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Australia defies international pressure to set emissions targets

Australia defies international pressure to set emissions targets

Scott Morrison says he is not worried about the future of Australia's fossil fuel exports and will not be dictated to by countries such as Britain.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw, Nick O'Malley and Mike Foley

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Australians massively overestimate role of oil and gas in economy
Climate policy

Australians massively overestimate role of oil and gas in economy

Despite the impact of COVID-19, concern about climate change remains intense among Australians, who also overestimate the economic contribution of fossil fuels.

  • by Nick O'Malley
While the world races to net-zero carbon, Australia is a non-starter
Opinion
Opinion

While the world races to net-zero carbon, Australia is a non-starter

The net-zero goal is more than political sloganeering. It is a vital tool to reduce emissions that the Australian government is rejecting at a critical time.

  • by Nick O'Malley
WA could miss the chance to capitalise on renewable energy boom
Opinion
Renewables

WA could miss the chance to capitalise on renewable energy boom

Even in the absence of a clear energy policy, renewable energy solutions are winning the race against coal and gas in WA.

  • by Maggie Wood
The world's leading energy adviser has turned a shade green
Energy

The world's leading energy adviser has turned a shade green

This year, for the first time, the International Energy Agency has indicated how the daily habits of the world's population might help fight climate change.

  • by Nick O'Malley
Old king coal has surrendered to solar, says global power report
Energy

Old king coal has surrendered to solar, says global power report

For the first time since the industrial revolution, coal-fired power will constitute less than 20 per cent of the world's energy by 2040, according to the annual report by the International Energy Agency.

  • by Nick O'Malley
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Australian oil and gas company Cooper Energy the first to go net zero
Carbon pricing

Australian oil and gas company Cooper Energy the first to go net zero

Cooper Energy will offset all its carbon emission from this financial year, making it the first Australian net zero oil and gas company

  • by Nick O'Malley
A net zero target would unlock investments worth billions, study finds
Climate policy

A net zero target would unlock investments worth billions, study finds

Australia stands to miss out on investments worth many billions of dollars and the opportunity to generate millions of jobs if it fails to adopt emissions reduction targets in line with the Paris climate accord.

  • by Peter Hannam
Financial system faces 'considerable' risk if climate change not tackled: RBA
Australian economy

Financial system faces 'considerable' risk if climate change not tackled: RBA

The Reserve Bank's Financial Stability Report has warned both climate change and lowering emissions pose considerable risks.

  • by Jennifer Duke
Agriculture Minister and Labor counterpart dismiss climate target trade threats
Agriculture

Agriculture Minister and Labor counterpart dismiss climate target trade threats

David Littleproud and Labor's Joel Fitzgibbon have dismissed tariff threats from major trade partners, saying climate targets aren't currently a concern for exporters.

  • by Mike Foley and Eryk Bagshaw
China’s carbon pledge leaves Australia isolated and economically vulnerable
Opinion
Climate policy

China’s carbon pledge leaves Australia isolated and economically vulnerable

A former climate diplomat warns Australia will miss opportunities that dwarf coal exports if it doesn't take seriously the net-zero carbon ambitions of China and other major trading partners.

  • by Thom Woodroofe