Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced business commentators. Alan has been a trusted source of investment advice to Australians for many years, and in 2005 he founded Eureka Report - Australia’s #1 online investment report. Along with Robert Gottliebsen and Stephen Bartholomeusz, Alan also founded Business Spectator, the popular business news and commentary website. Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two).
The personal offence senior Coalition politicians have taken from Barack Obama's statement of concern for the future of the Great Barrier Reef appears to indicate either they didn't actually read his speech or they suffer from a profound ignorance of scientific research that is decades old.
As the world moves into an era of extreme growth in refrigerator uptake driven by Asia's big two, India's Environment Minister is making promising signals at a key summit this week on phasing down HFCs.
Growth of air-conditioning and refrigerated storage, particularly in China and India, is making HFCs among the fastest growing sources of emissions - making next week's Paris meeting a crucial moment in the global warming fight.
Greg Hunt says our efforts are 'almost exactly' the same to America's, Joe Hockey says we're 'pretty much' on the same page. But, discounting deforestation activities from the base year, Australia's are much worse.
How much will the pledges by President Obama and Xi Jinping change emissions relative to what's required to contain global warming to 2 degrees, and what more do they need to do to achieve the pledges?