Coal consumption is down in China, slowing growth in global carbon emissions from fossil fuels.
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Despite robust global economic growth over the past two years, worldwide carbon emissions from fossil fuels grew very little in 2014, and might even fall this year.
Planting trees is one way to pull carbon out of the atmosphere – but is limited if it competes with food production.
To prevent dangerous climate change, it's likely we'll have to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But that's looking less and less promising.
Renewable sources of energy are already more cost-competitive than coal-fired power plants with carbon capture.
New analysis reveals carbon capture at coal power plants is significantly more expensive than thought, making renewables and natural gas power generation more attractive.
Jelly invasion: is this a vision of the future for our oceans?
We know a lot about the potential negative effects of ocean acidification on marine creatures. But might some species actually benefit? The answer is yes, but this isn't necessarily a good thing.
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The land of Ikea and apple charlotte is hoping to sell its vision of sustainability at COP21. There are a couple of meatballs in the ointment, though.
While the technology exists for zero emissions energy, we won’t achieve full sustainability without limiting growth and consumption.
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Can Australians be sustainable and enjoy endless economic growth? It's not likely
Bill Shorten’s pledge to reduce emissions 45% below 2005 levels by 2030 is an improvement, but it won’t go all the way.
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Is Labor's new target a fair contribution to climate action?
Labor’s latest policy announcement sharply differentiates its climate stand from the Coalition’s.
Labor will commit to the goal of Australia achieving net zero emissions by 2050 and embrace the ambitious target of cutting emissions by 45% on 2005 levels by 2030.
The OECD has moved to limit coal finance, which will put pressure on coal producers worldwide.
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What does the OECD's decision to limit finance for coal power stations mean for coal producers such as Australia?
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It's time to close Australia's brown coal power stations. Here's how.
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?