Fossil Fuels

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...

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

Pollution

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.

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.

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...

Sun goes spotless, baffling scientists

Sun

Peter Hannam Some astronomers call it the Big Quiet – the absence of sunspots during what is supposed to be a period of heightened magnetic activity on our sun.

Back to 'ground zero' with carbon tax repeal

Climate goals will remain a challenge, post-carbon tax.

Peter Hannam The demise of the carbon price closes one chapter in the tortured tale of Australia’s climate change policy but the story is far from over.

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Global warming requires more frequent rethink of 'normal' weather, WMO says

What's 'normal' weather is less so.

The baseline for "normal" weather used by everyone from farmers to governments to plan ahead needs to be updated more frequently to account for the big shifts caused by global warming, the UN's World...

Prominent US environmentalist Tom Steyer helped fund Maules Creek, other coal mines

To environmentalists across Australia, it is a baffling anachronism in an era of climate change: the construction of a Whitehaven's 1600-hectare mine at Maules Creek in New South Wales that will...

NASA's carbon dioxide-hunting telescope reaches orbit

An artist's impression of how NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory will look in space.

An unmanned Delta 2 rocket blasted off from California on Wednesday, carrying a NASA science satellite to survey where carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas tied to climate change, is moving into and out...

Models 'grossly underestimate' costs of global warming, Nicholas Stern says

Nicholas Stern says climate change costs aren't properly captured by  models.

Peter Hannam Existing economic models “grossly underestimate” the costs of global warming, undermining the urgency for deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new paper by leading UK...

Coal's share of world energy demand at highest since 1970

Nidaa Bakhsh Coal dominated world energy markets last year by supplying the biggest share of demand since 1970, making it the fastest growing fossil fuel, according to an annual review by BP.

China and the UK declare global warming is 'one of the greatest challenges facing the world'

Steam rises from a chimney at the Junliangcheng power station in Tianjin, China. Leaders of both China and the UK have called on nations to reveal their action plans.

Peter Hannam The leaders of China and the UK have declared the threat of global warming to be “one of the greatest challenges facing the world”, and have called on all nations to reveal their action...

East Antarctica ice more at risk than thought to long-term thaw, study finds

Antarctica

Part of East Antarctica is more vulnerable than expected to a thaw that could trigger an unstoppable slide of ice into the ocean and raise world sea levels for thousands of years, a new study shows.

Tony Abbott's 'extreme' climate stance sets back policy decades, critics say

Peter Hannam and Lisa Cox Australia's climate change action has effectively ground to a halt with the budget revealing big cuts to research and renewable energy, moves that critics say sets policy back to the 1990s.

Coal, climate change collide as customers query banks' green credentials

Black gold or fool's gold?

After 35 years of banking with big Australian banks like National Australia Bank, Paula and Peter Samson closed their accounts to protest the lenders' exposure to the polluting fossil fuel industry.

Warm Pacific may cause US winter freeze, study finds

Unusually warm western Pacific waters linked to global warming may be the paradoxical cause of a bone-chilling winter in parts of the United States this year, a scientific study said on Thursday.

'Time running out' as carbon dioxide hits milestone in northern hemisphere

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Carbon dioxide levels throughout the northern hemisphere hit 400 parts per million (ppm) for the first time in human history in April, an ominous threshold for climate change, the World...

Obama's carbon curbs nullified by expanding China, India

Obama's next task will be to encourage other nations to cut emissions.

US President Barack Obama is set to take his boldest step to halt the rise of the oceans and stop the warming of the planet but it won't be enough unless the rest of the world follows.

Fossil-fuel reliance puts world on track for 3.6-degree rise in temperature: report

Energy investments are still mostly in fossil fuels.

Peter Hannam Global investment in fossil-fuel energy continues to outpace new spending on renewable sources, leaving the world on track for temperature increases of 3.

US 'War on Coal' to learn from 1990's 'War on Tobacco'

President Barack Obama's use of the Environmental Protection Agency to force cuts in power plant emissions has echoes of a major battle two years ago against tobacco.