Tag: Australian politics

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 […]

The biggest Coalition conspiracy theory is climate change denial | Greg Jericho

MPs’ unfounded claims about the US Capitol attack and Covid treatments pale next to the granddaddy of misinformation Nasa announced this week that 2020 – a year which included a La Niña event normally associated with lower temperatures – was the hottest year on record. It was also the week in which the Morrison government […]

Who should pick up the tab for the costs of climate change in north Queensland? | Richard Denniss

As climate risks continue to rise, the government is considering the idea of subsidising north Queensland homeowners Is it fair that young men pay more for car insurance than older women, or that we make young healthy people buy private health insurance to keep the price of health insurance low for older customers? How about […]