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).
Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has launched a sweeping attack on Cardinal George Pell for his dismissive stance on climate change and accused him of inconsistency in criticising Pope Francis' own call for action on the issue.
Diesel vehicle sales have surged in Australia in recent years. Yet as the Volkswagen scandal reveals - controlling their harmful pollutants is challenging. The move to tougher pollution standards requires diesel makers to make compromises in other attributes that could blunt this new found popularity.
As part of the annual extreme weather issue of the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society released today, five papers by Australian authors including us, investigate the role of climate change in extreme weather in 2014.
A CSIRO economic and physical modelling study finds that it is possible to address environmental challenges without rejecting continued economic growth and returning to the 'simple life'. But it requires government policies that make environmentally friendly technology cheaper and easier to use than the environmentally damaging alternatives.
Due to climate change conditions in the Middle East could become so hot and humid by the end of the century that they occasionally exceed the threshold for human survival in some of the region’s major cities, such as Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai, researchers say.
The Australian Academy of Science has been explaining the significant climatic impacts from continued burning of fossil fuels for four decades. It was only rational that the Academy put its money where the science suggested made sense.
Every bloke in the street wants to talk about how battery systems like Tesla’s Powerwall could drive mass disconnection from the grid. Yet the painfully slow progress of rolling this out by a utility in a place where it makes great economic sense provides a sobering tale.
More major errors have crept into the work of Lomborg's go to economist, Professor Richard Tol, who has been attempting to convince the world that the economic impacts of global warming beyond 2 degrees would be small, and perhaps even positive overall.
A review of the seven initiatives Origin Energy has just signed up to under the global Carbon Disclosure Project's ‘We Mean Business Coalition’ shows that five involve almost no change to its business practices, while there are serious question marks over how it will deliver on the remaining two.
Coalition government MPs such as Barnaby Joyce are keen to cite that China's emissions will rise by 150% by 2030 in order to make their own 26-28% emission reduction target look more impressive. Yet it's not true.
Richard Tol, who is Bjorn's go to man on climate change economics, is at it again making confident predictions that we'll be better off as a result of climate change, with the World Economic Forum helping promote them. Yet these claims have had to be corrected not once but several times once peer reviewed.
In 1962, President Kennedy delivered one of history's most inspiring speeches asking his people to each sacrifice 50 cents per week in order to achieve an amazing scientific and engineering feat that they weren't even sure was possible, requiring technologies that didn't yet exist. We sorely need that same leadership today, not to reach the moon but to save our planet.
We face an immense threat from climate change, yet renewable energy receives less than 2% of publicly funded R&D. A concentrated global technological research effort like the Apollo Program to make renewable energy as reliable and cheap as coal is required.