UN Climate Conference news
A UN deal to combat global warming due in December will seek to lift world economic growth and be based more on encouragement than threats of punishment for non-compliance, the UN's climate chief Christiana Figueres says.
Peter Hannam The world faces a climate 'emergency' and aiming to limit global temperatures to two degrees won't stop massive sea-level rises within decades, the former NASA scientist says.
Matt Wade Extreme weather events like the one that devastated Vanuatu on Saturday are on the rise.
Marcus Priest Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has backed down on her demand that a new global climate change deal should be legally binding, but is now caught up in a new row at United Nations talks in Peru over the way in which Australia's national emission target is calculated.
Marcus Priest Trade Minister Andrew Robb has told business leaders at climate change negotiations in Lima that Canberra may not sign up to a new global deal if major trade competitors are not pulling their weight, stating Australia will not "get it in the neck".
Lisa Cox, Marcus Priest The Abbott government has denied international pressure forced its decision to commit $200 million to a global climate fund it had previously said it could not support.
Michael McDonald Stanford University's decision this week to end investments in coal companies may bolster student- led campaigns to stop climate change that have spread to hundreds of U.S. college campuses.
The most-severe drought in 17 years is threatening supplies of palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia, the world's biggest producers, and forecasters say an El Nino weather pattern this year may cause even more damage.
Alex Morales, Ewa Krukowska ENVOYS from more than 190 nations worked into a third night as United Nations global-warming talks in Doha became bogged down over issues including pledges worth $100 billion.
Australia has thrown its support behind a controversial new climate deal that world leaders have agreed on at the Copenhagen summit.
Copenhagen Climate Council chairman Tim Flannery says a draft climate accord reached by world leaders is "good but not perfect", and has described Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's role at the summit as "outstanding".
Adam Morton Uncertainty has gripped the Copenhagen climate conference after US President Barack Obama unilaterally announced a global climate deal only for it to be immediately rejected by the head of the G77 bloc of developing countries.
Daniel Flitton Angry walk-out by African nations? Check. Wild accusations about Australia acting like an ayatollah? Check.
Andrew Heasley Imposing climate change taxes on international air travel, as proposed at the Copenhagen climate summit, would be devastating for Australia's $89 billion tourism industry, the nation's top tourism lobby group has warned.
Peter Hartcher and Tim Elliott WHEN Barack Obama's man in Australia talks about cutting carbon emissions, he does not call it climate change policy.
Adam Morton, Copenhagen CLIMATE Change Minister Penny Wong has expressed her disappointment with the UN climate conference after landing in Copenhagen to find a split within the developing nations bloc prompted by a bold stand by the tiny Pacific nation of Tuvalu.
The government is claiming vindication, but Australia is still 'miles away from any credible post 2020 emissions goal', says The Climate Institute.
Accompanied by his 'anger translator', President Obama gets heated over climate change at the White House correspondents' dinner.
Bidding for pollution-reduction funding starts on Wednesday, but the Climate Institute's Erwin Jackson doubts the scheme will achieve its targets.
Fairfax correspondent Nick O'Malley visits Miami, a rich, prosperous city which is starting to drown.
U.N. conference approves building blocks of a Paris Climate Deal in 2015 amid warnings far tougher action will be needed. Paul Chapman reports
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.
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.