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Australia’s Parliament defeats global warming bill

Australia’s Parliament defeats global warming bill

Australia’s plans for an emissions trading system to combat global warming were scuttled Wednesday in Parliament, handing a defeat to a government that had hoped to set an example at international climate change talks next week. The Senate, where Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s government does not hold a majority, rejected his administration’s proposal for Australia […]

Australia boosts international efforts on climate

Australia boosts international efforts on climate

Australia stepped up lobbying ahead of the global climate talks in Copenhagen on Wednesday, with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd accepting a key role as Climate Change Minister Penny Wong heads to Spain for talks. Rudd has accepted an offer from Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen to become a friend of the Copenhagen summit chair, […]

Coastal homes in Australia at risk from rising sea levels

Coastal homes in Australia at risk from rising sea levels

Government report shocks country where 80 per cent of population lives on coast Australia’s love affair with the beach is in danger of being rudely terminated. A parliamentary report released yesterday suggests that the government may have to force people to abandon prime oceanfront homes along thousands of miles of coastline vulnerable to rising sea […]

Australia braces for severe bushfire season

Australia braces for severe bushfire season

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned the nation Wednesday to brace for a severe bushfire season as fire crews battled intense blazes stoking memories of infernos earlier this year which killed 173 people. With the fire season barely under way, firefighters from two Australian states have been battling huge blazes threatening the northeastern tropical city […]

No change in Indian stand on climate change, says Jairam Ramesh

No change in Indian stand on climate change, says Jairam Ramesh

Under criticism for a new proposal that suggests a shift in India’s climate change policy, Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State (independent charge), Environment and Forests said a recent communication of his to the Prime Minister had been totally distorted. “India’s interests alone should drive the negotiations, and legally binding emission cuts and international verification [of […]

Rudd abandons Australia’s first solar power plant

Rudd abandons Australia’s first solar power plant

More than 200 people rallied on October 11, supporting former employees of liquidating company Solar Systems and calling on the federal and state governments to rescue the company’s solar power plant project in Mildura. Solar Systems went into administration after failing to find enough investors to continue the project. Former Solar Systems research engineer David […]

Australians warm to nuclear power

Australians warm to nuclear power

AUSTRALIANS are warming to the idea of nuclear power, with almost one in two saying it should be considered as an alternative source of energy to help combat global warming. A Nielson poll found 49 per cent of Australians believed nuclear should be on the nation’s list of potential power options, while 43 per cent […]

Dozens of Aussie Mammals ‘Under Threat’

Dozens of Aussie Mammals ‘Under Threat’

One in five species of Australian mammals are at risk of extinction, a new report says. Of the 388 species of mammals found naturally in Australia, 78 are listed as vulnerable, endangered or extinct in the wild. In addition, nearly 14 per cent of amphibians, five per cent of reptiles and six per cent of […]

Australia is #1 – New World Leader in Global Warming Emissions

Australia is #1 – New World Leader in Global Warming Emissions

Australia now emits about 20.6 tons of CO2 per capita annually. The US is second at about 19.8 tons. China leads the world in total greenhouse gas emissions, but it’s per capita emissions are miniscule in comparison – 4.5 tons. Also, India, another developing nation leading the world in CO2 emissions (4th) and under pressure […]

Australia Overtakes U.S. As Biggest Polluter: Report

Australia Overtakes U.S. As Biggest Polluter: Report

SYDNEY (AFP) -— Australians have overtaken Americans as the world’s biggest individual producers of carbon dioxide, which is blamed for global warming, a risk consultancy says. British firm Maplecroft placed Australia’s per capita output at 20.58 tons a year, some four percent higher than the United States and top of a list of 185 countries. […]

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