The Business of Green

The Business of Green

Money matters in the green world, by Leon Gettler.

Coal

The future of coal

Friday, 29 April 2011

The coal industry is fighting the Gillard government's proposed carbon price. Coal is a major export earner but concerns are being raised about its impact on health and its contribution to climate change. Some analysts have even written coal off altogether.

railway change

The politics of carbon

Friday, 15 April 2011

This week marked a turning point in the debate around the proposed carbon price with the government declaring that Australians will be better off when compensation for price rises is distributed. It has changed the politics around the debate. But with a massive compensation scheme, there is little incentive for the big polluters to scale back emissions.

Electricity

Carbon prices? Try electricity prices

Friday, 1 April 2011

The government's climate change advisor Ross Garnaut has recommended overhauling the electricity industry in the transition to a carbon price. Rising electricity prices have become the single most important factor influencing policy in the carbon pricing debate. But prices are rising anyway, regardless of whether there is a carbon price or not.

The future of nuclear power

Friday, 18 March 2011

Japan's crisis has raised questions about the future of nuclear power. Some say it could end nuclear power and see more investment in renewables. But it it might also sharpen demand for coal, oil and gas which will increase greenhouse gas emissions.

Old Parliament House Australia

Carbon conflict

Friday, 4 March 2011

The government has announced a carbon price and the Opposition has turned it into an election issue. Getting a carbon policy over the line will not be easy; it will require the kind of leadership we haven't yet seen.

retirement

Climate change hits superannuation

Friday, 18 February 2011

A new study shows that climate change could hit superannuation, wiping trillions of dollars off our retirement incomes.

Australia: the climate change laggard

Friday, 4 February 2011

Australia is falling further in the battle to fight climate change. Critics of our climate change policy say that Australia is acting ahead of the rest of the world and should wait. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Flooding

The floods and climate change

Friday, 21 January 2011

Questions are being raised as to whether the damage from the Queensland floods is caused by climate change, or by bad urban planning. It's probably both.

climate change divide

The climate change divide

Friday, 10 December 2010

Research shows Australians are split right down the middle on climate change. To address this problem, politicans need to tackle the psychology of climate change, and convince voters it's a problem that's happening right now.

insurance

Climate change: an insurance nightmare

Friday, 26 November 2010

Climate change will devastate the insurance industry. Governments need to include insurers in developing their climate change adaption policies

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