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Protesters gather outside the White House in Washington D.C. after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

China in climate driver’s seat after Trump rejects Paris

Action on climate change is now increasingly in China's hands, and the decisions the country's leaders make in the next decade will have a profound global impact.
Ice cores are a window into the past hundreds of thousands of years. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center/Ludovic Brucker

The three-minute story of 800,000 years of climate change with a sting in the tail

The current rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide levels is unprecedented in the past 800,000 years. As our video explains, ice cores track human changes to the atmosphere that are far beyond natural.
The Finkel review aims to introduce certainty into Australia’s energy market. Reuters/Tim Wimborne

The Finkel Review at a glance

The Finkel review is designed to create a coherent and realistic plan for a low-emissions future. Here are the details you need to know.
A wide range of industrial processes have released greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Paulo Resende/Shutterstock.com

Global stocktake shows the 43 greenhouse gases driving global warming

While the gases most responsible for global warming - carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide - continue to climb, other industrial greenhouse gases are being brought gradually under control.
No matter how hard we dig, the Earth’s resources are ultimately finite. Mining image from www.shutterstock.com

The decoupling delusion: rethinking growth and sustainability

Even supposedly "green" technologies such as renewable energy require materials, land and solar exposure and cannot grow indefinitely on this planet.
Australia’s universities are great at green innovation, but not so good at going low-carbon themselves. PrinceArutha/Wikimedia Commons

Australia’s universities are not walking the talk on going low-carbon

University research has shown us how urgently we need to reduce greenhouse emissions. Yet only three Australian universities have followed through by committing unequivocally to cutting carbon.
The rise of renewable energy is one reason the world is shifting away from coal. Wind turbine image from www.shutterstock.com

We can still keep global warming below 2℃ – but the hard work is about to start

Global emissions from fossil fuels have stalled. That puts us in the right place to keep warming below 2℃, but there's plenty of work still to be done.
China’s President Xi Jinping at the podium at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. AP Photo/Michel Euler

China steps up as US steps back from global leadership

Leaders are worried US leadership on global issues like climate change will be diminished under President Trump. Experts explain why China is ready to lead, and how that could be a good thing.
An Arctic iceberg, pictured in 2015. This year, ice coverage has reached record lows for the early northern winter. AWeith/Wikimedia Commons

Yes, the Arctic’s freakishly warm winter is due to humans’ climate influence

The end of 2016 has brought balmy Arctic temperatures and record low ice extent for the time of year. It's a freak event even by modern standards, and climate models point the finger firmly at humans.
Rice paddies are one of the major sources of methane in agriculture. Amir Jina/Flickr

Methane from food production might be the next wildcard in climate change

Methane concentrations in the atmosphere are growing at a faster rate than any time in the past 20 years.

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