Climate

Climate change science provokes textbook battle in Texas

Renee Schoof Several textbook publishers have withdrawn passages from social studies textbooks that could have led middle school students to think that climate change is not caused by human activity, an advocacy...

Government confirms Green Climate Fund no-show

Abbott government will snub UN's Green Cliamte Fund: Australia will not be represented at a Berlin summit to raise funds for a UN-backed climate fund.

Peter Hannam Australia is playing its part in an effective response to climate change through direct action, international engagement and aid program, according to a spokesman for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

China needs to cap coal use by 2020 to meet climate goals: think tank

China's urban pollution is one prompt for curbing coal use.

China needs to hit its "peak coal" use by 2020 if it is to fulfil its commitment to end growth in climate-warming carbon emissions by the end of the next decade, an influential government think tank...

US Republicans' task: how to fight nature while denying climate change

Toluse Olorunnipa When Florida's Governor Rick Scott won re-election November 4, he triumphed over both his Democratic challenger and California billionaire Thomas Steyer, who spent $US20 million painting him as a...

Red faces for Tony Abbott on Green Climate Fund

Abbott

Peter Hannam The Abbott government has been left squirming on another climate front after key ally Canada said it will contribute to a United Nations climate fund to help impoverished countries cope with global...

Climate change 'won't stop at the Pacific Islands', Angela Merkel tells Australia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is viewed as an arch-pragmatist, reacting to events rather than following ideology.

Peter Hannam German Chancellor Angela Merkel has added to international calls on Australia to reveal its plans for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Ross Garnaut: Climate deal marks acceleration by US

No Great Wall between China's Xi Jinping and the US's Barack Obama when it comes to climate action.

Peter Hannam Ross Garnaut, a China expert and compiler of two emissions trading reviews for governments, said the US-China deal represents a bigger shift for the Americans.

Climate: US-China pact to curb emissions not enough, CSIRO scientist Pep Canadell says

China and the US will have to do more to curb emissions, CSIRO's Dr Canadell says.

Peter Hannam The US-China pact to curb greenhouse gas emissions is "unprecedented" but won’t be enough to prevent dangerous climate change, said Pep Canadell, the head of CSIRO’s Global Carbon Project.

McConnell 'distressed' at US-China climate deal, signaling fight

The US Senate's incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Michael A. Memoli Incoming US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led a Republican chorus objecting to a new US-China deal on climate change Wednesday, calling it the latest sign that President Barack Obama is...

Hollande raises spectre of conflict over climate change

Climate change raises the prospect of conflict, France's Hollande says.

French President Francois Hollande said failure to address global warming could lead to war, and called on G20 countries to act ahead of a climate change conference in Paris next year.

G20 pledges lift Green Climate Fund towards $US10 billion UN goal

A promise by Japan on Sunday to give up to $US1.5 billion ($1.7 billion) to a UN fund to help poor nations cope with global warming puts the fund within sight of a $US10 billion goal and brightens...

Prominent climate change denier likely to head US senate environment committee

Senator James Inhofe, right, talks to Republican colleague John Barrasso earlier this year.

Tom Hamburger Senator James Inhofe, an the Oklahoma Republican who once compared the Environmental Protection Agency to the gestapo, is likely to lead the Environment and Public Works Committee when the GOP takes...

Qld farmer ploughs giant G20 climate message

A Queensland farmer has carved a giant message to G20 leaders in one of his paddocks, telling them to prioritise climate change action.

UN panel warns opportunity to stop climate change fading fast

Parts of Queensland are sweltering through a hot spell.

Nick Miller The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change fears extreme heat, fierce storms and much less food unless the global community acts.

Climate science funding deadline looms

Scientists fear planned funding cuts will stifle them addressing the irreversible damage created by global warming

Peter Hannam Scientists say planned funding cuts by the Abbott government for climate change research will degrade Australia's ability to predict and respond to impacts and may see whole areas of study lose...

IPCC report: Little time left to act on climate change

The United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has produced its final report.

Nick Miller Three leading experts from the IPCC discuss the climate challenges facing the world.

UN talks of tough global climate targets, vague on national action

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Alister Doyle and Adam Morton The United Nations wants zero greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of this century. But it is unclear how this will be achieved.

IPCC lines up for a sixth climate audit as economic costs corrected

New York's climate march last month.

Peter Hannam More than a quarter of a century old and the bane of global warming sceptics everywhere, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change isn't about to fade into the sunset.

Climate change a 'threat multiplier for farming-dependent nations: report

Climate change and food insecurity are "threat multipliers", and 32 countries dependent on farming face an "extreme risk" of conflict or civil unrest in the next 30 years, a global analytics firm...

US military refuses to be 'too late' on climate change

Anthony Zinni, Ronald Keys and Frank Bowman Just as we have underestimated recent threats, such as the Islamic State and a revanchist Russia, we are in danger of underestimating those threats that follow a changing climate, retired US military...