Plants absorb carbon and store it in the land.
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Australia is pumping 6.5 times more carbon into the atmosphere than the land can absorb.
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?
After days of waiting, Malcolm Turnbull will form a government.
What did the Coalition promise during the campaign in 11 key policy areas, from health to infrastructure to jobs?
Shadow environment minister Mark Butler and environment minister Greg Hunt shake hands before the National Press Club debate.
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Climate change has won and lost elections in the past, and there's a distinct chill in the air this time around.
Energy efficiency projects could receive more subsidies if Direct Action is continued.
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Direct Action is the centrepiece of Australia's climate action – but it may not be working as well as the government hopes.
Large-scale solar projects have been highlighted for investment in the new fund.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a new "Clean Energy Innovation Fund". But will it generate much-needed investment in the sector?
Land clearing rates in Queensland tripled since 2010.
Land clearing in Queensland has tripled in the past five years.
Renewable energy is at the more expensive end of the emissions cost curve, but is a vital piece of the bigger picture.
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Australia's greenhouse emissions are once again rising, after a decade of consistent declines. But the right policies are already in place to turn things around - they just need to be ramped up.
Plugging in: more energy efficient cars are just one of the ways to improve energy productivity.
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'Energy productivity' is the new buzz-phrase in energy and climate policy, what even is it?
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) on the summit’s opening day.
Australia has made several climate-themed announcements since the start of the Paris talks, but nothing that cuts to the heart of the climate issue.
Past deals on emissions trading increased compensation to the electricity sector.
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Australia needs to "reset" discussions related to climate policy, according to the government's advisory body on climate policy.
Australia will struggle to make real emissions reductions without making structural change away from coal in the energy sector.
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The latest emissions auction closes the gap to Australia's climate target, but still leaves work to be done.
In 2010 Malcolm Turnbull threatened to cross the floor to vote for emissions trading. Polls suggest the public would back him now, even if his party won’t.
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In backing Abbott's existing climate policy, Malcolm Turnbull looks like appeasing his party. But his prospects would be better served by appealing to voters who are anxious for strong climate action.
Abbott isn’t the first leader to be toppled amid questions over his approach to climate change.
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From Hawke-Keating to Rudd-Gillard, climate policy has an uncanny ability to cost Australian political leaders their jobs. And it was a key element in the rivalry between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop at the announcement of Australia’s 2030 climate target.
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Australia will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% below 2005 levels by 2030. Experts respond.
It might be nice if buying the right to emit greenhouse pollution could be made a bit simpler.
The term 'carbon tax' is a political poison in Australia, thanks to the previous carbon tax which was actually an emissions trading scheme. Yet ironically, many economists prefer a tax over an ETS anyway.
Avoiding logging in native forests could earn Australia millions of extra carbon credits.
The Renewable Energy Target now includes wood waste from forestry. But a more sustainable use of Australia's native forests would be to leave them alone and earn carbon credits from the avoided emissions.
Switching to solar power can deliver over 100 million tonnes of emissions reductions by 2030.*
Australia can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 2005 levels by 2030, according to analysis by ClimateWorks.
Pressure is mounting inside and outside Australia for greater action on climate.
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International and domestic forces appear to be conspiring to significantly ratchet up the pressure on Prime Minster Tony Abbott’s climate policy.
Australia has faced tough questions over whether it is doing its part to cut greenhouse emissions.
Australia's grilling by other major nations at this week's climate talks in Bonn show that it still has serious questions to answer over the scope of its greenhouse emissions-reduction targets.