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ENVIRONMENT | 1 UNLOCK?

Real pro-business advocates act on climate change — just ask Maggie

A company board that ignores a clear and present danger to its business is negligent — and climate change is that clear and present danger, writes Dr Geoff Edwards, president of the Royal Society of Queensland.

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT | 8 UNLOCK?

Essential: Abbott won’t last as leader, and changing climate views

Voters don’t believe Tony Abbott will be around the lead the Coalition at the next election, today’s Essential Report suggests, as the government ends the year trailing Labor.

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Mixed result from Lima, with Paris talks murky

There were no binding commitments out of the Lima climate summit, to the dismay of many. But it is a small step on the path to the larger climate talks in Paris next year, writes University of Melbourne’s Chair of Political Science Discipline Professor Robyn Eckersley.

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Australia’s piddling Climate Fund pledge leaves sour taste in Lima

Julie Bishop’s Climate Fund turnaround might have stopped our international reputation from hitting rock bottom, but it’ll take a lot more to dig Australia out of this hole, writes University of Melbourne political science chairperson Professor Robyn Eckersley.

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ENVIRONMENT | 15 UNLOCK?

The two words in climate talks that could change everything

Who knew two little words could make such a difference? Lawyer and freelance journalist Marcus Priest reports from Lima on the little words that could have a big impact on climate talks henceforth.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT | 21 UNLOCK?

France’s plan to save the planet: keep Abbott away from climate talks

France is trying to trying to avoid a repeat of the Copenhagen disaster by keeping heads of state away from the Paris climate talks. But it has also singled out Australian and Canada as likely roadblocks.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT | 32 UNLOCK?

‘A losing battle’: Naomi Klein on human sacrifice zones and why solar won’t save the world

Author Naomi Klein has issued a rallying cry for decisive action on climate change and an end to global inequality. And, bad luck, she says the solar panels on your roof are not going to cut it

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT | 42 UNLOCK?

Naomi Klein on climate change, cooking the poor and the disgraceful Australia-Canada bond

Author Naomi Klein says it’s not necessarily that the Right doesn’t believe in climate change, it’s that they see economic advantage in drowning the poor.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT | 3

Fossil fuel’s trillion-dollar incentive to rain on Lima climate conference parade

Climate talks are making progress in Peru (with one noted dissenting voice — no points for guessing). But the fossil fuel industry has a trillion reasons to try to stop climate action.

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GLENN DYER | ENVIRONMENT | 5

Germany’s big energy play has nuclear lessons for Australia

Germany’s largest energy utility is splitting into two companies, with one focusing on renewables and the other on fossil fuels and nuclear power. It’s high time Australia also realised fossil fuels and nuclear are both on their way out.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT | 26

Australia will disgrace itself in Lima, just as it did in Kyoto

Australia is unlikely to be able to leverage another “Australia clause” at the Lima negotiations — the United States has been showing us up on climate action for 20 years.

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Life on Mars? What Philae’s discovery really means

The comet lander Philae has discovered a great deal that was previously unknown about comets. But it hasn’t brought home news of alien life.

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US-China climate deal shows up Australia’s pathetic targets

It is clearer than ever that Australia must act on climate change — or risk being left behind. Climate Institute deputy CEO Erwin Jackson explains.

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Should Tassie devils be introduced to Wilson’s Prom?

Authorities are considering introducing Tasmanian devils onto Wilson’s Prom to decrease the feral cat population. But biologist Allen Greer says there’s little evidence the devils will make any difference.

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Balanced precariously on the face of a comet, Philae’s work is just beginning

This morning, the European Space Agency’s Philae lander touched down on the surface of a comet. Now comes the hard part.

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Cold as ice? Comet landing comes with a long tail of fibs

Think comets are pristine, snowy wonderlands? Think again — and comet lander Philae will prove it.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

No DICE: Greg Hunt deceives the public about ‘clean’ coal project

Greg Hunt’s plan to reduce carbon emissions through cleaner coal is too little, too late.

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‘Once every million years’: comet hurtling towards Mars at 56km per second

The roll of the cosmic dice will (probably) spare Earth from a head-on collision with a comet as it flies past Mars on October 20 this year.

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Surprise, the Oz wrong on global warming (again)

The recent argument that the 2-degree limit cannot be translated into emission goals and budgets is unconvincing and demonstrates a deep ignorance of modern scientific developments, write climate scientists Bill Hare, Michiel Schaeffer and Carl-Friedrich Schleussner.

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT |

Essential: voters want security over liberty

Voters agree that some freedoms should be sacrificed in the name of security, but are growing more concerned about climate change. And the government is yet to benefit from the relentless focus on terrorism, today’s Essential Report shows.

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GLENN DYER | ENVIRONMENT |

Brickworks wasn’t hurt by carbon tax — in fact, it thrived

Two telling financial metrics in Brickworks 2013-14 annual results (released yesterday) reveal the fraudulent nature of the company’s anti-tax campaign.

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Fraudulent email raises some uncomfortable questions for Landcare Australia

A chairman with links to the fossil fuels industry, a case of impersonation and a patron who thought he was at a different organisation — times are turbulent at Landcare Australia.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

Energy policy not worth the (green) paper it’s written on

The Australian government has its head firmly buried in the sand on climate action, but state governments and private companies are stepping in.

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Australian action on climate change? Fuhgeddaboudit

Many countries displayed real leadership at the UN climate summit in New York this week. Guess which First World nation was not among them … John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute, reports from New York.

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‘We are burning our trust’: Abbott’s climate denials winning Australia no friends

Just as nothing will persuade the Michael Smiths of the world that Julia Gillard is innocent, we are well past the point where more evidence will persuade climate sceptics or those vested interests opposing climate action to change their tune.

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