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The Committee on Climate Change criticises slow progress, but has little to say about how to reconfigure government to make climate action a priority.
Citizens' assemblies could be vital in kick-starting the tough steps needed to safeguard a healthy world – but the detail for how they will work will be important.
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The bold pronouncements of 2019 must mean something through the 2020s and beyond.
There is more consensus around climate than politicians would have Australian voters believe.
Voters disagree on importance of climate change, universally dislike current energy and environment policy.
Three words, so much mileage: Tony Abbott’s anti-carbon tax refrain has been a fixture on the policy landscape for years.
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We've been here before. In fact we've been going round in circles on climate policy for decades, while the temperature (of the debate, as well as the planet) climbs ever higher.
Carbon taxes on fossil fuels such as gasoline help lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Environmental taxes encourage consumers to conserve energy or switch to less carbon-intensive fuels.
Bill Shorten and his colleagues are offering a broad suite of policies, but little explicit mention of cutting out fossil fuels.
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Labor has ditched its reliance on a single economy-wide climate policy, in favour of a range of different measures that will all help drive down emissions. But some crucial issues remain unaddressed.
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered state agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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States are folding the social and economic costs of burning fossil fuels into their electricity policies, giving utilities a financial incentive to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Scott Morrison has given a new name to an old policy.
Scott Morrison's pledge to spend billions on a Climate Solutions Fund is a thinly veiled rehash of the widely criticised Emissions Reduction Fund, which had much of its work undone by fine print.
Installing smart meters saves energy and creates jobs.
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It's often more effective, cheaper and less controversial than other efforts to confront climate change.
Testing new ways to use this technology is underway in Japan.
These technologies could turn into a powerful tool for fighting global warming, and they have the potential to address historical climate injustices.
Wind power can create jobs for workers like these while cutting carbon pollution.
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There are ways to reduce the risk of protests like France's yellow vests movement.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks about the federal government’s newly imposed carbon tax at an event in Toronto in October 2018.
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Canada's top-down approach to designing its climate policy has failed. It needs to find ways to engage with individuals.
A coal mine near the mountains in Alberta.
An American coal company is suing the Canadian government over Alberta's plan to combat climate change.
Heads of delegations react at the end of the final session of the COP24 summit on climate change in Katowice, Poland, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.
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An economist breaks down results on two key issues at the COP24 climate change meeting: getting all nations to use the same measuring and reporting rules, and linking policies across borders.
Will hope trump hate?
Trump and Bolsonaro may be against any action on climate change, but they are not the norm.
Steel mills, like this one in Hamilton, Ont. emit greenhouse gases. Ontario must reduce its emissions from 161 megatonnes to 143 megatonnes by 2030.
Ontario's new environment plan scores poorly on conservative ethos.
Economists have searched for the mythical balance between the cost of climate action, and the future cost of doing nothing.
For decades, economists have pondered the 'social cost of carbon' - the price worth paying to avoid the future costs of greenhouse emissions. But a new analysis suggests this quest is impossibly complex.
Ford’s F-150 trucks are more popular when gas costs less.
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Drivers buy less gas when filling the tank burns holes in their wallets.
Solar workers on the job in Oregon.
Multiple studies have found the overall impact on labor markets to be minor, even if some workers will need new career paths.