As Australia looks to expand the coal industry at home, it's also ramping up regional diplomacy aimed at avoiding condemnation by those at the front line of climate change.
Despite international efforts, greenhouse gas emissions have continued to grow.
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The 1992 and 1993 cabinet papers confirm that Australia was a reluctant player in international discussions about climate change and environmental issues under Prime Minister Paul Keating.
Civil society and other groups, such as academics and businesses, stand to play a bigger role in how the countries of the world address climate change.
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Recent global climate talks at COP22 saw a growing role for businesses, NGOs and the state of California – a promising sign for action on climate change in the face of U.S. inaction.
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.
Delegates in Marrakech are hoping the winds of change in Washington don’t blow climate action off course.
The halls of the Marrakech climate summit have been filled with fearful talk about Donald Trump's presidency. But there is hope that the Paris climate treaty can weather the political storm.
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.
Britain, one of the European Union’s most consistent backers of climate action, is poised to walk out.
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Britain was among Europe's most progressive voices on climate policy. Its imminent withdrawal leaves the European Union grappling with voices of dissent from member states such as Poland.
Delegates will meet at the World Conference Centre in Bonn.
After the breakthrough at last year's Paris climate talks, the hard work resumes this week as delegates meet in Germany to discuss how to ramp up countries' climate targets.
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.