If Matt Canavan visits Liddell power station next month, there's a good chance staff will show the corroded pipes and fatigued metal that serve as signs its use-by date of 2022 is closing in.
Peter Hannam is Environment Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald. He covers broad environmental issues ranging from climate change to renewable energy for Fairfax Media.
Environmentalists and policymakers trying to avert the world's growing extinction crisis need to lower their sights from not trying to save the largest, often "charismatic" threatened species such as elephants and tigers, but also many of the smallest ones, a new research paper finds.
A shortage of rail capacity in the Hunter Valley prompted by rising coal exports led three of the country's biggest power stations to run down stockpiles to their lowest in years.
Brain-eating amoeba might be the only way to explain the government's energy policy.
The exceptionally dry conditions around Sydney and much of the state have prompted the Rural Fire Service to scale back hazard reduction burning this weekend.
Official estimates of the risk of an electricity shortfall this summer are exaggerated, the Australian Solar Council says.
In Australia's self-induced and largely imagined energy crisis, it seems any ambit claim - particularly if it encourages coal - can generate immediate and unwarranted media and political attention.
Sydney, the Hunter and two other regions of NSW will have total fire bans on Wednesday as the temperature spikes into the 30s and winds pick up.
An independent study has found unexpected valley bulging and fractures reaching the surface above a major coal mine in the greater Sydney catchment, prompting WaterNSW to seek greater scrutiny of future mining applications.
AGL's Liddell power station shouldn't receive funds more usefully invested elsewhere to improve Australia's energy prospects says Christiana Figueres, the former United Nations climate chief.