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Wilderness Society plans legal fight over fossil fuels in shift to tackling global warming

Jill Stark Australia's biggest environmental group will launch a major legal fight against the fossil fuel industry as it shifts focus to climate change for the first time in its 37-year history.

Green energy: vegetables may help wind, solar stem use of fossil fuels

Peter Hannam Rhubarb and other simple green vegetables could be the source of materials for a new generation of batteries with the potential to transform energy systems, according to new research by Harvard...

End for fossil fuels: Flannery

Ben Cubby This year is likely to be seen by future historians as the 'beginning of the clean-energy era', according to the chief of Australia's climate commission.

Time running out to beat climate change, UN warns

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Tom Arup and Peter Hannam At least half the world's energy supply will have to come from low-carbon sources by 2050, major UN climate change assessment will say.

Climate change: Time is running out, UN report warns

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Tom Arup, Peter Hannam At least half the world's energy supply will need to come from low-carbon sources such as wind, solar and nuclear by 2050, as part of the drastic action needed to cut greenhouse gases to relatively...

Doubts raised over IPCC draft backing carbon extraction

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Many nations want a draft UN report to tone down prospects for sucking greenhouse gases from the air to help fix global warming, reckoning the technologies are risky.

UN calls for drastic action to stop climate change

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Nick Miller, Berlin and Tom Arup The world must take radical steps to combat climate change, and begin right away – but if it does, the cost of a greener, healthier future will be surprisingly small.

UN climate chief calls for 'urgent' shift by oil and gas industry

The U.N.'s climate chief called on the oil and gas industry to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

Time running out to slash fossil fuel use, new IPCC report to say

World powers are running out of time to slash their use of high-polluting fossil fuels and stay below agreed limits on global warming, a draft U.N. study to be approved this week shows.

IPCC report: how humans are changing the climate

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Peter Hannam Climate change is real, it's happening and the risks are many and rising, so says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in its latest report.

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Climate change: Race against time that no-one wants to win

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Peter Hannam When Dan Arvizu joined the New York commission formed in the wake of hurricane Sandy, the energy expert studied recommendations made after a destructive storm a decade earlier - all of which had been...

Climate change could make humans extinct, warns health expert

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Deborah Snow, Peter Hannam The Earth is warming so rapidly that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming ''extinct'' as a species, a leading Australian health academic has warned.

Far deeper emission cuts needed to curb climate change: draft IPCC report

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The world will need far tougher curbs on greenhouse gases, by both developed nations and emerging economies, to keep global warming from exceeding a promised ceiling, a draft UN report shows.

Climate change: IPCC eyes new bio-energy fix

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A little-known technology that may be able to take the equivalent of China's greenhouse gas emissions out of the carbon cycle could be the radical policy shift needed to slow climate change this...

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.

US launches climate change website to reveal local impacts

President Barack Obama wants Americans to see how climate change will remake their own backyards - and to make it as easy as opening a web-based app.

Nuclear energy costs still rising, three years on from Fukushima

The cost to restart Japan's nuclear power plants: $US12.3 billion and counting.

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

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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.

Climate Change Authority an irritating gadfly to Tony Abbott

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Peter Hannam To get an inkling of how serious the Abbott government is likely to take today's release of the final report on Australia's carbon emissions reduction goals by the Climate Change Authority, try...

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Wild weather puts climate change back in the political debate

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Bitter cold in the United States might appear to contradict the notion of global warming, but with Britain's wettest winter and another hot summer in Australia, extreme weather events have pushed...