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Hunt for oil anchors Govt's environment plan

Tuesday - The National Party is leading off its environmental package for its new term in power with plans to encourage more oil exploration – despite the burning of fossil fuels being the single biggest cause of climate change.

Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens green trade deal

Tuesday - The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens a green trade deal that could ultimately do more to reduce carbon emissions than international climate agreements such as the failed Kyoto Protocol.

Universities act to hit fossil fuel firms where it hurts

Tuesday - Glasgow recently became the first European university to join the rapidly expanding fossil-free divestment movement. Following hot on the heels of the Australian National University, Glasgow promised to move £18m of investment over the next 10 years.

Oil boom prompts US to push for crude exports

Tuesday - Oil and coal producers in the United States are planning to use mile-long tanker trains to transport vast quantities of fossil fuels to the coast through areas that environmental groups believe should be protected.

Greenpeace v Shell via Lego: The building blocks of a successful campaign

20 Oct 14 - October 9, 2014, was a big day in eco-activism: Lego announced that it would not renew a product-placement deal with Shell, following concerted pressure from Greenpeace as part of a campaign to ban Arctic oil exploration by attacking firms associated with such activities.

Don’t get too excited, no one has cracked nuclear fusion yet

20 Oct 14 - Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin’s excitement in the media announcement last week that it could make small-scale nuclear fusion power a reality in the next decade has understandably generated

Australia's big emitters might yet be billed

13 Oct 14 - Australian companies could yet face a financial penalty for excessive greenhouse gas emissions.


WANTED: $44 trillion to switch to clean energy

David Elzinga ... people need answers.

13 Oct 14 - In a world wrestling with climate change and the need to phase out fossil fuels, nothing is more critical than making sure there are reliable and cost-effective clean energy technologies ready to...

Party pact blocks environmental one-stop move

Simone Marsh ... whistleblower.

6 Oct 14 - Australia's Greens have secured a deal with the Palmer United Party and Labor that effectively kills the federal government's plan to hand its environmental approval powers to the states under its...

Controlling deforestation will take more than words

6 Oct 14 - There was little at the recent UN Climate Summit in New York in the way of new climate policy announcements, but 27 countries did sign a new forest agreement — the New York Declaration on Forests.

New York talked the talk, but we’ll have to wait and see who heard

29 Sep 14 - At the end of his summit meeting on the climate crisis, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon put out a list of accomplishments festooned with 46 bullet points, some of them marking concrete new pledges,...

MIA ... but it doesn't mean China's not interested

Xi Jinping ... forging ahead.

29 Sep 14 - There were a few notable absentees among the more than 120 world leaders gathered in New York for last week's United Nations Climate Summit - and perhaps most notable of all was the head of the...

Do something, big business warns political leaders

29 Sep 14 - Many of the biggest hitters in the global financial community, together managing an eye-watering $24 trillion of investment funds, have issued a powerful warning to political leaders about the risks...

Cities in the spotlight at Climate Week summit

29 Sep 14 - Even as nations gathered in New York to discuss global-level action on climate change, there was strong recognition that cities, not countries, have so far played the pivotal role in the world's...

WORLD WEB ... Obama’s drive for carbon pricing fails to win at home

29 Sep 14 - * Chile becomes the first South American country to tax carbon * UK to introduce fracking drilling law despite 99% opposition * US Homeland Security moves to tackle climate change risks * Hawaii's...

New market pact keeps Australians on the ball

Andrew Petersen ... rapid momentum.

29 Sep 14 - Australian businesses wanting to keep up to date with the international carbon market during their country’s retreat from carbon pricing have formed a new regional agreement.

Clear skies for aviation industry, says Boeing report

29 Sep 14 - The business outlook for civil aviation is bright thanks mainly to rising Asian demand for aircraft. But airlines are expected to have a harder time, with tougher competition in Europe leading to a...

Would a climate change treaty be enough?

29 Sep 14 - Do we need a climate treaty, or could a simple political deal based on national pledges work just as well?

Political parties fail to get the sustainability message through

Jacqueline Ireland ... key messages missing.

22 Sep 14 - New Zealanders’ support for a shift to a sustainable economy is growing, according to new research from Colmar Brunton.


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