Tag: Australian politics

Investing in coal power would be an expensive mistake | Trent Zimmerman and Philip Dunne

The UK has enormous capacity to increase its energy supply from offshore wind. Australia too has vast potential for wind and solar power Wherever you are on the planet, the last 12 months have been very difficult. In seeking the strongest economic recovery from the pandemic, it is understandable that many on the centre-right in […]

Australia has been talking up its climate credentials – but do the claims stack up?

The government is under pressure to do more to tackle global heating but critics say the PM has instead employed ‘Trumpian misrepresentation’ Morrison refuses to budge on target as Biden pledges to halve US emissions US vows to cut its emissions by at least 50% by 2030 As Australia came under international pressure to lift […]

Morrison government flags $540m for hydrogen and carbon capture ahead of Biden summit

The extra technology roadmap funding comes as critics say the Coalition is increasingly isolated due to a lack of climate ambition The Morrison government has flagged increased investment in regional hydrogen hubs and carbon capture and storage projects ahead of a global climate action summit to be hosted by the United States president, Joe Biden, […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

Can Australia’s Labor party match Joe Biden’s winning message on climate action? | Van Badham

Biden dissolved the decades-old wedge between jobs and the environment. It’s an electoral field that is Labor’s to claim Democrat Joe Biden had only been the US president for a week when, on one single day, he rained down enough executive orders to completely reframe the global politics of climate action. After eight years of […]

Business Council of Australia backs Zali Steggall’s climate change bill for 2050 net zero target

Group hails ‘science-based, risk-management’ approach as world heads towards net zero emissions A business group representing mining, retail, manufacturing, banking and energy bosses has formally backed climate change legislation proposed by the independent MP Zali Steggall, saying Australia needs to set a net zero emissions target for 2050 and lay out a path to get […]