Category: Australia News Brief and Action Alert

Retrofitting the Aluminium and Steel Industries in Australia
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Retrofitting the Aluminium and Steel Industries in Australia

Even before COVID, Australia’s steel and aluminium manufacturing industries were at an interesting crossroads. Aluminium smelters in Australia currently operate at a massive financial loss and require significant government subsidies. Australian steel-making produces a relatively expensive product that often struggles for relevance in a crowded market. And, both have suffered from long-term uncertainty over climate...

Habitat Destruction in Australia is Accelerating, Making Way for Property Development and Agriculture
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Habitat Destruction in Australia is Accelerating, Making Way for Property Development and Agriculture

Australia is home to eight of the world’s fourteen different terrestrial habitats, with over one million unique species and thousands of distinct regional ecosystems. Around 20% of Australia’s landmass is protected under the National Reserve System (NRS): a framework introduced in 1992 to conserve Australia’s international status as a “region of mega-diversity”. Different regions provide...

Fossil Fuels Likely to be Leveraged as an Economic Kick-Starter in Australia
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Fossil Fuels Likely to be Leveraged as an Economic Kick-Starter in Australia

At the time of writing, Australia is in a hopeful position. Strong leadership from state governments has squashed the pandemic curve and prevented significant damage to Australia’s medical system. While lifting restrictions on people’s movement is months away, the nature of Australia’s post-pandemic recovery is beginning to be discussed in earnest. Surprisingly, Australia’s conservative government...

Australia States Waiting for Federal Go-Ahead to Transform Their Energy Grid
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Australia States Waiting for Federal Go-Ahead to Transform Their Energy Grid

Since the Paris Agreement was signed in December 2015 the Australian energy sector has been trending away from fossil fuels. Electricity generation from fossil fuel sources has declined and has been replaced almost exclusively by wind and solar power. Decommissioned coal power stations have not been replaced with new coal or gas: instead, there is...

Australia’s Summer of Bushfire Disaster
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Australia’s Summer of Bushfire Disaster

Australia’s current fire season is one for the history books. As of mid-January official estimates are that 17 million hectares has been burnt. 80% of the world renowned Blue Mountains and 50% of the Gondwana Rainforest world heritage area has been lost (though, in a rare good news story, groves of prehistoric-age Wollemi Pines have...

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