The Liberals and the Nationals need each other to stay in government. But climate policy gives us an insight into just how precarious – yet effective – that coalition can be.
It appears from recent polling that the more the deputy prime minister is in the spotlight, the worse the Coalition will perform.
After some prevarication, the prime minister is heading for the COP 26 meeting, But first, he needs to sort out the position on climate within the coalition.
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Click through a timeline to make sense of Australia’s long, tumultuous years of shifting climate policies ahead of next month’s international climate summit in Glasgow.
Nationals’ concerns about the effects on regional Australia are legitimate, but greater forces in favour of a net-zero emissions target will likely push the policy over the line.
Reducing fossil use and increasing renewable energy worldwide are crucial to both sustainable development and fighting climate change.
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Energy and climate policies aren’t always headed in the same direction, but if they work together they can tackle two of the biggest challenges of our time.
In the lead-up to the climate conference in Glasgow, and with increasing pressure from the Biden administration, Scott Morrison finds himself beset by the limited flexibility of the Nationals on climate policy.
With wildfires, droughts and extreme storms in many parts of the world, climate warnings are starting to feel personal.
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These international climate assessments are used by governments worldwide as they weigh future risks and climate policies.
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But with new commitments getting made by governments all over the world, we hope to see this progress improve soon.
Both climate change and policies to prevent it can rattle the economy.
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It isn’t just the effects of climate change that could destabilize the financial system, it’s also fossil fuel assets losing value. The good news is that central banks can fix it.
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We shouldn't allow disingenuous uses of net zero to discredit the concept as a whole.
A holistic view of climate change risk considers climate hazards, exposure, vulnerability and the responses to these. It also takes into account how multiple risks interact.
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The world, accustomed to Australia’s shifty climate stance, is unlikely to fall for Morrison’s diversion tactics at Biden’s climate summit this week.
How big a deal is carbon leakage, anyway?
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It’s meant to stop what’s known as ‘carbon leakage’ – when production moves elsewhere to avoid climate policies – but the solution has economic, legal and environmental consequences.
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These emissions aren’t factored into climate targets, and COVID recovery could make it worse.
We were supposed to have a ‘climate election’ in 2019. New research looked at attitudes to climate change in Australia, and may explain why that didn’t pan out.
It’s said the best predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour. Let’s hope that’s not the case with Mathias Cormann’s climate stance when he joins the OECD.
As climate change brings longer and drier summers, Canadians will face greater risks of more serious wildfires, like those that tore through neighbourhoods in Fort McMurray, Alta., in May 2016.
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Governments must expand the number of people who see themselves as “winners” in the transition to a low-carbon society.
New Zealand has put just over half of its NZ$50 billion pandemic stimulus towards clean energy, but several fossil fuel powered projects will slow down the country’s shift to a low-emissions economy.
As recent political history shows, emissions reduction targets must be legally binding if we’re to have any hope of reaching them.