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Clinton a day after releasing her energy and climate plan at LEED-certified, energy-efficient bus station in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Clinton stakes out safe political ground with energy and climate plan

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

Good practice makes perfect sense for emissions cuts

China’s installation of renewable energy sources such as wind farms is a promising development in climate policy.

Monday - European researchers investigating ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the internationally agreed safety level have arrived at the good news that we can just about achieve it – provided all nations show the political will to do so.

Sustainable oil from algae: the technology is ready, but what about the politics?

Pink productivity ... Hutt Lagoon, Western Ayustralia, is the world’s largest algae farm.

Monday - Ultimately, all of the oil we use to power our modern lives comes from living creatures such as algae – albeit ones that lived 3.5 billion years ago, before gradually morphing into fossil fuel.

Key: It's our climate policy and we're sticking with it

John Key ... we've got it right.

27 Jul 15 - Prime Minister John Key has rejected calls for cross-party agreement on climate change policy.

Why cities are a rare good news story in climate change

local government, city residents can actually address poor air quality, all while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

27 Jul 15 - The visit last week of 65 mayors to the Vatican to discuss climate change, among other things, reflects the central role of cities in debates that for too long took place only at the global and national level.

Forecasting dead zones and toxic algae in US waterways: a bad year for Lake Erie

Algae overload ... Lake Erie algal bloom 2011.

27 Jul 15 - Over the past two decades, scientists have developed ways to predict how ecosystems will react to changing environmental conditions.

One year on from the carbon price experiment, the rebound in emissions is clear

Tasmanian hydro power had a boom couple of years when the carbon price was in place.
Photo Credit: CSIRO

27 Jul 15 - Just over a year ago, Australia concluded a unique public policy experiment. For the preceding two years and two weeks, it had put a price on a range of greenhouse gas emitting activities, most significantly power generation.


Australia hit its Kyoto target, but it was more a three-inch putt than a hole in one

John Howard is a role model for the Abbott government, but the world remembers his hardline climate tactics in 1997 less fondly.
Photo Credit: AAP

20 Jul 15 - In the saga of mendacity that is the climate policy debate, no claim has been more audacious than the one now being told by the federal government about Australia’s “success” in meeting its Kyoto...

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.

Barriers, canals and fake islands ... how we can save cities from rising sea levels

Tidal barriers on the Thames, London.

20 Jul 15 - Extreme storms and rising sea levels will threaten the existence of coastal cities worldwide, unless preventative action is undertaken.

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.

Fossil fuel firms fail to report climate risks

A fossil fuel 'dinosaur' at a divestment campaign protest in Oxford.

13 Jul 15 - Fossil fuel companies operating in the UK are accused by a financial monitoring group of a “staggering” disregard for their obligation to acknowledge the risks which climate change poses to them and...

We're still undecided on ETS, says minister

Tim Groser ... taking a look.

8 Jul 15 - The terms of reference for the review of the Emissions Trading Scheme have not yet been set, says Climate Change Minister Tim Groser.

PFSI consultation meeting today

7 Jul 15 - Public meetings to discuss changes to the Permanent Forest Sink Initiative kick off in Northland today.

We could still be a carbon leader, says trader

Nigel Brunel ... we're in an ideal position

6 Jul 15 - It’s not too late for New Zealand to become an international carbon trading hub, says pioneer carbon trader Nigel Brunel.

Australia’s ‘climate roundtable’ could unite old foes and end the carbon deadlock

Business, environmental, trade union and social groups all see advantages in looking beyond high-emission industries such as coal-fired power.

6 Jul 15 - Climate policy is in the Australian media yet again, but this time it might be different. The set of policy principles released by the Australian Climate Roundtable are extraordinary for two reasons.

It looks like carbon capture is going down down the tubes

Hopes that CCS can rescue power plants like Satpura in India remain illusory so far

6 Jul 15 - One of the much-heralded solutions to climate change which its supporters believe could enable the world to continue to burn fossil fuels looks likely to be a failure.

Q&A: Robert Redford tells us what he told the UN General Assembly

Robert Redford ... it's pretty clear something is happening.

6 Jul 15 - The climate change crisis involves action from every country, every nation and every person, actor and environmental activist Robert Redford told the United Nations last week.

Dutch court orders state to slash greenhouse emissions

Dutch judges deliver their decision.

29 Jun 15 - A Dutch court has ordered the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by at least 25 per cent by 2020, in a case that could serve as a blueprint for activists around the world.


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