Scott Morrison needs a plan to cut emissions but all he has is a fairytale | Katharine Murphy

Scott Morrison needs a plan to cut emissions but all he has is a fairytale | Katharine Murphy

Morrison and the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, are currently fixated on conjuring up a short-term fix they can offer voters before the election – a noticeable reduction in power prices – never mind the obvious point that having a medium term roadmap would help deliver your short-term objective.

Florence’s Path Is Strewn With Toxic Hazards

Florence’s Path Is Strewn With Toxic Hazards

In the Carolinas this means not only homes, schools and towns but ponds of coal ash, Superfund sites, chemical plants — and thousands of industrial hog farms with lagoons filled with pig waste.

Investment firms controlling £23tn launch campaign to combat climate change

Investment firms controlling £23tn launch campaign to combat climate change

The list of organisations who are part of the newly launched “Investor Agenda” includes 279 investors controlling $31tn who had already signed up to the aims of the Climate Action 100+ in agreement with this statement: “We, the institutional investors that are signatories to this statement, are aware of the risks climate change presents to our portfolios and asset values in the short, medium and long term.

Fossil fuel dependence poses 'direct existential threat', warns UN chief

Fossil fuel dependence poses 'direct existential threat', warns UN chief

United Nations secretary general António Guterres has warned that the world is facing “a direct existential threat” and must rapidly shift from dependence on fossil fuels by 2020 to prevent “runaway climate change”.

U.N. Chief Tells World Leaders to ‘Break the Paralysis’ on Climate Change

U.N. Chief Tells World Leaders to ‘Break the Paralysis’ on Climate Change

Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.The United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, warning that countries are retreating from a promise made nearly three years ago to save the planet from the most catastrophic effects of climate change, on Monday scolded world leaders and called on them to “break the paralysis” on reining in greenhouse gas emissions.“Climate change is the defining issue of our time, and we are at a defining moment,” he said at United Nations headquarters in New York.

Paris climate deal doesn't stop us building new coal plants, Canavan says

Paris climate deal doesn't stop us building new coal plants, Canavan says

Australia does not need to quit the Paris climate agreement because our commitments are non-binding, and new coal plants can continue to be constructed, according to the resources minister, Matt Canavan.

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

Our research on Australian coal transition – based on contributions by researchers at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne – looks into the prospects for coal use in Australia and for exports, and the experiences with local transition in the case of the Hazelwood power station closure.

E.P.A. to Reconsider Obama-Era Curbs on Mercury Emissions by Power Plants

E.P.A. to Reconsider Obama-Era Curbs on Mercury Emissions by Power Plants

That rule would have restricted coal plants’ emission of a different pollutant: carbon dioxide, one of the chief causes of global warming.At the time the Obama administration put forth the mercury regulations, which took more than 20 years to formulate, E.P.A. officials estimated they would save thousands of lives and return economic and health benefits many times their estimated $9.6 billion annual cost.While owners of coal plants fought the rule in the courts, most have since complied with regulation.

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull’s NEG remains in snake-infested territory

Grattan on Friday: Malcolm Turnbull’s NEG remains in snake-infested territory

In Tuesday’s Coalition parties meeting, where Turnbull won strong support for his energy policy, several reserved their right to cross the floor on the emissions reduction legislation, and later more said they might do so.

Richard Di Natale: I will work with Labor to get action on climate change

Richard Di Natale: I will work with Labor to get action on climate change

Richard Di Natale says Greens will work with Labor on climate but knows that major parties ‘won’t stand up to their corporate donors at the big end of town’. The Greens leader Richard Di Natale will promise to work with a new Labor government to get action on climate change back on track.

News Clip Linked Coal to Climate Change — 106 Years Ago Today

News Clip Linked Coal to Climate Change — 106 Years Ago Today

A note published in a New Zealand paper 106 years ago today (Aug. 14) predicted the Earth's temperature would rise because of 7 billion tons of carbon dioxide produced by coal consumption.

If Germany Can't Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?

If Germany Can't Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?

If Germany Can't Quit Coal, Can Anyone Else?Germany's switch from black to brown (lignite) coal is making it tougher to meet carbon reduction goals.Dusan Bartolovic/Getty ImagesSometime next month, underground miners will dig Germany’s last ton of black coal, load it onto a conveyor belt, and whisk it a mile to the surface of the Ibbenbüren mining facility.

President Proposes Unwinding Coal-Plant Pollution Curbs

President Proposes Unwinding Coal-Plant Pollution Curbs

President Donald Trump’s administration on August 21 unveiled its plan to dramatically weaken carbon dioxide limits on coal-fired power plants by shifting most of the regulatory burden to states in a further assault on the Obama climate legacy.