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Essential: voters don’t trust Abbott to make a good impression overseas

A growing proportion of Australians have little or no trust in the government’s ability to handle Australia’s international relations, this week’s Essential Report shows.

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IPCC puts more heat on Abbott’s anti-science climate policies

The IPCC says action on climate change is urgent but affordable. The Abbott government says it will “wait and see”, all the while dismantling the mechanisms that could achieve higher targets.

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How to sway the sceptics

Crikey readers talk climate change — and how to sell it to a sceptical public.

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Risk? What risk? The fossil fuel industry walks both sides of the street

The IPCC report says climate change impacts are occurring now, and the risks of greater impacts need to be managed. The fossil fuel industry relies on politicians and business to ignore those risks.

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Direct Action subsidies: wrong way, Abbott, go back

Nothing has happened since the election to challenge the view that the Coalition’s Direct Action plan for carbon reduction is vastly inferior to carbon pricing, write economists Frank Jotzo and Paul Burk at Inside Story.

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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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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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Can Hunt slip his Coalition chains to really take direct action?

By charting a canny path through the Coalition party room, Greg Hunt could yet deliver on his obvious passion for environmental issues, including climate change.

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Climate change activist gets BHP board hot under the collar

The board of BHP Billiton has told shareholders to reject Ian Dunlop’s application for the company’s board, despite his numerous credentials for the role. His climate activism is the problem.

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The Coalition’s $4 billion climate budget blow-out

New research suggests a $4 billion cost blow-out is on the cards for Direct Action — and that’s being conservative. So why is the Coalition so confident the experts are wrong?

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Crikey Calling: the Kevin-will-fix-it podcast

Kevin Rudd scrapped the carbon tax, but can he stop the boats? Bernard Keane joins Crikey editor Jason Whittaker for an update on the Rudd revolution.

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Five reasons why Rudd’s ETS move should make us wince

Scrapping the carbon tax might push household costs higher rather than lower. That and other problems await the Labor Party as it seeks to wedge Tony Abbott with emissions trading.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Will anyone care about The Age’s extraordinary editorial calling for the Prime Minister to step aside? Plus other political views noted along the way.

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The Coalition’s real climate change targets

Crikey readers talk sweatshop labour, The Salvation Army and the Coalition’s climate change policies.

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Heavy weather for Defence: climate change and the ADF

The Defence Force can’t ignore climate change, writes Australian Strategic Policy Institute deputy director Anthony Bergin. A new report outlines the environment-related challenges facing our forces.

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The Power Index: carbon cutters, Coalition influencers at #9

Who will influence Tony Abbott on climate policy if he claims the Lodge? The Coalition vows to ditch the carbon tax but its Direct Action alternative needs resourcing. The Power Index examines the field and finds ex-minister Robert Hill could be in the box seat.

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The Power Index: who’s doing the heavy lifting on carbon?

Who’s really cutting carbon in Australia? The Power Index uncovers the most influential: the business chiefs, lawyers, regulators and bureaucrats driving the green economy as concerns mount globally over climate change.

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Why 4 degrees will end the world as we know it: World Bank

The World Bank has produced an alarming report that puts in context the risks of inaction on emissions reduction and climate change. It doesn’t make for pleasant reading.

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Crikey Blogs | FEDERAL|

Cutting policies, and carbon emissions, in the newest blue states

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu yesterday announced it was scrapping the former Brumby government’s climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. And he’s not the only premier dismantling climate change programs, writes Amber Jamieson.

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Future of climate policy, part 2: time to move beyond treaties

Despite the failures in Copenhagen and beyond, the government’s Clean Energy Future policy continues to be based largely on an outdated model, writes Fergus Green at Inside Story.

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Mirabella helps pass carbon tax

Crikey media wrap: Despite Tony Abbott declaring he will kill the carbon price if elected, PM Julia Gillard will today get Australia’s first significant policy to cut carbon emissions passed through parliament.

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Pearse: is this carbon price a big step sideways?

It’s unclear yet whether this deal will reduce Australia’s contribution to climate change, writes Guy Pearse, Research Fellow at the Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland.

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Parkinson: Garnaut’s inconvenient truths

The first three instalments of Professor Ross Garnaut’s update to his Climate Change Review have been a welcome boost to the government’s ability to press its case for a carbon price, writes Giles Parkinson, of Climate Spectator.

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Come in Spinner: Gillard’s carbon price campaign outguns Rudd’s

If Kevin Rudd had approached his mining tax, and the emissions trading system, in the way Julia Gillard is approaching the carbon tax, he might still be Prime Minister.

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Crikey Blogs | ENVIRONMENT|

Welcome Minister, it’s time to roll up your sleeves

The final week of critical climate negotiations in Cancun is upon us. Australia’s Minister for climate change, Greg Combet, arrived on the weekend and got straight to work. Philip Ireland reports from Mexico.

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