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Tom Arup is the environment editor for The Age.

Climate Change Authority targets too big a burden, says government

Lisa Cox, Tom Arup The Abbott government has poured cold water on ambitious climate change targets recommended by the Climate Change Authority, saying they would put an undue burden on Australia.

Australia should 'get off sidelines' with 30 per cent emissions cut by 2025: report

Cycle: Australia – and the world – is warming up.

Lisa Cox, Tom Arup Australia has been urged to rapidly accelerate its cuts to greenhouse gases, with the independent Climate Change Authority recommending the Abbott government adopt an ambitious 30 per cent reduction...

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China and other big emitters challenge Australia over its climate change policies

China now the world's biggest emitter: Local analysts say Australia is unlikely to reach its 5 per cent target by 2020 as the direct action policy stands.

Adam Morton and Tom Arup The world's biggest greenhouse gas emitters, including China and the US, have questioned the credibility of Australia's climate change targets and "direct action" policy in a series of queries to the...

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The rise and influence of koala diplomacy

Tony Abbott and Russian President Vladimir Putin with koalas.

Tom Arup Australia has begun formalising the use of koalas as a "soft power" diplomatic strategy, with a 600-page manual for the practice having been drawn-up by the foreign affairs department and the...

Australia out in the cold as world turns up the heat on climate change

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Tom Arup When world leaders sit down in New York overnight to discuss climate change it is unlikely Australia will be actively trying to scupper the talks.

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Coal plants blamed for energy oversupply

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Tom Arup and Lisa Cox Calls are growing for government to help old coal-fired power plants permanently close in a bid to lessen the oversupply of electricity in Australia causing headaches for the energy industry.

Clive Palmer tones down conditions for emissions trading scheme

Softened conditions for ETS launch: Clive Palmer.

Lisa Cox and Tom Arup Clive Palmer has softened the conditions under which his proposed emissions trading scheme would be launched, in an attempt to attract more political support for a new price on carbon.

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Carbon tax will be back, industry believes

Nearly 80 per cent of respondents believed some form of carbon pricing would return.

Tom Arup Major polluting companies believe a carbon price will be reintroduced in Australia some time in the future, the first business survey released after the repeal of the carbon tax has found.

Climate change scientist calls on colleagues to speak up on global warming debate

Tom Arup One of Australia’s most senior climate scientists has called on his colleagues not to sit on the sidelines of the political debate about global warming and other environmental issues, given the...

Tony Abbott battles the future by axing carbon tax

The cancellation of the carbon tax was probably inevitable once Tony Abbott became Liberal leader.

Tom Arup Australia is in a climate coma. The bitter five-year political tussle over carbon pricing has left us numb and weary of the debate.

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Devil in the detail sees Palmer party rule the day

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer.

Lisa Cox and Tom Arup Protection for business and a last minute push to toughen penalties for companies who do not pass on savings from axing the carbon tax were central to an extraordinarily day in Canberra that saw the...

Ricky Muir set to introduce amendments to block funding cuts to Australian Renewable Energy Agency

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Lisa Cox, Tom Arup New senator Ricky Muir is battling to save the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Buying carbon permits would be cheaper than Direct Action policy, Tony Abbott told


Lisa Cox, Tom Arup The Climate Change Authority has told the federal government it would be significantly cheaper to meet Australia's obligations to cut carbon emissions by purchasing international permits as part of...

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Respect climate science: Anglicans urge Tony Abbott to change tack on climate change policies

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Tom Arup The Anglican Church has told the Abbott government to change its approach to climate change, urging it to respect and base its policy on scientific evidence.

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Carbon price two years on: not a wrecking ball

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Tom Arup and Lisa Cox Two years after the carbon tax came into force and market economists say the scheme has not been the ‘‘wrecking ball’’ once predicted by Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

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The four who brought together Clive Palmer and Al Gore

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James Massola, Tom Arup, Heath Aston As late as Wednesday morning, the conspirators behind one of most unlikely press conference in political history were still not completely convinced it would go ahead.

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Palmer and Gore, the odd couple

Former US Vice President Al Gore and Palmer United Party Leader Clive Palmer.

James Massola, Tom Arup and Heath Aston As late as Wednesday morning the four conspirators behind one of the most unlikely press conferences in Australian political history were still not completely convinced it would go ahead.

Poll finds support growing for carbon pricing laws


Lisa Cox, Tom Arup Support for Australia's carbon pricing laws has grown as the Abbott government prepares to repeal them next month.

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Great Barrier Reef health at turning point, says Environment Minister Greg Hunt

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Tom Arup Signs of improving water quality on the Great Barrier Reef will keep the iconic natural wonder off a list of world heritage sites considered "in danger", Environment Minister Greg Hunt says.

Tony Abbott missing signs of world's switch to carbon trading, experts say

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Tom Arup The world's two largest economies - China and the US - are increasingly adopting carbon trading to cut greenhouse gas emissions, contrary to suggestions by Prime Minister Tony Abbott that other...

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