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Climate change impact on Australia may be irreversible, five-yearly report says

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The Tarkine wilderness area in Tasmania. Josh Frydenberg says the State of the Environment report indicates the impact of changing weather patterns is being felt on both land and sea. Photograph: Jason Edwards/Getty Images/National Geographic RF

State of the Environment report says heritage and economic activity are being affected and the disadvantaged will be worst hit

March 6, 2017 — An independent review of the state of Australia’s environment has found the impacts of climate change are increasing and some of the changes could be irreversible. Continue reading Climate change impact on Australia may be irreversible, five-yearly report says

Essential poll shows Labor maintains a 52-48, two-party preferred lead

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Labor’s four-point lead in the polls is the same as last week. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The poll shows 57% support for Labor’s carbon emissions policy and 43% of voters in favor of negative gearing

May 3, 2016 — Labor has maintained a 52-48, two-party preferred lead in the latest Essential poll, and also received majority support for its carbon policy. Continue reading Essential poll shows Labor maintains a 52-48, two-party preferred lead

Business council praises Labor’s ‘bridge’ to emissions trading scheme

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The Business Council of Australia had previously lobbied against a carbon tax, but on Wednesday the chief executive called for ‘Australia to begin the careful transformation of our economy if we are to achieve our lower emission future’. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/Reuters

Surprise praise from business lobby group centres on ALP climate policy’s potential to become bipartisan, despite Coalition criticism

April 27, 2016 — Labor’s climate policy has won unexpected praise from the Business Council of Australia’s chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, who said the plan could provide a platform for Continue reading Business council praises Labor’s ‘bridge’ to emissions trading scheme

Why Coalition climate scare campaign is not credible

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Malcolm Turnbull at a building site near Brisbane on Wednesday. The prime minister has gone on the attack since Labor released its climate policy. Photograph: Glenn Hunt/AAP

Malcolm Turnbull is attempting to discredit Labor’s new emissions plan. Here are six reasons the government’s campaign is wrong

April 27, 2016 — 1. The prime minister says that by promising to cut emissions by 45% by 2030, rather than 26% to 28% (as the government has pledged) Labor is “doubling the burden” on Australians. But modelling commissioned by the Coalition from Continue reading Why Coalition climate scare campaign is not credible

Labor proposes two emissions trading schemes costing $355.9m

Opposition maintains ambitious targets but aims to minimise cost to households and defers details until after election

April 26, 2016 — Labor is proposing two emissions trading schemes – one for big industrial polluters and an electricity industry model similar to one once backed by Malcolm Turnbull – in a climate policy that trumps the Coalition’s ambition but minimises the hit on Continue reading Labor proposes two emissions trading schemes costing $355.9m

UK envoy, carbon pricing ‘too sluggish’ to meet climate goals

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Sir David King is the UK Foreign Office permanent representative on climate change. Photograph: Niklas Halle’N/AFP/Getty Images

Sir David King favours technology development over emissions trading as a way to shift emerging economies off coal

April 25, 2016 — Carbon pricing is “too sluggish a weapon” against climate change, top UK envoy Sir David King said on Monday.

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Poor countries must find $4tn by 2030 to avert catastrophe

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Environmental activists form a human chain to make the peace sign and spell out ‘100% renewable’ at last year’s UN climate change talks in Paris. Photograph: Michel Euler/AP

As Paris climate change agreement is signed in New York, developing country negotiators highlight gulf between ambition and funding

April 22, 2016 — Developing countries must raise more than $4tn (£2,456bn), or roughly the entire annual budget of the US, to implement their climate change pledges by 2030, according to new research.

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Germany and Austria call for higher EU 2030 climate ambition

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EU Ministers of Environment meet in Brussels on 4 March 2016 to discuss the action plan for the circular economy and the follow-up to the Paris agreement on climate change. Photograph: Tashana Batista/EU press office
Environment ministers criticise ‘very weak’ European commission response to Paris climate pact – but other states defend existing target, reports Climate Home

March 4, 2016 — Germany, Austria, Portugal and Luxembourg are leading calls for the EU to increase its 2030 climate targets in light of December’s Paris agreement.

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EU set to emit 2bn tonnes more CO2 than Paris climate pledge

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Steam rises from cooling towers at the RWE Niederaussem coal-fired power plant near Bergheim, Germany. Current EU proposals are ‘not consistent with what was agreed in Paris’. Photograph: Volker Hartmann/Getty Images
Note from the European commission reveals emissions trading system allowance numbers are not in line with global 2°C target

March 1, 2016 — The EU is set to emit 2bn tonnes more CO2 than it promised at the Paris climate talks, threatening an agreement to cap global warming at 2°C, a note from the European commission has revealed.

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