounding Tasman Sea experienced a surface temperature spike of more than 2°C above average, according to new data.The Bureau of Meteorology and New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research today released the ‘Special Climate Statement’ showing the…

VIC on track to a fully charged summer

VICTORIA is the latest state to take a giant step towards boosting its renewables and storage capacity in time for summer, with two large lithium-ion batteries to be brought online before the end of the year.Two large-scale grid connected batteries (sized at 25MW/50MWh and 30MW/30MWh) will be installed in the state’s west in the regional hubs of…

Australian Bushfire Threat: Longer & More Dangerous Seasons

INTENSIFYING CLIMATE CHANGE is driving Australia’s escalating bushfire threat, creating longer and more dangerous fire seasons than ever before, according to the Climate Council.“New South Wales and Victorian towns have been hit hard with devastating bushfires that have affected the lives of hundreds of people, with homes and properties lost and…

New data: Australia fails on emissions, yet again

AUSTRALIA’S greenhouse gas pollution levels have jumped yet again, increasing for the third consecutive year, following the release of the latest national data.The Department of the Environment and Energy’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory report shows Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution levels increased by 0.…

Broome Breaks Annual Rainfall Record

RAINFALL RECORDS have been smashed in Broome, after two years worth of rain fell on the region in just two months.A severe weather update put out by the Bureau of Meteorology on Saturday reported that almost 1.5 metres of rain had fallen since the start of the year and confirmed that Broome had experienced its wettest February day since 1896, with …

SA charges ahead with clean energy combo

SOUTH AUSTRALIA remains ahead of the pack when it comes to the nation’s clean energy race, with plans to increase the state’s renewables target, while also rolling out a new storage target, in what would be an Australian first.Climate Councillor and energy expert Professor Andrew Stock said the South Australian Government’s proposals mean the…

Aussie coastlines at risk of rising sea levels, if climate action delays

ONGOING GRIDLOCK surrounding Australia’s efforts to tackle climate change will contribute to worsening sea-level rise and coastal flooding events around the country and around the world, according to a new global study. The Nature Communications “Committed sea-level rise under the Paris Agreement and the legacy of delayed mitigation action,”…

The NEG: Kicking the climate can down the road

THE proposed National Energy Guarantee (NEG) continues to miss the mark on slashing Australia’s greenhouse gas pollution and improving energy reliability, following the release of the Federal Government’s discussion paper today.“The Federal Government’s proposed National Energy Guarantee fails to address the core question of how Australia will…

Battery boom keeping Australia’s grid fully charged

AUSTRALIA’s love affair with clean energy and battery storage is only just beginning, with the nation on the verge of an energy storage boom, as the cost of lithium-ion batteries rapidly drops, according to a new Climate Council report.The ‘Fully Charged: Renewables and Storage Powering Australia’ report shows that Australia is on the cusp of a…

Queensland’s Extreme End to Summer

QUEENSLAND’S HEFTY HEATWAVE is set to continue, as the weather bureau warns the state is experiencing its most significant and widespread summer heatwave this season.The Bureau of Meteorology issued a weather warning overnight, as Queenslanders continue to swelter through prolonged severe to extreme heatwave conditions this week.…

​Climate firing line: Australia’s natural attractions at risk

AUSTRALIA’S MOST POPULAR tourist destinations are in the firing line, with intensifying climate change posing a significant threat to the nation’s iconic natural wonders, according to the latest report released by the Climate Council today.The Climate Council’s ‘Icons at Risk: Climate Change Threatening Australian Tourism’ report shows Australia’s …