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Hurricane Katrina: what have we learned?

Monday - Two academic papers inspired a media firestorm, polarising popular opinion and scientists, on whether global warming was in some way responsible for Hurricane Katrina.

What in the world's going on ...

Shanghai skyline.

Monday - * What does China’s Black Monday mean for the climate? * Total brings down the curtain on coal operations * You can fight climate change and grow the economy, says Lord Stern * Government accused of failing to protect waterways from farm pollution * In just three years all Dutch trains will run on windpower * US Navy invests in world’s largest solar farm

Islamic climate experts urge 1.5° limit on warming

24 Aug 15 - A far-reaching call to avoid runaway climate change and to build a more just and sustainable global society has been launched by Islamic leaders.

What in the world's going on ...

24 Aug 15 - * Feeling the heat: Earth in July was hottest month on record * Norwegian fund divests from four Asian companies over palm oil * How coal giant Adani charmed Australia's political elite * 1000 square miles of England to be opened up for fracking * Artificial leaf could one day power the world with clean energy * Groundwater pumping in California drought causes land to sink faster * How Carbon Tracker changed the climate debate * Philippines plans huge bet on coal

The quest to find sanitation solutions for Africa

24 Aug 15 - In a bid to get closer to the Millennium Development Goal of halving the 2.5 billion people without sanitation access, innovative solutions are being tested across the globe.

Why promoting green ways in Africa might be bad

17 Aug 15 - Inadequate infrastructure is widely recognised to be holding back Africa’s development and lowering the quality of life of its citizens.

What in the world's going on ...

The candidates for the 2015 IPCC election: Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Chris Field, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Hoesung Lee, Thomas Stocker.

17 Aug 15 - * IPCC chair election: 5 candidates, 8 weeks to go * Fifteen states seek to block Obama power plan * UK to trial under-road wireless charging for EVs * How Japan pushes coal on the world * Reporting your company's carbon footprint can save millions * The lowly lightbulb outshines solar and wind * Scottish motorists get millions to buy e-cars

Obama plan opens door to real action in Paris

Vast coal trains snake through the Powder River Basin in Wyoming, where the biggest US coal mines are located.

10 Aug 15 - President Obama’s determination to reduce US carbon emissions by 32% below 2005 levels by 2030 sends a message to the rest of the world’s leaders that the UN climate talks in Paris could succeed in...

A carbon tax for South Africa: why a pragmatic approach makes sense

Major emitters of fossil fuels in South Africa are opposed to a carbon tax.

10 Aug 15 - The furore over the carbon tax in South Africa that is playing itself out both in public and behind closed doors is leading to an impasse.

What in the world's going on ...

10 Aug 15 - * Mafia and multinationals milk Italy's green energy boom * Labour hopeful demands solar panels on every rooftop * Shell to leave US anti-carbon lobbying group * Eleven events that will shape the...

Clinton stakes out safe political ground with energy and climate plan

Clinton a day after releasing her energy and climate plan at LEED-certified, energy-efficient bus station in Des Moines, Iowa.
Photo Credit: Reuter

3 Aug 15 - US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has begun to unveil components of her policy agenda on energy and climate change.

Half of climate safety level has gone, say scientists

Polar ice may melt faster and heat transfer from the tropics shut down.

3 Aug 15 - Global temperatures have risen by 1°C in the past 150 years, and scientists say doubling that level could unleash catastrophic sea level rise this century.

WORLD WEEK: Coal hard facts

3 Aug 15 - * World Bank rejects notion that coal can cure poverty * Green groups express concern over Tory policies in letter to PM * France targets carbon tax in energy transition law * Drought might stunt...

Why economic changes are needed to tackle climate crisis

Protests in Melbourne against continued coal mining and export.

27 Jul 15 - The president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, says the world needs a whole new economic framework to tackle the consequences of the warming caused by emissions of greenhouse gases.


Hazelwood ... one of the worst.

27 Jul 15 - * Australia's dirtiest power station considers clean energy biomass burning option * Fresh negotiating text promises strong foundation for Paris Climate Summit * Startup bets e-scooters can...

Eco-friendly golf means not worrying if the grass is greener on the other course

St Andrews is green – but is it environmentally friendly?

20 Jul 15 - The Open Championship has returned to St Andrews, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses and one that has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability.

Climate threat as grave a risk as nuclear war, say scientists

Extreme water stress and competition for productive land could lead to conflict.

20 Jul 15 - The risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict, says a new report.

Record torrential rainfall linked to warming climate

20 Jul 15 - If you think you’re getting an unusually hard soaking more often when you go out in the rain, you’re probably right.

WORLD WEEK: For Tony Abbott, it's full steam ahead on coal, 'the foundation of prosperity'

Tony Abbott at the opening of the Caval Ridge coalmine near Moranbah in central Queensland.
Photo Credit: AP

20 Jul 15 - * Japan to deliver 26% emissions reduction plan * The trillion-dollar question: How do we create sustainable development? * Chinese zero-emissions electric bus prepares for service in London *...

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Coca-Cola meeting water marks

Monday - Coca-Cola says it will meet its 2020 water replenishment goal – to return to...

Peace Park gets new plantings

Monday - Making a difference to the environment is something the team at Crowne Plaza...

Green Star rating widens field

3 Aug 15 - The Green Star building rating has been widened to include social and financial...

Canon opens grants programme

8 Jun 15 - Canon New Zealand is calling for not-for-profit organisations and schools...

Japan and Mongolia switch on to planting plan

8 Jun 15 - Panasonic’s international tree-planting project has hit Japan and China.

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