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New wind power cheaper than coal or gas in Australia

Electricity supplied from a new wind farm is cheaper than that from a new gas or coal-fired power plant in Australia, reports a new analysis published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
"The perception that fossil fuels are cheap and renewables are expensive is now out of date"
- Michael Liebreich, chief executive of Bloomberg New Energy Finance

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New wind power cheaper than coal or gas in Australia

Story contains video Source: MongaBay, Mon February 11, 2013
Electricity supplied from a new wind farm is cheaper than that from a new gas or coal-fired power plant in Australia, reports a new analysis published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

New radio telescope to watch for solar flares

Source: GizMag, Wed December 05, 2012
After a long eight-year wait, the building of Australia's Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope has finally reached completion. The radio telescope's first major task will be to investigate the Sun to provide earlier warnings of solar storms that, if left unchecked, could fry satellites and power grids across the globe.

Australia outlaws illegally-logged wood from abroad

Source: MongaBay, Mon November 26, 2012
In another blow to illegal loggers, Australia has passed the Illegal Logging Prohibition Bill, joining the U.S. in outlawing the importation of illegal logged timber from abroad.

Australia Acts To Stop Super-Trawler

Source: Discovery News, Tue September 11, 2012
The Australian government Tuesday sought to change its environmental protection laws to prevent a controversial super-trawler from fishing in its waters amid concerns about the by-catch.

Australia to create world’s largest marine reserve

Story contains video Source: BBC, Wed June 13, 2012
Australia says it will create the world's largest network of marine parks ahead of the Rio+20 summit. The reserves will cover 3.1 million sq km of ocean, including the Coral Sea.

KFC Australia stops using palm oil

Source: MongaBay, Thu May 24, 2012
Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) has stopped using palm oil for fast food sold in its Australian outlets, reports ABC News.

Australia setting up world’s largest marine preserve

Source: Reuters, Fri November 25, 2011
Australia moved to set up the world's biggest marine park on Friday to protect vast areas of the Coral Sea off the country's northeast coast and the site of fierce naval battles during World War Two.

Australian carbon tax passes into law

Source: RSC, Mon November 14, 2011
Australia's carbon tax has finally received approval from the country's Senate after years of bitter political wrangling. The Australian prime minister Julia Gillard called it one of the most important environmental and economic reforms in Australia's history.

Australia Advances Cigarette Bill, Defying Threats From ‘Big Tobacco’

Story contains video Source: Voice of America, Sat November 12, 2011
Australia's parliament moved forward Thursday on a landmark scheme to remove trademarks and advertising from cigarette packages, defying threats of a multi-billion-dollar legal challenge from tobacco companies.

New dolphin species discovered in Victoria

Story contains video Source: ABC News, Thu September 15, 2011
Victorian researchers have discovered a new species of dolphin living right under their noses on Melbourne's doorstep.

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