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.

Hurricane Florence and Super Typhoon Mangkhut: Catch Up on the News

Hurricane Florence and Super Typhoon Mangkhut: Catch Up on the News

14Two powerful storms are threatening lives and livelihoods this week on opposite ends of the earth — Hurricane Florence, which made landfall Friday morning while battering the North Carolina coast with strong winds and blinding rain, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which has whipped up lashing winds on its way toward the Philippines.

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work Together

Why Big Tech and the Government Need to Work TogetherZach Gibson/Getty ImagesThe arc of innovation has reached an inflection point: technological change now threatens to overwhelm us. And who better than tech-savvy Googlers to steer the Pentagon rightly?Social media is another arena where we need to better align technology and public purpose.

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at Risk

Trump's Disregard of Puerto Rico's Death Toll Is Putting Lives at RiskPoolThe President of the United States says he does not believe that Hurricane Maria and its aftermath killed 2,975 people—an estimate generated by researchers at George Washington University and accepted as the rough official death toll by the government of Puerto Rico.

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

Why hurricane forecasters can’t ‘politicize’ storm warnings even if they wanted to

In 2016 conservative news blogger Matt Drudge accused the federal government of hyping the threat as Hurricane Matthew approached the U.S. coast, purportedly to play up possible links between extreme weather and climate change.

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.

Transport emissions continue to rise as Australia lags behind other nations

Transport emissions continue to rise as Australia lags behind other nations

Stock said the government had already done the work required to “put these greenhouse gas emissions standards in place for vehicles and bring Australia in line with 80% of the global car market”.

Urgent greenhouse gas removal plan could see UK hit 'net zero' target – report

Urgent greenhouse gas removal plan could see UK hit 'net zero' target – report

Tree-planting, restoring wetlands and using chemicals to take carbon dioxide from the air will all be needed to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gases in line with government plans, scientists have said.

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.

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.

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.

Climate change: the Brexit threat

Climate change: the Brexit threat

There is a tacky interface between industry and government when it comes to public health or the environment, and it is abundantly clear that Brexit is fatally shifting the balance towards deregulation (“Green watchdog will lack bite after Brexit”, News).

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.

Electric vehicles already able to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half

Electric vehicles already able to cut greenhouse gas emissions by half

Transport is now the sector that contributes most to the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the Committee on Climate Change has urged the government to improve on their current plan to ensure all new diesel and petrol vehicles are banned from 2040.

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.

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

At $1 Trillion, Amazon Should Fear Regulators More Than Rivals

But competitors ranging from Microsoft to Google to Alibaba are also growing strongly, which means AWS is not gaining much in market share.Amazon’s international footprint is even smaller, with local e-commerce companies often dominating their respective countries in places such as India, Brazil, and China.

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.

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Specifically, we think it’s time for politics to shift away from an obsession with economic growth and a culture of work that sees people slaving away at jobs that offer little material or emotional reward.

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.

Fighting historic wildfires amid bad ideas and no funding

Fighting historic wildfires amid bad ideas and no funding

What’s needed is a national wildfire strategy such as the one proposed by the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers several years ago. And finally, what’s needed is for the federal government to restore funding for the Canadian Forest Service to at least 1990s levels, when it employed 2,200 people.

Hothouse Earth: seven things you can do to stop it

Hothouse Earth: seven things you can do to stop it

Most of the political parties on a broad range of spectrum now understand and support the need for sustainable and healthy lifestyles to make our places better in social, economic and environmental terms.

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.

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

Trans Mountain ruling: Victory for environmentalists, but a setback for action on climate change

The ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal quashed the National Energy Board’s (NEB) approval permit of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project because First Nations had not been adequately consulted and because the implications of increased tanker traffic on the precarious orca whale populations on the West Coast had not been taken into account.

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.

'No real appetite': former farmers chief lashes ministers over climate link to drought

'No real appetite': former farmers chief lashes ministers over climate link to drought

As Scott Morrison and his special drought envoy, Barnaby Joyce, toured south-west Queensland on Tuesday, Finlay described the former deputy prime minister and agriculture minister as the last in a long line of ministers who had “no real appetite” for national drought policy in a changing climate.

Liberals and Labor neck and neck in byelection race for Turnbull's seat – poll

Liberals and Labor neck and neck in byelection race for Turnbull's seat – poll

With Turnbull’s resignation about to trigger a byelection in the Sydney seat the former prime minister holds with a margin of 17.7%, the new ReachTel poll funded by the Australia Institute, with a sample size of 886 residents, suggests voters in Wentworth are focused on Morrison’s early steps on climate and energy.

Houses claimed by the canal: life on Egypt's climate change frontline | Ruth Michaelson

Houses claimed by the canal: life on Egypt's climate change frontline | Ruth Michaelson

“The water is an excuse for the government to relocate people,” says Ali Abdel Rahman, a 63-year-old fisherman who sits inside the small blue-and-white-painted hut where he stores his fishing equipment.

Macron has lost a minister. Has he lost credibility on the environment too? | Pauline Bock

Macron has lost a minister. Has he lost credibility on the environment too? | Pauline Bock

'I don’t want to lie to myself any more' - French environment minister quits live on air - video No one knew Nicolas Hulot, the French environment minister, was about to resign when he went on a radio breakfast show yesterday morning – not even himself.

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