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Josh Frydenberg said on Tuesday night there would not be an emissions intensity scheme under a Turnbull government. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Turnbull government rules out an emissions intensity scheme

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.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott planting trees during a visit to a green army project in Queanbeyan in 2015. Lukas Coch/AAP

Abbott ‘dismayed’ by report of end of his Green Army

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has lashed out at the prospect of the Turnbull government scrapping one of his signature programs, the Green Army.
Trash or treasure? Some birds rely heavily on landfill to supplement their diet. AAP Image/Tony Phillips

Reducing food waste could put birds and animals at risk

Well-intended efforts to reduce food waste could threaten some birds and animal species, a new paper has warned.
Without electrons there would be no electron microscopes, and therefore no close-ups like this image of pollen. Heiti Paves/Wikimedia Commons

Small world: does ecology reach all the way down to the subatomic scale?

The advent of electron microscopy and nanobiology has moved our appreciation of the living world to unprecedentedly small scales – with entirely new benefits and potential pitfalls to consider.
A Bill Shorten led Labor government would introduce a two-phase emissions trading scheme. Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Labor unveils phased emissions trading scheme

A Labor government would bring in its emissions trading scheme in two stages, together with a separate scheme for the electricity sector.
Bringing down the gavel, and bringing down the house: French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius symbolically ended the Paris climate talks, applauded by UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. Reuters/Stephane Mahe

Beyond Paris: what was really achieved at the COP21 climate summit, and what next?

What's next, now that the Paris climate summit is over? We've created a special report for you, featuring two dozen of our best articles on the scientific, political and economic challenges ahead.
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has challenged Cardinal George Pell on the science, the policy and the ethics of climate change. Peter Rae/AAP

Kevin Rudd takes on George Pell over climate change

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has launched a sweeping attack on Cardinal George Pell for his sceptical stance on climate change.
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.