Climate Change and Energy

Get the Real Story on Glasgow and Net Zero

Be sure not to miss out on the daily commentary on the Glasgow climate conference, tracking the cynical self-interest and lack of scientific integrity behind the international negotiations.

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Cyclones Downs, Corals Up – Except in Glasgow

It is impossible to reconcile the official statistics and what is under-the-water with the media reporting – including the reporting from Glasgow. There are meant to be more cyclones and…

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Dateline Glasgow: the real costs of renewable energy

Australia has an embarrassment of riches. It possesses vast resources of high quality coal, both coking coal (for iron ore production) and steaming coal (for energy production), with low sulphur and low ash. Much of it can be mined at low cost by open cut methods. This endowment has become an embarrassment because coal combustion gives rise to the emission of the highest levels of CO2 of all the fossil fuels. Australia exports both large quantities of coal and of energy-intensive products like aluminium, so that emissions occur here rather than in consuming nations.

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Do Glaswegians Mostly Breathe Nitrogen?

How many of the approximately 30,000 ‘special’ people who are on their way to Glasgow for COP26 know that 78 per cent of the atmosphere is made-up of nitrogen?

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Unable to See the Polar Bears for the Snow

The bottom-line is that despite a reduction in sea ice at the North Pole over this same period, there has been an increase in polar bear numbers.

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The Climate Chicken Littles Haven’t Won. We’ve Been Here Before

Yes, I know things look bad now. Everyone from the News Corp mastheads to the Queen of England and two heirs presumptive are falling in behind ‘net zero’. Scott Morrison…

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Plain English Lost on the High Court of Australia

Coral reefs can be messy, and so can court cases. And so it is with the case of Peter Ridd, sacked by James Cook University because he exercised his intellectual…

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How the IPCC Buries Evidence of the Sun’s Climate Influence

The latest IPCC report conclusively states that global warming can be attributed mainly to human activities, particularly emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels. Contributions to warming in recent times…

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Morrison Government Faced With Choice Between the City or the Country

The current Liberal-National Coalition government is faced with two competing electoral strategies ahead of a likely election in the early months of the new year. They can continue with the...
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Bleached From a Distance

I lent my underwater camera (Olympus TG-6) to a dear friend who recently visited Lady Elliot Island at the Great Barrier Reef. She came over last Sunday to return the…

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Knowing All the Species of Coral at Pixie Reef

Everyone loves the Great Barrier Reef, particularly its corals. Everyone knows that a reef has different species of coral. But how many species should an average inshore reef have? How…

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Something Very Fishy

When leaders pursue the politics of catastrophe, the cure becomes worse than the disease, writes IPA Research Fellow Morgan Begg in this review of Niall Ferguson’s new book. It seemed…

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