Smoke from a coal-fired Beijing power plant that closed in 2017 as part of China’s transition to cleaner energy.
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The United Nations is calling on world governments to step up action against climate change. Can China, the world's biggest carbon emitter, fulfill its pledges?
President George H.W. Bush (right) fishing on the Kennebunk River in Maine, Aug. 27, 1990.
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George H.W. Bush, who pledged to be 'the environmental president,' took a market-based approach to pollution control that helped clear the air. Now some experts think it could work on climate change.
New Zealand’s emission reduction target for 2030 is to bring emissions to 30% below 2005 levels, and to be carbon neutral by 2050.
With consultation underway to improve the New Zealand emissions trading scheme, experts argue that a reserve price on emissions units could help rebuild confidence in low-emission investment.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and federal energy minister Josh Frydenberg have been forced to back down on plans to legislate emissions reductions for the electricity sector.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has abandoned the emissions-reduction component of his signature energy policy, in the latest chapter of a brutal decade-long saga for Australian climate policy.
No about-face: Barnaby Joyce (left) may have gone to the backbench, but his successor Michael McCormack looks set to keep his climate views aflame.
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Barnaby Joyce had a long history of opposing climate action. His successor Michael McCormack seems to think the same way, despite climate being a growing threat to the Nationals' rural voters.
The new energy policy could potentially function to preserve black coal’s place in the energy mix.
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The National Energy Guarantee proposal seems geared towards locking in the status quo rather than driving the much-needed energy transition.
The Chinese national flag flames in front of a building barely visible due to heavy smog in Beijing.
While China launches its new energy market, Australia is still lagging behind in implementing a mechanism to control carbon emissions
Was Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly right about the relative cost of electricity in Australia and the US?
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Liberal MP Craig Kelly said businesses and households in Australia are paying twice as much as Americans for their electricity. Is that true?
An emissions intensity trading scheme increases the cost of coal power compared to other electricity sources.
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Why is everyone talking about 'emissions intensity' schemes this week?
The University of Canberra's Nicholas Klomp and Michelle Grattan discuss the week in politics.
Prime Minister Turnbull and Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hold a press conference after ratifying the Paris Agreement in November 2016.
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Ten years ago on Saturday Prime Minister John Howard announced the Coalition government would investigate an emissions trading scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday night there would not be an emissions intensity scheme under a Turnbull government.
The Turnbull government has slammed the door shut on an emissions intensity scheme for the electricity sector, in a demonstration of the power of the conservative forces in the Coalition.
Labor has released a six point climate plan, which features a proposed phased emissions trading scheme.
Labor has said it would introduce an emissions trading scheme for large emitters. PolicyCheck unpacks the detail and provenance of this proposed plan.
Even oil and gas companies have now started calling for a global carbon tax.
Even oil companies have started asking for a price on carbon, not least because it could help them avoid other, stricter forms of regulation.
The dawn of a reborn emissions trading scheme led by South Australia is not as unfeasible as Premier Jay Weatherill suggests.
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Australia used to have state-based emissions trading schemes, before they were ditched in favour of the now-abandoned national one. State premiers might say there's no way to resurrect them, but there is.
Climate diplomacy: in a another joint announcement from the US and China, president Xi Jinping committed to an emissions trading scheme in 2017.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has made a landmark commitment on climate change, pledging to launch what will become the world's largest and most important emissions trading scheme when it begins in 2017.
To win the vote of some conservative Liberals Malcolm Turnbull made it clear that he would stick with the present climate policy and not contemplate an ETS.
Malcolm Turnbull, it seems, cannot escape the emissions trading scheme (ETS) bogey. This time, it comes in the form of China’s plan – which had been foreshadowed but is now confirmed – to introduce a national…
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.
John Howard is a role model for the Abbott government, but the world remembers his hardline climate tactics in 1997 less fondly.
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Australia's government boasts of being one of the few nations to hit its Kyoto emissions target. But is it any wonder, when the Howard government successfully lobbied to make it almost unmissably easy?
Scaling back coalmining is one way Australia could make big progress towards its emissions targets.
The Climate Change Authority has recommended Australia cut greenhouse gas emissions 30% below 2000 levels by 2025. While sensible, the government is unlikely to accept, and the target misses bigger opportunities to cut emissions.