Australia

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11 01 2021 | 14:40

Last decade hottest on record for Australia with temperature almost 1C above average.

Maximum and minimum temperatures were above average for all states and territories, Bureau of Meteorology says The last decade was the hottest on record for Australia with the temperature almost 1C…

01 01 2021 | 13:59

Weather disasters cost $150bn in 2020, revealing impact of climate change – report.

From Australian bushfires to Atlantic hurricanes, insurance damages were the highest annual total ever, says Christian Aid study. The world’s 10 costliest weather disasters of 2020 saw insured…

27 12 2020 | 07:37

Stop believing in fairy tales: Australia’s coal industry doesn’t employ many people or pay its fair share of tax.

The evidence to the contrary comes from the Morrison government’s own data. Just as people in the Middle Ages mistakenly believed the sun revolved around the Earth, many modern-day Australians…

19 12 2020 | 11:12

Call for energy giant AGL to face criminal charges over coal ash spill.

Conservationists allege company has breached its environmental licence 52 times at its NSW Bayswater power station site in the past five years Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, AGL, will…

19 12 2020 | 10:56

The Morrison government subsidising dirty fuel amid the climate crisis beggars belief.

Angus Taylor seems to be wilfully ignoring Australia’s huge transport emissions problem.

19 12 2020 | 10:56

Bluewaters coal-fired power station written off as worthless as renewables rise.

The owners of Australia's newest coal-fired power station have written down the value of the asset to zero, wiping out a $1.2 billion investment in the face of an onslaught of renewable energy. In…

19 12 2020 | 10:50

Lloyd's of London steps back from coal in first climate change policy.

LONDON (Reuters) -Lloyd’s of London is scaling back its exposure to coal and oil sands, the commercial insurance market said in its first sustainability report on Wednesday, in a reversal of its…

13 12 2020 | 06:51

Australia's record spring heat one-in-500,000 without climate change: analysis.

This year’s spring temperatures would be ‘virtually impossible’ without human greenhouse emissions, according to new report. Australia’s hottest spring on record, which saw temperatures more than 2C…

09 12 2020 | 11:43

A change in the weather: new demand for TV presenters to include climate in forecasts.

The ABC’s Graham Creed says new climate change research could ‘fill a big gap’ in public understanding. Graham Creed has spent 30 years with his head in synoptic charts, and for the past 20 he’s…

07 12 2020 | 07:51

Could China replace Australian iron ore with metal from Africa?

Analysis: Amid rising trade tensions, Chinese interests are keen to develop a high-quality deposit in Guinea. Analysts warn any restrictions on Australian sales to China would ‘send shockwaves…

19 11 2020 | 09:39

Suing for climate action: can the courts save us from the black hole of political inaction?

Climate litigator David Barnden had a landmark win this month against a major superannuation fund. He tells Guardian Australia he is just getting started. In the public imagination, blockbuster…

16 11 2020 | 07:56

Born in the ice age, humankind now faces the age of fire – and Australia is on the frontline.

The bushfires and the plague are symptoms of something momentous unfolding on Earth – an acceleration of our impact on nature.

16 11 2020 | 06:42

Lack of climate action over 50 years will cost Australian economy $3.4tn and 880,000 jobs – report.

If policies promoting net zero emissions by 2050 are adopted 250,000 jobs would be created and $680bn added to the economy. Australia’s economy will be 6% smaller, there will be 880,000 fewer jobs…

03 11 2020 | 07:50

Coral reef taller than Empire State Building is first discovered in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef for 120 years.

It makes a total of eight tall detached reefs in the area, including at​ ​Raine Island, home to the world’s most important green sea turtle nesting area A vast, detached coral reef has been…

24 10 2020 | 12:38

China losing interest in Australian coal isn't about diplomacy – it's simply market dynamics.

We need to discuss how communities and workers in the coal sector will cope with China’s push for self-sufficiency. Australian politicians have been selling the “dream” of coal for years, but it’s a…

24 10 2020 | 12:17

Don’t delay fossil fuel exit, just make it work for workers and consumers, experts say.

Australia is transitioning to a clean energy economy, but it should not get distracted by the efforts of the incumbent fossil fuel industry to delay its ‘inevitable’ demise, a panel of energy…

24 10 2020 | 11:34

Prizing localism and rejecting globalisation: Better for health, the environment and happiness?

deas of changing how we shop, eat and measure national success are catching on in Australia and elsewhere – inspired by one influential woman, writes Damien Cave  Helena Norberg-Hodge strolled into…

23 10 2020 | 11:40

For Australia's sake, I hope Trump's climate science denialism loses.

US policy has emboldened Scott Morrison to be less ambitious on climate, just when so much is at stake.

19 10 2020 | 08:40

Net zero emissions target for Australia could launch $63bn investment boom.

Modelling shows moving towards a net zero emissions economy would unlock financial prospects in sectors including renewables and manufacturing. Australia could unlock an investment boom of $63bn…

19 10 2020 | 08:27

Climate Crisis: What We Can Learn From Indigenous Traditions.

Indigenous people around the world have lived in concert with nature for centuries, practicing responsible land management, regenerative farming practices and water conservation. But as Indigenous…