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Think global, act local: the role for councils in climate change

State and local governments are going it alone on climate change. Australian councils are starting to follow, write ANU researcher Dr Matthew Rimmer and climate campaigner Charlotte Wood.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Will Abbott appoint an IPA man to a renewables review?

Talk in Canberra is the government is poised to appoint a leading anti-wind and anti-solar campaigner from the IPA to a new panel to review the renewable energy target. It spells disaster for the sector.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Meet the US scientists who are legitimising Japanese whaling

Perhaps Japan’s so-called “scientific” whaling is exactly that? Crikey reveals that US researchers are publishing papers based on the results, casting some doubt on Australia’s claim the science is a sham.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

It’s the water market, Darling: what’s behind the MDB sell-off

The government wants to sell its environmental water in the Murray-Darling Basin to cotton farmers. Is this dodgy, or is it market economics to make Adam Smith proud?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Essential: public backs Abbott’s asylum seeker ‘war’

An Essential poll has found the Coalition’s tough line on asylum seekers is popular with the public, who don’t think most are genuine refugees. And people remain fairly evenly split on whether anthropogenic climate change is real.

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ENVIRONMENT |

For goodness snakes: how decades-old venom could save lives

The discovery of snake venom collected in the 1950s could lead to a new breakthrough. But science writer Stephen Luntz says researchers should start saving their own archives — the government might not.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Hot enough for you? A meteorological explanation of the heatwave

Bit hot, huh? So what’s going on with the weather patterns? Crikey asked our favourite meteorologist, Channel Ten presenter Magdalena Roze, to explain. You better get used to it.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Climate sceptics crow as Fairfax starts questioning the science

Recent op-eds in Fairfax have questioned the science of climate change and the need to act on it. Is the trend here to stay — or a hiccup caused by editors being on summer holidays?

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Tony Abbott’s half-baked war on renewable energy

The Abbott government seems to hate renewable energy, but the march of progress is unstoppable at this point. The only question is, when will the government get out of the way?

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ENVIRONMENT |

The Big Oil-backed climate denier who hoodwinked Fairfax

Expert reviewer” John McLean wrote a climate denialist opinion piece in the Fairfax media — despite its papers vowing not to. Researcher Elaine McKewon asks: just who is John McLean, anyway?

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TRISTAN EDIS | ENVIRONMENT |

It’s not all bad — five things to not hate about Direct Action

Yes, there is a lot wrong with the government’s Direct Action climate change policy. But it’s not all bad. Here’s the way Direct Action might help create a sustainable energy future.

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‘Now it is too late’: bracing for Pacific climate displacement

The impact of climate change means it’s probably too late to save islands in the Solomons. So where will thousands of villagers go? Catherine Wilson reports on the looming displacement crisis.

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TRISTAN EDIS | ENVIRONMENT |

Amid the climate contention, an energy debate in smelt-down

Recent developments in energy intensive manufacturing illustrate that there’s an awful lot more to worry about when it comes to manufacturing competitiveness than obliterating the carbon tax.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Plan B? How a green tariff could save the carbon price

Here’s a way to save the carbon price; levy a green tariff at the border, so Australian industry doesn’t suffer. Critics say that would breach international trade law, but hold on — Crikey has found that’s not necessarily the case.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

The White elephant clean coal project Hunt loves that just won’t work

White Energy’s clean coal project just won’t work, so what about the millions in public funding the company has been given?

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TRISTAN EDIS | ENVIRONMENT |

Why Abbott has got it all wrong on green energy

Tony Abbott is hinting he’ll wind back a program to support renewable energy because that energy is forcing up power prices. Read this, Tony; you’ve got your sums wrong.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Is this threatened species in decline? The devil’s in the detail

Data appears to show populations of Tasmanian devils have stabilised. Biologist Allen Greer asks why you’re not hearing that from the state government or advocates of “saving” the devil.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

Fading to White: millions for coal technology that goes nowhere

White Energy was swimming in money for coal technology projects that seemingly went nowhere. A Crikey investigation reveals the waste and broken promises.

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MATTHEW KNOTT | ENVIRONMENT |

Dangerous rubbish: AFR letters ed lashed for contrarian climate paper

A leading oceanographer has rubbished a climate change paper co-authored by a leading Financial Review journalist, saying the paper “makes things up”.

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Tigers don’t change their stripes, even behind bars

PETA special projects co-ordinator Des Bellamy says that the blame for captive animal attacks lies squarely with those who cage them.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Among drama and compromise, UN climate talks inch forward

The UN’s annual climate talkfest has wrapped up, with some limited progress made towards a global deal on emissions in 2015. Tony Abbott faces a challenge in playing any kind of role in such a deal, with some countries ‘venemous’ towards Australia at the talks.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

T-shirt diplomacy: Australia gives offence at UN climate talks

The UN’s annual climate summit will soon wrap up, and the Australian delegation is under fire for not taking negotiations seriously, blocking progress, wearing T-shirts to officials talks, and giggling. Crikey reports from Poland.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Australia a ‘wrecking ball’ at UN climate summit

The UN’s annual climate summit is halfway through, and Australia is acting as a wrecking ball, working against any consensus. There goes our long-held reputation as a constructive force in finding a solution to climate change …

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

The ‘Coal COP’: UN climate change summit begins in Poland

The UN’s annual climate change summit kicks off in Poland today. The stakes are high and the obstacles are serious — and Australia has sent no minister or parliamentary secretary. But there is some hope for the summit.

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TRISTAN EDIS | ENVIRONMENT |

Why understanding John Howard’s climate cognition is important

John Howard’s speech overnight justifying his commitment to emissions trading as a mostly political move should not serve as a moment to disparage the former PM, but to think like him.

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