Why AGL is going 'green' for Paris

Lucy Cormack   Australia's largest carbon emitter is embracing a radical new commitment to climate policy and carbon pricing, marking a shift for the energy giant ahead of the UN Paris climate talks in December.

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'Bad news for the planet' as temperatures heat up

The planet is racing towards another global heat record.

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 4:45 PM   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 9:48 AM   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.

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.

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.

Kiribati President's challenge to Australians: do you care?

Kiribati President Anote Tong is in Australia ahead of the Paris summit to highlight the issues of climate change for his tiny pacific nation and to advance his push for a moratorium on new coal development.

Tom Arup   President Anote Tong of Kiribati has a challenge for all Australians. "I challenge people, leaders in Australia to face the reality. Or let them say 'I don't care' and then go to church next Sunday."

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.

Australia backs down in climate change stand-off

Loaders fill railcars with coal at a depot in Jharkhand, India.

Adam Morton   Standards set in deal on public funding of coal plants would make 80 per cent of plants funded in past decade ineligible, official says.

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.

Climate summit 'must' go ahead as planned in France: Frydenberg

Australia's Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg, pictured, and Ambassador to France, Stephen Brady, placed flowers and lit a candle at the Bataclan memorial in Paris on Monday.

Nick Miller   Planned international meetings in Paris such as the COP21 climate summit "must" go ahead as planned or the terrorists will have won, Australian government minister Josh Frydenberg said during an emotional visit to one site of Paris' latest terror attack.

France to push on with UN Climate Conference despite Paris attacks

Work goes ahead in the hall that will welcome the COP21 climate summit north of Paris.

Reed Landberg and Ewa Krukowska   The French government vowed to push on with the United Nations Climate summit in Paris this month and will boost security for the more than 120 world leaders travelling to the city.

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?

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.

Turnbull government accused of blocking US, Japan plan to reduce coal

Malcolm Turnbull has significant political capital, with the Fairfax-Ipsos poll putting him miles ahead of Bill Shorten.

Adam Morton   The Turnbull government is standing in the way of the US and Japan as they try to dramatically reduce the ability of rich countries to fund coal plants in the developing world.

Australia comes in from the cold

Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Peter Hartcher   Climate activists have praised Environment Minister Greg Hunt's work at talks ahead of this month's summit in Paris.

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.

'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.

World Bank warns climate change could add 100 million poor by 2030

Cyclone Pam's impact on Vanuatu: World Bank warns ranks of the poor will swell with climate change.

​Without the right policies to keep the poor safe from extreme weather and rising seas, climate change could drive over 100 million more people into poverty by 2030, the World Bank says.

Confused about climate change? You've got plenty of company

2015 is shaping as one of the hottest years on record.

Adam Morton   After years of political debate at odds with a scientific consensus, we are unsure about climate change and what to do about.

Obama rejects Keystone XL project, citing climate concerns

President Barack Obama has rejected plans for a tar sands pipeline from Canada.

Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson   ​US President Barack Obama rejects a presidential permit Friday for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, citing concerns about its impact on the climate.

How Obama's Keystone XL rejection adds momentum to climate talks

Anti-Keystone campaigners may get some help from the markets.

Chris Mooney   President Barack Obama's announcement to block a pipeline pumping oil from Canada's tar sands, less than a month before he travels to Paris to kick off the UN's much anticipated climate conference, can hardly be coincidental.

A Turnbull tease on climate change won't cut it with China and India

Can Malcolm Turnbull get his hands free on climate policy?

Peter Hannam   Malcolm Turnbull may be subtly repositioning Australia on the world stage when it comes to climate action, but major partners such as China and India will take some convincing he is serious.

CBA vows to go green

Environmental groups have supported the bank's public support for tackling climate change as a symbolic step. But will it actually stop funding fossil fuel projects?

Clancy Yeates   The nation's largest bank says it will put more emphasis on the environment when it is lending money and investing, but activists have yet to be convinced.

Australian corporate giants sign up for action on climate

Origin Energy is one of 13 large companies to sign up to long-term climate goals.

Peter Hannam   More than a dozen of Australia's largest companies including BHP Billiton, Westpac and Origin Energy, have pledged to take long-term action on climate change.

The unlikely leaders in the climate change battle


Alex Morales   In Australia, companies' appetite to act on climate change bigger than political will, global ranking says.


Climate change Q & A: the basic climate facts

Everything you wanted to know about climate change but were afraid to ask

Direct Action: success or not?

The government is claiming vindication, but Australia is still 'miles away from any credible post 2020 emissions goal', says The Climate Institute.

Obama lets loose over climate change

Accompanied by his 'anger translator', President Obama gets heated over climate change at the White House correspondents' dinner.

Will Direct Action work?

Bidding for pollution-reduction funding starts on Wednesday, but the Climate Institute's Erwin Jackson doubts the scheme will achieve its targets.

'Ground zero' for USA climate change

Fairfax correspondent Nick O'Malley visits Miami, a rich, prosperous city which is starting to drown.

Nations agree climate plan

U.N. conference approves building blocks of a Paris Climate Deal in 2015 amid warnings far tougher action will be needed. Paul Chapman reports

'Outrage' at climate stance

Australia's decision not to contribute to a global climate fund has been greeted by outrage and disbelief at an international conference in Peru, according to the Climate Institute.

NASA launches rocket with satellite to track climate change

An unmanned Delta 2 rocket lifts off from California carrying a NASA satellite to measure how much water is in Earth's soil, information that will help track climate change.