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.
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.
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.
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 […]
July 27, 2010 1
The government’s take on mandatory emissions is far from perfect. In fact it verges on feeble, writes Alan Davies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
April 20, 2010
Which emits more carbon per day: the world's most hated volcano, or the European aviation industry? Guess.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.