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The 1.5℃ global warming limit is not impossible – but without political action it soon will be

Humanity can still limit global warming to 1.5°C this century. But political action will determine whether it actually does. Conflating the two questions amounts to dangerous, misplaced punditry.
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Wake up, Mr Morrison: Australia’s slack climate effort leaves our children 10 times more work to do

We hear a lot about the Morrison government ‘kicking the can down the road’ on emissions reduction. New research reveals the precise burden that forces onto young Australians.
Extinction Rebellion protesters have faced harsh bail conditions, typically reserved for bikie gang members. Dave Hunt/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the Extinction Rebellion protests - and Australia’s responsibility at the Turkish-Syrian border

Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the acts of civil disobedience by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion, and consider what Australia’s responsibility is in the Turkey-Syria conflict.
Australia’s overall emissions are rising, high electricity prices remain a burden, and there is nervousness about the summer power supply. Shutterstock

Grattan on Friday: A little more confusion added to the climate policy debate

The climate policy has become an article of faith within Labor, and among many supporters. It’s also a policy that in the election split voters Labor needed, attracting some but driving away others.
Butler rejected Fitzgibbon’s proposal saying the government’s target ‘is fundamentally inconsistent with the Paris agreement’. Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor’s climate and resources spokesmen at odds over future policy

Opposition resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has had his proposal to bring Labor’s climate change target into line with the government’s immediately torpedoed by the party’s climate spokesman Mark Butler.
The closure of the Hazelwood mine has lessons for the future of coal in Australia. Global Warming Images/AAP

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

An international report has found there’s no future for Australia’s coal exports.

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