One giant leap for agriculture as farmers look to space

February 15, 2023

Nestled deep in the industrial and commercial centre of a major metropolitan city, a vertical farm has sprouted indoors and its backers are reaching for the stars. Researchers based in Melbourne’s Docklands are working with the space agency NASA...[Read More]

Mixed outlook for agriculture in 2023

December 14, 2022

It’s a mixed outlook for agriculture in the coming year, with grains and lamb expected to perform well while the number of dairy farmers leaving the industry takes a toll. Rural Bank’s 2023 outlook also listed global economic challenges and...[Read More]

How Green Hydrogen Could End The Fossil Fuel Era [TED Talk Video]

November 2, 2022

  As climate change accelerates, finding clean alternatives to fossil fuels is more urgent than ever. Social entrepreneur Vaitea Cowan believes green hydrogen is the answer. Watch as she shares her team’s work mass producing electrolyzers —...[Read More]

Insurers prepare for soaring climate cost

November 2, 2022

The cost of extreme weather events is expected to soar and put insurance out of reach for some communities. The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) released landmark research on Wednesday on the scale of the challenge and how the industry should...[Read More]

Electric car tax cuts welcome, more wanted

October 26, 2022

Federal budget tax cuts for electric cars and moves to create a national electric vehicle charging network in Australia have been welcomed by motoring and environmental groups overnight. The policies could shave $4700 off the cost of buying an...[Read More]

Expert finds short cut to emissions target

October 19, 2022

Australia can meet its emissions reduction target and ease its biodiversity crisis if it decides to end logging in native forests, a leading climate scientist says. Professor Brendan Mackey, who has co-authored reports for the Intergovernmental...[Read More]

Big Battery ‘more useful than big banana’

September 21, 2022

Australia can’t become fully powered by renewable energy without storage to support wind and solar, industry warns. South Australia’s Hornsdale Power Reserve was the world’s first Big Battery, since overtaken by a larger plant in Victoria near...[Read More]

Farmers ‘big winners’ in UK trade deal

September 21, 2022

Australia’s agricultural sector would be the big winner in a new free trade deal with the UK, the chief negotiator says. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Elisabeth Bowes has told a parliamentary inquiry ratifying the agreement would...[Read More]

Australia urged to help climate diplomacy

September 7, 2022

Australia must pull its weight in the Pacific and go harder on cutting emissions, according to international climate leaders. South Korea’s Ban Ki-moon, former secretary-general of the United Nations, told a forum in Canberra on Tuesday that the...[Read More]

Aussies want green transport options, fast

August 31, 2022

Australians overwhelmingly want governments to splash cash on a fast transition to green transport options that will save them money and fight climate change, a national survey shows. A YouGov poll of 2160 Australians, commissioned by the Climate...[Read More]

Energy change needs thousands of sparkies

August 24, 2022

Australia must train tens of thousands of new sparkies if it wants to be a renewable energy superpower, according to the Electrical Trades Union. The warning comes as Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen hosts a jobs summit in Canberra on...[Read More]

Australia odds-on for another La Nina year

August 17, 2022

Australians are most likely in for a third year of wetter weather than usual with forecasters predicting a 70 per cent likelihood of La Nina remaining. La Nina is a weather phenomenon that leads to cooler but wetter weather, with above-average...[Read More]

Aussie lithium miners top benchmark report

August 10, 2022

Australian lithium producers have topped the global rankings in a new assessment that ranks companies based on sustainability and fairness. Miners’ response to climate change, land management and gender balance in the board room are part of...[Read More]

Job boon for regions from phasing out coal

April 27, 2022

New economic modelling has tallied the likely jobs from replacing Australia’s ageing fleet of coal-fired power plants with wind, solar and batteries, new coal or gas-fired generation. Powering Australian growth for decades, communities in...[Read More]

Most Australians worry over climate change

April 20, 2022

Weeks after floods devastated massive swathes of NSW and QLD, climate change remains a major concern for Australians as they head into the polls. A new Ipsos survey has found that 83 per cent of Australians are worried about the debilitating effects...[Read More]