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On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse.

by Darryl Fears, Washington Post Even before the ocean caught fever and reached temperatures no one had ever seen, Australia’s ancient giant kelp was cooked. Rodney Dillon noticed the day he squeezed into a wet suit several years ago and dove into Trumpeter Bay to catch his favorite food, a big sea snail called abalone. […]

Australia fires won’t be contained for weeks

by DW Bushfires in eastern Australia destroyed more than 50 homes and injured 13 firefighters on Wednesday, according to officials. 150 fires were burning across the states of New South Wales and Queensland. Police ordered more mass evacuations, including the population of the popular tourist destination of Noosa, north of Brisbane. Firefighters told people to […]

The root of the problem: Finding solutions for the Great Barrier Reef

by Maddie Maffia, CCP This summer, I am studying land-use practices and their impacts on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in Australia. The GBR is the most diverse coral reef ecosystem in the world. Sadly, it has lost 80% of its coral reef coverage in the northern portion of the reef over the past decade. […]

South Australia has 10GW wind and solar in pipeline as it heads to 100% renewables

by Giles Parkinson & Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy South Australia’s conservative Liberal government has boasted that it has 10GW of large scale wind and solar projects now in the development pipeline, propelling the state towards its anticipated milestone of “net” 100 per cent renewables by 2030. The accumulated total was revealed by state energy minister […]

Labor to link 4,000 solar schools in 364MW national virtual power plant

by Sophie Vorrath, One Step Off The Grid Federal Labor has unveiled plans to create a virtual power plant of solar schools across Australia, through $1 billion government loans scheme that would help schools to invest in rooftop panels and/or battery storage. The Solar Schools program, announced on Tuesday, would allocate up to $1 billion […]

Plunging sales suggests end is nigh for fossil fuel cars in Australia

by Giles Parkinson, The Drive No 1: When asked, more than one third of Australians say that – given the chance – their next passenger vehicle purchase will be electric. More than two thirds think the shift to electric is inevitable. No 2: In the first two months of 2019, sales of new petrol and […]

‘Whole thing is unravelling’: climate change reshaping Australia’s forests

by Graham Readfearn, The Guardian Australia’s forests are being reshaped by climate change as droughts, heatwaves, rising temperatures and bushfires drive ecosystems towards collapse, ecologists have told Guardian Australia. Trees are dying, canopies are getting thinner and the rate that plants produce seeds is falling. Ecologists have long predicted that climate change would have major […]

Australia tipped to add 70,000 home batteries in 2019, lead global demand

by Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy Australian is on track to become the biggest home battery market in the world in 2019, with solar households expected to install tens of thousands of energy storage systems in 2019, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. The report, published on Wednesday, predicts more than 70,000 […]

Australia in midst of $20 billion wind and solar investment boom

by Giles Parkinson, Renew economy The Coalition government tried to prevent it and failed, and haven’t stopped complaining about it ever since. And now we can see why: Australia is in the midst of an extraordinary investment boom in large scale wind and solar projects, and battery storage, far beyond what even the industry’s most […]

Two million Australian households now have rooftop solar

by Sophie Vorrath, One Step Off The Grid One of Australia’s hottest renewable energy sectors, residential solar, has chalked up another major milestone, with the number of households to have installed rooftop PV passing the two million-mark. The achievement, notched up last week, was announced by the Clean Energy Council on Monday – around five […]