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Australia’s Renewable Rooftop Record Smashed

ROOFTOP SOLAR is surging in Australia, with the rate of installation jumping by almost 60% in 2018, overtaking the previous record set in 2017, according to new data.The Green Energy Market’s ‘Renewable Energy Index - April ’ shows a spike of 56% in the rate of rooftop solar capacity installations across the nation this year.…

New Report: Renewables takin’ care of Aussie business

AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES are jumping on board the renewables boom, with almost half of the nation's major companies making the switch to clean, affordable and reliable renewable energy, in a bid to take control of their power bills and tackle intensifying climate change, according to a new Climate Council report.…

Pollution jumps as Australia buries its head in the sand

AUSTRALIA’S greenhouse gas pollution levels have jumped yet again, with the latest national government data released just days after climate change was forgotten in the Federal Budget.Climate Council Acting CEO Dr Martin Rice said the Quarterly Update of Australia’s National Greenhouse Gas Inventory released overnight shows an increase of 1.…

​Mayday: Record rainfall hits Hobart

RAINFALL RECORDS have not only been smashed in Hobart in the past 24 hours, they have been almost tripled, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Meteorology.Climate Councillor and international climate scientist Professor Will Steffen said Hobart had been hit with extreme rainfall and severe wind conditions, with 129.…

Budget blow: No cash to tackle climate change

AUSTRALIA’S RESPONSE to intensifying extreme weather events remains at the bottom of the national agenda, after the Federal Budget tonight failed to deliver funding towards measures to tackle worsening climate change. Climate Council Acting CEO Dr Martin Rice said it was disappointing the Federal Government’s 2018 Budget had appeared to ignore…

April 2018 named hottest on record

Australia's warmest April on record (for mean maximum temperature) has just been confirmed, with multiple records broken across the nation, according to the latest Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) data. The BOM’s ‘Australia in April 2018’ summary also shows that the mean monthly temperature was the second hottest for April, climbing 2.…

Reef cash: ‘a golden bandaid solution’

Climate Change remains the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, following unprecedented back to back mass coral bleaching events in 2016 and 2017 driven by severe marine heatwaves, according to the Climate Council.It comes after the Federal Government announced a $500 million package to tackle water quality issues, such as agricultural runoff …

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.…