EnergyAustralia inaugurates 320MW Tallawarra B gas-fired power station

EnergyAustralia has announced the opening of its 320MW Tallawarra B gas-fired power station in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, following two years of construction. It is located next to…Continue readingEnergyAustralia inaugurates 320MW Tallawarra B gas-fired power station

‘The river has been destroyed’: expert says agriculture has overshadowed science in the Murray-Darling Basin

Dr Stuart Rowland, a retired principal research scientist who worked for NSW Fisheries for 36 years and remains a mentor to scientists in the agency, says there is a…Continue reading‘The river has been destroyed’: expert says agriculture has overshadowed science in the Murray-Darling Basin

Greater glider put on path to extinction by NSW environmental watchdog

The EPA told stakeholders it was ditching specific search requirements for glider den trees, which must currently be retained with a 50-metre logging exclusion zone around each one. Instead,…Continue readingGreater glider put on path to extinction by NSW environmental watchdog

Tanya Plibersek urged to block ‘climate-wrecking’ Queensland coalmine that would raze koala habitat

The Queensland government approved the Vulcan South coalmine in the Bowen Basin earlier this month without requiring an environmental impact statement (EIS). But the project still needs approval from…Continue readingTanya Plibersek urged to block ‘climate-wrecking’ Queensland coalmine that would raze koala habitat

More Australian wildlife added to threatened species list in 2023 than ever before

A total of 144 animals, plants and ecological communities were added to the list, five times more than the yearly average and double the previous record year (2009). “The…Continue readingMore Australian wildlife added to threatened species list in 2023 than ever before

Australian court allows Santos pipeline to proceed after dismissing Tiwi Islanders’ case

An Australian court has dismissed an attempt by members of the indigenous population of the remote Tiwi Islands to block a new gas pipeline being built by oil and…Continue readingAustralian court allows Santos pipeline to proceed after dismissing Tiwi Islanders’ case

Australia is preparing to burn – more fossil fuels

Australia passed breakthrough climate laws in March this year, 10 months after a new centre-left Labor government under Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took office. Even as the Albanese government…Continue readingAustralia is preparing to burn – more fossil fuels

Queensland’s wet tropics see 25% rise in threatened species in three years as climate change bites

The number of listed threatened species in Australia’s world heritage northern rainforests has increased by 25% since 2020, as ecologists say they are now clearly observing the long-predicted impacts…Continue readingQueensland’s wet tropics see 25% rise in threatened species in three years as climate change bites

Anglo American gets mining lease for Lake Lindsay coal mine expansion

UK-based mining company Anglo American has secured mining lease approval for the expansion of its Lake Lindsay coal mine in Australia. The mining lease for the coal mine expansion…Continue readingAnglo American gets mining lease for Lake Lindsay coal mine expansion

Beach Energy makes new gas discovery at Tarantula Deep 1 well in Perth Basin

Australian oil and gas exploration and production company Beach Energy has made a gas discovery at Tarantula Deep-1 well in the Perth Basin, located in Western Australia. “With gas…Continue readingBeach Energy makes new gas discovery at Tarantula Deep 1 well in Perth Basin

Energy System of Australia

A profile of Australia’s energy system has been published on this site.Continue readingEnergy System of Australia

‘Watching extinction in real time’: conservationists losing hope for Australia’s swift parrot if logging continues

Experts predict there will be fewer than 100 individuals of the species by 2031 as the rate of decline in population grows faster. This month, the environment minister, Tanya…Continue reading‘Watching extinction in real time’: conservationists losing hope for Australia’s swift parrot if logging continues

Woodside announces start of production at Shenzi North project

Australian oil and gas company Woodside Energy announced that its Shenzi North project has commenced production in the deepwater US Gulf of Mexico. Discovered in 2002, the Shenzi platform…Continue readingWoodside announces start of production at Shenzi North project

Faster disaster: Climate change fuels ‘flash droughts’, intense downpours and storms

After the northern summer of extreme heat and disastrous fires, we’ve seen more exceptional autumn weather over Europe with record-breaking heat in the UK. Meanwhile, record-breaking rain and intense…Continue readingFaster disaster: Climate change fuels ‘flash droughts’, intense downpours and storms

Fire climate regimes around Australia shifted abruptly 20 years ago, and falling humidity may explain why

Our research shows almost everywhere in Australia is now in a different fire climate than it was just 20 years ago, with falling relative humidity a key factor. Previous…Continue readingFire climate regimes around Australia shifted abruptly 20 years ago, and falling humidity may explain why

Home of endangered marsupial hit by state-sanctioned logging in New South Wales

Conservation groups have accused a New South Wales agency of logging one of the last known strongholds of the greater glider, an endangered marsupial species, and urged the state…Continue readingHome of endangered marsupial hit by state-sanctioned logging in New South Wales

Australian Pacific Coal secures $50m funding commitment to restart Dartbrook mine

Australian Pacific Coal has received a non-binding letter of intent from a major commodities trading firm, for up to $50m in debt funding to support the restart of Dartbrook…Continue readingAustralian Pacific Coal secures $50m funding commitment to restart Dartbrook mine

Five species face immediate concern of extinction, scientific committee warns Australian Labor

Five species, including Tasmania’s Maugean skate, could jeopardise the Albanese government’s zero extinctions target, according to a scientific committee that provides advice on endangered species. A further 41 species…Continue readingFive species face immediate concern of extinction, scientific committee warns Australian Labor

Recovery of Great Barrier Reef stalls as scientists point to bleaching, disease and starfish attacks

Hard coral cover in the northern section of the reef, from Cape York to Cooktown, was estimated at 35.7%, down from 36.5% in 2022. Between Cooktown and Proserpine, the…Continue readingRecovery of Great Barrier Reef stalls as scientists point to bleaching, disease and starfish attacks

Consulting firm EY worked for gas giant Santos while advising NSW on gas policy

Consultancy firm EY did not tell the New South Wales government it was conducting work for Santos before being awarded a $67,375 contract to inform a policy statement that…Continue readingConsulting firm EY worked for gas giant Santos while advising NSW on gas policy

Falcon Oil and Gas spuds SS1H well in Beetaloo Sub-Basin, Australia

Falcon Oil and Gas has announced the spudding of the Shenandoah South 1H (SS1H) horizontal well in exploration permit 117, located in the Beetaloo Sub-Basin, Northern Territory, Australia. The…Continue readingFalcon Oil and Gas spuds SS1H well in Beetaloo Sub-Basin, Australia

Beach Energy prepares to begin offshore drilling at Otway Basin, Australia

Beach Energy has signed an agreement to use the semi-submersible drilling rig the Transocean Equinox to carry out the drilling campaign, which would commence in 2025, and the project…Continue readingBeach Energy prepares to begin offshore drilling at Otway Basin, Australia

With less than a year to go, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is in a dreadful mess

The Murray Darling Basin Plan is an historic deal between state and federal governments to save Australia’s most important river system. The A$13 billion plan, inked over a decade…Continue readingWith less than a year to go, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan is in a dreadful mess

Researchers evaluate levels of indoor microplastics in Australia

Published in Science of The Total Environment, the researchers collected and filtered samples of air from seven indoor environments on the Gold Coast where people spend most of their…Continue readingResearchers evaluate levels of indoor microplastics in Australia

Alarmingly high PFAS levels found in the populations of Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Denmark and the UK

PFAS is used in almost all industries and is found in many products such as textiles, carpets, shoes, food packaging, cosmetics, fire foam and pesticides. The hunting community in…Continue readingAlarmingly high PFAS levels found in the populations of Greenland, the Faroe Islands, Denmark and the UK

Whitehaven coal wins legal battle for extension of Narrabri underground mine

Whitehaven in its statement said: “High-quality thermal coal has an important role to play in providing energy security during the decarbonisation transition.”Continue readingWhitehaven coal wins legal battle for extension of Narrabri underground mine

Wildlife photographer arrested in Tasmanian forest where swift parrot habitat is being logged

Rob Blakers says he was ‘surprised then furious’ that trees in foraging and feeding habitat for birds, whose numbers are down to just 750, were being destroyed.Continue readingWildlife photographer arrested in Tasmanian forest where swift parrot habitat is being logged

Revealed: documents detail key players behind vast Australian fossil fuel expansion

From the start of the Middle Arm project and its associated gas developments, there have been concerns about the potential for actual or perceived conflicts of interest by decision…Continue readingRevealed: documents detail key players behind vast Australian fossil fuel expansion

News Corp endorses the Australian gas industry

All articles sourced from the Adelaide Advertiser, dated May 19, 2023.Continue readingNews Corp endorses the Australian gas industry

Tanya Plibersek approves habitat clearing in Darwin despite risk to endangered bird

The Australian federal environment minister, Tanya Plibersek, has approved habitat clearing for a defence housing development in Darwin despite acknowledging there is a significant risk for what has been…Continue readingTanya Plibersek approves habitat clearing in Darwin despite risk to endangered bird

More than 40,000 hectares of nationally vital koala habitat marked for potential logging in NSW

Analysis shows area includes 9,000 hectares where there was already active logging as pressure grows on government to end practice.Continue readingMore than 40,000 hectares of nationally vital koala habitat marked for potential logging in NSW

Austrade forum to promote links with oil giant Saudi Aramco condemned by activists

Environmental groups say the event in Perth to court the biggest polluting oil company of all time is ‘akin to a joint trade show with a tobacco major’Continue readingAustrade forum to promote links with oil giant Saudi Aramco condemned by activists

South Australia tells gas industry the state is ‘at your disposal’

South Australia’s minister for energy and mining has told a conference of the oil and gas industry in Adelaide that his state government is “at your disposal”.Continue readingSouth Australia tells gas industry the state is ‘at your disposal’

Albanese government approves first new coalmine since taking power

“The Albanese government has to make decisions in accordance with the facts and the national environment law – that’s what happens on every project, and that’s what’s happened here,”…Continue readingAlbanese government approves first new coalmine since taking power

Century-old Sydney weather record broken with 184 days of 20˚C or higher

Six months without notable cold spell was ‘amazing’ given record rainfall during same period, Bureau of Meteorology says.Continue readingCentury-old Sydney weather record broken with 184 days of 20˚C or higher

‘Underwater and overlooked’: number of critically endangered fish species in Australia doubles

Nine new species of fish are now on the brink of extinction, with scientists calling for urgent action to control invasive freshwater species.Continue reading‘Underwater and overlooked’: number of critically endangered fish species in Australia doubles

Environmental ‘tragedy’ as fires burn through one-fifth of Northern Territory national park in Australia

More than 100,000 hectares burned in MacDonnell Ranges area, which has been declared a federal priority for threatened species conservation.Continue readingEnvironmental ‘tragedy’ as fires burn through one-fifth of Northern Territory national park in Australia

At Menindee, NSW, Australia, the lifeblood of the people has turned to bitter sludge

The fight for a healthy Darling-Baaka River is becoming a ‘recurring nightmare’ for the communities that depend on it.Continue readingAt Menindee, NSW, Australia, the lifeblood of the people has turned to bitter sludge

More than half NSW forests lost since 1750 and logging ‘locking in’ species extinction, study finds

Report says 435,000 hectares have been degraded through logging since 2000, affecting 244 threatened species.Continue readingMore than half NSW forests lost since 1750 and logging ‘locking in’ species extinction, study finds

Decline of more than 500 species of marine life on Australian reefs ‘the tip of the iceberg’, study finds

Increasing ocean temperatures present ‘existential threat’ with knock-on effects for ecosystems and commercial fisheries, researchers say.Continue readingDecline of more than 500 species of marine life on Australian reefs ‘the tip of the iceberg’, study finds

JGC, Hyundai win downstream FEED contract for Papua LNG project

The Papua LNG project will have an LNG liquefaction capacity of around four million tons per year (Mtpa). It will be built near the existing processing facilities of the…Continue readingJGC, Hyundai win downstream FEED contract for Papua LNG project

I’ve watched the Murray-Darling for 30 years and I’ve never seen carp numbers like this

Continue readingI’ve watched the Murray-Darling for 30 years and I’ve never seen carp numbers like this

System to protect Australia’s threatened species from development ‘more or less worthless’, study finds

Environment ministers’ decisions spanning 15 years made no difference to amount of habitat destroyed, researchers say.Continue readingSystem to protect Australia’s threatened species from development ‘more or less worthless’, study finds

Fossil fuel interests revealed to have sponsored more than 500 Australian community organisations

Woodside Energy, Santos and BHP among companies who have sponsorship deals with Australian arts, sport, education and community organisationsContinue readingFossil fuel interests revealed to have sponsored more than 500 Australian community organisations

Calls for tougher regulations as Queensland, Australia records highest rate of land clearing in country

Conservation groups warn not enough is being done to protect ecosystems as state government data shows more than 400,000ha of land was cleared in 2019-20.Continue readingCalls for tougher regulations as Queensland, Australia records highest rate of land clearing in country

Australia’s carbon offset scheme fraudulent

Claim by academics, including former integrity chair of Australia’s carbon credit scheme, raises further doubts about system. ‘The wild west approach needs to end,’ says climate scientist Bill Hare,…Continue readingAustralia’s carbon offset scheme fraudulent

Coal projects in Great Barrier Reef catchments approved without environmental impact statements

At least 8 coalmining projects in Great Barrier Reef catchments and floodplains have been exempted from requiring environmental impact statements (EIS) by the Queensland government, with 6 already gaining…Continue readingCoal projects in Great Barrier Reef catchments approved without environmental impact statements

The magnificent Lake Eyre Basin is threatened by 831 oil and gas wells, and more are planned

The heart-shaped Lake Eyre Basin covers about one-sixth of Australia. It contains one of the few remaining pristine river systems in the world. The Lake Eyre Basin is probably…Continue readingThe magnificent Lake Eyre Basin is threatened by 831 oil and gas wells, and more are planned

MidOcean to acquire Tokyo Gas’ stakes in Australian gas projects for $2.1 billion

MidOcean Energy, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) company formed and managed by EIG, has agreed to acquire the stakes of Tokyo Gas in four integrated LNG projects in Australia…Continue readingMidOcean to acquire Tokyo Gas’ stakes in Australian gas projects for $2.1 billion

East Timor’s Ramos-Horta presses Australia on stalled gas fields

Give our country $100bn – or stop lecturing us about making money from fossil fuels. That was the message East Timor President and Nobel Peace Prize winner José Ramos-Horta…Continue readingEast Timor’s Ramos-Horta presses Australia on stalled gas fields

Australian Queensland government approves extension of coal mine

The Queensland government has approved the extension of Carborough Downs coal mine, located 25km east of Moranbah in the Bowen Basin, Australia. The Carborough Downs is an underground metallurgical…Continue readingAustralian Queensland government approves extension of coal mine

Huge profits for fossil-fuel giants Woodside, Whitehaven and Santos

Woodside Energy, Australia’s largest energy producer, on Tuesday capped a string of bumper results by oil, gas and coal producers. The Perth-based company said its net profit after tax…Continue readingHuge profits for fossil-fuel giants Woodside, Whitehaven and Santos

New Hope’s New Acland Stage III coal project receives key approval

New Hope Group has received key approval for its New Acland Stage III coal mine project in Queensland, Australia. Queensland Minister for Resources Scott Stewart said that the government…Continue readingNew Hope’s New Acland Stage III coal project receives key approval

Cutting energy consumption key to replacing fossil fuels with renewables

Unless Australia reduces its energy consumption, a recent study finds it’ll be almost impossible for renewable energy to replace fossil fuels by 2050. This is what’s required to reach our net-zero…Continue readingCutting energy consumption key to replacing fossil fuels with renewables

Woodside, Bechtel start construction at Pluto Train 2 project in Australia

Australian petroleum exploration and production company Woodside Energy and US-based engineering company Bechtel have started construction at the Pluto Train 2 project. Pluto Train 2 is the expansion of…Continue readingWoodside, Bechtel start construction at Pluto Train 2 project in Australia

Spot Australian thermal coal has surged

The spot price of Australian thermal coal is higher than that of coking coal, an unprecedented situation that highlights just how the global market for the polluting fuel has…Continue readingSpot Australian thermal coal has surged

Australia’s Santos takes Final Investment Decision on $2.6 billion oil project in Alaska

Australian oil and gas company Santos has decided to proceed with the $2.6 billion oil project in Alaska in a bid to further diversify its production portfolio. As the…Continue readingAustralia’s Santos takes Final Investment Decision on $2.6 billion oil project in Alaska

Santos profit rises three-fold

Australian oil and gas company Santos reported a half-year net profit after tax of $A1.66 billion ($US1.167 billion), up 230%. Its underlying profit was $A1.8 billion ($US1.267 billion), up…Continue readingSantos profit rises three-fold

Australian Federal Government to back new fossil fuel projects that ‘stack up’ economically and environmentally

The Albanese government will continue to support new fossil fuel projects so long as they “stack up” from an economic and environmental perspective, the federal resources minister says. Madeleine…Continue readingAustralian Federal Government to back new fossil fuel projects that ‘stack up’ economically and environmentally

Many countries continue to invest in coal

To understand why it is proving so hard to break up with coal, we worked with an international team of around 35 researchers to investigate the political economy drivers…Continue readingMany countries continue to invest in coal