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A ceiling of £200m a year will be placed on subsidies to some of the major forms of renewable energy from this autumn, affecting the funding of large-scale low-carbon installations from wind and solar farms to biomass-burning power ...
A new report warns investors that the coal industry could suffer a slump in demand in the medium term as governments seek to cut carbon
emissions and focus on cleaner sources of energy.
The report – Carbon
Constraints Cast A Shadow Over ...
While a carbon price
is every economists' favorite climate plan, real-world political constraints get in the way (just ask Australia!)
In a new paper in Energy Policy, I examine a variety of political economy constraints that limit the ...
No state has done more than California to fight global warming. But a deepening drought could make that battle more difficult and more expensive.
A prolonged dry spell, stretching on for years, would slash the amount of power flowing ...
As the post-mortems arrive to determine the cause of death for Australia's carbon
tax, a couple of questions emerge:
Why did this happen?
What lessons can we learn?
The answer to the first question is fairly simple: A ...
Australia`s Senate has voted to repeal the price
on emissions of the climate-warming gas carbon
dioxide, a levy on the biggest polluters passed by the previous Labor government.
The Yallourn Power Station burns brown coal to provide ...
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's move to repeal his country's carbon
tax provides an international boost for the Harper government, which has regularly attacked opponents who propose putting a price
on emissions in ...
With Australia`s standing as the world`s highest per-capita emitter of carbon
dioxide, one would think the country would be the last to repeal a pollution tax.
The country defied the odds Thursday with a 39 to 32 ...
The cartoonish stereotype of Australia of yesteryear featured a rough-headed bloke in an Akubra hat wrangling crocodiles. That image has finally been scrubbed from our collective memories -- only to be replaced with something worse. Today, when ...
The scrapping of the carbon
tax closes a bitter chapter in Australian politics and offers lessons for the Abbott government in the perils of negotiating climate policy.John Howard first pledged an emissions trading scheme (ETS) ahead of ...
After almost a decade of heated political debate, Australia has become the world's first developed nation to repeal carbon
laws that put a price
on greenhouse-gas emissions.In a vote that could highlight the difficulty in implementing ...
Australian prime minister Tony Abbott’s repeal bill to abolish tax on the country’s biggest polluters has been passed in the senate, with opposition and scientists deeply worried that the move will leave Australia behind in the race to a ...
Australia’s carbon price
has been repealed, leaving the nation with no legislated policy to achieve even the minimum 5% greenhouse emissions reduction target it has inscribed in international agreements.
After eight years of bitter ...
In America’s Breadbasket, a battle of ideas is underway on the most fundamental topics of all: food, water, and the future
of the planet.Last August, in a still-echoing blockbuster study, Dave Steward, Ph.D., and his colleagues at Kansas ...
Rupert Murdoch is chairman and CEO of News Corporation, one of the world`s largest media conglomerates, which includes Fox News and The Wall Street Journal. Since launching The Australian newspaper 50 years ago he has also become one of the ...
Solar power is coming to the fore as a major future
source of global energy, experts say.
In Australia, where there are 1.2 million homes with solar panels installed on roofs, the growth of solar power has been so profound that wholesale ...
Standing before University of California at Irvine`s graduating class this June, Barack Obama did something no U.S. president has done before: He stood up for climate science. Not only did the president make a strong case for taking immediate ...
Tony Abbott doesn’t take climate science seriously and the repeal of the carbon price
is “reckless” and “deeply shaming”, according to a former UK Conservative party environment minister.
Lord Deben, who served in Margaret Thatcher’s ...
Holding back catastrophic climate change is still possible -- but just barely, and doing so will require a tremendous technological effort, according to a sweeping new report that analyzes what it would take to de-carbonize the world's top ...
Governments around the world are failing in their commitments to address climate change, a group of international science institutions warn in a new report, saying the window to prevent catastrophic warming will soon close.
"The world is ...
EMMA ALBERICI, PRESENTER: The politics of climate action is well understood in Australia, with the Coalition intent on scrapping the carbon
tax and Labor and the Greens suggesting this is evidence that the Abbott Government isn't committed to ...
A political push is underway to block California's carbon
cap-and-trade program from expanding next year to include motor fuels.
State Assemblyman Henry Perea (D) on Friday stripped text out of one of his bills that was sitting in ...
Tony Abbott`s plan to axe the carbon price
this week has come in for some withering criticism from his own side of politics, with a former head of the UK`s Conservative Party declaring it to be an "appalling" move that "recklessly" endangers the ...
Here’s a clue for newspaper reporters: If the loudest people criticizing an environmental activist for not being pure enough are fossil fuel–loving Republicans, that’s a sign it’s not a legitimate criticism.
Consider, for example, The ...
In 2007, Australians were ready to do something to combat climate change, even if it was expensive. More than two-thirds of them said so in a poll, and both major political parties vowed to make industries pay for greenhouse-gas ...