From little things, big things really can grow
The push for sustainability might seem to be stalled, but social change can be sudden.
The challenges of understanding impact of climate change in Antarctica
Understanding exactly what is going on in Antarctica has long been fraught for climate scientists, but what is happening on the continent could soon be felt around the world.
Time to end ‘green washing’ of climate investments
Two of Europe’s leading advocates of financing for carbon reduction projects have told Chanticleer urgent action is needed to address the problem of “green washing”.
‘Everything is made into a political issue’: rethinking Australia’s environmental laws
Public should be given a greater say on development plans, experts say
Murray-Darling basin plan could collapse if changes blocked, Coalition says
Infrastructure projects that aim to improve water efficiency due to be introduced by minister
Threat to grid from electric cars
An expected surge in electric vehicle use would require billions of dollars to be spent upgrading the electricity network.
More price pain as power spikes
Smart meters for all consumers are being touted as a solution to grid reliability, a move set to push prices higher in peak periods.
Higher costs here to stay
There is an elegant but sinister element to the electricity industry’s true feelings about soaring energy prices.
Crikey’s pocket guide to lesser known alternative energy sources
We’re all familiar with the state of solar and hydro, but the energy sector in Australia is bustling with other options. We take a gander at some of these.
Police to be placed in ‘high-risk’ Victorian schools under Coalition plan
Police officers will be embedded at 10 high-risk secondary schools around Victoria under the Coalition’s plan to tackle youth crime if it wins this year’s state election.
Proposal to tax Vic criminals
A new proposal by the top victims’ rights advocate would see criminals in Victoria taxed.
Gun laws set to pass Vic upper house
Victorian upper house politicians are set to pass a bill to crack down on gun crime as parliament resumes for 2018.
Anti-coal climate charity 350.org under probe over political campaigning
A climate activist group that has hijacked the Batman by-election faces the loss of its charity status and tax perks over its overt political campaigning.
Sydney families struggling to keep energy costs down
A new report is warning Sydney households could be slugged an extra $430 by the end of next year, unless inflated gas prices are brought under control.
‘Outrageous’: Farmers, Broken Hill mayor call for $467m pipeline halt
Adding fuel to the Pilliga Forest fire
As climate change adds intensity to bushfires, Santos intends to increase its methane-emitting gas wells in the Pilliga Forrest.
Cane toad an unlikely hero helping to protect endangered turtles
One of Queensland’s most hated pests is being used to deter predators of an endangered turtle in Queensland, keeping goannas away from breeding beaches near Agnes Water.
Labor weighs Adani options as Canavan says Australia needs to ‘get these jobs going’
Coalition pressures Queensland government to back Aurizon proposal to build rail link
Queensland Premier says no Labor contradiction on Adani
Bill Shorten suffering ‘doublethink’ over Adani coal mine
When visiting Queensland he backs mining, while in the Green-Left enclaves of inner-city Melbourne he condemns it.
Jobs promise flows from SA’s virtual power plant plan
Putting solar panels and Tesla batteries into more South Australian homes will create hundreds of jobs, Premier Jay Weatherill says as he spruiks Labor’s energy plans ahead of next month’s state election.
Construction to begin on SA power station
AGL Energy is set to start building a 210 MW power station in South Australia to replace some turbines at its ageing Torrens Island Power plant.
Overturning Murray-Darling laws could backfire for river
Moves to overturn Murray-Darling legislation could backfire spectacularly and leave South Australia with far less water in the river than it needs, federal Water Minister David Littleproud says
Tesla big battery is already bringing Australia’s gas cartel to heel
Incident in January shows how Tesla big battery is already breaking the stranglehold of the gas cartel in South Australia’s electricity market. And for the first time, a wind farm bid in FCAS to keep prices down.
TasWater takeover plan ‘sweetened’, with concessions to councils
Bob Brown hits out at ‘destruction’ of Tarkine logging
New drone footage has emerged that protesters say shows ancient forest being destroyed in the Tarkine, with the Bob Brown Foundation again calling on the State Government to halt logging in the area.
Top End shale gas would blow carbon budget, TAI says
How getting down and dirty in nature helps mind and body
A walk in the park lowers disease risk, improves mental health and prolongs life. And while it may seem logical to chalk these benefits up to exercise, it’s quite not as clear-cut as that.
Asda joins wave of supermarkets pledging to cut plastic waste
Series of measures includes reducing plastic in its own-brand packaging by 10% – but does not go as far as cutting it out altogether
Big business, not taxpayers, should pay to clean up plastic waste
Plastic is destroying our oceans, yet big corporations are still being given money to produce cheap plastic. It’s time for polluters to pay for the damage they cause
Leading investigator of ivory, rhino horn trade stabbed to death in Kenya
Esmond Bradley-Martin, a leading American investigator into the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade, has been found stabbed to death in his home, Kenyan police and officials have said.
Salt used to cure deadly disease in frogs
Scientists think they’ve hit upon a simple solution to a deadly fungus that’s caused the extinction of hundreds of frogs species worldwide.