Killing the Great Barrier Reef

Mike Seccombe
As the Great Barrier Reef suffers record bleaching, Malcolm Turnbull courts a mining giant that will only hasten its death.

The gas industry’s power play

Mike Seccombe
Long-term mismanagement of Australia’s gas industry has seen price gouging by cartels and the possible need for imports. Even if the government can put things to right, natural gas will never again be a cheap alternative fossil fuel.

Renewables and South Australia’s power policy

Max Opray
The outcome of the South Australian government’s bold energy policy could be key to the future of renewable energy throughout the nation.

Malcolm Turnbull’s switch on power sources

Mike Seccombe
The further Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gets into defending the Coalition’s climate change policy, the clearer it becomes that he is living two lives.

Gina Rinehart’s cattle stations, Adam Giles and fracking prospects

Mike Seccombe
A push into cattle has made Gina Rinehart the NT’s biggest landholder, and seen her enlist the help of former chief minister and fracking proponent Adam Giles.

The Hazelwood closure and the future of the Latrobe Valley

Martin McKenzie-Murray
While Hazelwood’s closure raises questions about the future of Latrobe Valley – and of energy markets – an insider says Engie got off lightly after the mine fire inquiry.

SA's citizen jury defies royal commission

Mike Seccombe
SA’s citizen jury, which rejected the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission's pro-storage stance, reveals the democratic tension when governments open decision-making to the people while seeking a predetermined outcome.

China’s coal price cartel

Mike Seccombe
China’s plan to increase coal production and keep global prices low is bad news for Australian miners and their political allies.

Political power struggle after SA’s statewide blackout

Karen Middleton
As clean-up began after South Australia’s freak storms, the federal energy minister seized the opportunity for a debate on renewables.

Josh Frydenberg's approach to environment and energy

Karen Middleton
The new minister for the environment and energy, Josh Frydenberg, is ready to balance his portfolios and disappoint critics on the left and right.

Measuring fugitive CSG emissions

Mick Daley
As coal seam gas is promoted as essential to Australia’s future energy needs, there is insufficient research being funded on the contribution to climate change of ‘fugitive emissions’ from gas mining.

The battle to save WA’s endangered black cockatoos

Jan Mayman
A proposed gravel mine in the hills south of Perth threatens to devastate the breeding habitat of three federally protected black cockatoo species, incensing local residents devoted to their protection.

Timor-Leste pushes Australia to conciliation

Mark Skulley
Australia has yet to enter into compulsory conciliation talks with Timor-Leste over maritime boundaries, but it has already disputed the legality of the process.

Tasmania's power crisis

John Martinkus
Mismanagement of Tasmania’s once-abundant hydroelectric resources combined with the driest year on record see the state on the brink of wintertime power cuts.

Australian miners in South Africa

Phillip Walker
In the wake of a local activist’s murder, Australian mining interests in Africa are being called into question.

Coalmine approvals based on flawed models

Mike Seccombe
The coal industry uses flawed economic models to persuade gullible governments to approve new mines and expansions, grossly inflating employment benefits and ignoring profitability questions.

South Australia ponders nuclear waste options

Max Opray
The initial findings of a royal commission into the merits of South Australia becoming a hub for uranium mining and waste storage raised as many questions as they answered.

Backlash against CSIRO’s ‘cowboy’ chief Larry Marshall

Martin McKenzie-Murray
As Larry Marshall signals cuts to various programs, CSIRO staff say he is either out of his depth or has questionable motives – or both.

Who foots the bill for open-cut mine rehabilitation?

Mike Seccombe
There’s a new vogue in mine rehabilitation: sell the mine for nothing, and let someone else sort it out.

Is it all over for Clive Palmer and PUP?

Mike Seccombe
During the past two years, Clive Palmer’s Queensland Nickel donated $21 million to the Palmer United Party. Now it can’t afford to pay its workers.

Malcolm Turnbull rethinks climate strategy

Mike Seccombe
A policy of ‘indirect action’ may be one way Malcolm Turnbull can hang on to the reins of the Coalition while keeping his emissions reduction dream alive.

Coal seam gas leaks a climate debacle

Mike Seccombe
Hundreds of uncapped bores have for decades been leaking methane, a gas more polluting than CO 2 – and the government knows almost nothing about them.

Why Turnbull's COP21 Paris talks won’t save renewable sector

Sophie Morris
Malcolm Turnbull is signing up for global clean energy innovation, while pushing to dismantle the local sector’s funding.

Maritime arrangements and Timor-Leste’s oil ploy

Hamish McDonald
As Timor-Leste continues its dispute with Australia over oil and gas resources, the tiny nation risks blowing its budget on a giant white elephant.

Shenhua’s Mongolia coalmining scandal highlights local fears

Mike Seccombe
International criticism hardens opponents of the Chinese coalmining giant’s plans for the Liverpool Plains, as governments roll over.