The coronavirus pandemic caused the UN’s annual climate conference to be postponed by a year, but it was also responsible for a drop in carbon emissions. Is it enough and will it last?
Three decades of growing scientific certainty about climate change have yielded little progress.
The Trump presidency has been a godsend for an Australian government apparently uninterested in significant climate action. But with Trump well behind in the polls, that’s set to change.
Low ambition from polluting nations derailed the COP25 climate talks.
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Earth has only a few chances to avert catastrophic climate change. At the COP25 in Madrid, we blew one of them.
This week’s climate conference in Madrid is key to getting global cooperation on climate change, the impacts of which are already being felt.
Recent bushfires and extreme weather are just a small taste of what is to come if this week’s climate negotiations in Madrid fail to deliver.
Will he stay or will he go? Protesters at last week’s G7 meeting don’t know either.
Some experts say it’s better for the US to leave the Paris Agreement than white-ant it from within. But that ignores the damage that a US withdrawal would do to the fabric of global multilateralism.
With Donald Trump overturning Obama’s Clean Power Plan, and some Australian politicians cheering him on, will we always have Paris?
Civil society and other groups, such as academics and businesses, stand to play a bigger role in how the countries of the world address climate change.
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Recent global climate talks at COP22 saw a growing role for businesses, NGOs and the state of California – a promising sign for action on climate change in the face of U.S. inaction.
Marrakesh braces for the first round of climate talks since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015.
The Paris Agreement is in place, but there’s still much to lose for the least developed countries.
Less than a year after the Paris negotiations, the process is gathering pace.
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Just 11 months after the Paris climate talks, the resulting treaty has come into force. The rapid ratification looks set to heap even more pressure on Australia to come up with a credible climate policy.
Global climate negotiators come to Marrakesh to talk about how to transfer money from rich to poor countries for climate adaptation, among other issues.
Negotiators face a daunting task at the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh: Build on the momentum of Paris and resolve difficult questions over money for poor countries.
Mary Robinson, former Irish president, is a key proponent of “climate justice”
The burden of mitigating and adapting to climate change must be shared between all parts of society.
Fears are growing that the Paris climate negotiators are making a hash of it.
At the halfway mark in the Paris climate talks, progress is still frustratingly slow as the negotiations risk falling prey to old stalling tactics.
Ahead of the Paris climate summit businesses have made pledges, including to purchase power from renewable generation.
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What have businesses put on the table ahead of the Paris climate summit in December?
Is Australia’s 2030 climate target really going to protect the coal industry?
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said his government’s 2030 climate target will be good for the environment and jobs – and good for protecting the nation’s coal industry.
UN lead climate negotiator Christiana Figueres (second from left) has been hailed as having the dynamism needed to drive the Paris talks.
The much-hyped 2009 Copenhagen climate summit yielded only a flimsy accord. But, as Nick Rowley writes in part 2 of his three-part essay on the 2015 Paris climate talks, there are several reasons why this year won’t see another flop.
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.
Could people get just as concerned about climate change as nuclear war?
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From the 1950s until the 1990s, nuclear weapons were viewed as the greatest threat to human life on the planet. Jonathan Schell, whose book The Fate of the Earth (1998) perhaps best crystallised the danger…
It would be a stretch to call the latest climate talks in Peru a raging success.
The UN’s climate negotiations in Lima (known as COP20) over the past fortnight were held in a military compound normally used by the Peruvian Army. Each day, negotiators at the COP passed an obstacle course…
Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop are bidding to repair the government’s tarnished reputation on climate - but have they pledged enough?
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At the United Nations Lima climate summit, Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop has pledged A$200 million over four years to the Green Climate Fund, which seeks to raise US$100 billion (A$120 billion…