Emissions Trading

Early shift to emissions trading scheme: a primer


Peter Hannam The early shift to an emissions trading scheme explained

UK reneweables surge as carbon emissions slide

A row of terrace houses is silohouteed against a sunset in London, U.K., on Sunday, April 19, 2009. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling will set aside 1 billion pounds ($1.45 billion) to revive house building in the U.K., a person familiar with the matter said, after the financial crisis slashed the number of
construction projects in half in the last year. Photographer: Jason Alden/Bloomberg News

U.K. renewable power generation rose 28 per cent last year as more wind farms and solar plants came online with the country's greenhouse gas emissions dropped 1.

Direct action likely to fall far short of Australia's carbon goal, report finds

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Australia's new climate plan would cut less than 60 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions needed to meet its 2020 target, while the omission of more stringent rules would reduce this to below 30 per...

EU curbs climate ambitions as economy gets priority


The European Union scaled back its long-term climate and energy ambitions, proposing less stringent targets than in the past, because of tougher economic conditions and the need to curb rising energy...

Plans to halt deforestation at risk unless donors stump up

Donor nations, rainforest-rich countries and multilateral institutions will have to spend tens of billions of dollars in the next few years to ensure that nations undergoing deforestation will have...

Abbott government's climate policy likely to see emissions rise not fall, groups say

Hazelwood coal fired power station in Victoria.

An analysis of the coalition's direct action climate change policy suggests it will result in Australia substantially increasing its carbon emissions by 2020 rather than reducing them below 2000...

Environment officials on tenterhooks with Hunt

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Peter Martin, Daniel Hurst Environment bureaucrats are deeply worried about their ability to develop a "working relationship" with their minister, so concerned they have refused a freedom of information request on the ground...

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Greenhouse gas emissions hit highest level ever

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Tom Arup Global greenhouse gas emissions from burning fossil fuels reached the highest levels in human history last year, driven predominantly by Chinese growth, and are projected to surge even further in...

Australia, Japan likely to offset climate gains in US, China, study finds


The world is getting further off track in limiting global warming with setbacks in Japan and Australia outweighing positive signals from the United States and China, a study showed on Wednesday.

Carbon price achieves emissions well ahead of target

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Tom Arup Automatic greenhouse gases limits under the carbon price would put Australia on track to deliver a 15 per cent cut to emissions by 2020.

European ministers push for tougher EU climate goals

An European Union (EU) flag flies over the temple of Parthenon atop the ancient hill of the Acropolis in Athens January 20, 2012. Greece and its private bondholders resume debt swap talks on Friday amid signs they are inching closer to a long-awaited deal needed to prevent a chaotic default by Athens. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (GREECE - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

Thirteen European environment ministers urged the European Union on Monday to adopt ambitious energy and climate goals for 2030 or risk falling behind the rest of the world.

Stop bickering over climate and act: World Bank


The world should stop arguing about whether humans are causing climate change and start taking action, the president of the World Bank said.

US commits, that's a good start

U.S. President Barack Obama pauses and wipes his forehead as he speaks about his vision to reduce carbon pollution while preparing the country for the impacts of climate change, at Georgetown University in Washington, June 25, 2013.        REUTERS/Larry Downing  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT)

Ben Cubby US President Barack Obama is moving to position America as the global leader on tackling climate change for the first time.

Revealed: 80cm sea rise warning

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Ben Cubby, Peter Hannam The world is on track to become up to five degrees hotter, and sea levels could rise more than 80 centimetres this century, according to a leaked draft of a landmark climate change report prepared...

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Heat is on as costs of tackling global warming set to soar

Climate change and asylum seekers reflect a big structural shift of our time: globalisation and environmental sustainability.

Ben Cubby The effects of global warming on Australia are well documented. Some are already being seen.

Nation's economy to be hard hit in global warming struggle

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Ben Cubby The effects of global warming on Australia are well documented, and some are already being seen in the form of dry winters, unusual summer heat and early spring bushfires.

Clean Energy $100m deal gets Coalition cold shoulder

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Tom Arup Australia's Clean Energy Finance Corporation has launched its first investment, committing to a joint $100 million energy efficiency loan program with the Commonwealth Bank.

Carbon price could fall after European vote

Steam billows from the cooling towers of Great Energy Alliance Corp.'s Loy Yang coal-fired power station in the Latrobe Valley, Australia, on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Australian prime minister Julia Gillard's plan to make factories and utilities either cut the nation's greenhouse gases or pay for pollution-curbing programs abroad may force companies to buy an average 66 million metric tons of credits a year starting in 2015, sending prices up 28 percent. Photographer: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

Tom Arup Labor has conceded it will revise revenue projections from its carbon scheme after a key vote to shore up the struggling European carbon market failed, triggering a price crash that will affect...

Price crash could tear a hole in future budgets

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Tom Arup The government has conceded it will revise revenue projections from its carbon scheme.

Coalition faces carbon blowout over land clearing

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Peter Hannam The Coalition's Direct Action plan to cut carbon emissions may have a hole blown in its $3.2 billion budget by the actions of conservative colleagues in Queensland, the federal government and green...