Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announce plans to ratify the Paris climate deal, which could be severely weakened by a US change of heart.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced plans to ratify the Paris climate agreement, a day after US participation in the treaty was thrown into dought by Donald Trump's election victory.
Bhokul has faced the loss of her family’s land, and the loss of their income. Now climate change threatens her livelihood even more.
Meet Bhokal, who has already lost so much due to environmental disasters, and who needs the Paris agreement to be a success.
Hard decisions must be made, and commitments must be backed up by concrete action at this year’s climate conference in Morocco.
The Paris climate conference made key plans to avert global warming. The conference in Morocco will hope to put these plans in action.
Less than a year after the Paris negotiations, the process is gathering pace.
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Just 11 months after the Paris climate talks, the resulting treaty has come into force. The rapid ratification looks set to heap even more pressure on Australia to come up with a credible climate policy.
If sea level rise takes away someone’s land, should that country be compensated and how?
Despite the fanfare of signing the Paris Agreement on climate, little progress has been made on compensating poor countries for irreparable damages from climate change.
More than 160 nations will sign the Paris Agreement on its opening day – a record for a United Nations treaty.
More than 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22. But enough countries will also need to ratify the treaty domestically before it can become international law.
South Africa has a long way to go to make a fair contribution to the global goals set out under the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement marks an important step towards climate change mitigation – one in which developed and developing countries alike take action.
We’re talking about a lot of seeds.
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The concerns about genetically modified foods are well known. But when we look at population and climate projections, what happens if we don't use them to increase our food supply?
Bill Gates pioneered the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, an initiative by 28 billionaires to push for more funding for clean energy.
In the age of austerity, governments have limited resources to invest in new areas of research – like clean energy – that have multiple risks. Billionaires like Bill Gates can help plug the gap.
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From New Year's Eve, to Guy Fawkes night, to Diwali, fireworks are an exciting way to celebrate. But these dazzling displays come at a serious cost to the environment.
It’s a tall order - especially when it’s spelled out on the Eiffel Tower.
How will the world actually deliver on the Paris climate ambition to hold global warming to no more than 1.5℃? It's a tough scientific and technical challenge.
Colombia’s El Paujil Bird Reserve.
Forest conservation has been a contentious issue in international climate change discussions for years, but now developing countries are embracing the need to protect their forests.
The pressure to pledge for 1.5℃ grew throughout the Paris summit.
The inclusion of a 1.5℃ goal in the Paris climate deal might have surprised some observers. But in reality, the diplomatic groundwork was laid years before.
Laurent Fabius has brought the gavel down on a successful deal.
The Paris deal has laid the foundations for real global progress on climate change. On that score, it must be judged a huge success.
Public interest and peer pressure among countries are integral to enforcement of the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement recognizes the reality of global environmental pacts: the private sector must lead transition to low-carbon technology and civil society must keep up the pressure to act.
Bringing down the gavel, and bringing down the house: French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius symbolically ended the Paris climate talks, applauded by UN climate chief Christiana Figueres.
What's next, now that the Paris climate summit is over? We've created a special report for you, featuring two dozen of our best articles on the scientific, political and economic challenges ahead.
Researchers and NGOs will be necessary to ensure climate pledges are kept.
Research universities and nongovernmental organizations have an important role to play in helping countries reach their goals.
If shipping and aviation don't rein in their emissions it could seriously jeopardise our goal of preventing more than 2℃ of warming.
Come Hell or High Water, Michael Pinsky, 2006.
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Artwork – from knitting birds and amateur science to listening to the trees – might empower us to remake climate science from below.
Love between countries is more important than strong legal agreements.
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The Paris climate deal has been criticised for not being strong enough. But behavioural economics studies show weak deals can work out better in the long run.