In its new energy strategy, the government says it “remains absolutely committed to maximising the vital production of North Sea oil and gas as the North Sea basin declines”.
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The country is missing a strong and strategic coalition of pro-climate interest groups, says research.
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Raising such a depressing topic can feel awkward. Speaking up about climate change therefore takes courage.
Words matter. It’s vital terms like ‘crisis’ and ‘calamity’ don’t become rhetorical devices devoid of real content as we argue about what climate action to take.
Australia abandoned its moral obligations under Kyoto. By carrying our mistakes into the Paris deal, we risk firming our status as a global climate pariah.
Without a radical change of course on climate change, Australians will struggle to survive on this continent, let alone thrive.
For decades Australian scientists have, clearly and respectfully, warned about the risks to Australia of a rapidly heating climate. After this season’s fires, perhaps it’s time to listen.
Young environmentalists are putting the ethical dimensions of climate change at the center of a global debate that has historically focused on politics, efficiency and cost-benefits analysis.
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Economic and political assessments of climate change have for years helped justify inaction. Now, young environmentalists worldwide are shifting the debate to focus on values, ethics and justice.
New South Wales, which was 100% drought-declared in August 2018, is already suffering climate impacts.
Ten years ago, politicians such as Tony Abbott would routinely voice disdain for climate science. Now, while the policy debate remains fierce, the battleground has shifted to economics and jobs.
There’s a difference between not believing and denying the science on climate change.
Calling all people who don’t agree with climate science “deniers” is neither accurate nor helpful.
A protest against fossil fuels at a coal mine in 2016.
An analysis of media coverage provides lessons for how to move the climate debate forward and other highly polarized issues.
When Tony Abbott went too far in his advocacy for the coal industry, his government faced a public backlash.
While climate denialism impedes policymaking in both the US and Australia, there are key differences in their political and public cultures.
Having an antagonistic debate over climate change will not shed any more light on the fundamentals of climate science.
Why assembling two teams to debate climate change is all about political spectacle and sowing doubt – and has nothing to do with actual climate science.
Yes, editors have the right to search out diverging views. But readers also have the right to object to distorted or biased coverage.
Parts of the Arctic were 16°C warmer than normal in February.
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February was the third consecutive month to break global temperature records.
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Prepare for misinformation and grand talk of scientific conspiracies.
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People know global warming is a big problem requiring urgent action, but still find it difficult to talk about.
Whose message will be heard?
The Paris Climate Conference must not be hijacked by big business and its allies in the world’s media.
Fishing for the truth?
The BBC is under fire for unbalanced representation of the UK’s national weather service.
A new analysis of historic weather balloon data reveals that the troposphere has been warming as climate models predicted.
Climate models have been criticised because observations could not find the predicted “hot spot” of strong warming in the troposphere. But analyses now show that the tropospheric hot spot is indeed real.
Everything is more interesting with colourful lights.
Sometimes it’s fine for climate science to be plain old interesting.
Climate debaters will put you in a box, whatever your views might be.
The climate debate seems to be as polarised as ever. While joint political pledges offer some hope that climate change no longer has to be a partisan issue, a look at the comments below most articles on…