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Save the rainforests? A new study shows mangroves matter too, as they can store three to five times more carbon than rainforests. Daniel Murdiyarso for Center for International Forestry Research

Stopping mangrove deforestation in Indonesia could help slow climate change

Indonesia is ranked among the world's top dozen contributors to climate change – but a new study shows that protecting the country's mangroves could slash its greenhouse gas emissions.
French Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier is hoping Australia takes an ambitious target to the Paris climate conference later this year. AAP/Lukas Coch

Come to Paris climate conference, prime minister: French ambassador

France's ambassador to Australia, Christophe Lecourtier, has urged Prime Minister Tony Abbott to attend the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Paris late this year.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has written to the Baird government in a last-ditch effort to try to stop the state licence needed for the Shenhua mine. AAP/Lukas Coch

Existing mine’s water issue shows danger of Shenhua project: Joyce

Barnaby Joyce says existing mining activity near the proposed Shenhua Watermark mine in his New England electorate has breached the aquifer, indicating the same is likely to happen with the new project.
The Nationals – of whom Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce is deputy leader – have been agitated at the strong power of Coles and Woolworths to beat down prices of suppliers. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Government to beef up ACCC to assist farmers

Farmers will get some extra help in the battle against the supermarket chains in the government's long-awaited White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness released on Saturday.
Climate Change Authority chair Bernie Fraser says other wealthy nations have already pledged far deeper emissions cuts than Australia. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Climate Change Authority calls for 30% emissions cut by 2025

A report from Australia's Climate Change Authority recommends cutting greenhouse emissions by 30% by 2025 if the country is to be seen as a good global citizen in this year's climate negotiations.
The new Reef 2050 plan is taking the long view on protecting the Great Barrier Reef - but does it have the right vision? Nickj/Wikimedia Commons

Government unveils 2050 Great Barrier Reef plan: experts react

The federal and Queensland governments have unveiled their blueprint for protecting the Great Barrier Reef for future generations. Will the $2 billion plan succeed? Our experts give their verdicts.
Environment minister Greg Hunt has said uncertainty about the RET is hitting investment in the renewables industry. AAP/Paul Miller

Government makes new call for urgent RET talks

The government has again appealed to Labor to immediately recommence negotiations over the renewable energy target (RET…
Environment minister Greg Hunt will now push forward with his Direct Action policy, after successfully negotiating with Clive Palmer. AAP Image/Alan Porritt

Palmer deal gives green light to Direct Action – experts react

The federal government’s Direct Action climate policy, a A$2.5 billion scheme aimed at paying polluters to cut their greenhouse…
People are becoming more aware of the wold’s biodiversity, but the crisis continues. Chris Ford/Flickr

World failing to meet biodiversity targets: study

Globally, biodiversity is in trouble, and new research shows that the situation is unlikely to improve over the next five…