Tag: Australia news

Environment minister Sussan Ley says climate action not her portfolio in stoush with states

Ley understood to have told state counterparts coordinating with them on climate mitigation beyond her portfolio The environment minister, Sussan Ley, has rebuffed a push by her state counterparts to be kept in the loop about the Morrison government’s plans for climate action ahead of international talks in Glasgow in November – telling them she […]

Marine species increasingly can’t live at equator due to global heating

Study suggests it is already too warm in tropics for some species to survive Global heating has made the ocean around the equator less rich in wildlife, with conditions likely already too hot for some species to survive, according to a new study. Analysis of the changing locations of almost 50,000 marine species between 1955 […]

‘Delay is as dangerous as denial’: scientists urge Australia to reach net zero emissions faster

Heatwaves to double and many properties will be uninsurable if global heating reaches 3C, Australian Academy of Science says Global heating of 3C would more than double the number of annual heatwaves in some parts of Australia, leave properties uninsurable due to flood and fire risk, and make many of the country’s ecosystems “unrecognisable”, according […]

Renewables plus batteries offer Australia the same energy security as coal, research finds

Australia Institute calls for rule change to allow renewables to replace fossil fuels in underpinning grid reliability Renewable energy and batteries can secure Australia’s electricity grid as effectively as coal and gas, new research suggests. The research, commissioned by the Australia Institute thinktank and released on Monday, found clean technologies provided the fast frequency response […]

UK foreign secretary pushes Australia to ‘stretch’ climate commitments before global summit

Dominic Raab says he’s confident the Morrison government ‘will step up to the plate’ before Cop26 summit in Glasgow The British foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has stressed he expects Australia to “stretch” climate commitments and set out a plan to meet them before a major summit later this year. The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, […]

Getting to net zero isn’t all pain and expense – there are huge opportunities for Australia | Warren Entsch

The warming of the planet is not some arbitrary political concept one either subscribes to or doesn’t — it is a scientific reality that we have to deal with Opponents of net zero emissions targets and the policies required to get there like to frame their arguments around the political ideology of climate change. Left […]

Blue carbon: how three Australian marine sites lock away 2bn tonnes of CO2

Greenhouse gas stored in country’s marine world heritage sites about same as four years of emissions Three of Australia’s world heritage-listed marine sites have more than 2bn tonnes of carbon dioxide locked away in their vast seagrass meadows, coastal mangroves and tidal marshes, according to a new report from a UN agency. Unesco has for […]

‘A duty of care’: Australian teenagers take their climate crisis plea to court

Anj Sharma, 16, and her team hope to force change they say is not coming quickly enough from government Eight teenagers and an octogenarian nun head to an Australian court on Tuesday to launch what they hope will prove to be a landmark case – one that establishes the federal government’s duty of care in […]

Australians should be worried about future emissions. To be told otherwise is absurd | Jeff Sparrow

By not caring about 2050, our politicians are announcing their indifference to a world in which children have become parents “We are not worried, or I’m certainly not worried, about what might happen in 30 years’ time.” With that, deputy prime minister Michael McCormack distills the absurdity of Australian climate politics into a single sentence […]

Who killed summertime? How do we trace the complex roots of responsibility?

Shining a light on an evil killer is easy and satisfying. It drives the script of the tales in which we absorb ourselves as we retreat from a world become too much When I was growing up, one of my parents’ favourite albums was a live recording of a Pete Seeger concert called We Shall […]