A citizens' assembly can help identify what the people want. Because if climate action is not democratic, it’s not realistic.
New South Wales, which was 100% drought-declared in August 2018, is already suffering climate impacts.
Ten years ago, politicians such as Tony Abbott would routinely voice disdain for climate science. Now, while the policy debate remains fierce, the battleground has shifted to economics and jobs.
In 1990, Bob Hawke and his cabinet looked poised to take climate action. But the following year his prime ministership ended.
What if Bob Hawke, hailed as a leader who actually 'got' environmental issues, had never been rolled by Paul Keating? Perhaps the climate policy wars would have turned out differently.
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The latest UN climate talks were ultimately hindered by their focus on nation-states, obscuring who is actually responsible for emissions.
Solar panels being installed in new housing under construction in Sacramento, Calif.
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Environmentalists and climate hawks are cheering, but many experts aren't excited about the state making rooftop solar panels mandatory on most new homes beginning in 2020.
People will listen more when they like what they’re hearing.
Facts will only get you so far when it comes to climate change. To get conservatives on side, climate communicators must focus on the values conservatives hold dear, such as preserving the status quo.
The Barossa Valley in 1987 – the year that Australians (winemakers included) received their first formal warning of climate change.
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Three decades since the GREENHOUSE 87 conference, credited as kickstarting public awareness of climate change in Australia, how far have we come, and how far do we have left to go in appreciating the risks?
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And one thing that probably will, but won't make much difference.
There was a time when Tony Abbott followed the prevailing wind on climate policy. No longer.
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Tony Abbott will deliver a speech to the Global Warming Policy Foundation. Has the human weathervane stopped spinning? What does it mean for climate politics?
Having an antagonistic debate over climate change will not shed any more light on the fundamentals of climate science.
Why assembling two teams to debate climate change is all about political spectacle and sowing doubt – and has nothing to do with actual climate science.
What future the Great Barrier Reef? What future energy policy? Two new publications on the ongoing battles of climate politics deserve close attention.
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Al Gore's trip to Australia this week is the latest in a long line of visits - and not just because he has movies to promote.
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Beijing wants to build an 'ecological civilisation'.
The climate debate can give you a headache at the best of times.
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If you thought the climate debate has been ugly, you haven't seen anything yet. In 2017 Australia will review its climate policies, and the process is not off to a good start.
As the US withdraws, it’s time for China to shine.
All is not lost for the climate with the election of Donald Trump.
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.
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The UK's business secretary is well placed to deliver a low carbon economy.
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?
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.
Supreme Court justices at the State of the Union: will its surprising EPA decision be seen as an environmental version of the controversial Bush v. Gore?
By halting Obama's cornerstone climate policy before considering its legality, the Supreme Court could further tarnish its partisan reputation.