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).
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.
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.
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.
There was a slowdown or hiatus in global warming, but so what? Human induced global warming is occurring but thanks to natural variability the warming trend looks more like a rising staircase than a steady smooth climb upwards.
The Mackay Conservation Group has sought to protect the environment and uphold laws that protect not only yakka skinks and ornamental snakes, but all Australian plants and animals. Today it’s the yakka skink, but tomorrow it could be koalas or the Great Barrier Reef. Do we want these sabotaged for a coal mine?
While the overturning of environmental approval for the Carmichael coal mine did not hinge on climate change issues, under the EPBC Act the Minister is required to consider the principles of ecologically sustainable development. This could be interpreted to include climate change impacts from the mine.
Environmentalists are celebrating the overturning of approval for the Carmichael mine, which the Greens describe as a 'climate disaster'. Yet the decision illustrates our national environmental protection law cares about minutiae while ignoring a planetary disaster.
A study of two shark species near Australia finds their habitat could shift dramatically polewards as seas become warmer and more acidic, affecting their food supply, ability to smell and their hatching.