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Malcolm Turnbull faces many challenges in transitioning Australia to a post-mining boom economy. Lukas Coch/AAP

A snapshot of the challenges facing the new Turnbull government

What are the key policy challenges facing the new Turnbull government in terms of economic growth and budgets, cities, transport, energy, school education, higher education and health?
The Australian government seems to think fossil fuels need help, when businesses are deciding otherwise. Coal image from

Fossil fuel growth centre harks back to old ideas about climate costs

Do fossil fuels need saving from efforts to combat climate change? The Australian government seems to think so, but that sort of thinking is out of date.
Organisations like the African Union must find a way to monitor countries’ environmental commitments. Shutterstock

How Africa can up its game to meet environmental challenges

Africa has fewer resources than others when it comes to climate change adaptation. For this reason environmental agreements must be monitored by the likes of the AU.
Has any other country achieved a greater reduction than Australia in the intensity of their emissions per unit of GDP over between 1990 and now? AAP Image/Dan Peled

FactCheck: Has any country bested Australia in emissions intensity reduction since 1990?

Recent comments by Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, implied that Australia is leading the world in reduction of greenhouse gas emissions per unit of GDP. Is that right?
A properly designed cap and trade scheme could lift Illinois out of the fog. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Cap and trade could be the answer to state budget crises

So-called cap and trade may be a solution to a problem it was not intended to solve: state budget crises. Cap-and-trade policy was designed to address climate change by putting a “cap” on carbon dioxide…
Powering into the night. The Drax plant in Yorkshire. Gareth Davies

Time for a celebrity regulator as Britain faces winter power cuts

Winter is coming. And the UK has a real chance of [brownouts]( or even blackouts from lack of power. The long predicted capacity crunch in electric power…
Underwater cabinet meetings may soon be all too common. Mohammed Seeneen/AP

Legal avenues to fight climate change are limited, but growing

Given that the IPCC now considers that climate change is “unequivocal”, that human influence is “95-100%” likely to be the dominant cause, and that its effects are already being felt around world, it is…
How much green will it cost to go green?

IPCC report shows Stern inflated climate change costs

How much does climate change cost? What will be the impact on our wallets? The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Working Group II has concluded that global warming…
Is the city shrouded in a carbon bubble? Lars Plougman

Financial markets should take climate policy more seriously

The number of climate change laws on the statue books of the world’s leading economies grew from less than 40 in 1997 to almost 500 at the end of 2013. Most leading countries now have legal provisions…
The result of bad planning? EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Environment policy must embrace uncertainty

The uncertainty of the future is a universal concern. Humans have always tried to see into the future with the aid of specialist knowledge – from the days when rulers consulted haruspices and diviners…
Smoking: bad for pretty much everything. SlapAyoda

Establishing consensus is vital for climate action

What’s the best way to reduce the roughly half a million annual deaths from smoking in the US alone? Nearly half a million lives cut short, often with untold suffering, by a commercial product that has…

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