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).
Two backbench Liberal MPs are calling for an inquiry into climate science ahead of the government's release of Australia's post-2020 emissions targets. Here a group of 13 of Australia's pre-eminent experts gives the senators a rundown.
China's pledge to cap its emissions by no later than 2030 may not sound like a breakthrough, but it is promising to reduce the emissions intensity of its economy by a rate exceeding that achieved by the US shale gas boom and only matched by the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The slowdown in the rate of warming, called a 'hiatus', was initially perplexing to climate scientists. But new data sets shows that the global surface temperature increased at a rate from 1998-2014 similar to previous periods.
But whether it's on the official 'in danger' list or not, the Great Barrier Reef is clearly under threat. UNESCO has placed its faith in Australia, but without urgent action the problems will not go away.