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Despite the ongoing pandemic, the agenda for 2022 includes key developments to tackle the connected crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.
Plan to cut emissions quickly, use offsets sparingly and set broader goals for improving society.
Tuz Lake, once the second-largest lake in Turkey, has almost entirely receded in 2021, following a climate-induced drought and decades of agricultural polices that depleted groundwater.
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On the tail of yet another year of climate disasters, 2022 ushers in the final version of the Paris Agreement, making it a functioning global climate treaty. But it alone can’t save us.
The dust has settled on COP26 and one of the summit’s few achievements looks decidedly less impressive.
Labor’s 2030 emission reduction target of 43% is more ambitious than the Coalition, but still falls well below what the science says is needed.
The sheer scale of emissions from the expansion, and projects linked, to it will make achieving 2030 emission targets much harder for Western Australia and by extension, Australia and the world.
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Loss and damage – the three words which define the COP26 Glasgow summit’s disappointing outcome.
John Kerry and other delegate in discussions on the final day of COP26.
COP26 saw incremental progress but not the breakthrough moment needed.
Aerial photo of a power station and coal stockpile in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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?
Only in coming years will we know if COP26 was a real game-changer for the planet, or just empty promises and spin.
The Morrison government’s great refusal to take action on climate may come back to haunt Australia when we seek the cooperation of other countries.
We cannot claim that inducing others to reduce emissions gives us a moral license to emit in their place.
COP26 president Alok Sharma.
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In Paris, the French drafted ambitious texts and dared the biggest emitters to oppose it. In Glasgow, it’s the least developed countries which will have to do the most work.
Heading into the final days of the Glasgow summit, the goal of limiting heating below 2℃ looks attainable, and 1.5℃ is still within reach. There is still room for hope.
It’s encouraging to see the Morrison government move past its claim electric vehicles would ‘end the weekend’. But the new plan is not the national electric vehicle strategy Australia deserves, and badly needs.
We already have most technologies Australia needs to make the clean energy transition. What’s missing is a plan to deploy them at huge scale.
Targets for reductions in methane and other greenhouse gases should be guided by science, and set in line with the Paris deal.
When Prime Minister Scott Morrison returns from the Glasgow climate summit, he must start a proper national conversation on net-zero.
Helping developing nations pay for the expensive work of emissions reduction and adaptation benefits everyone on the planet.
Coal accounted for 10 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions globally in 2018. Germany plans to close its coal-fired power stations, like this one in Luetzerath, by 2038.
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A global emissions-credit trading system could bring an end to the production of coal-fired electricity, spur innovation and help countries meet their greenhouse gas emissions goals.