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Renewables drive Australian emissions lower as wind records blown away

Renewables drive Australian emissions lower as wind records blown away

Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions extended their declines into the first three months of 2021, driven lower by a roaring renewable energy sector that set fresh records this past weekend.

  • by Peter Hannam

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Group of 20 nations fails to agree on phasing out coal by 2025

Group of 20 nations fails to agree on phasing out coal by 2025

The move to rapidly abandon coal was supported by G7 members but opposed by other nations that attended the G20 meeting in Naples on Friday.

  • by Nick O'Malley
The world gallops to Glasgow while Australia trundles the other way

The world gallops to Glasgow while Australia trundles the other way

Countries are acting with increasing urgency on climate change. Australia is not among them.

  • by Nick O'Malley
How the dynamics of a heating planet are driving extreme weather

How the dynamics of a heating planet are driving extreme weather

Scientists who once studied climate change as a future threat are now grappling with the immediacy of violently altered weather patterns.

  • by Peter Hannam
Environment Minister appeals ruling she must protect children from climate harm

Environment Minister appeals ruling she must protect children from climate harm

Sussan Ley’s appeal against a landmark court ruling also argues the primary judge erred in his findings about global temperature rise.

  • by Miki Perkins
Australia’s giant carbon capture project fails to meet key targets

Australia’s giant carbon capture project fails to meet key targets

Analysts say the $54 billion Gorgon project to extract and export gas from fields off the WA coast has missed key benchmarks agreed to five years ago.

  • by Nick O'Malley
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Northern hemisphere’s awful summer demands climate action

Northern hemisphere’s awful summer demands climate action

The floods in Germany and heatwaves in North America show the dangers but the federal government makes only lazy excuses.

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Why a killer US heatwave points to a stifling future for our cities

Why a killer US heatwave points to a stifling future for our cities

Urban heat experts say the record-breaking heatwave in North America should set off alarm bells in Australia. But decision-makers are not listening.

  • by Nick O'Malley and Miki Perkins
EU carbon border tax is a warning to Australia: cut emissions or lose exports

EU carbon border tax is a warning to Australia: cut emissions or lose exports

If we play our cards right, this could be an opportunity and our emerging low-carbon industries – such as green steel, aluminium and lithium – will thrive.

  • by Emma Beal and Luke Heeney
‘Cascade effect’: Amazon basin switches from carbon sink to CO2 source

‘Cascade effect’: Amazon basin switches from carbon sink to CO2 source

The Amazon basin, one of the planet’s largest stores of carbon, is beginning to release more carbon-dioxide to the atmosphere than it absorbs as deforestation and fires spread, potentially accelerating global warming.

  • by Peter Hannam
Coalition fighting to stop Great Barrier Reef being declared ‘in danger’

Coalition fighting to stop Great Barrier Reef being declared ‘in danger’

Instead of heeding early warnings that the reef was at risk, the government is working hard to ensure it isn’t embarrassed by an adverse UNESCO ruling next week.

  • by Lesley Hughes