Stories by Amy Harder

Australia's coal exports are booming despite climate change concerns

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Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

NEWCASTLE, Australia — Coal exports out of this resource-rich nation brought in record-high revenue last year, according to government data released this month.

The big picture: As concerns about climate change grow, coal is considered on its way out. But for many growing economies in Southeast Asia that are Australia's biggest coal customers, it's often seen as the preferred, cheapest electricity option.

What the new carbon tax credit does for electricity

Illustration:Rebecca Zisser/Axios

One of the biggest concerns about the use of technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions is that it would displace renewable energy and deepen dependence on fossil fuels, but a new report out today suggests that’s largely unlikely to happen.

Driving the news: The report by environmental group Clean Air Task Force finds that a federal tax credit that Congress expanded last year for carbon-capture technologies doesn’t displace any electricity from renewable energy while maintaining an impactful reduction of emissions.

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What tackling climate change means, illustrated

Illustrations: Lazaro Gamio/Axios. People icons by Gan Khoon Lay via the Noun Project.

Progressive Democrats are pushing climate change to Washington’s front burner, and we’re here to break it down for you.

The big picture: Addressing climate change can mean very different things to very different people. Here's a visual roadmap to help you quickly understand what’s going on.

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