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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…

Open Letter: Deep Concern Over $1 Billion Carmichael Coal Mine Rail Link

Chair of the Board Sharon Warburton Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility BoardWe write to you to express our deep concern about an expression of interest to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to seek a loan of up to $1 billion for a rail link from the proposed Carmichael coal mine to the Abbot Point coal terminal.…

Angry summer: Over 200 records smashed in 90 days

AUSTRALIANS endured another intense summer, with more than 200 record-breaking extreme weather events driven by climate change, the Climate Council’s latest report has found. The “Angry Summer 2016/17: Climate Change Supercharging Extreme Weather” report shows summer temperatures soared to unprecedented new heights, with capital cities such as…

State of the Environment Report: Australia's climate performance poor

THE RELEASE of the State of the Environment Report today shows Australia’s poor performance on climate change with pollution rising and climate impacts being felt nation wide.The independent report, released every 5 years, outlines an urgent need for Australia to implement overarching national policies to protect the environment and manage the…

Australia’s emissions skyrocket, as China’s flatline

Australia's greenhouse gas emissions have risen by 2.2 per cent, according to new data released from the Clean Energy Regulator. The data relates to emissions directly resulting from the operation of Australian corporations between 2015 and 2016, which account for around 60 per cent of total emissions across the country.…

​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 …