As Europe reaches milestone of closing half its coal power stations by 2030, Australian coal closure lags
The global trend towards decarbonisation reached a milestone today with the announcement that half of Europe’s 324 coal power stations have now closed, or announced a Paris Agreement-compatible pre-2030 closure date.
Earthworker Cooperative's Katherine Cunningham presented at the New Economy Network Australia (NENA) conference in 2020 looking at the the power and resistance of cooperatives - particularly for workers to own the means of production.
Australia has traditionally relied on coal fired power stations to meet its energy needs. This is now rapidly changing, yet the federal government refuses to accept reality. Up to five of Australia’s remaining 16 coal power plants could be financially unviable by 2025 due to a flood of cheap solar and wind energy entering the electricity grid.
East Gippsland conservation groups were outraged to learn this week that environmental protections for threatened species detected in state forests are being designed by state owned logging company VicForests.
A new report showing analysis of maps and data from the 2019/20 Black Summer bushfires has revealed the significant areas of unburnt forests critical for bushfire affected wildlife are set to be logged by the Victorian Government.
Together with the announcement of a massive A$2b loss due in part to ever-worsening extreme weather, fuelled by the burning of oil and gas, QBE’s updated Environmental and Social Risk Framework, released today, includes oil and gas targets which ignore the urgency of the climate crisis and are out of line with the Paris Agreement goal of keeping warming to 1.5 degrees.