Developing a carbon market in the electricity sector should not just provide further permission to emit: it should actively assist the government to phase out coal and to fund low-carbon technology.
For over a decade, the inclusion of oceans in climate talks has been piecemeal and inconsistent. And yet, the ocean is critical to help balance the conditions we need to survive.
Alok Sharma, COP26 president at the climate summit in Glasgow.
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Electricity should be a main focus, but big improvements are also needed in transport, industry, agriculture and buildings.
Rather than considering the job done, Tasmania should seize opportunities including renewable energy, net-zero industrial exports and forest preservation.
None of Australia’s highest-emitting energy firms are fully or even closely aligned with global climate goals. Just one goes even partway, and five appeared to be taking no action at all.
History shows how the states and territories can step into a policy breach when the federal government fails. It’s time they band together on electric vehicles.
A net-zero goal will provide clarity, ambition and focus. But Morrison must back the rhetoric with investment and policy commensurate with the task.
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From property to local government, economic sectors are meeting the climate change challenge head on. Now the federal government must get on board.
It’s time Australian politicians were guided by national climate change legislation.
Nation-wide climate legislation would not only help reduce our carbon emissions, but also boost economic growth.
Issues such as how best to smooth the transition to renewable energy still need much more policy certainty.
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Australia’s current greenhouse emissions target is not ambitious enough, and we’re not on track to hit even this modest goal. But the potential is there to hit zero emissions by mid-century if we try.
Australia has just two decades to put itself on the path to zero greenhouse emissions.
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The world needs to be carbon-neutral by mid-century to give ourselves a chance of holding global warming to 1.5C. With around 1% of the global carbon budget, Australia needs to rapidly do its share.
A worker inspects solar panels at a solar farm in China.
What do China, India, South Africa and Mexico have in common? They all reduced the carbon intensity of their economies without sacrificing economic growth. Other developing nations can do the same.
Fuel efficiency standards would reduce carbon emissions and pain at the pump.
The federal government has begun the process of unwinding the carbon price, moving to cancel further auctions of carbon permits, ahead of its hoped-for repeal of all carbon-pricing legislation after the…
Complementary measures in the tax package make it easier for businesses to reduce emissions.
With all the focus on the carbon tax, it is not surprising many people are unaware that the government’s carbon pricing package incorporated a suite of other measures to reduce emissions. ClimateWorks…
All talk, no action: government dithering is expensive.
Whether we’re talking about investing in renewable energy, introducing an emissions trading scheme or putting a price on carbon, the climate change discussion has been invariably focused on the cost to…