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Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations in the Bavarian Alps for a summit in June. Time is ripe for a courageous shift in global leadership. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Forget the G7, the world needs a new alliance to lead it in the 21st century

The world needs an alliance of leading well-being economies, a WE7, to lead it in the 21st century. It would be the first step towards a global network committed to a sustainable future for the planet.
Satellite image showing clouds over the Greenland Sea downstream of the ice edge during conditions where there was a large transfer of heat and moisture from the ocean to the atmosphere. NASA

Declining winter sea ice near Greenland spells cooler climate for Europe

Loss of sea ice near Greenland and Iceland portend a colder future for Europe.
Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott said: ‘There is now overwhelming common ground on the need for a more certain and meaningful approach to emissions reduction’. AAP/Dean Lewins

Broad coalition formed to seek common ground on tackling climate change

Major business, union, research, environment, investor and social groups have formed the Australian Climate Roundtable in an effort to "put the climate policy debate on common ground and offer a way forward".
Only a small portion of Porto Novo, Benin, is built-up. The city is taking steps to combat climate change. Anton Ivanov/Shutterstock

Porto Novo: an African city taking action against climate change

Porto Novo in Benin, Rouen in France and Da Nang in Vietnam are taking steps to mitigate the harsh effects of climate change, which will hit them hard if they don't.
The north may be pleasant now, but climate change may make it less so. rjcox/Flickr

Climate: the elephant in the room for developing northern Australia

The recently released white paper on developing northern Australia ignores an elephant in the room: climate change. While the paper sees a bright future for the north (roads, rail, dams and food), without considering climate change we can't be sure the north will even be liveable.
Pope Francis has made a strong call to action on climate change. AAP/Fabrizio Belluschi

Abbott has papal disconnect on fossil fuels, renewables

Tony Abbott gets some lucky breaks. Imagine if Pope Francis had issued [this week's encyclical - with its clarion call for the world to address climate change - last year in the run up to the G20 hosted by Australia.
The papal encyclical challenges leaders to take action on climate change. AAP/Fabrizio Belluschi

Pope Francis throws down the gauntlet for Paris climate summit

The immediate importance of the Pope Francis' encyclical comes from its potential to influence world leaders and galvanise the developing world ahead of the Paris Climate Conference this year.
AAP/Fabrizio Belluschi

Is the Pope Catholic?

Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I’ve always found it a bit difficult to take men who go to work wearing silk dresses, lots of jewellery, and improbably large hats terribly seriously. Plenty of people…
Pressure is mounting inside and outside Australia for greater action on climate. AAP Image/Dan Peled

The pressure is mounting on Abbott to deliver on climate

International and domestic forces appear to be conspiring to significantly ratchet up the pressure on Prime Minster Tony Abbott’s climate policy.

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