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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 …

Turnbull's energy deception is holding Australia back

THE TURNBULL GOVERNMENT has lost credibility to deal with Australia’s ageing energy network, after revelations it deceived Australians about the cause of the South Australian blackout last year.Climate Councillor and former head of BP Australasia, Greg Bourne said Australians are right to wonder if the Turnbull Government can be trusted to create…

Australia’s energy grid isn’t prepared for extreme heat

The Climate Council is calling for Australia’s energy system to be overhauled, in a bid to ensure reliable power in the face of severe heatwaves and other extreme climate change driven weather.Climate Councillor and energy expert, Andrew Stock said load shedding in South Australia and now in New South Wales, one of Australia’s biggest coal power…

New report: Climate change fuelling severe weather

Climate change is now influencing all extreme weather events with some of the most severe climate impacts the world has experienced occurring in 2016, the latest Climate Council report has found. The Climate Council report 'Cranking Up The Intensity: Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events’ finds that while the links between climate change and…

Turnbull's speech on energy is misleading

What he got wrongPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today claimed in his Press Club speech that renewable energy damages jobs and increases electricity prices. Both these claims are false.“Renewable energy creates jobs, including plant development, construction and operation, producing and installing solar panels,” said Amanda McKenzie, CEO of the…

Global heat records broken for a third year in a row

Worldwide heat records have been broken again, with 2016 declared the hottest for a third consecutive year, a new Climate Council report has revealed.New global temperature data from NOAA, NASA and the UK Met Office released overnight have shown that 2016 continued the worsening long-term heat trend.…

​New report shows bushfires will get worse for Victoria

Victoria is on the brink of an extreme bushfire season as climate change continues to intensify bushfire risk, a new Climate Council report reveals.The economic toll of Victoria’s bushfires is projected to more than double by 2050, with the state bearing the brunt of Australia’s economic losses from bushfires, the report finds.…

​Clean energy investment cracks $4.2 billion in Australia

The Australian Capital Territory has paved the way for a dramatic bounce back in Australia’s clean energy investment market, thanks to renewable energy target policies and incentives. Bloomberg New Energy Finance data released overnight shows investment in clean energy totalled more than $4.…

2016 named Australia's fourth-warmest year on record

The fingerprints of climate change can be found all over Australia’s record-breaking year in 2016, the Climate Council said today.The Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement shows a number of records were broken throughout 2016, from land, ocean and seasonal temperatures, through to above average rainfall.…

Australia's emissions continue to rise

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions have jumped for a second consecutive year, despite global emissions flat lining, according to the Federal Government’s latest figures.The Climate Council’s Professor Will Steffen said he wasn’t surprised Australia’s emissions had risen by 0.…