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Paris Agreement to continue with or without United States

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL has welcomed the United State’s potential revisiting of the historic international Paris Climate Agreement, but has warned the global community will not bend the accord’s conditions. The Trump Administration has flagged the potential move to stay with the global accord, with hopes of modifying the conditions.…

​Millions of children at risk under intensifying climate change

The Climate Council and aid organisation Plan International Australia have called on the Federal Government to meet its climate change aid and relief commitments, as extreme weather events continue to intensify around the world. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said extreme weather events, including Hurricane Irma and Harvey and extreme…

Government's coal obsession out of step with economics, science

DATA from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found investment in renewable energy and storage technologies is surging around the world, while investment in coal continues to plummet. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie warned the Federal Government that it would be a grave mistake to water down the Clean Energy Target proposed by…

Government's coal obsession out of step with economics, science

DATA from the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found investment in renewable energy and storage technologies is surging around the world, while investment in coal continues to plummet. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie warned the Federal Government that it would be a grave mistake to water down the Clean Energy Target proposed by…

Climate change driving one of the most powerful hurricanes in history

SUPERCHARGED storms around the world, including Hurricane Irma and Harvey are becoming more powerful as a result of worsening climate change, according to the Climate Council. A Climate Council spokesperson said such extreme weather, including storms, rainfall and flooding events are becoming more intense and severe, causing mass destruction and…

Coal a major risk to our power supply: Energy Market Operator

AUSTRALIA’S ageing coal fleet has been named one of the nation’s biggest risks to the electricity grid, according to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). The latest AEMO report shows Australia’s reliance on ageing coal and gas generators, along with any delay in rolling out renewables, poses a significant risk to electricity supply during …

Call to release hidden energy report

Climate Council is calling for the release of a report from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), which the Federal Government is using to justify its most recent push to prop up coal. Amanda McKenzie, chief executive, the Climate Council, said: “The Government must release the report to allow for an informed debate on the future of our…

Worsening climate change melts winter heat records

Australia has experienced its hottest winter on record (for mean maximum temperatures), as a result of intensifying climate change.The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) today released its seasonal update confirming Australia has seen the hottest (for mean maximum temperatures) and one of the driest winters on record, with temperatures reaching almost 2…

Fingerprints of climate change all over Tropical Storm Harvey

CLIMATE CHANGE is driving and influencing extreme weather events around the globe, including Tropical Storm Harvey, the Climate Council said today. Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said climate change is driving increasing intense storms, including Tropical Storm Harvey.…

Victoria Securing State’s Energy Future

THE CLIMATE COUNCIL has welcomed the Victorian Government’s plans to secure its clean energy future, after the state government flagged its intentions to legislate its Renewable Energy Targets.Climate Councillor and energy expert Andrew Stock said the Victorian Government’s plans to lock-in the state’s renewable targets set at 25 per cent by 2020…

South Australia announces another world-leading renewable energy project

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has just announced a new project to construct a 150MW solar thermal plant bringing clean, reliable power to the state. The solar thermal power plant with energy storage, the largest of its kind in Australia, will supply all of the Government’s power needs and will bring much-needed competition to South…

Climate Council Response to the DGR Reform Discussion Paper

The Climate Council made a submission to a Government Review that threatens to place sanctions on the services provided by charities to Australian society. The Climate Council’s research is a key source of information for groups across society; from Emergency Services, to farmers, schools, businesses and civil society groups.…

Australia’s pollution levels climb again, while climate policy remains MIA

AUSTRALIA’S pollution levels continue to rise, with the latest release of data showing the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions increased - yet again.The Australian National Greenhouse Gas Inventory’s quarterly update report shows national emission levels (excluding the land use and forestry sector), rose by 1.6 per cent during the March 2017 quarter.…

Climate change: A growing threat to Australian security

Intensifying climate change poses a serious threat to Australia’s national security and we are not sufficiently prepared, according to a new submission released from the Climate Council.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said urgent reforms are necessary in order for Australia’s defence forces to deal with the vast and far-reaching impacts of…

The heat marches on as Australia experiences its hottest July on record

AUSTRALIA has experienced its hottest July (mean maximum temperatures) on record, as a result of a long-term trend of global temperatures increasing, due to worsening pollution levels.The Bureau of Meteorology’s ‘Australia in July 2017,’ report shows that Australia experienced its warmest daytime mean maximum temperature on record in July this…

Submission: Climate Council's serious concerns over NAIF governance

The Climate Council has raised concerns over the adequacy and transparency of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s (NAIF) governance framework and its pre-approval of the Adani monster coal mine.The warning comes as the Senate Standing Committee submissions close into the facility’s governance and operation.…

​Over 3 million Aussies represented under alliance to combat climate change

The Climate Council has today released a new report highlighting the potential and powerful benefits of climate action at a local level, including the scale of action already underway, as the Federal Government remains at an energy impasse.The ‘Local Leadership: Tracking Local Government Progress on Climate Change’’ report shows populous cities,…

Queensland signals plans to slash pollution, but what about Adani?

QUEENSLAND is preparing to slash its pollution to net zero by 2050, under new plans released by the State Government today.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie praised the Queensland Government for its steps to cut its carbon pollution as Australia’s emissions continue to rise.…

‘Disappointing new heights’: Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions rise yet again

The Australian Government is failing to combat rising greenhouse gas emissions and intensifying climate change, after the latest release of quarterly emissions data overnight.The new release of data shows Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions rose again by 1.4 per cent in 2016.…

SA set to become home to world's largest lithium ion battery

SOUTH AUSTRALIA is a step closer to unveiling the largest lithium ion battery storage facility in the world, after awarding the tender to Tesla and French renewable energy company Neoen today.Climate Council Chief Councillor, Professor Tim Flannery, said South Australia was leading the charge on Australia’s transition to renewable energy and…