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Tom Arup is the environment editor for The Age.

Clearer view of rising sea levels finds problem accelerating

Tom Arup, Environment Editor Sea-levels across the planet are rising at an accelerated rate, despite previous suggestions the problem may have slowed in the past decade, Australian-led research has found.

Brown coal extends rebound, pushing up power sector emissions: Pitt & Sherry

Ramping up: Coal's share of the market is increasing.

Peter Hannam and Tom Arup Australia's electricity demand is picking up and, in the absence of a carbon price, pushing up the sector's emissions.

Academy of Science urges Australia to cut emissions to zero by 2050

Tom Arup Australia's premier scientific institution has urged the Abbott government to embrace a rapid acceleration in cuts to greenhouse gas emissions, with an ultimate eye to reducing...

Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm a renewable win for Victoria in dire environment

An artist's impression of the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm near Bendigo, which will begin construction mid-year.

Tom Arup, Environment Editor A $50 million wind farm north-west of Bendigo has been given the go-ahead – with backing from the Australian Capital Territory.

Direct action's fitness for tougher emissions cuts questioned

Energy policy: Grattan Institute Tony Wood described direct action as

Tom Arup Australian Industry Group has warned that continuing to buy carbon cuts beyond 2020 would require "very substantial" budget commitments.

Warming hiatus will not stop long-term global climate change

Tom Arup, Environment Editor Climate change by the year 2100 is unlikely to be mitigated by a recent hiatus in temperature rises, according to Australian scientists.

Abbott government spends up big in first climate auctions

China now the world's biggest emitter: Local analysts say Australia is unlikely to reach its 5 per cent target by 2020 as the direct action policy stands.

Tom Arup and Lisa Cox Projects to cut greenhouse gas emissions will receive $660 million in taxpayer dollars under the first auctions of the Abbott government's direct action climate plan.

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Experts urge an end to logging in Victoria highlands to save Leadbeater's possum

A Leadbeater's possum.

Tom Arup Logging should end in Victorian central highlands forests to save the state's disappearing animal emblem, the Leadbeater's possum, say the federal government's key scientific advisers on threatened...

Climate Change Authority presents a compelling case for deeper Australian emissions cuts


Tom Arup Australia needs to set much more ambitious targets if it wants to keep up with other nations on climate change policy.

Auctions mark beginning of Abbott government's emissions reduction fund

Hazy picture: Australia's greenhouse gas emissions are falling - for now.

Tom Arup and Lisa Cox Farmers and landfill owners are expected to dominate the first auctions under the Abbott government's much criticised $2.55 billion plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions, which will be held this week.

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Schools and hospitals could win from climate-fund bid

Jason Dowling and Tom Arup School buildings and hospitals could be upgraded to save power and reduce emissions under a potential bid from Victoria for a slice of the Abbott government's multibillion-dollar climate-change fund.

Sunday explainer: Do wind turbines harm your health?

The Cape Bridgewater wind farm, which is the subject of health complaints from six residents who live within 1.6 kilometres of the project.

Tom Arup The issue of whether wind turbines cause health problems has been raised again.

Australia out in the cold as world turns up the heat on climate change

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Tom Arup When world leaders sit down in New York overnight to discuss climate change it is unlikely Australia will be actively trying to scupper the talks.

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Government might give ground on renewable energy target

Renewable energy

Tom Arup and Lisa Cox Confidence is growing that a workable deal could be salvaged on Australia's renewable energy target with suggestions the Abbott government will give ground amid a backlash from industry and backbench...

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Victoria signs draft deal handing environmental powers to the states

Great Barrier Reef

Tom Arup A draft deal to hand over national environmental approval powers for new mines, ports and other major projects to the states has been signed between the federal and Victorian governments.

Greens look to ban Great Barrier Reef dumping

Lisa Cox and Tom Arup The Greens will move to ban offshore dumping in the Great Barrier Reef, including for dredge sludge from the controversial coal port expansion at Abbot Point.

Academics say all coal mines and power plants should be monitored for health risks

Bayswater Power Station in the Hunter Valley.

Tom Arup, Environment Editor Every coal mine and power plant in the country should have consistent pollution monitoring to study whether those who live nearby are suffering adverse health impacts, two former Australian of the...

Rethink on Barrier Reef offshore dumping proposal

Tom Arup Approval to dump millions of tonnes of dredging sludge on land, rather than in the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, will be sought by the companies wanting to expand a coal port next to the world...

Chinese company may sell Latrobe Valley brown coal briquettes locally

The Federal Energy Minister said Gippsland had more than 20 per cent of the world's low-rank coal reserves.

Tom Arup A massive Chinese company that received a $25 million government grant to turn Latrobe Valley brown coal into briquettes is looking at selling the resource back to Victoria's power plants.

Climate hope in China coal turnaround: Ross Garnaut

China pollution

Tom Arup A dramatic slowing in the growth of China’s coal use has brought the world within reach of keeping global warming to relatively safe levels, climate policy expert Ross Garnaut says.