Britain, one of the European Union’s most consistent backers of climate action, is poised to walk out.
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Britain was among Europe's most progressive voices on climate policy. Its imminent withdrawal leaves the European Union grappling with voices of dissent from member states such as Poland.
The Greens are the party of climate action - but do they embrace enough technologies to get there?
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The Greens have successfully cast themselves as the party of climate science. But to hit their climate goals they may need to become even more radical, by embracing technologies like nuclear power.
Malcolm Turnbull’s speech to the Paris climate summit lacked real focus, but he still has time to grab the issue with both hands before the election.
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Australia has been mired in climate confusion for years - as reflected by its underwhelming performance at last year's Paris climate summit. Here's how to get things back on an even keel.
Electricity emissions have risen by 5.5% in the past two years due to increasing demand and the scrapping of Labor’s carbon price.
Modelling done for the Climate Institute indicates that without big policy changes Australia's path to zero emissions from the electricity sector by 2050 would mean huge disruption after 2030.
Really deep cuts in aircraft emissions are still a distant prospect.
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Governments and the aviation industry have welcomed new proposed aircraft emissions standards - which rather suggests that the new rules don't go far enough.
Renewable energy is at the more expensive end of the emissions cost curve, but is a vital piece of the bigger picture.
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Australia's greenhouse emissions are once again rising, after a decade of consistent declines. But the right policies are already in place to turn things around - they just need to be ramped up.
It’s a tall order - especially when it’s spelled out on the Eiffel Tower.
How will the world actually deliver on the Paris climate ambition to hold global warming to no more than 1.5℃? It's a tough scientific and technical challenge.
The pressure to pledge for 1.5℃ grew throughout the Paris summit.
The inclusion of a 1.5℃ goal in the Paris climate deal might have surprised some observers. But in reality, the diplomatic groundwork was laid years before.
Laurent Fabius has brought the gavel down on a successful deal.
The Paris deal has laid the foundations for real global progress on climate change. On that score, it must be judged a huge success.
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COP21 ended with an agreement that is at once both historic, important – and inadequate
Job done: COP21 president Laurent Fabius.
At the Paris climate talks, the world has signed up to the first truly global treaty to tackle global warming. Our experts react.
Coal mines are increasingly incompatible with the world’s carbon budget.
The Paris climate agreement doesn't specifically address cutting down on coal, but the tide is turning against coal mining anyway.
Saleemul Huq (left) says the world’s vision should be to help everyone with climate change - even the very poorest.
A majority of countries want visionary action rather than pragmatism at the Paris climate talks, says the International Institute for Environment and Development's Saleemul Huq.
World leaders gathering at COP21 should ditch old ideas about ‘climate equity’.
The sooner nations stop viewing emissions reduction as a burden to be shared, and more as an opportunity to be grasped, the sooner real climate progress will be achieved.
Gas is the solution to some but not all our problems.
UK's decision to close coal power plants is really a statement of the obvious, and does nothing to answer the problem of what to do afterwards.
When it comes to gas vs renwables, it seems the balance isn’t right.
Who'd want to take part in the UK energy economy when the government keeps changing the rules?
Malcolm Turnbull, as a former investment banker, should be able to feel the prevailing global winds around climate finance.
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After years of squabbling over climate policy, do we now have a prime minister prepared to clean up the mess? Given a fair wind at the Paris summit and an election win, Turnbull might just pull it off.
Ros Kelly was the first in a long line of federal ministers to address themselves to the question of Australia’s emissions target.
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When Australia's government first pledged to set an emission-reduction target, Jon Bon Jovi was riding high in the charts. The progress made in the 25 years since has hardly been a blaze of glory.
Global scrutiny has pummelled VW shares.
The market reaction to the VW emissions scandal is just like that of a jilted lover.
In 2010 Malcolm Turnbull threatened to cross the floor to vote for emissions trading. Polls suggest the public would back him now, even if his party won’t.
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In backing Abbott's existing climate policy, Malcolm Turnbull looks like appeasing his party. But his prospects would be better served by appealing to voters who are anxious for strong climate action.