Australia will struggle to make real emissions reductions without making structural change away from coal in the energy sector.
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The latest emissions auction closes the gap to Australia's climate target, but still leaves work to be done.
South Africa is heavily dependent on burning coal to generate electricity.
Environmental racism remains a reality in South Africa. It is poor, black citizens who live on the most damaged land and in the most polluted neighbourhoods.
A tax on coal would increase the price, reducing demand but benefiting exporting countries such as Australia.
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Coal exporting countries could buffer the transition to low carbon economies by taxing coal production or exports.
Is carbon offsetting little more than a bandaid on a much bigger climate problem?
The United Nations is promoting a website to measure, reduce and offset your personal carbon emissions. But will this fix climate change?
In a spin. Underestimating your customers?
Volkswagen and others may have been hamstrung by a low opinion of indifferent car buyers.
VW issues are a reflection of wider regulatory problems.
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If we even can't secure reliable data on car emissions then environmental regulators throughout the world are in trouble.
Ros Kelly was the first in a long line of federal ministers to address themselves to the question of Australia’s emissions target.
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When Australia's government first pledged to set an emission-reduction target, Jon Bon Jovi was riding high in the charts. The progress made in the 25 years since has hardly been a blaze of glory.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, speaking on Q&A.
Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, told Q&A that China will increase its carbon emissions 150% between 2005 and 2030. Is that correct?
Corporate capitalism has locked humanity into a process of creative self-destruction.
'Insatiable' by Theodore Bolha
To make a meaningful difference to climate change, businesses will have to break out of a cycle of exploiting the earth's resources in ever-more creative ways.
Tom Switzer and Naomi Klein, speaking on Q&A.
US Studies Centre research associate Tom Switzer said on Q&A that US carbon emissions had levelled off because of coal seam gas, but activist Naomi Klein said it was due to the economic downturn. What does the research say?
Falling renewable costs could make action on climate change cheaper.
Debate is continuing around Australia's 2030 climate target and how much it will cost Australia's economy.
Better fuel efficiency means more money, less emissions.
Vehicle efficiency isn't just about reducing emissions. It can also save us money, and reduce our heavy reliance on imported oil.
Environment minister Greg Hunt and Prime Minister Tony Abbott announce Australia’s 2030 climate target.
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Australia’s new emissions target is not “squarely in the middle of comparable economies". Towards the bottom of the pack of comparable countries, on key indicators. But Australia is coming to the party, and that counts for a lot.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the announcement of Australia’s 2030 climate target.
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Australia will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. Experts respond.
Access to the grid has crowded out solar in some places in India.
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Given existing technologies, expanding access to electricity almost always increases CO2 emissions. There are real trade-offs between addressing poverty and climate change.
What lessons are there in the beer industry?
The beer industry is a fascinating microcosm of the larger landscape of today’s business environment. Students can examine a range of questions facing businesses, through the beer industry.
Raise the (Thames) Barriers!
With the sea level set to rise up to 1m by 2100, cities around the world must adapt, if they're to avoid disaster.
Energy efficiency has driven the recent fall in electricity demand.
In June this year, forecasts revealed residential and business demand has risen for the first time in five years. The trend could be here to stay, according to a report released today from the Australia Institute.
To get to zero emissions, we’ll have to reform our energy sector away from fossil fuels.
To avoid dangerous climate change there is a finite amount of greenhouse gas emissions, in particular CO<sub>2</sub>, that we can add to the atmosphere - our global carbon budget. If we use our budget wisely, we have until about 2050 to transition to zero net emissions. But how do we get there?
Switching to solar power can deliver over 100 million tonnes of emissions reductions by 2030.*
Australia can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030, according to analysis by ClimateWorks.