Progress on Climate Change – Some Good News (if you are an optimistic person)!

  Conservationists can be a dreary bunch of people; good news is in short supply there is always a looming “environmental crisis” or species facing extinction that they want to bring to the public’s attention. However a couple of stories from last week, the G7 Declaration and news on China’s…

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Renewable Energy Target: Changes for the Better?

The government  introduced a Bill into parliament last week to amend the Renewable Energy Target (RET). The Bill, if it passes the Senate will to reduce the amount of electricity that must come from renewable sources by 2020 from 41,000 GWh to 33,000 GWh. The change is being proposed by…

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Closing in on the tipping point for solar power

The last couple of blogs have been on policy mechanisms for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Solar power is often touted as a fundamental part of the solution to reducing emissions and there has been a lot of angst about the profitability of solar power companies. One concern is that the…

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Climate Change and the Ethical Position of Australian Political Parties

Last Friday the lead article in the Financial Review referred to tensions between the Gillard government and the Greens fuelled by the government’s energy blue print (to be released later this year), which will back the dominance of LNG and coal seam gas (CSG). In essence the government sees development…

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