Category Archives: Australian politics

The politics of climate change in Australia

Finkel’s purse may not be silk, but at least it’s a purse

As a climate plan it’s second-rate, but it’s our best chance to end the climate wars. It can be no surprise that Tony Abbott looks with great suspicion on the review into the security of our electricity supply led by … Continue reading

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After Trump, any climate plan is a relief

Matthew Groom’s “Climate Action 21” is clearly deficient, but it’s all we have. Highly predictable and monumentally dumb: that was the decision by the American president to turn his back on our faltering collective effort to contain greenhouse emissions. Equally … Continue reading

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Chinese stake in Hobart’s new ocean research centre

With help from China, CSIRO is reasserting its leading position in Southern Hemisphere climate science. CSIRO is back in town and back on the world climate research stage. That was the real news in yesterday’s welcome announcement of a new … Continue reading

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