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Hurricane Sandy was a turning point on views about climate change, but the effect doesn’t trump political views. Liz Roll/FEMA

Will extreme weather events get Americans to act on climate change?

Despite what some climate advocates think, extreme weather events do little to sway Americans' political views on climate change.
Prime Minister Bob Hawke opening the General Assembly of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, Perth, November 1990. National Archives of Australia

Cabinet papers 1990-91: déjà vu? We’re having the same debate about climate as we were then

The National Archives of Australia today released selected federal cabinet records for 1990 and 1991. They reveal intense battles over Australia's domestic climate targets and, above all, a palpable determination that Australia not damage its coal revenue.
To decarbonise the electricity sector, Australia could increase the volume of renewables while closing old fossil fuel power stations. Wind turbine image from www.shutterstock.com

After Paris: now what for Australia’s climate policy?

Under the Paris climate agreement, Australia has stated that it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. How will we achieve this?
To limit global warming to 2C we can’t emit more than another trillion tonnes of greenhouse gases. Burning fossil fuels is a major source. Coal power image from www.shutterstock.com

Most countries need to at least double their efforts on climate: study

Current climate pledges will see the world warm more than 2C. To avoid dangerous climate change countries will need to at least double their efforts.
Justin Trudeau displaced Stephen Harper, an avowed friend of the fossil fuel industry, as Canada’s prime minister. Chris Wattie/Reuters

Is lagging on climate change a political liability?

Two politicians known to oppose action on climate change – Canada's Stephen Harper and Australia's Tony Abbott – have been displaced. What does this say about climate as a voter issue?

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