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Emissions are seen from an oil refinery in Alberta. (Shutterstock)

Why Canada should lead global climate action

As a wealthy nation with global diplomatic and multilateral influence, Canada is among a small subset of nations uniquely positioned to act individually and collaboratively on climate change.
COP24 venue Spodek arena in Katowice, Poland. Milosz Maslanka/Shutterstock

COP24: what to expect

Climate change conferences can be bewildering. Here's a recap of how we got here, what to look out for at COP24 and what comes next.
Climate teams: if countries pooled resources, they could support a low-emission transformation.

A new approach to emissions trading in a post-Paris climate

New Zealand is a trailblazer for emissions trading, which could help drive a low-emission transformation, both domestically and overseas, in a post-Paris world.
French President François Hollande was among those who warned Donald Trump not to withdraw from the Paris climate deal. EPA/Mohamed Messara

Marrakech climate talks produced defiance towards Trump, but little else

The latest climate summit began the long slog towards putting the Paris Agreement into action. But it generated more questions than answers, particularly on how to handle a Trump-led United States.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announce plans to ratify the Paris climate deal, which could be severely weakened by a US change of heart. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Australia to ratify the Paris climate deal, under a large Trump-shaped shadow

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced plans to ratify the Paris climate agreement, a day after US participation in the treaty was thrown into dought by Donald Trump's election victory.
Presidents Jinping (centre) and Obama (right) have ensured that the Paris Agreement now covers 40% of the world’s emissions, bringing it closer to coming into force. EPA/How Hwee Young

US-China ratification of Paris Agreement ramps up the pressure on Australia

Unlike the Kyoto Protocol, which languished for years, the Paris climate agreement is rocketing towards the threshold for it to enter into international law – leaving Australia in its wake.
Can negotiators in Paris get a hit? Peter Miller/flickr

Can the Paris climate talks prevent a planetary strike-out?

The UN climate talks in Bonn last week left many key issues unresolved, creating big challenges for forging a global deal in Paris later this year that would avert the worst effects of climate change.
John Howard made sure he was facing the same way as other world leaders on climate policy, unlike the current Prime Minister. AAP Image/David Crosling

How John Howard could help turn Tony Abbott around on climate

Throughout his prime-ministership, which ran from 1996 to 2007, John Howard’s perspective on climate change was informed by geopolitics more than science. The Kyoto Protocol, the key international climate…

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