Australia

BP carbon bomb in Great Australian Bight under spotlight

Disastrous plans from BP, Statoil, and Chevron to drill for oil in the incredibly hostile Great Australian Bight will soon be under the spotlight, with the Australian Senate instigating an inquiry into the AU$1 billion project. Reje...

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CSIRO climate PR disaster continues with Fair Work challenge

After weeks of domestic and international condemnation of the CSIRO’s sudden and illogical cuts to climate science, the controversy continues to percolate, with staff preparing to launch a Fair Work challenge and Prime Minister Malc...

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Japan green lights new, soon to be stranded, coal assets

Japan has missed the memo about the dire economic and climate risks of fossil fuels, with its Ministry of the Environment taking a u-turn and preparing to ease its opposition to new coal power plants. In 2015 Environment Minister Ta...

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AGL abandons coal seam gas as fossil firms stake claims to looming scraps

In a major win for Australian farmers, energy company AGL has announced it is abandoning coal seam gas operations due to depressed global oil prices. AGL has seen the writing on the wall and decided to get out of fossil fuels rather...

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Fossil fuels in trouble amidst price glut

Amidst plummeting prices for oil and coal, companies betting on risky, out-dated fossil fuels are finding themselves losing the battle for survival against the clean energy future. As oil prices continue to drag, Shell reported an 8...

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Ashen fingerprints of climate change all over Tasmanian fires

Heavy rain may finally bringing some relief to firefighting efforts in Tasmania, but blazes continue to burn throughout world heritage areas in what has been dubbed a global tragedy. With Western Tasmania suffering through the dries...

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Zika: As temperatures rise, epidemics spread

As the world continues to reel from extreme weather events, and waking up to the dangerous realities of climate change, the terrifying underbelly of global warming is currently being highlighted by an outbreak of the Zika virus in S...

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Hottest year on record has human fingerprints all over it

The world’s recent run of record-breaking warm years would have been near impossible without man-made climate change. That’s the clear finding of a new study which showed that 13 of the 15 hottest year in the 150-year-long record ha...

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Another blow for coal as Vietnam signals retreat

In yet another blow for the global coal industry, Vietnam has signalled its retreat from this dirty energy source. In a statement, Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng said his government would review plans for new coal power plants, sayi...

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Renewing the economy: clean energy key to growth

While investors and global leaders crunch numbers this week to stabilize the global economy, experts are offering hard-hitting numbers linking renewables to a prosperous future. Just a few days ahead of the World Economic Forum in D...

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Australian Govt slows renewables, but clean transition surges ahead regardless

The impact of the Coalition government’s relentless attacks on renewables has been highlighted again, with an annual survey from Bloomberg New Energy Finance finding that investment in large-scale renewable energy down under continu...

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Coal is a harmful rock in a hard place as fortunes fade

If 2015 was “the year that coal broke”, 2016 is already confirming it’s unfixable. China announced the closure of 1,000 coal mines, while 2015 US coal production was shown to be the lowest in 30 years, as yet another of the country’...

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Pressure on polluters set to grow in 2016, as year starts with storms

With 2016 already forecast to be the hottest year on record, extreme weather events, like those which have battered countries across the world this New Year look set to become the new normal. From floods in the UK to storms and unpr...

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2016: The coal party is over and the cleanup begins

With the landmark COP21 climate deal signed in Paris just a few weeks ago, 2016 has kicked off with yet more positive signs that the ‘Paris effect’ is speeding the transition away from fossil fuels. Share markets crystal ball-ed the...

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Historic climate agreement reflects real world change, protects vulnerable people

195 countries reached across traditional divides today to unite behind the greatest moral challenge of our time and seal the deal on a historic climate accord. The Paris Agreement is an inclusive, ambitious, science-based deal that ...

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Real work begins on final Paris deal as people unite behind ambition

Civil society groups united for a peaceful sit-in Thursday in UN negotiation halls, just hours after ministers unveiled a draft negotiation text for a Paris outcome. Mobilizers, who included trade unionists, youth, gender, and indig...

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Ministers receive climate torch for second leg of Paris summit

As ministers arrive for the second week of climate talks, all eyes will be on them to match the ambition and spirit of unity set out by their leaders last week. To do this, ministers will need to lock in measures that speed up the j...

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World’s health hinges on fossil free future, medics tell COP21

As the Paris climate summit reaches its halfway point, calls to action representing more than 1,700 health organizations and over 13 million doctors, nurses and other health professionals are urging governments to reach a strong agr...

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Smart money moves to renewables; all eyes on governments for next move

Momentum for climate action in the real world continues to lead the politics by a significant margin, with strong strides from top-tier financiers today again demonstrating to politicians that the smart money is absolutely on a rene...

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Paris summit is eye of storm as nations across the globe weather climate impacts

India may be thousands of miles from Paris, but the deadly monsoons raging there are a reminder to climate negotiators in the French capital that risk and resilience must stay high on the agenda. India – one of the world’s mos...

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