Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

‘We need to stick to the Paris agreement, we need to stop burning coal and we need to commit to more renewable energy,’ Longreach farmer says Longreach sheep and cattle farmer Jody Brown features in the new Australian Conservation Foundation ad about drought and climate change.

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.

Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

Vital for life, heat and power – what you never knew about salt water

To prevent the worst effects of climate change we need to extract carbon dioxide (CO₂) from the air and store it on a huge scale. Deliberately exposing large volumes of air to water containing potassium ions (similar to salt water) can effectively capture CO₂ very cost-effectively.

Emissions Have Already Peaked in 27 Cities—And Keep Falling

Emissions Have Already Peaked in 27 Cities—And Keep Falling

The next year might be lower, but that doesn’t mean the trend will continue in the years that follow.What C40 found was that 27 of their member cities have hit that mark, meaning all sorts of initiatives—be they investment in public transport or renewable energy or green building practices—have been working.But the economies!

Australia on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs

Australia on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs

NDEVR Environmental figures for the year up to the end of June 2018 show Australia’s emissions were the highest on record when unreliable data from the land use and forestry sectors was excluded.

Electric future? Global push to move away from gas-powered cars

Electric future? Global push to move away from gas-powered cars

Political and business leaders gathering in San Francisco for a major climate change summit have committed to moving towards what was once a fantastical thought – the demise of the internal combustion engine in cars, trucks and other vehicles.

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

Here's How to Make the Sahara Desert Green Again

But this study is among the first to model how wind and solar farms would affect the Sahara, all while considering how growing green plants and trees would respond to these changes, said Li, who started the study while a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Science at the University of Maryland.

Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

This week, Southeast Asia and southern China are bracing for Super Typhoon Mangkhut.Cyclones in the Indian Ocean are classified according to two intensity scales depending on where they are, with names like “very intense tropical cyclone” and “super cyclonic storm.” Australia rates cyclones from categories 1 to 5.So why the three different words?

EU climate law could cause 'catastrophic' deforestation

EU climate law could cause 'catastrophic' deforestation

The climate law could suck in as much imported wood as Europe harvests each year because it will count energy created from the burning of whole trees as “carbon neutral”, according to several academics including a former vice-chair of the UN IPCC.

This is how UN scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism

This is how UN scientists are preparing for the end of capitalism

And the biggest “sink cost”, of course, is climate change: “Sink costs are also rising; economies have used up the capacity of planetary ecosystems to handle the waste generated by energy and material use.

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Forest size of Yorkshire must be planted for UK to meet its climate targets, scientists warn

Huge fields of crops and tracts of forest should be planted across the British countryside to suck carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, according to a new report. “To get to net zero we need to find methods to take 130 million tons of carbon dioxide actively out of the atmosphere every single year.”

Climate poll shows Morrison politically vulnerable as more voters back action

Climate poll shows Morrison politically vulnerable as more voters back action

A growing number of Australians are concerned about the impact of climate change, and more than half of a survey of 1,756 voters believe the Morrison government needs to stay in the Paris agreement, despite Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US.

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”.

Morrison says he has not been told of any Liberal party leadership 'bullies'

Morrison says he has not been told of any Liberal party leadership 'bullies'

While Gichuhi suggested clearly last week that she had been bullied – a suggestion that was validated implicitly by the minister for women, Kelly O’Dwyer, who said government MPs had been intimidated – Morrison told the ABC on Tuesday night the South Australian senator “told me very plainly that she was not bullied by anybody here in Canberra” during the leadership contest.

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air

Trump Administration Wants to Make It Easier to Release Methane Into Air

And in August, the agency proposed replacing the rule on carbon dioxide pollution from coal-fired power plants with a weaker one that would allow far more global-warming emissions to flow unchecked from the nation’s smokestacks.“They’re taking them down, one by one,” said Janet McCabe, the E.P.A.’s top climate and clean-air regulator in the Obama administration.Officials from the E.P.A., the Interior Department and the White House did not respond to emails and telephone calls seeking comment.Industry groups praised the expected changes.

No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black

No more BBC platform for climate change deniers? It’d be about time | Richard Black

Not that I’m claiming credit, but as the CarbonBrief website has reported, the BBC has now done something similar – setting up a new one-hour course on reporting climate change “… covering the latest science, policy, research, and misconceptions to challenge, giving you confidence to cover the topic accurately and knowledgeably”.

What Are Schools Doing to Go Green?

What Are Schools Doing to Go Green?

And, if you’re a parent or teacher, see below for book recommendations for kids.Solar-powered schools and electric busesPhoto Illustration by The New York TimesSchools around the country are taking an interest in clean energy, putting solar panels on roofs and swapping diesel school buses for electric versions.But it’s not always easy for a school to go green.

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.

Wind and solar power plants in Sahara could turn desert green

Wind and solar power plants in Sahara could turn desert green

Scientists predict that when sufficiently large arrays of wind turbines and solar panels are installed, their presence could change the reflectivity of the land and movement of air currents.

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.

Australia signs declaration saying climate change 'single greatest threat' to Pacific

Australia signs declaration saying climate change 'single greatest threat' to Pacific

The first assertion of the strongly worded Boe Declaration says all Pacific nations, including Australia, “reaffirm that climate change remains the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and wellbeing of the peoples of the Pacific, and our commitment to progress the implementation of the Paris agreement.

Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

Australia is not on track to reach 2030 Paris target (but the potential is there)

But while total emissions reduced at an economy-wide level, and in some sectors at certain times, none of the sectors improved consistently at the rate needed to achieve the Paris climate targets.

Scott Morrison contradicts energy advice, saying Paris targets can be met 'at a canter'

Scott Morrison contradicts energy advice, saying Paris targets can be met 'at a canter'

The prime minister used a radio interview on Wednesday afternoon to declare “the business-as-usual model gets us there in a canter” – which contradicts advice from the Energy Security Board that says business as usual will mean the electricity sector will “fall short of the emissions reduction target of 26% below 2005 levels”.

Emmanuel Macron under attack over climate change

Emmanuel Macron under attack over climate change

Renewed criticism of the centrist French president’s approach to green issues came as Macron replaced his former environment minister, the TV personality Nicolas Hulot, who quit last week saying the government was in thrall to powerful lobby groups and taking only “mini-steps” that were insufficient to deal with climate change.

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.

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

Debate: carbon tax, an optical illusion

On the French version of the website The Conversation, climate change specialist Christian de Perthuis recently applauded the introduction of the carbon tax in France in 2014 and its gradual increase.

'Very worrying' Endless summers to strike UK and USA due to global warming warn scientists

'Very worrying' Endless summers to strike UK and USA due to global warming warn scientists

SUMMER weather patterns are increasingly set to get stuck in Europe, North America and parts of Asia in future after a new climate study revealed how Arctic warming is creating global heatwaves and torrential rainfall which can have a dangerous and devastating impact on human health.

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.

From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando’s Vision for Carbon-Free Energy

From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando’s Vision for Carbon-Free Energy

“You would have expected the federal government to be taking the lead, but the federal government seems to be backing away every day from the commitments they’ve made.”“The biggest risk for us is not changing,” said Clint Bullock, chief executive of the Orlando Utilities Commission, the municipally owned power company.CreditEdward Linsmier for The New York TimesOrlando has set a goal of generating all of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2050.

Earth quickly heading for 'point of no return' unless we takes immediate action, climate scientists warn

Earth quickly heading for 'point of no return' unless we takes immediate action, climate scientists warn

The researchers also say that the deadline to stop global warming reaching 1.5C has already passed, unless we commit to radical action now. Without that action, Earth will fall past the point of no return and it will be impossible to stop global warming, they warn.

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