Every Australian (and many people beyond) are now feeling the fear that Greta enunciated just one year ago in her speech at Davos. Much to the surprise of the hopeful, hope has not delivered so let’s assume we need to actually do something now. After all, if not now, then when? News from the front desk on Friday (part II) – Richard Di Natale was right for the times; Adam Bandt is right for now. Newscorp calls Bandt the Greens “attack dog”. OXYGEN FILES: Powering the energy grid without coal isn’t going to happen without storage and other technologies to ensure reliable supplies at any time and in any weather. While policy from the top is still lacklustre, other shifts are underway that may help speed the transition. This month, Standards Australia released the long-awaited Australian Standard for energy storage batteries, delivering two key pieces of good news. First, lithium ion batteries do not – as was feared during the draft stage – have to be housed in a concrete bunker, according to a spokesperson for Standards Australia. The spokesperson told The Fifth Estate the standard will remain voluntary unless other legislation, such as state-based building rules or other regulati...