Grattan Institute analysis shows it’s possible to achieve a vastly lower-emissions electricity system in less than two decades – if governments can muster the courage.
The recent climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, shows that climate change deniers have shifted their tactics to thwart the efforts of countries to phase out fossil fuel use.
Western democracies need to create a financing program to support the energy transition in the Indo-Pacific — and to achieve both regional security and climate goals.
Rich countries like the UK have almost left coal power behind, but it’s not as easy for developing countries.
Stabilising Earth’s climate depends on a lot more than deals struck at conferences like Glasgow. But those agreements set a frame for real-world decisions.
Rather than slow the decline in coal use, India’s actions at COP26 ensure it and other polluting nations, including Australia, will be under even greater scrutiny.
From weak 2030 targets to controversial rules around carbon trading, let’s take a look at the summit’s defining issues.
Has the summit delivered on its goals?
Pitched at an initial US$8.5 billion, the partnership has the potential to be one of the largest individual climate finance transactions to date. But can a just transition be achieved?
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Chris Bowen says Labor’s climate policy will be ‘realistic and ambitious’
Michelle Grattan speaks with shadow minister Chris Bowen on Labor's "realistic and ambitious" climate policy and Australia's yet to be released renewable future
Despite vastly different political systems, we can draw some interesting parallels between Russia and Australia on the climate front.
Coal is the dirtiest fuel source – eliminating it is a priority for tackling climate change.
Here are four ways the current electricity system favours existing, higher emitting technologies. These must be overcome to rapidly cut Australia’s emissions.
Electric vehicle sales are booming and coal power is dwindling, but structural obstacles to net zero remain.
When Prime Minister Scott Morrison returns from the Glasgow climate summit, he must start a proper national conversation on net-zero.
For a net-zero plan not to include a strategy to phase out this enormous contribution to climate change is an abrogation of responsibility.
The brutal arithmetic behind the prime minister’s carbon reduction plan leaves no place for coal.
The real decisions on Australia’s emissions reduction are being made by state governments and civil society, or outside the country altogether.
This is a transcript of part 3 of Climate Fight: the world’s biggest negotiation, a series from The Anthill podcast.
Listen to the third episode of a new series from The Anthill Podcast ahead of the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.