Barnaby Joyce has delivered to Scott Morrison but fears the cost
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is poised to announce Australia will adopt a target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But it’s too little, too late.
Nationals agree to net-zero and win extra cabinet spot in the negotiations
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Bridget McKenzie on the need for the Nationals to be noisy.
Michelle Grattan speaks with MP Bridget McKenzie about the Nationals, climate negotiations and her reflections on the sports rort affair
University of Canberra Professional Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Associate Professor Caroline Fisher discuss the week in politics
As the Liberal and National parties attempt to agree to net zero, Barnaby Joyce needs to find a way to sell a policy to his electorate that he doesn’t believe in
A solar farm in Devon, UK.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s spending plans may thwart the government’s proposals for reach net zero.
Word from The Hill: Mustering the government’s rural rump into the 2050 tent.
Michelle Grattan discusses politics with politics + society editor, Amanda Dunn
As Scott Morrison confirms that he will attend the Glasgow climate conference, Nationals Leader Barnaby Joyce has killed the prospect of the party agreeing to a new 2030 emission reductions target.
The United Nations climate summit in Glasgow next month is the first real test of whether the world can limit global warming below catastrophic levels.
A greenhouse in Switzerland which grows food using CO₂ captured from outside.
Orjan Ellingvag/Alamy Stock Photo
Removing carbon from the atmosphere is as much a social problem as a technical one.
Nationals’ concerns about the effects on regional Australia are legitimate, but greater forces in favour of a net-zero emissions target will likely push the policy over the line.
The world is a much better place for the extra carbon being absorbed by forests, but it can never entirely offset emissions.
Reaching net-zero emissions will require intense policy focus, private investment and clear accountability – conditions only a firm numerical target can provide.
Some Nationals want agriculture carved out of any net-zero target. Cutting emissions from farms won’t be easy, but it’s essential.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will prepare the way for Scott Morrison to take a target of net zero emissions by 2050 to Glasgow, when he warns on Friday capital inflow will be at risk if Australia is seen as a climate laggard.
In the lead-up to the climate conference in Glasgow, and with increasing pressure from the Biden administration, Scott Morrison finds himself beset by the limited flexibility of the Nationals on climate policy.
Barnaby Joyce on net zero 2050, a coal-fired power station – and how resources is (sort of) in cabinet.
Michelle Grattan discusses net zero 2050, coal power, regional women, and the Nationals' new cabinet with Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce
At the end of the day, net-zero by 2050 is a risky and inadequate goal, especially for wealthy nations such as Australia.
Rhetoric is hardening, but government policies still honour the special relationship with fossil fuels.