Timing gives Abbott no excuse to avoid Paris climate talks

Peter Hannam 4:26 PM   Pressure on the Prime Minister to attend the crucial Paris Climate Summit is likely to rise if he opts to attend the CHOGM gathering that will be held just prior to the French event.

France suggests world leaders at start, not end, of climate summit

French President Francois Hollande and Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, Segolene Royal.

7:55 AM   ​France suggests world leaders should attend only the start of a summit on climate change in Paris in six months, hoping to avoid a repeat of the last failed attempt in 2009 when they came at the end and left empty-handed.

Europe's oil giants jointly call for carbon pricing

Over a barrel: climate action needs a price on carbon, big oil firms say.

7:49 AM   ​Europe's top oil and gas companies urged governments around the world to introduce a pricing system for carbon emissions, as governments meet in Bonn, Germany, on Monday to work on a UN deal to fight climate change.

Doctors push for government action on climate

Climate change can't be ignored, AMA says.

The powerful doctors lobby group is set to ramp up pressure on the federal government to take action on climate change.

Super typhoons to strengthen with climate change, study finds

Super Typhoon Haiyan as it approached the Philippines in November 2013.

Peter Hannam   A warming planet is already stoking the intensity of tropical cylones in the north-west Pacific and their ferocity will continue to increase even with moderate climate change over this century, an international research team has found.

Don't burden future generations by leaving emissions cuts to them: Garnaut

Professor Ross Garnaut says Australia must not leave the burden of deep emissions cuts to future generations.

Tom Arup, Environment Editor   The former climate adviser to two Labor governments, Professor Ross Garnaut, says Australia should ensure the heaviest burden of cutting greenhouse gases is not pushed onto future generations, and new emissions targets should be set accordingly.

Green utopia: Lord Howe island shows the mainland how it's done

Rhonda Wilson, with her husband Ed, owns an electric golf car and their home runs on solar panels.

Nicole Hasham   Residents of Lord Howe Island have gone dirty on diesel and now have an ambitious target for renewable energy.

Kids in the firing line of climate change

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Lucy Cormack   Global warming will challenge all creatures great and small, but society's smallest will be among those worst affected by climate change, a new report says.

Ban Ki-Moon challenges the transport sector to take action on climate change

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon: "All of us most do more, the global thermostat continues to rise."

Richard Willingham   Australian Deputy PM Warren Truss says any action at December's Paris meeting needs to include a commitment from developing nations to do their bit for climate change.

Australia's winter likely to be drier and milder than usual as El Nino kicks in

Dry conditions in western Queensland may spread further over winter.

Peter Hannam   Most of Australia can expect a drier and warmer than usual winter as the influence of an El Nino takes hold – although the first few days of the season won't feel very balmy.

Norway's $1.15 trillion wealth fund curbs coal investments

Coal on the nose of the Norwegians.

Saleha Mohsin and Mikael Holter   Norway's parliament reached an agreement to ban the country's $US890 billion ($1.15 trillion) sovereign wealth from investing in companies that base at least 30 per cent of their business on coal or revenue from the fuel.

Scientists warn Everest glaciers at risk from climate change

Spot the disappearing glaciers near Mt Everest.

Glaciers in the Everest region could shrink at least 70 per cent or even disappear entirely by the end of the century as a result of climate change.

India heatwave kills 1000 as roads melt

An Indian man covers his face as drives on a scooter under the hot sun in Hyderabad.

More than 1000 people have died in a major heatwave across India, that has seen roads melt in New Delhi and temperatures near 50 degrees.

Carbon market value expands to $44 Billion as Korea signs up

Carbon markets continue to grow.

Mathew Carr   ​The value of global carbon permits expanded to $34 billion ($44 billion) in the past year, with gains led by South Korea, California and Quebec, the World Bank said.

France's Laurent Fabius hopes Paris climate talks can reverse Copenhagen failure

French Foreign Affairs minister Laurent Fabius.

A breakthrough international accord to curb global warming is within reach but major hurdles still loom including resistance to a legally binding accord, France's foreign minister said in an interview with Reuters.

Australia's outlook turns drier as Indian Ocean set to reinforce El Nino

Dry times loom for southern Australia if the weather models prove correct.

Peter Hannam   Prospects are firming that the El Nino event taking hold will mean a drier Australia, with conditions in the Indian Ocean likely to reinforce those in the Pacific, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

Religious leaders call for deep post-2020 carbon cuts

Archbishop Philip Freier at St James Church in West Melbourne. He and other religious leaders are lobbying the Federal Government on Climate Change issues. Photo by Penny Stephens. The Age. 26TH MAY 2015

Peter Hannam   Leading religious figures have called on the Abbott government and Labor to commit to deep cuts in greenhouse gases after the current goal expires in 2020.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon seeks 'global action' on climate

Earth as seen from the International Space Station.

UN chief Ban Ki-Moon is calling for renewed "global action" to limit climate change ahead of a quadrennial congress in Geneva.

Bureau of Meteorology rejects Maurice Newman's climate claims

Maurice Newman has come under fire after he wrote in <i>The Australian</i> that scientific modelling showing the link between humans and climate change was wrong.

Lisa Cox   Claims by the Prime Minister's chief business adviser about climate change have been rejected by the head of the Bureau of Meteorology as "incorrect", irrelevant and "old red herrings".

Anything but coal: the most popular energy sources in Australia

Site manager Nick Wain at the Royalla Solar Farm, near Canberra.

Peter Hannam   Solar energy is the most popular source of electricity in Australia with more than three times the backing of coal-fired or nuclear power, a survey by Ipsos has found.

France's biggest insurer Axa axes coal investments

Axa loses its appetite for coal.

Tara Patel and Fabio Benedetti-Valentini   ​France's largest insurer will scrap holdings in coal companies because of concerns about climate change, broadening support for the fossil-fuel divestment movement to a major mainstream investor.

Barack Obama says climate change poses an "immediate risk" to US

US President Barack Obama at the US Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut.

JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS   ​President Barack Obama used a commencement address Wednesday at the Coast Guard Academy to cast his push for urgent action to combat climate change as a national security imperative, saying that the warming of the planet poses an "immediate risk" to the United States.

Antarctic glaciers lose ice in surprise collapse

A warming ocean is eating into glacier fronts along the southern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

Andrew Darby   Glaciers in the Antarctic Peninsula are said to be in a surprise collapse, as concern grows at the region's rapid deterioration under climate change.

The five charts that show why 2015 is going to be a scorcher

Reflections in Lake Menindee at sunset, Kinchega National Park,NSW .

Peter Hannam   The world remains on course for another record hot year with the first four months of 2015 setting a new high for temperatures and more signals indicating the emerging El Nino event will be a strong one.

The true cost of subsidising fossil fuels

The IMF says the true cost of subsidising fossil fuels is huge.

Peter Hannam   The world subsidises energy consumption to the tune of more than $200,000 per second, with about 60 per cent of that going to support coal.

Who won out of the RET deal?

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Lisa Cox   Fifteen months of political deadlock over Australia's renewable energy policy has been broken, but what will a new deal and new target mean for the clean energy industry?

'Greatest university' curbs fossil fuel investment in its endowment

Dreaming of divestment: Oxford limits fossil fuels in its endowment.

Reed Landberg   Oxford University said it would curb some of the most polluting fossil fuel-related investments in its 1.7 billion-pound ($3.3 billion) endowment, making it the most prominent institution to join the growing campaign for divestment from the industry.

Time to move on after tortuous debates over renewable energy

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Peter Hannam   In an ideal world, we would not have had the torturous year and a half of debate over the Renewable Energy Target.

NASA finds Antarctic ice shelf just a few years from disintegration

What remains of the Larsen B ice shelf might not last much longer.

The last intact section of one of Antarctica's mammoth ice shelves is weakening fast and will likely disintegrate completely in the next few years, contributing further to rising sea levels, according to a NASA study.

Paris 2015: Canada aims to cut emissions by 30 per cent by 2030

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Tony Abbott in Ottawa in June last year.

Josh Wingrove   Canada pledged to cut greenhouse-gas emissions by about a third by 2030 in a move quickly dismissed by environmentalists and energy analysts as lacking detail and unrealistic without major policy changes.