The US has formally submitted its post-2020 climate target to the UN.
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The US has made its formal submission of climate targets beyond 2020. But Australia continues to twiddle its thumbs.
BP’s energy outlook would make it difficult to keep warming below 2C.
BP's Energy Outlook report forecast an increase in fossil fuel use by a third. That would make it difficult to keep warming below 2C.
In the Anthropocene, human-driven forces are shaping the planet in ways that may risk the collapse of human civilisation.
The Anthropocene, as an epoch of human-driven planetary change, poses huge environmental and political problems. But it could also force us to develop proper ecological and democratic accountability.
Observations from space have shown the world overall is getting greener despite deforestation and drought.
A new investigation of satellite records reveals that the Earth is getting greener, despite ongoing deforestation in Indonesia and South America.
Antarctica’s Brunt Ice Shelf photographed in October 2011 from NASA’s DC-8 research aircraft during an Operation IceBridge flight.
Researchers find that ice around Antarctica shrank quickly last decade, raising concerns over this buttress against melting land-based ice and future sea-level rise.
Clumps of thunderstorms are driving increases in rain over tropical oceans.
Image courtesy of the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, NASA Johnson Space Center
For a long time climate models have forecast increasing rainfall in tropics. Now we know part of the reason: clumpy thunderstorms.
An iconic photo - Earthrise taken by Apollo 8 astronauts in 1968 - reflects how humans must now think of managing the Earth as a whole system.
Rather than impose regulations to limit carbon emissions, policies should focus on innovation and systems change through social sciences.
Tracking the world’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gases.
In the lead up to climate meetings in Paris at the end of the year, countries will release draft targets - the framework of a possible global climate deal. Follow our interactive map as we track these targets.
It’s hard to know for sure what role climate change played in the intensity of Cyclone Pam.
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A causal relationship between cyclone behaviour and anthropogenic global warming is a very real possibility. But most climate scientists hesitate to attribute any single event to global warming.
Australian has moved swiftly to fly relief aid and personnel to Vanuatu but has been less responsive to Pacific Islanders' pleas to act on climate change.
While Australia’s leaders express concern for the people of Vanuatu, the welfare of poor states is a commitment from which Australia is walking away.
Cyclone Pam has left a shell of Uwen Garae’s home in Port Vila, Vanuatu.
The devastation to Vanuatu left in the wake of Cyclone Pam shows small islands in the Pacific need a climate insurance scheme, similar to what has been achieved in the Caribbean.
The sea level has gone up about half of a foot since the 1960s on the southern Florida coast, making floods after storms more frequent.
Florida’s coastal populations and its economy face serious threats from rising sea levels caused by global climate change. The state's response could set an example for other nations around the world.
Australia’s waterside cities and towns are under threat from rising sea levels unless more is done to stop CO2 emissions.
The 2015 Intergenerational Report underestimated the threat of climate change. An open letter from environmental and climate scientists.
Countries are working towards meetings in Paris in November that could see the first global climate deal since the Kyoto Protocol.
Ahead of meetings at the end of this year in Paris, countries will submit draft contributions for a global climate deal. The goal: reducing greenhouse gases beyond 2020, and ultimately keeping global warming below 2C.
The United Nation’s IPCC is considered the definitive source on climate science in international negotiations.
At a crossroads with its chairman leaving, the UN’s IPCC looks to engage more social scientists and representatives from developing countries.
Extreme weather events, such as droughts, will impact businesses in many industries, particularly those that rely on natural resources.
Industry is on the front lines of responding to the effects of climate change and forward-looking businesses are trying to shape policy -- before more stringent measures are imposed.
The tax burden of a carbon tax could come to represent a benefit for future generations.
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Discouraging carbon emissions via a carbon tax could deliver the government much needed revenue.
Australia likely has several decades of coal left in it yet.
Australia likely has decades of fossil fuels left to extract, export and burn. That could prove to be a problem if the world comes to an agreement on climate change. Here's four ways to help the economy, and the climate.
Lack of rain and poor management of land and water caused the most severe drought in Syria in 100 years and led to a mass migration to cities that contributed to country’s civil war.
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A drought in Syria that was exacerbated by climate change helped fuel the unrest that led to the country's civil war.
How will we cope with the losses posed by climate change?
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A growing number of researchers are looking to grief to understand how people will respond to climate change.