Tag: Australia news

Australia’s reliance on gas exports questioned as Japan winds down fossil fuel power

Government urged to speed up transition to green energy as Australia’s biggest market shifts away from LNG and coal A Japanese pledge to wind down gas and coal-fired electricity much faster than previously planned has sparked warnings Australia needs to speed up a transition away from fossil fuel exports. A draft revised energy mix released […]

World’s feral pigs produce as much CO2 as 1.1m cars each year, study finds

Researchers estimate the invasive species releases 4.9m metric tonnes of greenhouse gas annually by uprooting soil The climate impact of wild pigs around the world is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of 1.1m cars annually, according to new research. Modelling by an international team of researchers estimates that feral pigs release 4.9m metric tonnes […]

‘Not engaging isn’t the answer’: Australia under pressure as US follows EU lead on carbon tariffs

Experts and opposition MPs say Australia should work with Europe on new imports scheme instead of criticising What does the EU’s carbon tariff proposal mean for Australia? Australia is facing growing pressure over its climate policies as the US edges closer to following the European Union in imposing new charges on imports of emissions-intensive products. […]

The government must take responsibility for the Great Barrier Reef and stop looking for someone else to blame | Peter Garrett

When Unesco recommended the reef be placed on the ‘in danger’ list, the Coalition’s response was to shift the blame. We must do better Unesco recommends reef world heritage site be listed as ‘in danger’ Timeline: decades of damage and Australia’s fight to stop ‘in danger’ listing Escaping responsibility has become the recurrent theme of […]

Australian government to appeal ruling that it must protect children from climate harm

Environment minister to challenge federal court judgment in a case against a NSW coalmine expansion brought by schoolchildren and nun Download the free Guardian app; Get our morning email briefing The environment minister, Sussan Ley, will appeal yesterday’s federal court declaration she has a duty of care to protect Australian children from climate harm that […]

Australian government must protect young people from climate crisis harm, court declares

Environment minister has 28 days to appeal historic ruling that carbon emissions from coalmine should not cause young people ‘personal injury or death’ • Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing Australia’s federal court has formally declared the nation’s environment minister has a “duty to take reasonable care” that young people won’t […]

US urges Australia to adopt ‘more ambitious climate goals’ as pressure mounts on Morrison to act

Top US diplomat in Canberra says US and Australia have a shared obligation to protect the planet The top US diplomat in Australia has declared both countries need to set “more ambitious climate goals” and tackle the climate crisis “head on”, as international pressure mounts on the Morrison government to act. Mike Goldman, who is […]

Australia is at the climate crossroads. The choice is yours, mates | Michael Mann

One path leads to suffering and ruin. The other to a safe and vital future. But you must leave fossil fuels behind Australia stands at a crossroads, once more. While most of the world has started down a path toward building a cleaner, safer energy and climate future, the Australian government remains stuck in place. […]

NSW Covid live update: Sydney in lockdown as 30 new coronavirus cases reported and Virgin Australia flight attendant tests positive

Millions of NSW residents have woken up to the first day of a fortnight-long lockdown, which has sparked travel restrictions across Australia, as Queensland records two community cases. Follow latest updates Latest NSW rules and Sydney lockdown restrictions NSW Covid exposure sites and cases map Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing […]

Great Barrier Reef should be listed as ‘in danger’, Unesco recommends

Australian government ‘stunned’ by recommendation and will strongly oppose draft decision, environment minister Sussan Ley says The Great Barrier Reef should be placed on to a list of world heritage sites that are “in danger”, according to a recommendation from UN officials that urges Australia to take “accelerated action at all possible levels” on climate […]