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).
Santa, I know your home's foundations are threatened by melting Arctic ice, but please don't give Tony a lump of coal for Christmas - it won't help things. Instead there are four gifts that he'd enjoy which could even change his mind on climate change.
The Brisbane supercell hailstorm of last month reminds us that we are likely to see stronger and more frequent storms in the future, as the intersection between tropical moisture and stronger winds changes.
Improving transportation emissions standards, notably around diesel vehicles, will deliver immediate health benefits for our cities as well as contribute significantly in the battle against climate change.
Washington and Canberra insist responsibility can no longer be divided into 1992's rich and poor nations, with Julie Bishop saying 'those countries that are emitting the most have the greatest responsibility'.
While Julie Bishop tries to talk down the significance of other countries' emission reduction pledges, independent analysis suggests those efforts could limit temperature rise to around 3 degrees by 2100. Not good enough, but significant progress.
Despite our advances in trade and transport, humans still largely live in the most fertile places. But with increased warmth, the location and degree of rainfall will change – as will the lives of billions.