Marcella Cheng/The Conversation
At the end of 2017, Australia is starting to (slowly) address our energy problems. But it's also clear the federal government has abdicated leadership and responsibility.
The new climate policy review proposes loosening the rules on Australia’s biggest-emitting companies, such as power generators.
Marcella Cheng/The Conversation
The federal government's keenly awaited review of Australia's climate policies continues a longstanding bipartisan traditional of weak policy development in this area.
Pakistani commuters travel on a flooded street following a heavy rainfall in Karachi, Aug. 31, 2017.
AP Photo/Shakil Adil
By 2050, climate change impacts such as storms and drought could displace up to 300 million people worldwide. Nations should recognize 'climate migrants' and make plans for aiding and resettling them.
The potential clean energy sources are all around Sydney, just waiting to be harnessed.
Collage by Rocco Furfaro
Sun, wind, waste biomass, geothermal, tides and waves: all these energy sources in Sydney's backyard add up to a zero-carbon energy solution for the city.
Frost affected many crops across WA during September 2016.
WA Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development
We already know that climate change makes heatwaves hotter and longer. But a new series of research papers asks whether there is also a climate fingerprint on frosty spells and bouts of wet weather.
Incentives are one way to get more people to buy electric cars.
Despite the hype around electric vehicles, sales in most nations, including Canada, remain stagnant. Policy support in California and Norway have helped boost sales.
While California’s shocking and deadly wildfires are a tragedy making headlines, future crises lurk beneath the surface elsewhere.
From California's fires to the Rohingya, headlines can be overwhelming these days. But that doesn't mean we should neglect so-called 'silent crises,' which can quickly erupt into global disasters.
A the COP23 summit, Novembre 8, 2017.
Climate governance is based on the key concept of control. But this idea is illusory and we must be able to overcome to cope with future disturbances.
Bitcoin has been viewed as a liberating path out of the corporate monetary system. But the process of 'mining' the cryptocurrency is a massive energy drain - and potential environmental disaster.
A polar bear walks over sea ice floating in the Victoria Strait in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago in July 2017. Research suggests that divesting in fossil fuels could help nations meet their climate change goals.
(AP Photo/David Goldman, file)
Fossil fuel divestment apparently works. Research suggests announcements of divestments have a significant impact on the fossil fuel industry's share prices.
Thunderstorm in New Mexico.
Climate change can not be managed from a global perspective alone.
A severe summer drought in Thailand in 2016 caused many of the country’s reservoirs to dry up, including this one near Lampang.
The Trump administration withdrew from the Paris Agreement. But U.S. cities and states are supporting climate change efforts in the developing world regardless.
The continent is home to 12 million penguins…and not much else.
Andrew Peacock, footloosefotography.com
The Antarctic Treaty was signed 58 years ago today, protecting the continent for peace and science.
A storm is brewing.
There are some huge issues at stake – and many of them are being ignored.
Barren-ground caribou in autumn near Kugluktuk, Nuanvut.
(Mathieu Dumond/Umingmak Productions)
The effects of climate change are being strongly felt in the North, but how caribou respond depends on what changes occur.
The Barossa Valley in 1987 – the year that Australians (winemakers included) received their first formal warning of climate change.
Phillip Capper/Wikimedia Commons
Three decades since the GREENHOUSE 87 conference, credited as kickstarting public awareness of climate change in Australia, how far have we come, and how far do we have left to go in appreciating the risks?
If New Zealand introduces a climate refugee visa, 100 Pacific Islanders could be granted access on the basis that their home islands are threatened by rising seas.
New Zealand's plan to create the world’s first humanitarian visa for climate refugees has to consider ways people from Pacific Island nations actually want to be assisted.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, seen here with Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during this month’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting, has moved climate change onto the new government’s priority list.
As part of its 100-day priority plan, New Zealand's new government has pledged to set a target of carbon neutrality by 2050, which means phasing out fossil fuels and products that burn them.
Some homes in Cape Town are now harvesting rainwater from their roofs.
Water is increasingly becoming scarce as the climate changes. There are four changes that cities can make to adapt to water scarcity.
British Columbia Wildfire Service firefighters stand near a controlled burn to help prevent the Finlay Creek wildfire from spreading near Peachland, B.C.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Record-breaking wildfires made headlines around the world in 2017. Fire intensity will increase in Canada in the future with climate change, but we can invest in tools to improve the outcome.