Science & Environment

FactCheck: Will China have a 150% increase in carbon emissions on 2005 levels by 2030?

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.

Lomborg's favourite economist reheats his flawed analysis

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.

WWF claims tree clearing 'panic' in Queensland

Says areas approved for land clearing will produce 11.7m tonnes CO2 emissions.

Can we save the planet by looking to the moon?

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.

Leaders of business, science & economics: Let's make renewables cheaper than coal

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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.

UK weather bureau says 2015 and 2016 set to break heat records

Met Office says globe likely to resume rapid warming caused by greenhouse effect after 15 year pause.

Surprise, surprise corporates talk nice, play dirty on climate

Analysis finds that 45% of globe's largest corporates are obstructing legislative efforts to constrain carbon emissions, in spite of often promoting themselves as green progressives, including Rio Tinto. But some of the climate heros are villians in other areas of social concern. So what's the lesson here?

Ignored by the government, shrunk by resignations – where now for Australia's Climate Change Authority?

CCA board member Clive Hamilton comments on the resignation of its chair Bernie Fraser and its tenuous future.

If we burned all fossil fuels, would any of Antarctica's ice survive?

While Tony Abbott said there would be few things more damaging to our future than leaving coal in the ground, if the world did burn all fossil fuel resources we now know you can say goodbye to the Antarctic ice sheet and a large chunk of coastline.

S&P says intense climatic perils will damage countries' credit ratings

Natural disasters able to severely damage many countries' finances, climate change to make things worse.

Australia's emissions steadily rising as gas use recovers

Australia's total energy emissions have increased strongly to May, largely driven by increases from electricity generation as well as natural gas, but emissions from use of petroleum fuels have stabilised. While Queensland drives a revival in power demand up to end of August.

Abbott Government's carbon target 'inadequate' but policies even worse

If other countries followed the Abbott Government's lead on its 2030 emissions target the globe could give up hope of keeping warming to 2 degrees Celsius, contrary to the Environment Minister's assertions. What's worse is its policies have us on track for emissions 25% above 2005 levels, not 26% below.

What’s gone wrong for carbon capture and storage?

It looked bad back in 2008 and it looks even worse now - carbon capture and storage projects have barely progressed and where they have progressed they've been horribly expensive.

Climate report poses dire warnings

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Climate Council new analysis finds $226 billion hit from climate change effects.

Senate inquiry to hear farmers' concerns about gas and coal mining

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Farming groups to present case for giving them greater rights over gas and coal mining to Senate inquiry.

Last July the hottest month ever globally

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data finds month broke all historical records since 1880.

Bill repealing environmental approval appeals introduced

Amendments to EPBC Act introduced to parliament but Senate passage looks unlikely.

New calculation suggests China's greenhouse emissions have been overestimated

New estimates published today in Nature indicate China's emissions from 2000 to 2013 may be 14% lower than previously assumed.

Brandis' changes to environmental laws will defang the watchdogs

Repealing section 487 of the Environmental Protection Act will effectively preclude environmental groups from acting on behalf of affected communities and from performing their important function as a watchdog.

This year is shaping up to deliver a rollercoaster from strong El Niño to La Niña

The 2015 El Nino is shaping up as a strong one, similar to the 1982 event that preceded the devastating Ash Wednesday bushfire in 1983. Due to recent research we can now say that stronger El Ninos and La Ninas are to be expected on a warming planet.