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Prime Minister Turnbull and Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hold a press conference after ratifying the Paris Agreement in November 2016. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Ten years of backflips over emissions trading leave climate policy in the lurch

Ten years ago on Saturday Prime Minister John Howard announced the Coalition government would investigate an emissions trading scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Drought, which affects food production, will become more common as the Earth heats up, which can cause deaths and destabilize societies. cafodphotolibrary/flickr

Dear Mr. Trump: Climate policy puts lives in your hands

Many thousands, perhaps millions, of lives depend on the direction of Trump's climate policies.
Civil society and other groups, such as academics and businesses, stand to play a bigger role in how the countries of the world address climate change. Photo by IISD/ENB | Liz Rubin

With waning US leadership on climate, nonstate actors to play outsize role

Recent global climate talks at COP22 saw a growing role for businesses, NGOs and the state of California – a promising sign for action on climate change in the face of U.S. inaction.
We thought Malcolm Turnbull had nailed his colours to the mast on climate policy - but maybe not. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

Another prime minister, another endorsement for coal – but why?

Malcolm Turnbull has said coal will be important for "many decades to come" – joining a long line of prime ministers who talked big on climate policy but found themselves talking up fossil fuels.
Australian wind energy has been under a cloud for much of its decades-long history. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Attacks on renewable energy policy are older than the climate issue itself

Skirmishes over funding for renewable energy research are just the latest battle in a saga that stretches back to the early 1980s – years before the public became widely aware of the climate threat.
Presidents Jinping (centre) and Obama (right) have ensured that the Paris Agreement now covers 40% of the world’s emissions, bringing it closer to coming into force. EPA/How Hwee Young

US-China ratification of Paris Agreement ramps up the pressure on Australia

Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, which languished for years, the Paris climate agreement is rocketing towards the threshold for it to enter into international law – leaving Australia in its wake.

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