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Manus and climate problems overshadowed by political scoreboard | Lenore Taylor 29.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest
There are no easy fixes for offshore detention or our environmental problems, but it would help if our politicians got serious about them Two of Australia’s most shameful political failures – asylum and climate policy – are back in the news. Labor has had another stab at a climate policy – half brave, half cautious and vague, but certainly more credible than the current government’s fig leaf of a “plan”. And the PNG government has called time on the festering human rights catastrophe that is Manus Island, a development that left both parties gawpingly devoid of answers. Each of these failures has been driven by ...
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VW and Shell try to block EU push for electric cars 28.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

Industry giants’ call for biofuels over electric and fuel-efficient cars puts Europe’s carbon emissions targets at risk, say experts

VW and Shell have united to try to block Europe’s push for electric cars and more efficient cars, saying biofuels should be at heart of efforts to green the industry instead.

The EU is planning two new fuel efficiency targets for 2025 and 2030 to help meet promises made at the Paris climate summit last December.

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Could carbon farming be the answer for a 'clapped-out' Australia? 28.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Farmers signing up for the carbon emissions reduction fund have to meet strict guidelines but there is significant profit and energy savings to be made

This week the Clean Energy Regulator (CER) will hold the third emissions reduction fund auction and farmers across Australia will move to the forefront of efforts to rescue a “clapped-out” country.

Australian farmers have long bought and sold their wares at auction. Sale yards were the hub of country towns and the din of a moleskin-clad auctioneer shouting over the bleating and mooing of fattened livestock has long been a familiar rural backdrop.

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Business council praises Labor's 'bridge' to emissions trading scheme 27.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Surprise praise from business lobby group centres on ALP climate policy’s potential to become bipartisan, despite Coalition criticism

Labor’s climate policy has won unexpected praise from the Business Council of Australia’s chief executive, Jennifer Westacott, who said the plan could provide a platform for bipartisanship and “build a bridge” for an emission trading scheme.

Related: Turnbull warns Labor's emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs

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Turnbull warns Labor's emissions trading schemes will destroy jobs 27.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Prime minister criticises Labor’s plan, claiming it will raise energy prices, be an ‘economic handbrake’ and do little to combat climate change

Malcolm Turnbull has criticised Labor’s plan to reintroduce an emissions trading scheme, warning it would be a “jobs-destroying” measure, a handbrake on the economy, lead to “much higher energy prices” and do little to combat climate change.

Related: Labor proposes two emissions trading schemes costing $355.9m

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Labor proposes two emissions trading schemes costing $555m 27.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Opposition maintains ambition targets but aims to minimise cost to households and defers details until after election

Labor is proposing two emissions trading schemes – one for big industrial polluters and an electricity industry model similar to one once backed by Malcolm Turnbull – in a climate policy that trumps the Coalition’s ambition but minimises the hit on household power bills and leaves important detail to be determined post-election.

Related: Climate change plan: thinktank suggests policy both sides of politics can embrace

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UK envoy: carbon pricing ‘too sluggish’ to meet climate goals 25.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Climate Home: Sir David King favours technology development over emissions trading as a way to shift emerging economies off coal

Carbon pricing is “too sluggish a weapon” against climate change, top UK envoy Sir David King said on Monday.

Speaking at a sustainability event in London, Sir David argued innovation to bring down the cost of clean technology would bring swifter results.

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‘France will take the lead in pricing carbon’ 23.4.2016 Hindu: International
French President François Hollande, who hosted the Paris climate conference in December 2015, has said that his country would take the lead to set a price on carbon, according to an official UN commu...
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Australia's solemn climate promise much more than a signing ceremony 21.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

The Paris agreement puts real pressure on Australia to close the gap between scientific and international reality and an unedifying climate policy paralysis

First the good news. Greg Hunt is about to join 60 heads of state and representatives from more than 150 countries at the United Nations signing ceremony for last year’s Paris climate agreement, and has said Australia will move to ratify it by the end of the year.

That eagerness, in itself, is a step forward. The Howard government refused to ratify the Kyoto protocol for a decade.

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Sutter: Cheap fix to climate change 19.4.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Yoram Bauman learned about the idea that would change his life, and the course of the world, as a nerdy undergraduate at Reed College.
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Carbon price needed to avoid economic disruption from Paris climate goals – analysis 14.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Climate Institute says regulations to phase out coal-fired generators and subsidies to encourage clean energy are needed

Australia faces significant economic disruption in 2030 to meet the Paris climate goals unless action is quickly taken, according to a new analysis.

The analysis, for the Climate Institute, recommends implementing a carbon price and regulations to phase out coal-fired generators, and additional subsidies to encourage clean energy investment.

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We must close the loopholes in Britain's carbon budget | Damien Morris 12.4.2016 The Guardian -- Front Page
This is our opportunity to fix the accounting rules and keep national emissions within UK carbon budgets Last month the government made a landmark decision to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to zero sometime this century . This makes Britain the first country to commit to one of the key pledges in the Paris climate agreement reached last December . This decision was prompted by a tireless, non-partisan campaign led by former Labour leader Ed Miliband, the UK’s first ever secretary of state for energy and climate change. Securing this commitment is an important new climate milestone for Miliband, who played a key role in establishing the UK Climate Change Act when he was in ...
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Climate change plan: thinktank suggests policy both sides of politics can embrace 11.4.2016 The Guardian -- World Latest

The Grattan Institute has proposed adapting the Coalition’s Direct Action into a bipartisan policy that effectively cuts emissions

A climate change policy that could be both effective, and potentially supported by both major parties, has been proposed by the Grattan Institute in a new report that tries to find a pragmatic solution to the decade of toxic political debates on the issue.

Media reports have emerged suggesting Labor would adopt a policy of opening an inquiry into Australia’s energy industry, and shutting down the oldest and dirtiest power stations to lower emissions and create more demand for renewable energy.

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Tata Steel benefited from EU climate policies, studies show 8.4.2016 Guardian: Environment
Company has taken more than £700m in free carbon allowances and offsets, according to analysis of emissions trading scheme data No other British company has benefited from the EU’s emissions trading scheme as much as Tata Steel, according to a recent report by consultants CTDelft. And it’s not alone — only firms in one country, Germany, received more than the €3bn enjoyed by British businesses through the ETS between 2008 and 2014. Yet Tata Steel’s chairman, Theo Henrar, argued that the ETS put its Port Talbot steelworks at “a competitive disadvantage”, because foreign rivals were not burdened by such tough environmental ...
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VIDEO: How Tata made millions from EU permits 8.4.2016 BBC: Business
Tata Steel made hundreds of millions of pounds selling carbon emissions permits given for free under a European Union emissions trading scheme, experts say.
Tata windfall from carbon permits 8.4.2016 BBC News: AsiaPacific
Tata Steel made hundreds of millions of pounds selling carbon emissions permits given for free under a European Union emissions trading scheme, experts say.
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Green policies are not responsible for the Tata steel crisis 5.4.2016 Guardian: Environment

Analysis of the figures show Port Talbot may actually have been profiting from efforts to reduce carbon emissions

There was a slew of comment over the weekend regarding the role that Britain’s carbon reduction efforts played in Tata Steel’s decision to sell off its UK operations.

A Daily Mail editorial called “the crippling green taxes imposed by Ed Miliband’s Climate Change Act in 2008” a “monstrous handicap” that had driven the steelworks and its 5,000 workers over the precipice.

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Carbon pricing key to delivering India's climate targets 19.3.2016 New Kerala: Technology
Washington D.C, Mar 19 : With the date of signing of the Paris climate change agreement in April approaching fast and its ratification to follow soon, it has been stated that there is a carbon pricing opportunity for India.
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Did California Figure Out How to Fix Global Warming? 17.3.2016 Mother Jones
Jennifer Gill got pregnant with her first child when she was in eighth grade. She didn't finish high school, but she got her GED during a stint in prison for forgery. For most of her working life she was a waitress in and around the town of Oildale, a suburb of Bakersfield in the southern tip of California's Central Valley. "We come from backgrounds where minimum wage is the best we can hope for," she says. Then, four years ago, Gill happened to see a television commercial for a solar-panel installation course at a local community college. Within a few weeks, the 46-year-old was out in the field, helping install photovoltaic panels for the engineering behemoth Bechtel and making more than $14 an hour. She quickly got another job installing panels for another solar farm, this time for over $15 an hour. Now she's in an apprenticeship program with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, and for the first time in her life she has retirement benefits. At her urging, her younger sister, who had ...
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US and Canada promise to lead world to low-carbon economy 10.3.2016 Guardian: Environment

Countries previously seen as climate change villains present shared vision on cutting emissions as Justin Trudeau meets Barack Obama at White House

The US and Canada declared they would help lead the transition to a low-carbon global economy on Thursday, in a dramatic role reversal for two countries once derided as climate change villains.

The shared vision unveiled by Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau ahead of a meeting at the White House commits the two countries to a range of actions to shore up the historic climate agreement reached in Paris last December.

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