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Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

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CEFC: a look at green loan programs around the world

April 20, 2012 8 Comments

Australia's new $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which will provide investment and green loans to businesses, is similar in concept to policies underway in the United Kingdom and the United States.

A new VIC power plant put on hold as Mac Gen cuts its assets by $700m

April 17, 2012 4 Comments

In Victoria, HRL announced yesterday that it would it was putting on hold its plan to build a new coal and gas fired power plant at Morwell following a decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Not a match in sight at the final round of Murray-Darling meetings

April 16, 2012 2 Comments

As 20 weeks of consultations on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan draft end -- and just 12 hours remain for public submissions -- it's worth examining just how effective the latest lot of public meetings by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority have proved to be.

Global warming projections from 1981 prove tellingly accurate

Global warming projections from 1981 prove tellingly accurate

April 12, 2012 32 Comments

A seminal article by climate scientists back in 1981 has proved eerily accurate at predicting global temperature rises over the last three decades, with its lead author James Hansen telling Crikey that his early research on global warming "seems to hold up remarkably well".

The Climate Commission: one year on

April 4, 2012 11 Comments

Australians are concerned about climate change and they think Australians should take action to reduce carbon emissions, says the Climate Commission in its first "year in review" report, released yesterday.

Crikey clarifier: is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan illegal?

April 3, 2012 1 Comment

Another battle has broken out in the murky war over the Murray-Darling Basin plan, with Victoria and South Australia in disagreement over the level of water cuts and two different groups -- including the SA government -- now threatening that the current basin plan is illegal.

Cutting policies, and carbon emissions, in the newest blue states

March 28, 2012 8 Comments

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu yesterday announced it was scrapping the former Brumby government’s climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. And he’s not the only premier dismantling climate change programs. New Queensland premier Campbell Newman is busy cutting eight green energy schemes, including: the $430 million Queensland Climate Change Fund, the […]

Spinning the news on Baillieu’s brown coal plans

March 21, 2012 6 Comments

Yesterday the news broke that Victoria's Baillieu government is preparing to open new brown coal allocations in the state and it will embark on a intense communications strategy to address "community concerns" about the high carbon emissions in brown coal.

Hotter, more erratic weather and higher sea levels: CSIRO

Hotter, more erratic weather and higher sea levels: CSIRO

March 14, 2012 46 Comments

Australia's getting hotter -- particularly at night, rainfall is erratic and our sea levels are increasing at two to three times the global average. That's the latest bunch of climate change facts to emerge from the State of the Climate 2012 report, which observes Australia's climate and analyses the factors that influence it.

Rooted Reading List: the Murray-Darling edition

February 17, 2012 1 Comment

Welcome to the second edition of the Rooted Reading List, a round up of the most exciting environment stories of the week. As always, please feel free to add your own interesting reading finds in the comments. The biggest environmental story of the week was obviously the release of leaked documents from Heartland Institute, the US-based conservative think […]