Ben Cubby

Ben Cubby

Ben Cubby is the Environment Editor for The Sydney Morning Herald.

Carbon farmers await a carrot

Ben Cubby Australia's best carbon farmer is ready to get cracking under the Coalition's direct action plan, but says it will need a price on carbon.

Clean energy faces $4b hit

Power plants

Ben Cubby and Tom Arup About $4 billion in private funding would be sucked from Australia's solar power and renewable energy industries over the next three years if the Coalition wins government, confidential data obtained...

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Abbot Point coal terminal expansion delayed

Abbot Point Coal Terminal, near Bowen, Queensland.

Ben Cubby The federal government has delayed approval for the construction of the world's biggest coal port in Queensland until after the federal election.

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A clear decision: Sydney water catchment fracking ruled out for now

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Stop CSG Illawarra are creating a human sign at Bulli Showground to highlight their concerns over Coal Seam gas exploration near water catchments and rivers. 
Sunday 21 October 2012
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Ben Cubby Coal seam gas drilling has been ruled out of Sydney's drinking water catchment - for now.

Energy still fuels debate

Industrial West.

Ben Cubby Australian cities are more dependant now on coal than they were at the height of the Industrial Revolution.

Greenhouse gas levels highest in 3m years

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Ben Cubby Carbon dioxide concentrations in the Earth's atmosphere are on the cusp of reaching 400 parts per million for the first time in 3 million years.

Woodside blames dollar, labour costs for gas delay

Peter Coleman

Glenda Kwek, Ben Cubby, Peter Hannam Australia's ability to build a series of huge resources projects has been called into question after rising costs forced Woodside to shelve a $40 billion liquid natural gas development in Western...

Coalition blames unions, dollar for Browse gas blow

Gas

Ben Cubby, Peter Hannam 'Outrageous' industrial action and the soaring dollar had priced Australia out of the market for onshore LNG projects, says Ian Macfarlane, the Coalition's resources spokesman.

Wineries on the move

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Ben Cubby Huge tracts of potential wine-producing country are expected to vanish from Australia over the next few decades as climate change bites, and winemakers may need to head for higher, cooler ground.

Change agency dumped

Ben Cubby National body for adapting to climate change preparing to be closed down after the federal government decided not to renew its funding.

Hoo-roo? Kangaroo survey bucks data

Kangaroo

Ben Cubby WILL the kangaroo eventually go the way of the koala?

Coke to challenge recycling scheme

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Ben Cubby Coke will challenge the NT government over its new cash-for-cans recycling scheme.

Burke gets tough to stop new reef plans

Ben Cubby THE federal government has promised to stop any coal port or shipping developments that would cause ''unacceptable'' damage to the Great Barrier Reef in an effort to convince the United Nations to...

Anti-coal activist hinted of tepee 'tricks'

Jonathon Moylan.

Campbell Walker and Ben Cubby When Jonathan Moylan and a handful of fellow anti-coal campaigners set up camp in a state forest near Narrabri 161 days ago, they were already hinting at the unconventional protest methods to come.

How a hoaxer created sharemarket havoc

Jonathan Moylan.

Peter Ker and Ben Cubby One young man sitting in a forest used a laptop and a mobile phone to temporarily wipe more than $314 million off the value of Nathan Tinkler's Whitehaven Coal on Monday morning.

Activists used fake email address to dupe media

Boggabri coal mine

Ben Cubby THE plan to issue a hoax letter about ANZ funding Whitehaven Coal was cooked up last week by a handful of anti-coal campaigners camping in Leard State Forest, near Narrabri.

Legal aid cuts a blow for anti-gas groups

Greg Smith

Ben Cubby FARMERS and community groups will have to seek private funding for public interest court cases against coalminers and gas drillers, after a crackdown on Legal Aid funding by the NSW government.

River red gums to face 'ecological thinning'

Logging

Ben Cubby and Tom Arup When is logging not logging? When it is ''ecological thinning'' in national parks, according to the governments of New South Wales and Victoria.

Arctic thaw raises stakes in global struggle to cut carbon

Climate change

Ben Cubby The release of methane from the Arctic will make it tougher to meet human emission cuts.

Doctors raise alarm over toxic coal seam gas leaks

An employee wearing protective clothing

Ben Cubby TOXIC gases leaking up through coal seam gas fields could be having an effect on human health, doctors and anti-pollution groups say.