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Islands play vital climate change role, says UN chief

Monday - Pacific island nations have a crucial role to play in efforts to advance a sustainable future, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the region’s leaders as they met at United Nations Headquarters.

A 21st century government must care for nature

Monday - Australia’s new prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has announced what he calls a “21st century government”. This article is part of The Conversation’s series focusing on what such a government should look like. John Woinarski and Stephen Garnett report:

Australian states threaten to go back to the future

Ian Hunter

Monday - China has added itself to the list of countries prepared to price carbon. Of course, Australia knows more about putting a national price on carbon than almost any other country. And it also knows about dismantling such a price.

Volkswagen budgets billions to stem cheating tide

What’s next for VW?

28 Sep 15 - Volkswagen has set aside €6.5 billion to cover the costs of the growing scandal over cheating on emissions tests in the US.

Backlash fear stopped move on agriculture emissions


21 Sep 15 - New Zealand came close to splitting agriculture off from its post-2020 emissions reduction target in a bid to save money, but dropped the idea amid fears of an international backlash.

How Groser battled for a 15% emissions cut

Tim Groser ... wanted bigger cut.

21 Sep 15 - Climate Change Minister Tim Groser wanted New Zealand to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030, a Treasury email shows.

More officials mirror Treasury advice to Cabinet

21 Sep 15 - Treasury bosses are not the only officials telling the Government that New Zealanders want a settled, broad agreement on climate change policy.

Turnbull should go back to his old climate self

Malcolm Turnbull ... climate credentials.

21 Sep 15 - No more “stop the boats” or “axe the tax”. In announcing his challenge to Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull promised to take Australian politics away from the mantrafication of policy by three-word chant.

India in disarray over strategy on global warming

A 'clean and green' sign outside a coal-burning power station near Kolkata.

21 Sep 15 - Researchers in India say its action on climate change is suffering because, unlike China, it has not developed the institutions needed to co-ordinate policy.

Does bioenergy have a green energy future in the US?

An ethanol plant in Iowa: energy from plant residue, apart from corn kernels, can be used to create heat and steam to run refineries.

21 Sep 15 - Bio-derived sources of energy – wood, grass, dung and alcohol – have a rich history, yet have failed to command the “buzz” of solar, wind or even geothermal in public discussions regarding renewable...

Business, officials want cross-party climate deal

Steven Joyce ... given the message.
Photo Credit: ODT

14 Sep 15 - High government officials and business leaders have recommended cross-party consensus on climate change - something the Government has since ruled out.

Norman hopes for more action ... this time for real

Russel Norman ... the move makes sense.

14 Sep 15 - Russel Noman is chucking in politics for protest. And the 48-year-old MP – co-leader of the Green Party for nine years – could be forgiven for thinking that joining an organisation that operates on...

Canberra climate boss quits over 'hostile' minister

Bernie Fraser ... resignation.

14 Sep 15 - The chairman of Australia's Climate Change Authority, Bernie Fraser, has quit – apparently after a long period of bad relations with Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

... so, where does the authority go from here

Clive Palmer
Photo Credit: SMH

14 Sep 15 - Bernie Fraser’s resignation as chairman of Australia’s Climate Change Authority has left many wondering what is left of it and what its future might be.

Copenhagen chair fears Paris talks outcome

Connie Hedegaard ... Paris worries.

14 Sep 15 - At the world’s last blockbuster climate summit, in Copenhagen in 2009, the person in the president’s chair was former EU climate commissioner and Danish environment minister Connie Hedegaard.

Greens bend to seek political climate consensus

7 Sep 15 - A strong carbon price, a green investment bank and a climate commission are emerging as the basis of a political consensus on climate change policy – at least on one side of the House.

Australia’s new cap a trading scheme in all but name

7 Sep 15 - The Australian Government has released its final draft for a cap on greenhouse gas emissions. The “safeguard mechanism” will form part of the government’s central climate policy, and will fine large...

What really happened with Kyoto ERUs

7 Sep 15 - Emissions trading needs to be backed by ambitious targets, transparent reporting and international accountability if it is to be effective in tackling climate change.

The green-tech future is a flawed vision of sustainability

31 Aug 15 - What does your vision of a sustainable future look like? Some people imagine a scenario whereby technology solves the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

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