Australia’s Carbon Tax – One Year On

Is it responsible for reduced CO2 emissions in the electricity sector? Guest essay by Phil Hutchings The Australian carbon tax of A$23/t of CO2 became effective one year ago on 1 July 2012. And with an automatic increase after the first 12 months, it is now set at $24.15/t. Last week, the Australian Government’s Department…

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Australia’s Alien Environment Fuels Firestorms

A recent report from friends who suffered terrible losses of buildings, fences, pasture and cattle in the Coonabarabran fire commenced with the ominous and oft-repeated message: “a raging fire came out of the National Park straight for us”. There is only one way to limit fire damage – reduce the fuel available. Fuel load can…