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30 11 2021 | 09:27

Australia declares La Niña phenomenon has begun

Australia has said a La Niña event has developed for a second consecutive year, meaning there is a greater risk locally of floods and cyclones. Last time the weather phenomenon contributed to "once…

28 11 2021 | 07:47

Scott Morrison ‘did a jig’ following approval of $16bn gas project labelled a ‘disaster’ by green groups

Prime minister tells Business Council of Australia he ‘could not be more thrilled’ about Woodside proceeding with Scarborough gas development Scott Morrison has told the country’s most senior…

23 11 2021 | 15:46

Developers pitch 6-gigawatt green hydrogen hub for South Australia

Plans for another massive wind and solar development have been unveiled in South Australia, this time in the state’s north as developers race to map out possibilities for multi gigawatt scale…

23 11 2021 | 15:06

Fossil fuel hydrogen plan 'risky': ANU

Australia's carbon and methane emissions could jump under a "risky" plan to develop a hydrogen industry based on fossil fuels, researchers say. The federal government is investing heavily in a new…

22 11 2021 | 14:20

‘Drowning’ in waste: Australia recycled just 16% of plastic packaging last year

Report described as ‘sharp wake-up call’ finds recycling has flatlined since voluntary plan was introduced in 2017 Australia is failing to meet its own plastic reduction targets, with just 16% of…

21 11 2021 | 11:08

Coastal defences need $30bn boost to prevent Australian homes becoming uninhabitable

Exclusive: Investment would avoid disruption to communities as coastal floods and erosion worsen with rising sea levels, insurance council says Australia will have to spend $30bn over the next half…

18 11 2021 | 09:13

Dark roofs to be banned in NSW, planning minister says

A light coloured roof could reduce temperatures inside the home by up to 10C during a heatwave, UNSW research shows. The NSW government will move to ban dark roofs as part of its push to deliver…

17 11 2021 | 14:51

Australia shown to have highest greenhouse gas emissions from coal in world on per capita basis

Analysis released at Cop26 climate summit shows Australia’s per capita emissions from coal power nearly double those of China Australia has the highest greenhouse gas emissions from coal power in…

17 11 2021 | 14:22

Blockade Australia: anti-coal activists vow more disruption despite warnings of 25-year jail sentences

Climate activists have used their bodies, rope and glue as part of ‘destructive action’ to block part of the coal supply chain in the Hunter. Two climate activists shut down activity at the world’s…

11 11 2021 | 15:19

Australia lobbied Unesco to remove reference to 1.5C global warming limit to protect heritage sites

Environment campaigners say the Morrison government’s attempt to remove the reference to 1.5C is ‘hugely significant’ and ‘bewildering’ Australia is trying to block a UN recommendation that…

10 11 2021 | 14:07

Australia ranked last of 60 countries for policy response to climate crisis

Country was down four places on greenhouse gas index and was the only one to score zero on policy The Australian government’s policy response to the climate crisis was ranked last in an assessment…

09 11 2021 | 14:14

Why Australia is accused of cheating during climate talks – video

The Morrison government often claims that it 'meets and beats' its carbon emissions reduction targets. Those targets - first set during a major climate convention in Kyoto back in 1997 - actually…

08 11 2021 | 13:43

Op - Australia’s commitment to coal is putting my country of Kiribati in danger

Constant change in the climate policies of Australia and New Zealand has been a huge disappointment to Pacific island nations.

08 11 2021 | 13:35

French drama can’t hide real story from Cop26: Scott Morrison’s promise to do hardly anything

From a six-year-old emissions commitment to Boris Johnson’s non-binding breakthroughs, Australia’s lack of ambition was on full display. There weren’t many silver linings for Scott Morrison in his …

05 11 2021 | 08:35

Australian government refuses to join 40 nations phasing out coal, saying it won’t ‘wipe out industries’

Australia accused of going backward as Cop26 pledge backed by five of world’s biggest coal power users The Australian government will not join more than 40 countries committing to phase out coal…

04 11 2021 | 09:07

Op - As young climate strikers, we are sick of conference upon conference. The clock is ticking

Australia’s policy at Cop26 is weak and unacceptable. It doesn’t give me any sense of hope Iam 15 years old, and like so many young people across the world, I came to climate activism through…

03 11 2021 | 13:55

Australia considering more than 100 fossil fuel projects that could produce 5% of global industrial emissions

The coal and gas works, if approved, would result in a nearly 30% increase in emissions within Australia. Australia has more than 100 fossil fuel developments in the pipeline that could result in…

02 11 2021 | 13:39

Scott Morrison tells Cop26 Australia will exceed 2030 target in bid to fend off criticism

Glasgow conference is focused on more ambitious 2030 cuts but, while PM says Australia may cut emissions by 35%, the 26% to 28% target won’t be changed. Scott Morrison has used his national…

28 10 2021 | 08:18

Young Australians lodge human rights complaints with UN over alleged government inaction on climate

Five young people argue 2030 emissions target fails to uphold the rights of young Australians Five young Australians, including members of First Nations and disability communities, have lodged three…

20 10 2021 | 13:10

Australian PM to attend Cop26 in Glasgow but emissions deal with Coalition partner still weeks off

Scott Morrison says it is ‘important’ to be in Glasgow for climate conference but notes there is no agreement yet with the Nationals The Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, has confirmed he…