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Finkel clean energy target too weak for Paris climate goal, analysis shows

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Research commissioned by the Australian Conservation Foundation on the clean energy target says the trajectory of emissions reduction is not strong enough. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Target will transfer pressure to other sectors of the economy to reduce their emissions, research shows

August 29, 2017 — The clean energy target recommended by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel, won’t deliver Australia’s obligations under the Paris agreement and will only transfer Continue reading Finkel clean energy target too weak for Paris climate goal, analysis shows

Victoria moves to become first state to enshrine renewable energy targets in law

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The Victorian renewable energy targets will rely on a reverse auction to encourage the construction of new wind and solar projects. Photograph: Pacific Hydro Limited

Government says law, which will include 40% renewables by 2025 and commitment to invest in new projects, will send a strong signal to investors

August 23, 2017 — The Victorian government has introduced legislation to enshrine its renewable energy targets in law and establish a reverse auction mechanism to build 650 megawatts worth of new projects. Continue reading Victoria moves to become first state to enshrine renewable energy targets in law

Global companies pledge transparency on climate risk

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CLEAN ENERGY. This photo taken on June 7, 2017 shows workers at the world’s largest floating solar power plant in a lake in Huainan, in China’s central Anhui province. Stringer/AFP

Recommendations by the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures should help shareholders determine if businesses are aligned with the global shift toward a low-carbon economy

PARIS, France (Jun. 29, 2017) — Multinationals worth $3.5 trillion and financial institutions managing $25 trillion in assets pledged on Thursday, June 29, to follow new guidelines for disclosing exposure to climate change risk in both operations and investments. Continue reading Global companies pledge transparency on climate risk

Most Australians want renewables to be primary energy source, survey finds

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A windfarm is near Burra, South Australia. A survey found 96% of respondents want Australia’s primary energy source to be renewable, with support from either storage technologies (58%) or fossil fuels (38%). Photograph: Angela Harper/AAP

Climate Institute survey points to overwhelming frustration with government’s inaction and lack of leadership on clean energy

June 27, 2017 — The vast majority of Australians want to see the country dramatically increase the use of renewable energy, a new survey has found, despite attempts by the federal government to characterise renewables as unreliable and expensive. Continue reading Most Australians want renewables to be primary energy source, survey finds

Al Gore: battle against climate change is like fight against slavery

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Undeniably a righteous man … Al Gore

Former US vice-president says green revolution is bigger than industrial revolution and happening at faster pace than digital revolution

June 21, 2017 — The fight against global warming is one of humanity’s great moral movements, alongside the abolition of slavery, the defeat of apartheid, votes for women and gay rights, according to the former US vice-president and climate campaigner, Al Gore. Continue reading Al Gore: battle against climate change is like fight against slavery

Think windfarms are ugly – It’s not only a matter of perception, but policy too

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Turbines operate on Capital windfarm in Bungendore, Australia. Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

We will meet renewable energy targets largely with wind. But community attitudes and acceptance rely on a number of factors beyond mere aesthetics

May 12, 2017 — A known side-effect of wishing for things is that they tend to come true. Wishing, as most of us do, for the rapid decarbonisation of the machines we use to generate electricity Continue reading Think windfarms are ugly – It’s not only a matter of perception, but policy too

How to reduce your carbon footprint

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A vegan diet might make as much as a 20% difference to your overall carbon impact. Photograph: Paul Bock/Alamy Stock Photo

From cutting down on meat to contacting your local representatives and investing in clean energy, here are 15 ways to help reduce global carbon emissions

January 19, 2017 — 1 Air travel is usually the largest component of the carbon footprint of frequent flyers. A single return flight from London to New York – including the complicated effects on the high Continue reading How to reduce your carbon footprint

Make America great again by embracing green tech, Trump urged

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Donald Trump holds a coal miner’s protective hat while addressing his supporters during a rally at the Charleston civic centre on 5 May 2016. Modified image. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Fulfilling pledge to boost fossil fuels will mean US misses out on huge market for clean energy, experts say

January 18, 2017 — Leading climate change experts have urged Donald Trump not to turn his back on the biggest global challenge facing mankind, arguing that he can make America great again – and Continue reading Make America great again by embracing green tech, Trump urged

Clean energy: The challenge of achieving a ‘just transition’ for workers

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An ex-miner at an abandoned coal mine in Romania. Photo: © Flore de Préneuf / World Bank.

Tackling climate change is good for the economy, good for business and good for people. This is the narrative often pushed out by campaigners, researchers and governments around the world

January 4, 2017 — But while measures to curb emissions and reduce the impacts of rising temperatures will be good for the many, the few who work in industries affected by climate policies risk losing their livelihoods as the economy leans increasingly upon renewable energy.  Continue reading Clean energy: The challenge of achieving a ‘just transition’ for workers

‘Coal doesn’t benefit the poor’: Dan Kammen on energy access and poverty

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Stone crushers in India Credit: Getty Images

The role of coal in poverty reduction is contentious. The Overseas Development Institute’s recent Beyond Coal report argues that better options are available, namely, that coal has been given too much credit for past progress and that more coal will entrench poverty, not relieve it

November 5, 2016 — Carbon Brief spoke to Daniel Kammen, one of the contributors to the report, about the findings. Kammen is professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, and science envoy to US secretary of state John Kerry.  Continue reading ‘Coal doesn’t benefit the poor’: Dan Kammen on energy access and poverty