Despite improvements in the quality of discussion on climate and renewables, the political debate has regressed significantly. Time to fact check some old Furphies.
The recalcitrance of reactionary ideologues to carbon pricing and climate policies only increases risks to energy security, prices and community stability.
Climate policy review presents clear opportunity to join host of other countries choosing a credible pathway to net zero emissions by mid-century.
The 2016 Marrakech Climate Summit finished strongly, despite the election of President Trump, with a multitude of commitments and actions.
In its first World Energy Outlook since Paris, the International Energy Agency makes clear that commitments to the pact equal near full decarbonisation of energy around 2040 – and that means Australia, too.
Despite lingering uncertainty about Trump’s intentions, week two has begun with progress on the details of Paris, as national, state and city governments push on – some emphatically so.
At Marrakech, Australia’s decision to ratify Paris was met with similar applause as in Bali 2007, when Kevin Rudd finally ratified Kyoto. But in the near decade since, climate diplomacy has become even more integrated to our international interests.
The impact on global climate action of a Trump presidency will depend on a number of factors including the resolve of other countries, investors and the state governments in the US.
After a small celebration of COP21 achievements, COP22 gets down to business on accountability, as report reveals a shortfall between Paris commitments and the pre-Paris indicative commitments such as Australia’s 2030 target.
Australia’s public desire for climate action is strongest it has been since 2008. The question, now, is how will our politicians respond?