Topic archives: carbon emissions

Maxine McKew v Geoff Gallop, more or less

March 6, 2013

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

Emissions trading hangs by a chad in Obama’s fight

Emissions trading hangs by a chad in Obama’s fight

October 9, 2012

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

How green are the London Games?

How green are the London Games?

August 10, 2012

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.

Almost a leadership challenge story

Almost a leadership challenge story

April 27, 2012

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

Why the secrecy on company emissions?

February 29, 2012 1

writes Tristan Edis

Soil carbon: time to bury the emissions problem

February 14, 2012 2

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, […]

A nasty set of numbers

December 5, 2011 17

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.

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

October 11, 2011 1

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.

Fear and greed … the real energy challenge

Fear and greed … the real energy challenge

August 17, 2011 14

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.

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

July 19, 2011

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.

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

June 16, 2011 2

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.

Global warming above 2° so far mitigated by accidental geo-engineering

Global warming above 2° so far mitigated by accidental geo-engineering

June 6, 2011 6

According to NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Science climate reports, global warming is already committed to a rise above two degrees, writes Dr Andrew Glikson, Earth and paleoclimate science, Australian National University

How do you halve emissions by 2025? Look to the UK…

How do you halve emissions by 2025? Look to the UK…

May 19, 2011

The United Kingdom is set to become a world leader on clean energy and climate policy, after announcing an ambitious plan to halve carbon emissions by 2025, reports Amber Jamieson.

Queensland: the carbon kings

April 19, 2011 22

New greenhouse data shows that even with the GFC and some one-off factors holding down emissions, Australia will miss its 5% carbon reduction target by 2020.

The climate change disconnect

April 19, 2011 44

There's a bizarre disconnection between the climate change debate in Australia and reality, with Australia's emissions continuing to grow.

A hot pink climate no laughing matter

A hot pink climate no laughing matter

April 13, 2011 6

Do climate scientists have a sense of humour, asks author David Spratt?

Cleaner energy: the global power shift

Cleaner energy: the global power shift

April 12, 2011

Our politicians have been labouring under beliefs born under a credo of Western pre-eminence, and cheap oil and cheap debt, that has helped fashion our policies towards climate change, writes Giles Parkinson of Climate Spectator.

Parkinson: Garnaut’s inconvenient truths

February 15, 2011 13

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.

Time for Aussie pride in carbon reduction

December 1, 2010

As day three of the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico kicks off, Anna Rose takes a stroll through a community garden in Syria, looking at local initiatives for global problems. Yet Australia lags behind with the false "the world isn’t acting, Australia shouldn’t lead" climate change line.

FOI lifts veil on our ignorance of international pollution action

FOI lifts veil on our ignorance of international pollution action

November 30, 2010 27

A lead veil is shielding commentators from the extent of international action on pollution and climate change, writes John Connor, CEO The Climate Institute.