Push for Kyoto carryover led by Australia could dilute Paris ambition by 25 per cent, at a time when targets need to be raised.
Morrison government takes out the wrecking ball for crucial and complex climate talks in Bangkok to side with US and Japan in a dramatic attempt to weaken climate finance obligations, and upsets Pacific nations with its intransigence.
Will he stay or will he go? Protesters at last week’s G7 meeting don’t know either.
The Turnbull government’s decision to ratify the Paris Agreement is welcome news so soon after the election of Trump. But there is much tough policy work to be done if Australia is serious about meeting its climate obligations.
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.
Success in Marrakesh will be difficult, as grunt work on rulemaking replaces the diplomatic showmanship of last year’s Paris climate talks.
Differentiation was always going to be a key sticking point at COP21, but the discussions so far suggest that the issue could derail the talks altogether.
While progress was uneven at times, Bonn negotiators identified most essential issues and began crafting a coherent architecture for Paris agreement
UN climate talks get bogged down because governments fear the solutions are too difficult. But a new study will show doubling renewables and supporting energy efficiency can deliver all the abatement needed out to 2030. Governments just need to realise that the solutions are in front of them.