Australia

World needs EU to step up climate leadership

International leaders and UN officials gathering last weekend for a global security conference in Munich, Germany agreed that climate change is one of the biggest threats to international security and drastically increases the risk ...

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Australia, US push fossil fuel projects ahead of indigenous rights amid extreme heat

As parts of the US, Australia and the Arctic experience record heat, both Australian and US authorities appear determined to support fossil fuels as much as possible, despite legal efforts by indigenous peoples in both countries. In...

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Clean energy boom to halt oil and coal demand say risk experts

A boom in electric vehicle and solar energy deployment driven by falling costs will halt growth in oil and coal demand from 2020, according to new analysis from Carbon Tracker and the Grantham Institute. Electric vehicles could make...

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Ignoring climate facts, undermining science & attacking media hurts democracy

This week’s attempts by the Trump administration to hide the reality of climate change reveals the undemocratic, self-serving motivations held by the new US Commander-in-Chief and the party he leads. In a matter of days the inexperi...

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Temperature records smashed as Trump takes office

As Donald Trump prepared to deliver the Presidential inauguration speech and lead his team of fossil fuel cronies into the White House, NASA, NOAA, the World Meteorological Organisation and the MET Office announced that 2016 was the...

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Australia to gamble billion dollar handout on coal carbon bomb

As indigenous protesters in the US celebrate an historic victory over the North Dakota pipeline, everyday Australians are gearing up to fight their Federal government over newly announced plans to offer vast subsidies to huge new co...

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Air pollution deaths exposed as cities step up to save lives

India and China’s continued use of coal is causing an additional 1.6 million deaths per year, and both nations are failing to reduce air pollution-related despite rising GDP, says a new report from Greenpeace. India has in fact over...

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People stand for water and rights in ongoing fossil fight

The rise of Trump in the US galvanised countries at COP 22 to redouble efforts on climate change and the clean energy transition, but it appears some governments are still struggling to reconcile their decisions on fossil fuel infra...

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Public health risk driving support to quit coal and go 100% renewable

With the world at a critical juncture for clean energy and climate action, leading health experts have launched a unique initiative to track the impact of climate change and fossil fuel burning on public health over the next 15 year...

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Accelerating clean economic transition only way to “make America great again”

Following one of the most divisive and controversial Presidential election campaigns in US history, the victory of Republican candidate Donald Trump has rocked markets and audiences around the world. A chorus of business experts, he...

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Paris Agreement comes into force days before COP22 kick off in Morocco

Today the global climate treaty negotiated by 197 countries in France last year – The Paris Agreement – has been granted the full force of international law, well ahead of all expectations. This treaty’s “entry into forc...

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Clean energy and electric vehicles improving lives, killing fossils

As fossils fight loud and clumsy battles for social license in countries such as the US, UK, and Australia, a renewable revolution as quiet as the electric cars it powers continues at pace everywhere that people care about air and n...

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Swedish government violates Paris deal, approves sale of its German coal assets

The Swedish government failed a vital climate test today, paving the way for coal mining to continue beyond its borders, while taking credit for emissions cuts at home. In an “act of climate sabotage” the Swedish government approved...

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Election special: double disillusionment in major parties

With the 2016 double dissolution election vote and another hung parliament looming, the Coalition government is pleading with voters to focus on economic stability, but unfortunately for it there will be no solace from volatility wi...

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Brexit: No excuse to ‘go back to year zero’ on climate

As the UK’s vote to leave the European Union sends shockwaves across the world, green groups warn the move cannot be an excuse to “go back to year zero on environmental protection”. In the hours since the final votes were counted th...

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Staggering levels of solar investment brings windfalls for Australian families

Gold rush times have arrived in Australia again, but instead of digging holes for prosperity, a new report from Solar Citizens shows it is coming from the sky. The State of Solar report has evaluated the benefits of Australia’s sola...

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World celebrates Pope’s words as faith groups shift into action

The world is celebrating the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ groundbreaking encyclical on ecology, “Laudato Si”, and much of those celebrations are focused on taking climate action. In Australia Thursday, four Catholic orders ...

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New India-US partnership sends “jolt of momentum” to global climate deal

The US and India have signalled their intent to “forge ahead” with climate action, driving the world closer towards meeting its landmark climate agreement. Meeting in Washington this week, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US...

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“Stormageddon” shows glimpse of new normal in warming world

If the brutal bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef was not enough to bring home the need for drastic and urgent action on climate change, this weekend’s wild weather all along the East coast and Tasmania should be. Upping the ante on...

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Renewables boosted as world leaders commit to scale up investment

Private sector investors committed to “accelerate clean energy innovation and expand investment in climate solutions,” with business leaders from 23 countries and representing 90 per cent of clean energy investment agree...

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