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Tom Arup is the environment editor for The Age.

Marshall Islands urge Australia to follow its ambitious climate goals

The Marshal Islands says it's already feeling the affects of climate change, with king tides like this in 2013.

Tom Arup, Environment Editor Marshall Islands say it's not just playing footsie politics with Australia, which needs to show leadership in addressing climate change.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten rocked by leak on climate change plan

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Nicole Hasham, James Massola, Tom Arup Labor has been shaken by the leak of a confidential climate proposal that the Abbott government says reveals a "catastrophic" rift in the party's upper ranks and a plot to destabilise leader Bill...

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Pope encyclical on climate change an urgent plea to humanity to save itself

The Pope has issued an urgent call for humanity to tackle climate change and protect the planet.

Tom Arup In a lengthy statement on the environment addressed not just to Catholics but "every living person on this planet", the Pope has issued an urgent call for humanity to tackle climate change and...

Australian Catholics prepare for Pope's environment statement as draft leaks

A draft of Pope Francis's highly anticipated encyclical on the environment was leaked Tuesday morning, Australian time.

Tom Arup Pope Francis is preparing to declare humans as primarily responsible for climate change, call for fossil fuels to be replaced by renewable energy and decry the culture of consumerism, a leaked draft...

Prime Minister Tony Abbott blows hot air over wind farms

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Tom Arup Perhaps energised by one of his famous morning rides, Prime Minister Tony Abbott hit the radio on Thursday morning and emphatically declared wind farms were ugly, noisy and much worse.

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Big miners say they can survive push to end fossil fuels

Clean coal technology will save industry, big miners say.

Tom Arup and Lisa Cox Australia's big miners pin their future on clean coal technology and uranium, as G7 pushes to end fossil fuel emissions.

G7 agrees to stamp out fossil fuels, but what does it mean?

The Woodside CEO's public attacks on coal in Paris have drawn criticism at home.

Tom Arup What on earth does "decarbonisation" mean? Is it the end for coal?

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Australia points to Direct Action in response to tough UN questions on climate responsibility

Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

Tom Arup Australia has pegged its international climate change credibility on the Abbott government's direct action scheme in its response to a series of tough questions from world super powers.

The battle over the Great Barrier Reef looks won, but the bigger war goes on

UNESCO has declared the Great Barrier Reef should not be deemed

Tom Arup UNESCO says the Great Barrier Reef should not be deemed "in danger", but environmental threats to our prized natural asset are ongoing.

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

Rob Pallin, Chairman of Paddy Pallin group of companies and Pallin foundation.

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...