Topic archives: carbon emissions

Combet: opposition to a carbon price will force up electricity prices

October 12, 2010 17

Greg Combet, the federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, today delivered the keynote address to Carbon Expo Australasia 2010 in Melbourne.

In smoggy Tianjin, ‘structural imbalance’ is the hot topic

In smoggy Tianjin, ‘structural imbalance’ is the hot topic

October 6, 2010

Day two of UN climate talks in heavily-polluted Tianjin fittingly started with a side event on coal use in China. Burning coal and the "structural imbalance" of energy use is the hot topic, writes Owen Pascoe, who is at the talks for the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Carbon-free reporting? Not when it’s about old king coal’s new palace

August 17, 2010 19

Readers of media reports on the Queensland government's go-ahead late last week for the Caval Ridge coal mine in Queensland could be forgiven for thinking that the BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) project will be carbon free, writes Bob Burton, a Hobart-based freelance journalist.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: Gillard singing Swannie’s praises

July 27, 2010 1

Losing the economic debate but keeping Wayne. Treasurer Wayne Swan can be forgiven for thinking that there is no justice in politics. Here he is, the man who acted so promptly and correctly to keep Australia free from the ravages of the international financial crisis, finding himself in the position where the mob are judging […]

Mandatory CO2 emissions — will Gillard do enough?

Mandatory CO2 emissions — will Gillard do enough?

July 27, 2010 1

The government’s take on mandatory emissions is far from perfect. In fact it verges on feeble, writes Alan Davies.

The battle for a greener California — what can Australia learn?

July 14, 2010 1

The war between high-emitting industries and low and zero-emitting sectors over climate change policies has been largely waged by proxy. Now, in the US, they are preparing for pitched battle, writes Climate Spectator's Giles Parkinson.

How air-conditioning changed the world

How air-conditioning changed the world

July 6, 2010

Air-conditioning is one powerful invention. Its use feeds its future use, thanks to the emissions it produces. And air-conditioning is to blame for the rise of conservative politics in the US. Seriously.

How to drive green

How to drive green

May 25, 2010

Living without a car is not always a viable option, but there are still ways of driving and being green. Like, turn off your car rather than leaving it idle when you drop the DVDs off.

Travel is too cheap

Travel is too cheap

May 21, 2010

Airlines should charge for every kilo of luggage we take with us, including carry-on, says Darrell Wade, CEO of Intrepid Travel. Why? Because less luggage, less fuel.

Bureaucracy: the real pollutant

May 19, 2010

Our government is a mess of red tape and regulations. If we applied a cap and trade scheme to bureaucracy, perhaps we could actually get policies put into action, says Oliver Marc Hartwich.

Why trains are superior to planes

April 22, 2010

Thanks to the Eyjafjallajökull shambles, other travellers are starting to learn what Ed Gillespie has known for years: travelling overland is not just good for your eco-geek credentials. It's also a lovely way to recapture the romance of travel.

Tiny nations vs. giant polluters

Tiny nations vs. giant polluters

April 21, 2010

Small island nations are suing massive corporations for their carbon emissions causing sea levels to rise. Yes, it's a David and Goliath battle, but can you accuse a company for causing climate change to your whole country -- and win?

Eyjafjallajökull’s emissions vs. CO2 saved by cancelled flights

Eyjafjallajökull’s emissions vs. CO2 saved by cancelled flights

April 20, 2010

Which emits more carbon per day: the world's most hated volcano, or the European aviation industry? Guess.

Europe’s ETS declared a smashing success

February 16, 2010

Contrary to popular belief, Europe's "Great Bix Tax on Everything" has not been a flop. The world's biggest emissions trading scheme has created a healthy carbon market and brought emissions down. Australia could learn a lot.

Saving forests won’t save the planet

February 4, 2010

New research suggests that forests don't store anywhere near as much carbon dioxide as previously thought, poking major holes in both the Government and Coalition's climate change policies. Back to the drawing board, says Gary Johns.

Abbott’s answer to climate change: ERF

February 2, 2010 77

Tony Abbott has announced a confusing and sketchy direct action policy on climate change centring on an unfunded multi-billion dollar "Emissions Reduction Fund". Just what this debate needs: another acronym.

Is deforestation really that bad?

Is deforestation really that bad?

January 12, 2010

The UN claims that deforestation accounts for more than 20% of man-made C02 emissions, but NASA scientists now believe it may only be half as much. Should greenies be focussing their attention elsewhere?

Australia cooks the books in Copenhagen

December 14, 2009

Australia is trying to masking increases in industrial pollution by hiding them in the likes of soil and forests, reports John Hepburn. Unless this changes, the Copenhagen Treaty will just be a meaningless set of numbers.

The great carbon heist

December 13, 2009

Australia's carbon emissions have increased by 30% since Kyoto, but thanks to the theft of 83.7 million tonnes of carbon credits from family farmers, the government can claim it's only 9%, reports Steve Truman.

Rewriting the history on deforestation

Rewriting the history on deforestation

December 11, 2009 19

The Australian government is rewriting history by claiming that the decline in deforestation emissions has primarily been the product of government policy, writes Andrew McIntosh.