Topic archives: greenhouse gas emissions

25 years on, Hawke’s climate change crisis still ignored by Australian govt

25 years on, Hawke’s climate change crisis still ignored by Australian govt

January 5, 2015 32

The problem was there 25 years ago, but Australia still lags behind the rest of the world in the struggle against climate change.

Mayne: ANZ shareholders shine a light on biggest financier of fossil fuels

Mayne: ANZ shareholders shine a light on biggest financier of fossil fuels

December 12, 2014 3

As the biggest financier of fossil fuels in Australia, ANZ can't afford to conceal its role in GHG emissions from shareholders.

Can we solve climate change for under $1 billion?

Can we solve climate change for under $1 billion?

February 27, 2014 19

The government's Climate Change Authority has today released a major report which says Australia should do much more on climate change -- a 19% cut in emissions by 2020. But Tony Abbott is unlikely to listen.

At last, China gets on board carbon trading

At last, China gets on board carbon trading

June 19, 2013 3

Environmentalists cheered when China announced it would finally put a price on carbon. But as usual, the price is far too low to have any meaningful impact on the country's vast emissions.

Crikey Clarifier: why is the EU carbon scheme hitting our budget?

Crikey Clarifier: why is the EU carbon scheme hitting our budget?

May 20, 2013 2

Europe's low carbon price hit Australia's budget last week in a big way. Erwin Jackson from the Climate Institute explains why, and looks at what might happen next.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

May 9, 2013

Academics at MIT are trying to make steel without greenhouse gas emissions. The Prime Minister is back to cuddling babies. And we've found Atlantis!

Dirty little secret’s out

April 19, 2013 4

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

The dirty little secret to tackling climate change

The dirty little secret to tackling climate change

April 18, 2013 68

Recent data shows that without Australia's population boom, we'd probably have greenhouse gas emissions under control. So why is no one talking about whether an Australia of 62 million is environmentally sustainable?

The Power Index: carbon cutters, Anthea Harris at #2

The Power Index: carbon cutters, Anthea Harris at #2

March 20, 2013 2

Anthea Harris has arguably been more involved in pricing carbon pollution than anyone else in Australia. How does the Climate Change Authority chief and veteran carbon adviser get things done in this fraught, controversial field? A background in consulting helped.

The Power Index: carbon cutters, Andrew Grant at #7

The Power Index: carbon cutters, Andrew Grant at #7

March 12, 2013 6

Maybe money does grow on trees. Businessman Andrew Grant is making plenty from forests to reduce CO2, but he's not a typical greenie. He thinks Australia has stuffed up decarbonisation -- and business has to fix it.

The Power Index: carbon cutters, Jane Sargison at #10

The Power Index: carbon cutters, Jane Sargison at #10

March 4, 2013 1

"There are a lot of solutions on the cusp," says up-and-coming engineer Dr Jane Sargison on the task of reducing carbon emissions. Now she's stepped out of her Hobart laboratory to lobby for the cash and commitment in Australian boardrooms to make them happen. Sargison comes in at #10 on The Power Index list.

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

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

March 4, 2013 4

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.

Ford’s failure: a high-emissions gamble on low oil prices

Ford’s failure: a high-emissions gamble on low oil prices

July 18, 2012 5

Ford is paying the price for gambling on high greenhouse gas emissions and low oil prices with their dependence on making large cars in Australia, writes Tristan Edis of Climate Spectator.

Rio+20 earns a minus mark for self-indulgent inaction

June 28, 2012 4

The idea of holding a summit to mark the 20 years since world leaders last pledged to save the planet is like holding a lavish anniversary party to celebrate a failed marriage, write Richard Denniss, of the Australia Institute, and Andrew Macintosh, of ANU's Centre for Climate Law & Policy.

The dirty topic of peak oil: get ready to reduce your reliance

The dirty topic of peak oil: get ready to reduce your reliance

September 2, 2010 9

Wouldn’t it be funny if we spent so long arguing about what to do about climate change that we ran out of cheap oil first? It is not beyond the realms of possibility, writes Dr David Ingles.

Curry spices key ingredient in climate change recipe

Curry spices key ingredient in climate change recipe

July 20, 2010

Scientists in Britain have found that spices such as turmeric and coriander may help to reduce the amount of methane gases released by cows and sheep by up to 40 per cent. Curry anyone?

Why economists need to engage in the CPRS debate

June 29, 2010 28

How should climate change be dealt with by economists? asks Dr Martin Parkinson, secretary of the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency.

Possible carbon dioxide leaks at Gorgon

August 26, 2009

Environmental concerns are being raised at the A$50b Gorgon gas project in Western Australia, with news that carbon dioxide may leak from underneath Barrow Island, where the greenhouse gas emissions are to be buried.

Ethanol: Not really all that green

January 20, 2009 4

The production and distribution of ethanol as an alternative motor vehicle fuel source will increase greenhouse gas emissions over conventional fuels, writes Bernard Keane.

Setting Sydney’s coast on fire

November 10, 2008 2

Energie Future has applied for licences to explore for coal deposits to use in a gasification project that would involve the deposits being set alight to produce gas, writes Bernard Keane.