Big promises: John Key addresses the COP21 opening session.
New Zealand Prime Minister won plaudits at COP21 for issuing a declaration against fossil fuel subsidies. But he has also effectively weakened his country's emissions target.
The low-lying islands of the Pacific such as Kiribati are vulnerable to sea level rise.
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Australia need to take responsibility for the consequences of its fossil fuel consumption and exports.
Strong links to the mining sector have put universities in a difficult position.
There are ‘fossil free’ campaigns at 15 Australian universities, but yet no university has fully committed to divesting in fossil fuels.
Getting out the message: environmental activists seized on the Keystone XL pipeline as a symbol.
Activists can rightfully claim some credit for the Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. How did they do it?
Road to nowhere?
Obama will decide on the Keystone pipeline before he leaves office, but despite marginal voter interest, it's an issue politicians on all sides will not let die.
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.
Part of the coal loading facility at Kooragang Island, NSW.
The Academy says it will withdraw "millions of dollars" from investments in environmentally sensitive activities, primarily in energy and mining companies.
Fracking in the US has relied on chemicals linked to a range of health problems but the industry claims UK operations would be far safer.
MIT has angered fossil fuel divestment proponents, but its strategy of industry engagement is ultimately more effective.
Coal no more? The rise of renewables and climate action will spell an end to Australia’s coal industry.
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Australia's failure to reassess its commitment to coal will have serious negative consequences, not only for Australia’s economy, but for the health and well being of millions of people and the global environment.
A fracking well in Pennsylvania, which saw rapid and sometimes-problematic spread of natural gas development.
Different states and countries with shale gas can benefit from the mistakes made by other regions that rushed into fracking. Here’s one state’s plan.
The shale oil revolution has only just begun.
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Oil price developments over the past 40 years have been truly spectacular, but the recent fall in oil prices is likely to last, thanks to increasing production.
Change is coming for Australia’s energy sector. Time for our leaders to embrace it.
The key drivers for energy in the 21st century are managing climate change, shifting community concerns, and radical technology change.
Hearing it from supporters: attendee at Clinton rally in New Hampshire expresses opposition to Keystone pipeline.
Hillary Clinton's opposition to construction of the Keystone pipeline has little effect in the short term but reflects building "supply side" strategy of environmentalists to limit fossil fuel development.
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.
How much staying power? A calving front of the Antarctic ice sheet.
If we burned all fossil fuels, the loss of ice in Antarctica would raise sea levels 160 to 200 feet, but even our current trajectory could lead to dramatic sea level rise.
Carbon capture and storage would help the coal industry survive, but it remains elusive.
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For more than a decade the coal industry's favoured response to climate change was carbon capture and storage, or CCS. CCS is still the main defence, but the absence of functioning projects is making it ever more threadbare.
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.
Coal PR has been promoting coal’s benefits for decades.
A politician invites coal industry representatives to a celebration of their work at the New South Wales Parliament. The purpose? To push the message that coal is absolutely essential to our economy and wellbeing.
US President Barack Obama has unveiled the United States’ most comprehensive climate policy so far.
US President Barack Obama's new climate plan aims to cut greenhouse emissions from the nation's coal-dominated power sector by 32% by 2030. Will it get through, and how will it affect this year's climate talks?