Mr Morrison, please don’t make empty promises: enshrine our climate targets in law

James Ross/AAP Tim Stephens, University of Sydney In the lead-up to this year’s United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, the Morrison government is inching towards adopting a net-zero emissions target for 2050. If Prime Minister Scott Morrison can resist internal party pressure to exempt some sectors from the commitment, the target would be welcome. It

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No point complaining about it, Australia will face carbon levies unless it changes course

John Quiggin, The University of Queensland Reports that Britain’s prime minister Boris Johnson is considering calling for carbon border levies at the G7 summit to be held in London in June have produced a predictable reaction from the Australian government. The levies would impose tariffs on carbon-intensive goods from countries such as Australia that haven’t

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Cities could get more than 4°C hotter by 2100. To keep cool in Australia, we urgently need a national planning policy

Shutterstock Mark Maund, University of Newcastle; Kim Maund, University of Newcastle; Marcus Jefferies, University of Newcastle, and SueAnne Ware, University of Newcastle In cities around the world, temperatures could rise by more than 4℃ by 2100 under a high-emissions climate change scenario, suggests research published this week in Nature Climate Change. It comes as the

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How Australia can phase out coal power while maintaining energy security

Daniel D’Hotman, University of Oxford and Steven Hamilton, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University The end of coal-fired generation in Australia is inevitable. Zero marginal cost, zero emissions energy is now a reality. Wind and solar are cheaper sources of new electricity than coal in most cases, putting significant pressure on the profitability

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Fortescue – climate change – net zero operational emissions by 2040

Fortescue has announced, for itself, an emissions reduction goal of net zero operational emissions by 2040 underpinned by a pathway to decarbonisation, including the reduction of Scope 1 and 2 emissions from Existing Operations by 26 per cent from 2020 levels, by 2030. Further information on its approach can be found at https://www.fmgl.com.au/workingresponsibly/climate-change-and-energy    

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Downer – Sustainability Linked Loan and position on Climate change.

On 4 December 2020, Downer’s case study noted that it had completed Australia’s largest Sustainability Linked loan in 2020.    More information can be found at:  https://www.downergroup.com/downer-completes-australias-largest-sustainab An outline of Downer’s position on climate change can be found at https://www.downergroup.com/climate-change-faq Downer commits to the decarbonisation  of its absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by

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