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Cricket Captains Ian & Greg Chappell and other prominent Australians tell Adani: “We want solar but not your coal mine.” AMCS

Thursday, 16 March, Ahmedabad/Sydney: Amid mounting scientific and public evidence of the impacts the Carmichael project will have, a high profile delegation of Australian citizens today delivered an open letter to Gautam Adani, calling on him to drop his controversial Australian coal project and to invest in solar instead. The community delegation is in India at the same time as a group of Australian politicians visit Adani to promote the project. Letter and names here.

HoldfastCricket Captains Ian & Greg Chappell and other prominent Australians tell Adani: “We want solar but not your coal mine.” AMCS
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The people of Port Augusta wait till June for decision on solar thermal as South Australia announces $150 million renewable fund, but disappoints with gas handout

Tuesday, March 14: Repower Port Augusta has welcomed the South Australian Government’s new $150 million dollar next generation renewable energy fund but is disappointed the plan includes even more multi-million dollar taxpayer funded handouts for gas extraction.

The State Government is expected to announce its power purchase for a new generator to be built in South Australia by June which is critical for solar thermal to be built in Port Augusta.

“All eyes will now be on the South Australian Government’s power purchase which is due in June which will be the key to unlocking a large solar thermal plant with storage in Port Augusta, the South Australian Government just must get this done, and they know that,” said Dan Spencer campaigner with Repower Port Augusta.

HoldfastThe people of Port Augusta wait till June for decision on solar thermal as South Australia announces $150 million renewable fund, but disappoints with gas handout
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South Australia announces funding for renewables and storage but still dishes out for big gas

14 March 2017: The South Australian government has this morning announced a major funding boost for renewable energy storage across the State.

“This $150 million renewable energy fund is a practical, useful and sensible funding decision by the State Government of South Australia,” said Claire O’Rourke, National Director of Solar Citizens.

“We are however disappointed to see that the age old addiction to fossil fuels like gas is too slowly abating for the nation’s politicians.”

“This announcement from SA also draws into sharp relief the ongoing failings of Prime Minister Turnbull and his entourage of renewable smashing fossils,” she said.

HoldfastSouth Australia announces funding for renewables and storage but still dishes out for big gas
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Lawyers set path for World Heritage Committee to call nations to action to protect threatened corals from climate change

Lawyers briefing World Heritage Centre, IUCN on the obligations of nations with World Heritage-listed coral reefs to act on climate change

A report by lawyers at Earthjustice and Environmental Justice Australia, being launched today in Paris, outlines the international legal responsibilities of nations with World Heritage-listed coral reefs to take action to protect those reefs from the devastating effects of climate change.

The legal report, World Heritage and Climate Change: The Legal Responsibility of States to Reduce Their Contributions to Climate Change – A Great Barrier Reef Case Study provides a framework within which the World Heritage Committee can call those nations to action before it is too late to save these ecosystems that are at the heart of some of the world’s most iconic natural heritage.

Grounded in the obligations of nations under the World Heritage Convention, as well as globally accepted principles of responsibility for environmental harm, the report concludes that all nations with World Heritage-listed corals must minimize non-climate reef threats such as pollution and overfishing. Nations with significant carbon dioxide emissions and substantial economic and technical capacity to act have an additional obligation to take serious and effective action to reduce their contributions to climate change, including by not authorizing the construction of new fossil fuel infrastructure.

The legal team is in Paris today to launch their legal analysis, and to urge World Heritage Committee delegates and advisers to support a call to states with World Heritage-listed coral reefs to fulfil their responsibility to protect reefs threatened by climate change. 

HoldfastLawyers set path for World Heritage Committee to call nations to action to protect threatened corals from climate change
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Victoria moves to instate a fairer price for solar exports

28 February, 2017: Solar Citizens has welcomed today’s announcement by the Victorian Essential Services Commission (ESC) to set a minimum rate for solar exports.

The rate to be paid from July 1 this year to households and businesses who feed power back into the grid from small renewable energy sources is set at 11.3 cents per kilowatt hour.

“It is encouraging to see a fairer price will be offered to the domestic producers of electricity from the middle of the year in Victoria,” said Shani Tager, Senior Campaigner, Solar Citizens.

HoldfastVictoria moves to instate a fairer price for solar exports
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Chinese coal consumption drops record 4.7% in 2016: IEEFA

Tuesday 28 February 2017 – According to the 2016 Statistical Communiqué on Economic and Social Development released today by China’s National Bureau of Statistics, China’s electricity sector transformation continued over 2016.

With coal consumption down 4.7% in 2016, the new data also confirms that China is now more than three years past its 2013 peak in coal.

HoldfastChinese coal consumption drops record 4.7% in 2016: IEEFA
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The Adani Group’s shocking record in India: Australian legal report rings alarm bells for Carmichael project

Melbourne, Australia. A detailed legal research brief by Environmental Justice Australia, being launched today, reveals Indian based Adani Group’s disastrous track record in India, including illegal dealings, bribery, environmental and social devastation and allegations of corruption, fraud and money laundering. The Adani Brief puts Australian governments and potential financiers on notice that backing Adani’s Carmichael mine and rail project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin may expose them to financial and reputational risks.

The full Adani Brief is here and short overview can be found here.

The Adani Brief represents months of international detective work by EJA, a not-for-profit legal practice, and Earthjustice, a US-based not-for-profit environmental law organisation, which examined over a hundred court documents as part of this effort. The full dossier of original documents, some cases not previously on the public record, is now available for review here.

The Australian government is currently considering allocating a controversial $1 billion subsidised loan for Adani’s rail project to carry coal to Abbot Point in Queensland, from where it will be shipped to India. This loan will come from the fund called the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).  EJA has written to NAIF board members offering to brief them on the evidence in The Adani Brief.

EJA lawyer and report author Ariane Wilkinson said, “The extremely concerning international track record of the Adani Group in India raises serious questions about whether they should be allowed to do business in Australia. Their mode of operation also suggests risks which Australian governments and potential financiers cannot afford to ignore.

HoldfastThe Adani Group’s shocking record in India: Australian legal report rings alarm bells for Carmichael project
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No leadership, certainty, plan or truth from Federal Government on renewables

13 February, 2017: The Federal government has failed to deliver any coherent plan for Australia’s 21st Century energy needs providing no leadership, certainty or truth on renewable energy – and this contagion is spreading through State Liberal parties.

“Today we see the South Australian Liberal Leader adopting the tactics of his Federal colleagues, misleading the public, chasing off investment in that State and putting politics well ahead of a plan or a policy,” said Claire O’Rourke, National Director of Solar Citizens.

“At the same time media reports indicate that the Federal Government were told, in no uncertain terms, that renewable energy was not the cause of a major blackout in South Australia in September, extreme weather was.

“The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister have actively lied in interviews and statements since – all the facts were thrown overboard to suit their ideological and economically reckless positions on Australia’s future energy system.

“With the Federal government showing no plan for renewable energy beyond 2020, it has been up to State/Territory Governments including the ACT, South Australia, Queensland and most recently Victoria to plan their own renewable energy transitions,” said O’Rourke.

“And now, like a virus, the wreckers in opposition in several states are spouting the same nonsense, trying to undo these state based efforts – what an absolute disgrace.

HoldfastNo leadership, certainty, plan or truth from Federal Government on renewables
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