Alan Kohler is one of Australia’s most experienced commentators and journalists. Alan is the founder of Eureka Report, Australia’s most successful investment newsletter, and Business Spectator, a 24-hour free business news and commentary website. He also hosts Inside Business, a half-hour Sunday programme on the ABC, is the finance presenter on the ABC News - and producer of the nightly graph (or two).
As Russia and its allies block climate talks there's hope that America might finally do something. Elsewhere, Warren Buffett continues to back renewables, it's the end of a solar era in Italy, Japan shows signs of slowing down and the EU carbon price lifts again.
With the Pope concerned about global warming and a Queensland church installing solar panels in the shape of the cross, there's hope that religious communities will soon be pushing for action on climate change.
A 2 degree limit doesn't align with Australia's coal expansion plans, a new report shows. Yet few politicians understand the simple maths equation, preferring to defer the real decisions until after they are gone.
The International Energy Agency has proposed four initiatives to significantly reduce carbon emissions at no net economic cost that could buy time until longer-term more permanent fixes can be put in place.