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).
Last year we saw Clive and Al, the US-China agreement and Abbott's axe. But 2015 promises even more climate sizzle with global targets to be announced, resolution of the RET barnacle and the beginnings of Direct Action.
The Aussie wind farm developer has paid for the anti-wind farm lobby to take its best free shot at linking wind turbines to health woes – by cherrypicking 6% of the data from three households, it's got its answer.
The world's 2.8 billion wood-fuel users are using the resource in an almost sustainable way, suggesting carbon offset markets are paying too much to provide the world's poor with fuel-burning alternatives.
The numbers are in, meaning nine of the 10 warmest years on record have all occurred in the 21st century. The probability of this run happening with no anthropogenic global warming are extraordinarily remote.
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.