• National security should reframe the coal debate

    Tom Smethurst     |      April 14, 2020

    Environmental arguments against coal haven’t worked, so it’s time to mobilise a new argument against Australia’s harmful addiction to fossil fuels – the national security interest.

  • Home energy tips for autumn

    Derek Lotts     |      February 28, 2020

    Summer is drawing to a close, and attention will soon shift to retaining heat in our homes, rather than keeping it out. A few simple measures can help reduce waste, cutting bills and reducing the environmental toll of power generation.

  • Home solar panels help you and the environment

    Robert Lawler     |      January 22, 2020

    The sustainable energy movement has hit its stride in the past 10 years, and while installing solar panels on your home won’t solve global energy problems, it will be one small step along the way.

  • Nuclear cost and water consumption – The elephants in the control room

    Peter Farley     |      December 20, 2019

    Expert engineer Peter Farley offers a detailed breakdown of the costs and water consumption required by any move to build nuclear power stations in this country.

  • Renewable energy and Australian security

    Xavier Wilks     |      December 16, 2019

    The relationship between energy policy and national security has been overlooked in discussions of Australian renewable energy policy. 

  • Fuel for thought

    John Quiggin     |      October 22, 2019

    In news that will surprise nobody stuck behind a huge 4×4 or smoke belching diesel, emissions from Australia’s traffic continue to climb, despite optimistic claims to the contrary.

  • Energy saving tips for your home

    Derek Lotts     |      September 27, 2019

    Australia has been widely criticised for its failure to curb its carbon emissions, but every householder can play their part – and save money on their bills – with a few simple energy saving precautions in their own home.

  • Electrolysis breakthrough could solve the hydrogen conundrum

    Open Forum     |      September 25, 2019

    The race is on to find cheap, efficient, non-polluting ways of generating and storing hydrogen and a new Australian breakthrough may soon lead the way.

  • Can we phase out fossil fuel exports?

    Open Forum     |      September 11, 2019

    The impact of Australia’s fossil fuel exports on climate change will be discussed at a Climate Transition Lecture hosted by the Practical Justice Initiative at UNSW Sydney on September 17.

  • Will Victoria run out of power next summer?

    Peter Farley     |      September 10, 2019

    Despite the scare stories, a detailed investigation of Victoria’s power and storage capacity suggests that power shortages are unlikely next summer.

  • Low carbon cities are within our grasp

    Deo Prasad     |      September 3, 2019

    The research has been done. The evidence is in. We know how to create cities that are sustainable, liveable and affordable, but we have yet to apply that knowledge widely across Australian state capitals.

  • Should Australia invest in nuclear energy?

    Roger Dargaville     |      August 9, 2019

    The Australian government is launching an inquiry into the possibility of building a nuclear power industry in Australia, but should more focus be placed on renewables instead?