April, 2012

CEFC: a look at green loan programs around the world

, Apr 20, 2012

Australia's new $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which will provide investment and green loans to businesses, is similar in concept to policies underway in the United Kingdom and the United States.

How to get poverty-stricken communities to adapt to climate change

, Apr 19, 2012

Because the truth is, although the impact of climate change will be felt by all, the extremes will hit some harder than others. The irony is that the people and communities least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions will bear the brunt of the impacts. While this is in part due to geography, the overwhelming reason is poverty.

Big Coal vs. The People

, Aug 25, 2011

The eyes of even the most hardened court observers glazed over as the seemingly endless mess of legal procedures dragged on. It wasn’t just unremarkable, it was outright dull – obscuring the profound struggle set to unfold. Monday  was day one of a court case in the Brisbane Magistrates Court in which a group of […]

Climate denial, science and Genetic Engineering

, Aug 02, 2011

Greenpeace have been strongly criticised in recent weeks over the destruction of a trial crop of genetically engineered wheat. Some critics have labelled the organisation ‘anti-science’ and claim that opposition to GM crops somehow contradicts the support of climate science. Firstly, it is useful to revisit what ‘science’ actually is, and what it isn’t. Science […]

Cartoon Explanation of Price on Carbon

, Jul 10, 2011


Another dirty coal plant approved

, May 23, 2011

The approval by the Victorian EPA on Friday of a new coal power station is set to create yet another headache for Julia Gillard. In the leadup to the election, she promised that “We will never allow a highly inefficent and dirty power station to be built again in Australia”. With a projected emissions intensity […]

UK to cut emissions by 50% by 2025

, May 19, 2011

The United Kingdom is set to become a world leader on clean energy and climate policy, after announcing an ambitious plan to halve carbon emissions by 2025.
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Jan-Oct 2010 warmest period on record

, Nov 30, 2010

Earth and paleo-climate scientist at ANU, Dr Andrew Glikson writes: The combined global land and ocean surface temperature for January–October 2010 was +0.63°C above the 20th century average of 14.1°C and tied with 1998 as the warmest January–October period on record, according to new report State of the Climate – Global Analysis, October 2010. Figure 1: Temperature […]

Reading Corner: Three Recent Climate Reports

, Nov 27, 2010

With the next round of UN Climate talks beginning on Monday in the Mexican resort town of Cancun, it’s a good time to catch up on some climate-related reading. Here are three recent reports worth having a look at. I also recommend signing up to the Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s youth delegation updates, for regular news […]
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A hopeful tale for climate change policy

, Sep 29, 2010

Ellen Sandell, from the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, writes: I was going to write an article today about why Greg Hunt and Tony Abbott should stop playing politics with climate change, and come to the table. But instead of spending 800 words berating them for refusing to join the multi-party climate change committee, I’m going […]