Climate Change

Time for NSW to end California dreaming and act on renewables, Labor says

Peter Hannam NSW is barely one-third of the way to achieving its 2020 renewable energy goal despite the Baird Government wanting the state to be Australia's answer to California.

California and Mexico sign pact to battle climate change

California, Mexico reach out.

California Governor Jerry Brown and Mexican environmental officials signed a pact aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, an agreement that could eventually expand the market for carbon credits.

Possum a 'polar bear' of climate change

White lemuroid ringtail possum.

A rare Australian possum is being dubbed the new polar bear of climate change.

Greenpeace Says China's Energy Plans Exacerbate Climate Change

China pollution

Edward Wong China's plans for 50 coal gasification plants will produce an estimated 1.1 billion tons of carbon dioxide per year and contribute significantly to climate change, according to a report released by...

Coastal winds intensifying with climate change, study says

Tony Barboza Summer winds are intensifying along the west coasts of North and South America and southern Africa and climate change is a likely cause, a new study says.

Australians more worried about climate change, poll finds

Australians are worried about climate change.

Peter Hannam Australians are becoming more worried about climate change, a trend that may build as a budding El Nino weather event in the Pacific Ocean increases prospects for a summer of heatwaves and bushfires,...

Climate change poses risks for insurance industry, Robert Shiller says

Robert J Shiller The most important point in the third US National Climate Assessment report has largely been lost in the crowd.

Beetles and climate change help create huge wildfire in Alaska

Eric Holthaus Over the weekend, a megafire blossomed along the southern coast of Alaska, spreading smoke as far as Fairbanks, more than 500 miles (800 km) north. For Alaskans, it could be a sign of what's to come.

Climate change 'off G20 agenda'

Tony Abbott

Lisa Cox and Adam Morton PM downplays likelihood of climate change being discussed at a G20 leaders' summit hosted by Australia, suggesting it does not fit the meeting's economic focus.

Vehicle emissions standard would save money, curb carbon, Climate Change Authority says

Peter Hannam, Lisa Cox The introduction of mandatory emissions standards for light vehicles would save Australian motorists thousands of dollars in fuel and cut a year’s worth of carbon pollution by 2030, a report by...

Green bonds blaze path to $US1 trillion a year for climate change

Christopher Martin Green bonds may help provide the $US1 trillion annual investments in clean energy that environmental groups say is necessary to limit the impact of climate change.

Climate change to almost triple risk of extreme Indian Ocean weather events

Change is coming: The Indian ocean.

Peter Hannam Shifting climate patterns in the Indian Ocean driven by global warming are likely to increase the frequency of “devastating” weather events for much of Australia, Indonesia and eastern...

Hit by slime, Caribbean corals could vanish even before climate change hits

Parrotfish at risk.

Most coral reefs in the Caribbean could vanish in the next two decades, hit by the loss of fish and sea urchins that eat a slime of coral-smothering algae, a U.N.-backed study said.

Tourism threatened by climate change as ski slopes thaw, seas rise

Mt Buller, via snow cam, June 18.

Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study...

Obama retains right to curb climate change in latest court victory

Some relief of Barack Obama in his climate change battle.

Greg Stohr and Mark Drajem The US Environmental Protection Agency retained the legal right to curb greenhouse gases from large power plants, refineries and chemical factories, adding to a string of environmental court wins for...

NSW state budget 2014 pays scant attention to climate change, coal seam gas

More resources set aside for fire fighting.

Peter Hannam Two of the biggest environment issues – climate change and coal seam gas – are all but ignored in this year's state budget with neither terms appearing in the 511-page budget estimates 2014-15 tome.

Former US EPA chiefs say it's time to act on climate change

Ex-EPA chiefs spy a problem.

Chris Adams Four administrators of the US Environmental Protection Agency who served under Republican presidents told a Senate panel Wednesday that climate change is real and the federal government has the...

Crop yields damaged earlier than expected by climate change: study

wheat

Corn, wheat and rice yields will start to suffer from climate change in 2030, according to a study led by the UK's University of Leeds based on climate models and research on crop productivity.

Food security, economy to be hit by climate change, leaked IPCC draft report shows

Peter Hannam Global warming will displace millions of people, trigger falling crop yields, stoke conflict and cost trillions of dollars in lost economic output, a United Nations report will warn.

Climate change will force relocation of millions, says UN draft report

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Peter Hannam Global warming will displace millions of people, trigger falling crop yields, stoke conflict and cost trillions of dollars in lost economic output, a United Nations report will warn.