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​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…

Government must focus on the biggest threat to GBR, not reputation

Intensifying climate change driven by the burning of fossil fuels remains the biggest threat to the Great Barrier Reef’s future, following UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) latest meeting overnight.Climate Councillor and climate scientist Professor Will Steffen said the WHC’s decision to back away from labelling the world wonder as ‘in…

Even America’s biggest “clean coal” plant isn't using coal

America's largest “clean coal” power station has sensationally scrapped future plans to use coal at the site, after its operational costs skyrocketed by more than double, reaching around $7.5 billion (US).Climate Councillor and energy expert of more than 40 years, Andrew Stock said Southern Company and Mississippi Power’s decision to axe coal from …

Australians paying the price for political energy uncertainty

Years of political uncertainty surrounding the National Energy Market is set to lead to more household power price hikes across the country this weekend.Climate Councillor and former President of BP Australasia Greg Bourne said it should not come as a surprise that Australia’s major energy retailers are poised to significantly increase prices on…

Reef report: 56 billion reasons to pull the plug on Adani’s coal mine

Intensifying climate change remains the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, with the global tourist attraction now worth $56 billion, according to new modelling released from Deloitte Access Economics today.Climate Councillor and climate scientist Professor Will Steffen said the Reef is under critical threat from the continuous burning of…

Australia’s emissions hidden, as climate standoff continues

The Climate Council is calling for the backlog of Australia’s emissions data to be urgently released, with the Federal Government failing to provide the nation’s quarterly data for over 6 months.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie labelled the consistently delayed reporting of emissions data - the quarterly update of Australia’s National…

Turnbull’s approach to power: serving coal corporations, not community

Climate Council energy experts Andrew Stock and Greg Bourne have today labelled the Federal Government’s national energy policy announcement as “baffling”.“Government charged the Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, to go through an extensive considered policy process to address national challenges of security, affordability and emissions reduction in …

UNESCO Warning: climate action key for Reef protection

The Climate Council has today warned the Federal Government needs to urgently step up its efforts to tackle climate change in order to protect the Great Barrier Reef, following a damning report from UNESCO over the weekend.Speaking out on World Environment Day, Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said that Australia needed to implement stronger…

MEDIA RELEASE: Trump’s failure on Paris Agreement won’t stop climate progress

The Climate Council condemns US President Donald Trump’s moves towards withdrawing from the historic international Paris Climate Agreement."The US is positioning itself as an international pariah. Out of nearly 200 countries only three have rejected the Paris Climate Agreement. Nicaragua, because it didn't go far enough.…

Turnbull Government diverting clean energy funds to coal bizarre

Diverting renewable energy funds to coal projects is costly, will increase emissions, and exacerbate climate change, the Climate Council warns.Climate Council CEO Amanda McKenzie said news the Federal Government wants to enable the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to fund coal plants with carbon capture and storage is a waste of money.…

Queensland Government Adani Decision Good for the Reef

The Climate Council says the Queensland Government has acted in the interests of Queensland tourism in announcing it will not use public funds to support the Adani Group’s proposed monster coal mine.“The Queensland Government has made an economically and environmentally sound decision.…

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,…