Climate Spectator new site format

The Climate Spectator website now has a new look. We explain the enhancements that you can expect to see...

As you've probably noticed Climate Spectator, alongside our parent website Business Spectator, have moved to a new website format. For the most part this should mean little change as you’ll continue to be able to access our articles and news via the daily e-mail newsletter which is the most popular way to access content.


On Monday it’s likely you’ll be prompted to log-in to the site. This will require the same log-in and password as you’ve used in the past. This repeat of the log-in is necessary to ensure the integrity of our user database, but provided you check the ‘remember me’ box you won’t have to continue to log-in after this.


The biggest improvement is that the site will now automatically adjust content to suit the screen size of whichever device the reader is using, making it far easier to access the site using your mobile or tablet/iPad.

In addition we’ve taken the opportunity to adjust the sub-sections of the website through which we categorise content. We believe these represent a better fit with readers own interests and the nature of content the site publishes. This should hopefully make it easier for you to access content through means other than the e-mail newsletter, and find older content.


We have added the following new sub-sections for the site:

--Energy markets

--Renewable Energy

--Wind power

--Solar energy.

Initially these sub-sections will be a little bare, but over time they will be populated with the content that we regularly dedicate to these topics.


In addition we’ve adjusted some of the other existing subsections:

--Policy and Science has been divided into two sections: Policy & Politics; and Science & Environment.

--Enviro-markets has been relabelled with the more common terminology of Carbon markets which will cover content on not just carbon pricing instruments but also other clean energy tradable certificates such as the Renewable Energy Target’s LGCs and STCs and the Victorian and NSW energy efficiency certificates.

--The section Green business has been removed. Everything the site covers could effectively sit under this category and it was felt content could be better categorised under the other less generic sections of the site.

--Q&A which covers the interviews Climate Spectator undertakes as well as the Resources section will be merged into the section ‘Information resources’ that will also house interview transcripts, webinars, guides and white papers.

--The Commentary section has been removed.


The ‘Smart energy’ section will continue to contain our content related to improving the efficiency in which we use energy and energy supply infrastructure. Anything on energy efficiency, demand management, smart grid technology, electric vehicles and electricity networks will sit in this section. 

The ‘Clean tech’ category will remain, however any new content on renewable energy technologies will sit under either Renewable energy, wind power or solar energy.


The format for how Climate Spectator and Business Spectator sites are laid out will now be integrated and seamless for readers. Those interested exclusively in Climate Spectator will still find the site easy to use and hopefully enhanced with the better categorisation of content through the new sections. But, in addition, for those readers interested in content across both Business and Climate Spectator, the experience will become more user friendly.

The one key change for readers is that the ‘home’ button now takes you to the Business Spectator parent home page. However if you wish to navigate back to the Climate Spectator home page this will be very intuitive.


To reassure readers this change in site layout with better integration with Business Spectator does not represent any change in editorial management structure. Tristan Edis remains the editor of Climate Spectator reporting directly to the Business Spectator Editor in Chief, Alan Kohler.

One thing readers may notice is that the site will contain a link to The Australian newspaper’s website, however Business Spectator remains completely editorially independent from The Australian and every other News Limited publication.

As readers will have noticed, Climate Spectator has continued to critically analyse the media’s treatment of climate change and clean energy issues on multiple times since we were acquired by News Limited several months ago. 

Ultimately you, the reader, can judge us by the quality of the content we publish.


No doubt the changeover to the new site, just like any major change in an organisation’s information technology, will not be without its challenges. If you encounter any problems or have suggestions please drop us an e-mail via


Tristan Edis

Editor – Climate Spectator

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