More must be done to ensure the Albanese government truly delivers the emissions reductions it has promised.
The landfill industry’s decision to speak out about the integrity of carbon credits provides an opportunity to put the system back on the rails.
Savanna grasslands are burnt early in the dry season to reduce the chance of large fires later. But it’s making air pollution worse.
Our new analysis suggests the vast majority of carbon credits granted for regrowing native forests either has not occurred, or would have occurred anyway.
Labor has promised a 43% cut in Australia’s emissions by 2030 and a high-integrity carbon credit market is vital to reaching this goal.
Some Nationals want agriculture carved out of any net-zero target. Cutting emissions from farms won’t be easy, but it’s essential.
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Aaron Simmons, University of New England; Annette Cowie, University of New England; Brian Wilson, University of New England; Mark Farrell, CSIRO; Matthew Tom Harrison, University of Tasmania; Peter Grace, Queensland University of Technology; Richard Eckard, The University of Melbourne; Vanessa Wong, Monash University, and Warwick Badgery, The University of Melbourne
If problems in such schemes are not addressed, the credibility of soil carbon trading will be undermined. Ultimately the climate - and the planet - will be the loser.
A net-zero goal will provide clarity, ambition and focus. But Morrison must back the rhetoric with investment and policy commensurate with the task.
A federal government plan to increase soil carbon stores is a folly that misunderstands the technology.
Changes to Australia’s emissions reduction policies may do little more than channel taxpayer money to industry.
A seagrass meadow. For the first time, researchers have counted the greenhouse gases stored by and emitted from such ecosystems.
In a world-first, scientists have counted the greenhouse gas absorbed and emitted by Australia’s mangroves, seagrass and other ocean ecosystems.
Using blockchain to power Australia’s carbon market could deliver tangible results.
Under the current rules, the federal government takes the most responsibility for buying carbon credits. A blockchain-driven market would be faster, smarter, and much more open.
Scott Morrison has given a new name to an old policy.
Scott Morrison’s pledge to spend billions on a Climate Solutions Fund is a thinly veiled rehash of the widely criticised Emissions Reduction Fund, which had much of its work undone by fine print.
Many of Australia’s biggest emitters have not yet engaged with the Emissions Reduction Fund.
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The federal government has signalled its intent to prolong the Emissions Reduction Fund. But surveys of business leaders reveal widespread cynicism about a scheme perceived as politicised and bureaucratic.
The carbon farming initiative gives pig farmers the opportunity to earn carbon credits for reducing methane emissions from manure. The proposed change to this government policy may stall, or even end, this market.
Proposed changes to the government’s climate change policies may stall, or even close down, the market for ‘carbon farmers’ to profit from reducing carbon dioxide emissions.
The Emissions Reduction Fund is not capturing enough emissions from the most polluting industries.
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Australia’s flagship climate policy, has spent more than $2 billion on emissions reductions, yet big businesses could wipe all this out. Time to resurrect the idea of a simple carbon tax.
The new climate policy review proposes loosening the rules on Australia’s biggest-emitting companies, such as power generators.
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The federal government’s keenly awaited review of Australia’s climate policies continues a longstanding bipartisan traditional of weak policy development in this area.
Some projects shouldn’t be receiving funding from the government. Yet, lack of proper monitoring has caused huge amounts of wasted money.
A review of the Emissions Reduction Fund has found it’s performing well – but new research raises serious credibility issues.
The new energy policy could potentially function to preserve black coal’s place in the energy mix.
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The National Energy Guarantee proposal seems geared towards locking in the status quo rather than driving the much-needed energy transition.
Australia will need more sources of zero-emissions energy if it is to stay on track for carbon-neutrality by 2050.
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A new analysis by ClimateWorks Australia says that the electricity sector needs to do far more to cut its carbon emissions than will be delivered by current policies.