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Tom Arup is the environment editor for The Age.

Big green donors warn funds could dry up if Abbott government changes tax rules

Tom Arup, Environment Editor Leading environmental donors are alarmed at the possibility of tax concessions being tightened, with concerned that the move is an attack on political advocacy.

Labor says no renewable energy deal if government keeps reviews

Labor's climate change spokesman Mark Butler, with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, says Abbott government has blindsided the renewable energy industry.

Lisa Cox, Tom Arup The long-running saga of Australia's renewable energy target has entered another round with Labor declaring there will be no deal if the government continues to review the scheme.

Renewable energy companies say Abbott government backflip will harm investment

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Tom Arup and Lisa Cox Wind and solar industry representatives are worried that regular target reviews will hamper the flow of investment.

Last-minute move chips away at renewable energy industry's future

Environment Minister Greg Hunt on Friday.

Tom Arup, Environment Editor In the distance you might make out what kind of looks like a deal to kick-start Australia's flatlining renewable energy industry.

Australia will have to move away from coal, UN climate head says

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), listens during a news conference after a week long preparatory meeting at the U.N. in Geneva February 13, 2015.  The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP21 or CMP11, will be held in Paris November 30 to December 11, 2015.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND  - Tags: POLITICS ENVIRONMENT HEADSHOT)

Tom Arup Australia shares a similar challenge in moving away from coal as Saudi Arabia does in reducing its economic dependency on oil, the United Nations' top climate negotiator says.

Direct action's emissions safeguards 'designed to fail': Grattan Institute

The Grattan Institute has recommended the Abbott government set strong financial penalties to deter polluters from increasing their emissions.

Lisa Cox and Tom Arup Proposed safeguards to limit greenhouse gas emissions from big polluters have been designed by the Abbott government to fail, according to the Grattan Institute.

Climate Change Authority targets too big a burden, says government

Environment Minister Greg Hunt

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.

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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

Ricky Muir arrives at Parliament House.

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

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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

A wind turbine

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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