If sea level rise takes away someone’s land, should that country be compensated and how?
Despite the fanfare of signing the Paris Agreement on climate, little progress has been made on compensating poor countries for irreparable damages from climate change.
The Paris climate agreement will be open for signing at the UN’s New York headquarters for the next year, starting tomorrow.
Australia will be one of more than 160 nations formally signing the Paris climate agreement in New York this week. But delivering on those promises is what really counts.
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.
Would you pay an extra couple of dollars for the climate?
A carbon tax on airline tickets might sound like a tricky sell, but many airlines already collect a similar levy to raise funds for developing world health initiatives.
Saleemul Huq (left) says the world’s vision should be to help everyone with climate change - even the very poorest.
A majority of countries want visionary action rather than pragmatism at the Paris climate talks, says the International Institute for Environment and Development's Saleemul Huq.
There is still lots of detail to be hammered out before the sun sets on the Paris conference.
The draft text released midway through the Paris climate talks shows progress - but perhaps not enough for a truly ambitious deal.
Fears are growing that the Paris climate negotiators are making a hash of it.
At the halfway mark in the Paris climate talks, progress is still frustratingly slow as the negotiations risk falling prey to old stalling tactics.
Vanuatu is among the countries calling for much more ambitious climate action.
A new bloc of 'vulnerable' countries has emerged at the Paris climate talks - perhaps heralding the end of the old rich-poor geopolitical divide.
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Don't look to politicians and high finance, it's pressure from below that will be the driver of change.
All in the same boat? A Oxfam protest outside the Lima 2014 climate talks.
For as long as the United Nations has been holding climate summits, protesters have been gathering outside them to bemoan the rate of progress and call for tougher action.
Is carbon offsetting little more than a bandaid on a much bigger climate problem?
The United Nations is promoting a website to measure, reduce and offset your personal carbon emissions. But will this fix climate change?
The Copenhagen talks generated huge interest - but an underwhelming result.
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The stakes could scarcely be higher at December's climate summit in Paris, described as the world's best chance of averting climate catastrophe. The Conversation will be there to see if the talks can deliver.
Last week’s G7 meeting showed that turning our backs on fossil fuels altogether is no longer a fringe idea.
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Advocates of climate action have been saying it for years - we need to wean ourselves off fossil fuels completely. And now, the leaders of the world's richest countries have started saying the same.
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.
How are we helping their children’s children?
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Cutting soot emissions may be fashionable but it won't stabilise global temperatures
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…
A green trade deal would encourage the development of renewable energy in big carbon emitters such as China.
Ten years on from the Australia-US Free Trade Agreement, Australia is entering another round of negotiations towards the new and controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership. In this Free Trade Scorecard series…
Treasurer Joe Hockey didn’t even mention the word climate in his budget speech.
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The word “climate” was conspicuously absent from Joe Hockey’s first budget speech as treasurer. It’s not hard to guess why – the full budget sets out major cuts to climate research, and strong moves against…
IPCC leaders release their climate mitigation report in Berlin - but governments already have one eye on next year’s UN climate summit.
In the wake of this month’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on ways to cut global greenhouse gas emissions, accusations began to fly in the media that the report had been censored…
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…