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Tom Arup is the environment editor for The Age.

Paris 2015: Australians back deeper carbon cuts as climate summit looms

Tom Arup Australia will head to the Paris climate summit next week with majority public support for adopting deeper cuts to greenhouse gas emissions if it helps reach a global deal to tackle the problem,...

Climate change: Can a wounded Paris deliver for the planet?

Climate change is warming the polar ice caps and melting sea ice.

Tom Arup As the gun smoke clears from the streets of Paris in its place a sense of resolve has set in.

Paris 2015: Australia's quiet climate commitment to decarbonise the economy

Touching down: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives in Antalya, Turkey for the G20 summit last weekend.

Peter Hannam and Tom Arup The Turnbull government has quietly committed Australia to support decarbonising the world economy as one of the goals for this month's global climate summit in Paris, a move that has drawn applause.

Kiribati President's challenge to Australians: do you care?

Kiribati President Anote Tong is in Australia ahead of the Paris summit to highlight the issues of climate change for his tiny pacific nation and to advance his push for a moratorium on new coal development.

Tom Arup President Anote Tong of Kiribati has a challenge for all Australians. "I challenge people, leaders in Australia to face the reality. Or let them say 'I don't care' and then go to church next Sunday."

Household batteries still five years from making financial sense for Australian homes

Companies like Tesla believe Australia is a market ripe for the introduction of batteries needed to store electricity, but new modelling suggests it does not yet make economic sense for Australian households to install a system.

Tom Arup There is a lot of hype about the flood of household battery options to store rooftop solar power that are hitting the Australian market - but do they make financial sense for a family home?

How runaway sea level rise could one day swamp Perth

A temperature rise of 4 degrees will see suburbs from Manning Road to Leach Highway flooded.

Tom Arup and Emma Young New global maps show that much of Perth could vanish under water if action isn't taken to arrest climate change.

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How runaway sea level rise could one day swamp the world's biggest cities

Hurricane Katrina left much of New Orleans under water in 2005. A similar scenario could play out for many of the world's big cities if predicted sea level rises occur.

Tom Arup New global maps show many of the world's biggest metropolises, including Sydney and Melbourne, could be largely under water if action isn't taken to arrest climate change.

How climate change influenced Australia's extreme weather in 2014

Several studies have found that climate change had its finger prints on Australia's weather in 2014.

Tom Arup Scientists have linked climate change to several extreme weather events that hit Australia last year, including city melting heatwaves, record hot spring temperatures and the sweltering conditions...

Australian Academy of Science divests from fossil fuel companies

Australian Academy of Science president Professor Andrew Holmes is expected to outline changes in investment policy on Tuesday.

Tom Arup The global divestment movement, which is pushing for institutions to withdraw investment dollars from coal, oil and gas companies because of their contribution to climate change, has been gaining...

New colonies of Leadbeater's possum discovered in logging forests

A Leadbeater's possum at Healesville sanctuary. New wild colonies of the species have been found in state and national parks.

Tom Arup, Environment Editor Surveys have found 71 new colonies of Leadbeater's possum, Victoria's critically endangered animal emblem, in forests open to logging on Melbourne's northern doorstep.

Collapse of Antarctic ice shelves would see thousands of years of sea-level rise

Icebergs grounded near Adelaide Island, Antarctic Peninsula. The Antarctic Peninsula is one of the most rapidly warming parts of the continent.

Tom Arup The world will be locked into thousands of years of unstoppable rising sea levels from melting Antarctic ice if it doesn't cut emissions and prevent another two degrees of global warming, scientists...

Fall in China's coal use here to stay, leading expert says

Tom Arup The historic fall in China's coal use is a clear and consistent trend and should be factored in by Australian business, one of the world's leading experts on China's environment policy says.

Greenhouse emissions targets: India commits before Paris but world falling short

Global goals: A stage performance at the Delhi Action 2015 Global mobilisation event in September.

Tom Arup, Environment Editor The last big countries to reveal their greenhouse gas emissions targets ahead of global talks in Paris have informed the United Nations of their intentions, however the collective commitments still...

Earth home to 3 trillion trees, but billions are disappearing every year

Forest being cleared on Padang Island, Indonesia in 2014.

Tom Arup New research estimates there are 3 trillion trees on Earth, significantly more than previously thought, but humans are removing 15 billion a year.

Australia does not have plans in place to meet 2030 climate goal, assessment finds

Report says the government's moves to axe the carbon price and scale-back the renewable energy target had made the 2030 goal significantly harder to achieve.

Tom Arup Australia is behind other industrialised countries in having policies that can meet its promised target to cut greenhouse gases for 2030, a new assessment has found.

Transcript: Interview with Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything

Social activist Naomi Klein will appear at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, speaking about her work on climate change and capitalism.

Tom Arup This is a partial transcript of Fairfax Media's interview with Naomi Klein, global social activist and author of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.

Dangerous or safe? Naomi Klein to talk climate and capitalism in Australia

Tom Arup Naomi Klein sounds slightly bemused that her ideas on capitalism and climate change are considered dangerous.

Some global 'head scratching' on Australia's climate stance: Al Gore

Former American vice-president Al Gore.

Tom Arup There is some international "head scratching" over Australia's national position on climate chang says former United States Vice President Al Gore, who has used his short visit to Melbourne to paint...

Renewable energy expense attacked as Australia gifts $41 billion to fossil fuels

Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten speaks at a press conference during a visit to Vestas Wind Systems earlier this month.

Tom Arup Having been depicted as a "carbon tax zombie" by News Corp earlier this month, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten set out to try to prove he's not a dead man walking with a big commitment to renewable...

Australia's Pacific neighbours facing unaffordable climate change bill study funds

Tom Arup Australia's small island neighbours in the South Pacific are facing an enormous bill to protect their buildings and infrastructure from the impacts of climate change and extreme weather,...