Some Nationals want agriculture carved out of any net-zero target. Cutting emissions from farms won’t be easy, but it’s essential.
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.
Heavy industry still seems reluctant to engage with the Emissions Reduction Fund.
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A survey of executives in high-emitting industries such as mining and electricity generation suggests they are not engaging with the government’s flagship policy to cut greenhouse emissions.
Less than a year after the Paris negotiations, the process is gathering pace.
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Just 11 months after the Paris climate talks, the resulting treaty has come into force. The rapid ratification looks set to heap even more pressure on Australia to come up with a credible climate policy.
Plants absorb carbon and store it in the land.
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Australia is pumping 6.5 times more carbon into the atmosphere than the land can absorb.
Turnbull might be hamstrung by his barely-there majority.
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Malcolm Turnbull returns to the helm with a wafer-thin majority and a significant element in his government who still oppose climate action - can he defy the odds and serve up some credible policy?
After days of waiting, Malcolm Turnbull will form a government.
What did the Coalition promise during the campaign in 11 key policy areas, from health to infrastructure to jobs?