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Category: Climate

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ACT won't back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure

ACT won’t back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure

ACT energy minister Shane Rattenbury says Territory under “enormous pressure” to agree to NEG, but that won’t be happening in the policy’s current form.

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Meanwhile, California slashes emissions to below 1990 levels

Meanwhile, California slashes emissions to below 1990 levels

California’s greenhouse gas emissions have fallen to 1990 levels, well ahead of the state’s 2020 target date.

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Ireland votes to divest from fossil fuels within 5 years

Ireland votes to divest from fossil fuels within 5 years

Ireland becomes world’s first nation to legislate to divest completely from fossil fuels, after passage of bill compelling €8.9bn Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) to withdraw all money invested in oil, gas and coal.

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Australia ranked worst in world on climate action

Australia ranked worst in world on climate action

Australia’s exported greenhouse emissions are higher per person than even Saudi Arabia’s.

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Massive surge in rooftop solar would bring end to Australia's coal era

Massive surge in rooftop solar would bring end to Australia’s coal era

The biggest threat to Australia’s legacy coal fired generators is not the explosion of wind and solar farms, or even the settings of the country’s emissions policy: Right now, it’s the continued boom in rooftop solar.

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Germany can reach 65% renewables by 2030, report finds

Germany can reach 65% renewables by 2030, report finds

Germany 65% renewable energy target by 2030 will require a lot more wind and solar, but is feasible, says think tank.

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The straight-forward climate question Josh Frydenberg will not answer

The straight-forward climate question Josh Frydenberg will not answer

Is climate change an existential risk to Australian society and the world community? It’s not a difficult question, but one that climate minister Frydenberg has failed to answer.

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Michael McCormack

LNP turns its back on wind, solar and storage, and emissions cuts

LNP’s call for more coal-fired power stations, and government ownership of the railway line to the Adani coal project were largely symbolic, as were resolutions to “protect Christmas” and save the “Lord’s Prayer”. But they underline why a NEG won’t end the climate and energy policy wars.

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Australia head of UN climate fund resigns, board meeting collapses

Australia head of UN climate fund resigns, board meeting collapses

In a dramatic conclusion to a meeting that failed to approve any finance for the developing world, Howard Bamsey announced his exit from the Green Climate Fund.

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Pruitt’s replacement at EPA expected to carry on Trump’s anti-regulatory agenda at EPA

Pruitt’s replacement at EPA expected to carry on Trump’s anti-regulatory agenda at EPA

Few people expect Scott Pruitt’s resignation to slow down Trump administration’s efforts to deal a knock-out blow to the agency’s ability to protect the environment.

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NEG may double carbon price to $35/tonne for industrial sectors

NEG may double carbon price to $35/tonne for industrial sectors

Weak target for NEG will impose an effective carbon price of $35/tonne on rest of economy, or a total of $10 billion, and will ignore cheaper emissions reductions from wind and solar. This as Nationals push for three new coal generators to be funded by government.