COP24 venue Spodek arena in Katowice, Poland.
Climate change conferences can be bewildering. Here's a recap of how we got here, what to look out for at COP24 and what comes next.
Despite the climate crisis, humans have continued emitting and intensively using fossil fuels.
The climate crisis is a complex scientific problem. New systems have to be developed through democratic systemic reforms.
Climate teams: if countries pooled resources, they could support a low-emission transformation.
New Zealand is a trailblazer for emissions trading, which could help drive a low-emission transformation, both domestically and overseas, in a post-Paris world.
A floating school in a Lagos Lagoon fishing community is threatened by climate change.
US President Donald Trump’s call to renegotiate the Paris Climate Accord is a fresh opportunity to craft a binding and enforceable agreement.
Climate Institute chief executive John Connor launching the Pollute-o-Meter in 2013.
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After 12 years, The Climate Institute is shutting down having failed to find financial backing for its brand of "centrist, pragmatic advocacy" on climate policy.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his French counterpart François Hollande can help to drive global climate action.
If Donald Trump turns away from climate action as George W. Bush did, Europe and China can respond by forming an alliance that will turn the United States from a climate leader into a follower.
French President François Hollande was among those who warned Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Paris climate deal.
The latest climate summit began the long slog towards putting the Paris Agreement into action. But it generated more questions than answers, particularly on how to handle a Trump-led United States.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announce plans to ratify the Paris climate deal, which could be severely weakened by a US change of heart.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced plans to ratify the Paris climate agreement, a day after US participation in the treaty was thrown into dought by Donald Trump's election victory.
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.
The immense coal powerplant in Mundra, India, a controversial CDM project.
Careful design can make sure we don't see another failed clean development mechanism.
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.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at COP21 in Paris.
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Australia will ratify the second period of the Kyoto Protocol - but what does that mean?
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Don't look to politicians and high finance, it's pressure from below that will be the driver of change.
Can negotiators in Paris get a hit?
The UN climate talks in Bonn last week left many key issues unresolved, creating big challenges for forging a global deal in Paris later this year that would avert the worst effects of climate change.
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.
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?
John Howard made sure he was facing the same way as other world leaders on climate policy, unlike the current Prime Minister.
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Throughout his prime-ministership, which ran from 1996 to 2007, John Howard’s perspective on climate change was informed by geopolitics more than science. The Kyoto Protocol, the key international climate…
It’s all one atmosphere: tackling climate change will need action on a global scale.
Over the weekend the latest round of international climate negotiations concluded in Bonn, Germany. Offering some encouragement, the talks are inching towards a new global agreement in Paris 2015 for global…
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon – shown at UN headquarters with Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop last year – is urging governments and businesses to bring “bold pledges” to a UN summit later this year.
After a week of mostly bad news on climate change, new figures reveal that Australia easily beat its first internationally-agreed…
No vote: despite activists’ urgings, the 2009 Copenhagen climate talks were stymied by the threat of veto.
Anyone who has watched in frustration as the United Nations repeatedly failed to secure a meaningful climate treaty could be forgiven for taking a rather glum view on this weekend’s report by the Intergovernmental…