California looks to Australia for tips on surviving drought

SYDNEY (AP) — California has turned to the world's driest inhabited continent for solutions to its longest and sharpest drought on record.

Australia, the land poet Dorothea Mackellar dubbed "a sunburnt country," suffered a torturous drought from the late 1990s through 2012. Now Californians are facing their own "Big Dry," and looking Down Under to see how they coped.

Carnegie working on improved wave energy technology in Australia

The New York Times

The next generation of buoys being designed by Carnegie Wave Energy, based in Perth, Australia, would be 65 feet wide and generate a megawatt of electricity each, four times what the current prototype can produce, The New York Times reports.


Apache selling Australian subsidiary for $2.1 billion

HOUSTON (AP) — Apache Corp. says it is selling its Australian oil exploration and production subsidiary for $2.1 billion in cash.

The Houston-based company said Wednesday that a consortium of private equity funds managed by Macquarie Capital Group Ltd. and Brookfield Asset Management Inc. agreed to buy Apache Energy Ltd.

Climate nearly absent from Australia policy document

The Guardian

The white paper on energy published by Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government only mentions climate once, and says the administration won’t influence market decisions about the use of fossil fuels or renewable energy, The Guardian reports.


Chevron selling off stake in Australian refiner


Chevron is hoping to pick up $3.6 billion for its stake in Australia’s Caltex, in a deal that would be one of the biggest transactions in Asia, Reuters reports.

Australia fighting US moves to block coal funding

The Sydney Morning Herald

Efforts by the U.S. and European countries to cut subsidies for building new coal-fired plants in developing countries are being opposed by the government of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Wave energy generating power in Western Australia

The Economist

Carnegie Wave Energy, based in Perth, Australia, has been improving the technology to generate energy from ocean waves, using buoys to capture power, The Economist reports.

Australia pledges $165 million to UN climate fund

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Australia has made a surprise pledge of 200 million Australian dollars ($165 million) to a key U.N. climate fund.

Expectations of an Australian contribution to the Green Climate Fund were low after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told The Associated Press last week that Australia would continue to help developing countries cope with climate change through its own aid program.

Australian researchers claim more efficient solar panels


By splitting solar cells in panels, researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia claim to have increased their electricity conversion rate to 40 percent, AFP reports.

AP Interview: Australia won't pay to climate fund

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will continue to directly pay for climate change adaptation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to a U.N. Green Climate Fund designed for the same purpose, the foreign minister said Friday ahead of climate talks in Peru.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said governments should judge for themselves whether bilateral action to reduce the impact of climate change on developing countries was a more efficient use of aid money than donating through the U.N.


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