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The UN’s climate headquarters in Bonn will host this year’s summit, despite Fiji chairing the talks. EPA/Sascha Steinbach

Bonn voyage: climate diplomats head into another round of talks

Another round of UN climate negotiations kicks off in Bonn this month. With a Trump-shaped cloud hanging over the Paris Agreement, what approach can we expect Australia to adopt this time around?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull still can’t seem to distance himself from coal. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Coal and the Coalition: the policy knot that still won’t untie

The Turnbull government is still tying itself in knots over the future of coal, as literally decades of policy turmoil on climate and energy continue to roll on.
Past and present: Bob Brown (centre) pictured in 2010 with Greens colleagues including current leader Richard Di Natale (right). AAP Image/Alan Porritt

The Australian Greens at 25: fighting the same battles but still no breakthrough

The environmental issues we face are ideal recruiting for green parties, but the breakthroughs aren't happening, and after 25 years as a federal party the Greens are still fighting on the same fronts.
What a gas: one of Moreland’s new hydrogen-powered garbage trucks. Takver/Flickr.com

Of renewables, Robocops and risky business

A local council goes for hydrogen. A state government goes for lithium and mirrors. They are taking punts on technology. What are the risks?

We’ve got to stop meeting like this

How will social movements, such as the one focused on pressing for climate action, be successful if their style of meetings makes it hard for them to attract and retain new faces?