The new climate policy review proposes loosening the rules on Australia’s biggest-emitting companies, such as power generators.
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The federal government's keenly awaited review of Australia's climate policies continues a longstanding bipartisan traditional of weak policy development in this area.
The window for staving off the worst of climate change is wider than we thought, but still pretty narrow.
It's still possible to hit the more ambitious of the two Paris global warming goals, according to a new estimate of the global carbon budget. But it sure won't be easy, and we need to start now.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull still can’t seem to distance himself from coal.
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The Turnbull government is still tying itself in knots over the future of coal, as literally decades of policy turmoil on climate and energy continue to roll on.
City mayors have taken on a prominent role in committing to action on climate change through forums such as the C40.
It's a good thing that cities aspire to lead the way in acting on climate change in the absence of stronger national action. But a closer look reveals the limitations of current city-based efforts.
Australia will need more sources of zero-emissions energy if it is to stay on track for carbon-neutrality by 2050.
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A new analysis by ClimateWorks Australia says that the electricity sector needs to do far more to cut its carbon emissions than will be delivered by current policies.
Heavy industry still seems reluctant to engage with the Emissions Reduction Fund.
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A survey of executives in high-emitting industries such as mining and electricity generation suggests they are not engaging with the government's flagship policy to cut greenhouse emissions.
Diesel engines have been demonised for their emissions but the technology has already cleaned up its act.
With Donald Trump overturning Obama's Clean Power Plan, and some Australian politicians cheering him on, will we always have Paris?
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart François Hollande can help to drive global climate action.
If Donald Trump turns away from climate action as George W. Bush did, Europe and China can respond by forming an alliance that will turn the United States from a climate leader into a follower.
Yallourn Power Station in the Latrobe Valley is one of the emissions intensive power stations that remains open.
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Environment and energy minister Josh Frydenberg said that eight out of Australia's 12 most emission intensive power stations closed in the last five years. Is that right?
Australia has sought to water down climate declarations made through the Pacific Islands Forum.
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This week's Pacific Islands Forum is the region's premier multilateral summit. But members have begun turning elsewhere out of frustration with Australia's climate negotiation tactics.
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.
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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.
The Climate Change Authority’s latest report has divided its membership.
Two members of the Climate Change Authority offer an alternative view on its latest report, arguing that the recommendations are not in line with Australia's international climate obligations.
The suggested new scheme aims to cut emissions from the electricity sector while sidestepping the political poison of increased power prices.
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A new "toolkit" of suggested climate policies looks politically feasible, but it's too complicated and not ambitious enough to drive a real move to a low-carbon economy.
Half a degree could make all the difference for the Great Barrier Reef.
A new report published by the Climate Institute says Australia could avoid lengthy heatwaves and help save the Great Barrier Reef by meeting the Paris Agreement's 1.5C global warming goal.
Turnbull might be hamstrung by his barely-there majority.
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Malcolm Turnbull returns to the helm with a wafer-thin majority and a significant element in his government who still oppose climate action - can he defy the odds and serve up some credible policy?
Britain, one of the European Union’s most consistent backers of climate action, is poised to walk out.
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Britain was among Europe's most progressive voices on climate policy. Its imminent withdrawal leaves the European Union grappling with voices of dissent from member states such as Poland.
The Greens are the party of climate action - but do they embrace enough technologies to get there?
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The Greens have successfully cast themselves as the party of climate science. But to hit their climate goals they may need to become even more radical, by embracing technologies like nuclear power.
Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to the Paris climate summit lacked real focus, but he still has time to grab the issue with both hands before the election.
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Australia has been mired in climate confusion for years - as reflected by its underwhelming performance at last year's Paris climate summit. Here's how to get things back on an even keel.
Electricity emissions have risen by 5.5% in the past two years due to increasing demand and the scrapping of Labor’s carbon price.
Modelling done for the Climate Institute indicates that without big policy changes Australia's path to zero emissions from the electricity sector by 2050 would mean huge disruption after 2030.