Climate Change

September 2017

Energy regulator warns of short and medium-term energy shortfalls – September 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Trade and industry, Energy,

The Australian Energy Market Operator has cited climate change, and the potential for large fossil fuel generators to fail in the summer heat-wave as the biggest threats to Australia’s electricity supplies in the coming years.

June 2017

The battle for a workable energy policy – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Ahead of the much anticipated presentation of Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s final report on the national energy market to the COAG meeting in Hobart, there were signs that the major political parties were moving towards a possible breakthrough.

Two Government bodies back Low Emissions Target as second best option – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Ahead of the final Finkel Report on the energy industry a new report says that wholesale electricity prices are above long-run costs because of policy uncertainty triggered by protracted political in-fighting about carbon pricing.

Government plans to allow ‘Green Bank’ to invest in coal CCS – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has announced plans to amend the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Act to allow investment in carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Government publishes CSIRO Low Emissions Technology Roadmap – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

The federal Government has released the Low Emissions Technology Roadmap that was commissioned last year from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO).

Government confirms opposition to EIS ahead of final Finkel energy report – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Australian Politics,

Energy and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg has again ruled out introducing an emissions intensity scheme (EIS), saying it would threaten the stability of the electricity sector.

Government reaffirms commitment to Paris climate change agreement – July 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Politics, Australian Politics,

The Australian Government has reaffirmed Australia’s strong commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol.

May 2017

Government says renewable energy target ‘within sight’ – May 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Trade and industry, Energy,

A report released by the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) detailing Australia’s progress towards its 2020 renewable energy target reveals record high investment in renewables in 2016.

April 2017

Discussion paper released for review of climate change policies – April 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change,

The federal Government has released a discussion paper as part of its review of climate change policies.

March 2017

Government report warns of the potentially irreversible impact of climate change – March 2017

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Politics, Australian Politics,

A report commissioned by the federal Government warns of the potentially irreversible impact of climate change and the threats of coal mining, invasive species, rubbish, urban growth and habitat destruction.

December 2016

Fourth Emissions auction sets carbon abatement at $10.69 a tonne – December 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Trade and industry, Energy,

After the Government’s fourth Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) auction the Clean Energy Regulator has awarded 47 contracts for 34.4 million tonnes of abatement at an average price per tonne of $10.69.

November 2016

Australia ratifies Paris climate change agreement – November 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Australia has ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change.

October 2016

Prime Minister sets scene for Australia’s role in international water moves – October 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a high-level UN panel on water that there are vitally important agricultural regions of the world.

September 2016

Government’s Climate Change Authority splits over emissions targets – September 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change,

The Government’s Climate Change Authority split over its latest emissions reduction recommendations, with two members releasing a ‘minority report’ critical of the Authority and calling for Australia to ‘do more.’

August 2016

COAG moves forward on energy resilience and pricing – August 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Trade and industry, Energy,

The latest meeting of the COAG Energy Council, composed of Australia’s energy and resources ministers, moved further towards creating a national approach to integrate energy and climate policies.

Second One Nation Queensland senator tackling climate science – August 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

The unexpected winner of a second Queensland Senate seat for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, Malcolm Roberts, has dismissed speculation that the party was at risk of breaking apart, as the Palmer United Party did.

Australian energy sources in “transition”, says former ‘Mr Coal’ – Aug

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Politics, Australian Politics, Trade and industry,

The new Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg says he “accepts the science of climate change and recognises that Australia needs to do its part as the globe tackles climate change and emissions reduction”.

New Science Minister reverses CSIORO climate cuts – August 2016

Filed under: Employment and Education, Research, Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment,

The Coalition Government has directed the CSIRO to re-direct its focus back to climate science.

July 2016

Second Bass Strait electricity interconnector promised – July 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Politics, Elections, Trade and industry,

Labor says that, in government, it will fast-track the development of a business case for a second Bass Strait interconnector, delivering greater energy security and more job opportunities for Tasmanians.

Cities’ renewable energy funding proposed – July 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Elections,

The Coalition says it will invest up to $100 million a year in renewable energy and energy efficient technologies in cities, if re-elected.

May 2016

Senate Committee calls for halt to CSIRO job cuts – May 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Politics, Australian Politics, Senate,

A Senate committee report says the CSIRO should halt the implementation of deep job cuts until there was a “thorough review” of the process.

Labor announces climate change policy – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Climate Change,

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten says that a Labor government will deliver “real action” on climate change to secure Australia’s economic prosperity, cut pollution, increase investment and grow Australian jobs.

February 2016

Inquiry into carbon risk disclosure – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Senate, Climate Change, Environment,

In the wake of the Paris climate agreement, the Senate is to inquire into carbon risk disclosure in Australia – an initiative of the Australian Greens.

December 2015

Malcom Turnbull – opening up the tax reform debate – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Opinion Polls, Economy, Climate Change,

Not surprisingly, the sheen is starting to wear off Malcolm Turnbull’s prime ministership – but not by much.

Greens welcome Paris agreement, but say ‘more needs to be done’ – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Climate Change, Environment,

The Australian Greens welcomed the announcement by world leaders at the Paris Climate Change Summit of a framework agreement to tackle global warming.

Brough and Macfarlane challenges for impregnable Turnbull – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Opinion Polls, Climate Change,

With Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition continuing to ride high in the opinion polls after 12 weeks of the new regime, and with Bill Shorten reduced to a risible 15 per cent in the preferred prime minister stakes according to Newspoll, the first chinks may be starting to appear in Mr Turnbull’s hitherto impenetrable armour.

Shorten advances proposals on climate change, tax and domestic violence – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Tax, Social Services, Climate Change,

Sensing renewed popular support for more drastic action on climate change, Labor leader Bill Shorten has upped the stakes dramatically.

New opportunities for emission reduction payments – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Climate Change, Environment,

In the lead-up to the second Emissions Reduction Fund auction, the Government announced plans to develop new methodologies to create additional opportunities to participate in future auctions.

November 2015

No respite from internal issues as Labor builds Pacific bridges – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Climate Change,

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek have been visiting Pacific island nations to draw attention to the dangers posed by climate change to some of Australia’s near neighbours.

September 2015

Government outlines proposed Emissions Reduction Fund framework – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Climate Change,

The federal Environment Department has published draft legislation for a safeguard mechanism in the Emissions Reduction Fund – centrepiece of the Government’s Direct Action policy to address greenhouse emissions.

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