'Bad news for the planet' as temperatures heat up

Peter Hannam 1:37 AM   The past five years have been the hottest on record.

'Biggest risk' to Paris climate talks on track to being resolved: Hunt

Environment Minister Greg Hunt during question time on Wednesday.

Nicole Hasham   The world has averted a major threat to success at the Paris climate summit because richer countries are on track to meet a goal of spending US$100 billion a year helping poorer countries tackle climate change, Environment Minister Greg Hunt says.

World's largest polluters to meet on first day of Paris climate talks

President Barack Obama to kick off the Paris climate summit with a meeting with leaders from other big polluting nations.

Justin Sink   President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of China and India on the opening day of talks in Paris to reach an international climate agreement, a symbolic gesture that the White House says underscores the commitment of the world's largest emitters of greenhouse gases to tackle rising global temperatures.

New study adds to debunking of global warming 'pause'

Warming pause was never really a thing.

Chris Mooney   Scientists fell prey to the 'pause' narrative because of a 'seepage' of arguments by climate change doubters into the scientific literature, new research finds.

Hunt says climate change action at Paris talks a 'deeply personal goal'

Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Nicole Hasham   Clinching a global deal in Paris to keep global warming below two degrees is a "deeply personal goal" and climate change inaction is "not an option", Environment Minister Greg Hunt is expected to say on Wednesday.

Turnbull's climate commitment to be undermined by more CSIRO cuts

All at sea: further cuts loom for CSIRO's key climate research division.

Peter Hannam   Some of Australia's leading climate research programs are under threat even as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull prepares to address world leaders at next week's global climate summit in Paris.

Extreme weather tied to 600,000 deaths, $2.6T bill over two decades

Most of Indonesia's provinces are in the midst of a serious drought with this year's El Nino playing a role.

Nick Cumming-Bruce   ​Weather-related disasters in the past two decades have killed more than 600,000 people and inflicted economic losses estimated at trillions of dollars, the United Nations said Monday, warning that the frequency and impact of such events was set to rise.

Prince Charles links climate change to war in Syria, terrorism

Climate warnings: Prince Charles and COP15 president Connie Hedegaard at the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 in Copenhagen.

Michael Holden   Prince Charles has pointed to the world's failure to tackle climate change as a root cause of the civil war in Syria, terrorism and the refugee crisis engulfing Europe.


Is your portfolio ready for climate change?

Tesla is a luxury vehicle now, but electric vehicles are likely to be commonplace in the future.

Scott Phillips   The threat of climate change is also a threat for your portfolio, even if you don't believe in the science.

Blowing hot or cool depends on where you're at

Reporter Catherine Armitage stays at a cool 36 degrees  on the infrared camera.

Catherine Armitage   If you really want to know how hot you are, try getting around the city with an expert in urban microclimates with an infrared camera and a hand held weather station.

Think this is hot? Warming climate points to heatwaves worsening in NSW

A couple pours water on their dogs to escape the Sydney heat.

Peter Hannam   NSW will experience more frequent and longer heatwaves in the future as the climate warms with the worsening extremes dependent on whether carbon emissions continue to climb, according to research from the government and the University of NSW.

Soaring global temperatures in hot October to prompt a record overhaul

Children cool off under a fountain in Madrid in July this year.

Peter Hannam   September was hot enough to raise the bar for global temperatures – then along came October.


Solar farms hit the roof for investors

Solar energy specialist Jake Steele, Young Henrys co-owner Oscar McMahon and Tom Nockolds from Pingala have the answer to "renewable" beer.

David Potts   You can ride the solar boom even if you rent, live in an apartment or in the shade.

Sydney to wilt in 41-degree heat as hot air keeps sea breezes at bay

A large hot air mass moving eastwards will fry Sydney.

Peter Hannam   Sydney will likely endure scorching temperatures into the 40s on Friday as powerful westerlies blowing from Australia's red hot centre block cooling sea breezes.

Australia's quiet commitment to decarbonise the economy wins applause

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.


The global temperature bet you have a 99.9 per cent chance of winning

Global temperatures have set records in eight of the first 10 months of 2015, US agencies say.

Peter Hannam   As global temperatures in this super El Nino year march ever higher, there's one certainty in the chancy world of weather prediction: 2015 will be the hottest year ever recorded.

UK aims to close coal-fired power plants by 2025

UK closures will eat into demand for coal.

Britain aims to close its coal-fired power plants by 2025 under plans announced on Wednesday, becoming the first major economy to put a date on shutting coal plants to curb carbon emissions.

Heat records smashed again as big El Nino rides on global warming

Record temperatures for another month - this time October.

Peter Hannam   100 quadrillion kilojoules of heat in the central Pacific is helping to drive record world temperatures.

Getting down and dirty on Direct Action

Carbon farming – a direct way to cut emissions, the government says.

Peter Hannam   It's the Abbott-Turnbull government's signature climate policy, but what is it and how does it work?

Moves to protect coast from climate

NSW Minister for Planning Rob Stokes.

Peter Hannam   Sea level changes, storm cells and changes to swell directions will be incorporated in the planning shake-up.

Greenland glacier sliding more quickly into ocean: scientists

Landsat-8 image of Greenland's Zachariae Isstrom and Nioghalvfjerdsfjorden glaciers, acquired on August 30, 2014.

As the world prepares for the most important global climate summit yet - in Paris this month - news from Greenland could add urgency to the negotiations.

Emissions climb as coal-fired plants lead 'extreme competition'

AGL's Loy Yang A power plant, Australia's largest carbon emissions plant.

Peter Hannam   Extreme competition exists between clean energy being forced into the sector from the renewable energy target and surplus capacity among coal-fired power stations.

PM's climate plan falls far short on carbon cut

The Turnbull government's main climate policy covers just one-seventh of pledged emission cuts, the Climate Institute says.

Peter Hannam   The centrepiece of the Turnbull government's climate policy will deliver just one-seventh of Australia's post-2020 carbon reduction goals, according to analysis by the Climate Institute.

Potent brew heats up Pacific

Pacific warmth influences the global climate.

Peter Hannam   The powerful El Nino in the Pacific is going strong, but the worst for Australia may be tempered by record warm waters in the Indian Ocean.

China the 'wild card' as coal projections pared back, IEA says

Renewable energy subsidies are less than one-quarter of those for fossil fuels, the IEA says.

Peter Hannam   China has become a "wild card" for global coal markets as its demand for the fossil fuel ebbs and it helps drive a worldwide rush into renewable energy, the International Energy Agency says.

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World 1 degree warmer since industrialisation

For the first time, temperatures have warmed a full degree since industrialisation

Peter Hannam   The world has warmed more than one degree since pre-industrial times, passing a key milestone for the first time.

Peabody to come clean on climate

Peabody will have to be more open about what it really thinks about climate change and coal.

Kevin McCoy   The world's largest publicly-traded coal company has agreed to make fuller public disclosures about the risks climate change poses to its business in a settlement of charges that it misled investors and the public.

Greenhouse gas levels hit record high

Greenhouse gases at a record high: a coal-fired power station in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

Tom Miles   A UN panel of climate scientists estimates that concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are at their highest in at least 800,000 years.

'It would be a catastrophe for our Pacific'

Greens say Australia must back an aggressive climate policy for the sake of at-risk Pacific nations.

Peter Hannam   The Australian Greens have endorsed calls by Pacific Island nations for a climate treaty limited global warming to 1.5 degrees, putting further distance between its policies and those of the Turnbull government and the Labor Opposition.

Fire, hail and earthquake risks rise for Sydney

A massive shelf cloud off the coast of Sydney.

Peter Hannam   Sydney faces almost one-third more hailstorm days, Brisbane is at a rising risk of a direct hit from a category-three cyclone, and south-eastern Australia will have to endure three times as many high-risk bushfire days over the century because of climate change, one of the world's biggest reinsurers says.