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Mayne: shareholder resolutions bring big four banks to carbon disclosure table

The formation of the Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility represents the first serious grassroots attempt to improve shareholder democracy in Australia.

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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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Clive saved the CCA, but the polluters win out

The new climate deal between the government and the Palmer United Party will make little difference to curbing Australia’s carbon emissions, writes John Connor, CEO of The Climate Institute.

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Direct Inaction: nothing much green in Hunt’s white paper

Greg Hunt’s Direct Action white paper makes a bad policy even worse by ensuring there’ll be no consequences for businesses lifting CO2 emissions. No wonder it came out on the eve of a holiday …

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Climate policy: when adults squib it, youth should take direct action

In the absence of action on climate change from our political class, young people are entitled to wonder whether ‘direct action’ of their own can end the rip-off being perpetrated on them and on future generations.

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Direct Action a gross waste, and Abbott’s right to cap its funding

Tony Abbott is right to cap his worthless Direct Action plan on carbon emissions. If only he’d go further and dump it altogether, writes our man in Canberra.

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Coalition cuts to existing programs will hurt ‘direct action’

Even where the Coalition has not explicitly sought to scare away financiers, the ambiguity of its policy position is leading to an investment strike. It’s the great contradiction in its policy.

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What if Nick Xenophon decides our carbon future?

If Nick Xenophon holds the balance of power in the Senate after the election, climate change policy will get very interesting. Here’s one possible scenario — which sees an ETS return, but in a different form.

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Gambling on a great story

Crikey readers vent their spleens on the gambling industry and Bernard Keane’s fantasy budget.

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Curbing population to cut emissions lazy and damaging

Curbing population growth will reduce Australia’s greenhouse emissions but at a profound economic cost — and it won’t decarbonise our emissions-intensive economy. There’s a more viable solution.

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Want to save the planet? Don’t have any children

Having child increases your carbon emissions by a factor of about six throughout your lifetime, and no amount of cycling, turning off lights or veganism will offset it. Can having children be environmentally sustainable?

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Dirty little secret’s out

Crikey readers weigh in on the link between Australia’s carbon emissions and our immigration policy.

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The Power Index: carbon cutters, Tim Flannery at #6

Plain-spoken and sometimes optimistic, Tim Flannery is trying to teach Australia about climate change — and its solutions. For all his accolades, though, some scientists don’t want him in their club, writes Crikey intern Michelle Slater.

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Climate debate: solar power is just a ‘toy’

Crikey readers vent their spleens on the issues of the day.

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Maxine McKew v Geoff Gallop, more or less

Crikey readers have their say on the issues of the day.

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Emissions trading hangs by a chad in Obama’s fight

The environmental future isn’t a major debate topic during US presidential elections. But perhaps it should be.

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How green are the London Games?

London has put on the greenest Games ever — but problems remain with waste, buses, and journalists leaving the lights on, writes Shaun McCarthy, chair of the Commission for a Sustainable London 2012.

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Almost a leadership challenge story

I’ve been watching and waiting for the first Prime Ministerial leadership challenge story of autumn and nearly found it this morning

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Why the secrecy on company emissions?

writes Tristan Edis

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Soil carbon: time to bury the emissions problem

The United Nations has highlighted the depletion of the world’s precious soil resources as one of the world’s biggest environmental challenges, and says that boosting soil carbon will play a critical role in slowing and halting the growth in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. The issue of soil erosion, its potential impacts on underground aquifers, […]

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A nasty set of numbers

A collection of sobering take home points from a consortium of climate scientists and economists from around the world — the Global Carbon Project — and their findings for 2010, published today in the journal Nature Climate Change.

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Why companies that worm their way into a carbon tax are winners

The concept of irony just doesn’t do justice to the twists, turns, deceit and rank hypocrisy that has accompanied the long, slow road to the introduction of a price on carbon in Australia, writes Dr Richard Denniss, executive director of Canberra-based think tank The Australia Institute.

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Fear and greed … the real energy challenge

It’s curious to see how left-wing and right-wing politics have fallen on either side of the clean tech divide, particularly in the US and Australia, writes Giles Parkinson.

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Come in Spinner: common and uncommon sense — who’d believe the latter?

Millions of Australians have been listening to, and reading, the predictions of political pundits, economic forecasters, broking firm analysts, experts and others about what might happen in politics and the world.

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Look beyond a carbon price and examine whether your cuts will count

The way in which the CPRS set both a cap above which emissions could not rise and a floor below which emissions could not fall was widely debated, if not widely understood, during 2009 and 2010. But those lessons need to be learnt again, writes Dr Richard Denniss.

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