On July 1, 2012, Australia introduced a carbon price of AU$23 (USD$16.92) per tonne, with a plan to transition to a cap-and-trade emissions trading scheme three years later. But just two years later, on July 17th 2014, the tax was repealed after a particularly nasty election, in which the opposition Liberal-National coalition campaigned to “axe […]
On October 29th 2020, the 19th Central Committee of the China Communist Party concluded its semi-annual plenum. The issue of discussion was to review the outline for the country’s 14th Five-Year Plan (FYP), the state’s vision of economic and social policy over the next five years. The 14th FYP, which will be released in March […]
A recently published survey has found that environmental scientists in Australia are under increasing pressure from their employers to downplay climate science research findings or avoid communicating them at all. More than 50% of respondents said that constraints on communicating scientific evidence on threatened species, mining, logging and other threats to the environment had become […]
When he talks about the Trump administration, David Doniger likes to say: “Imagine where we’d be if they knew what they were doing.” The climate lawyer and senior advisor to the NRDC Action Fund spends his days defending the environment from the U.S. government, and for the past three and a half years, that’s meant […]
Social media has been abuzz with images of clear skies around the world as a result of lowered emissions due to coronavirus shutdown measures. However, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has warned against treating recent COVID-19-related reductions in greenhouse gas emissions as a sign of improving air quality, calling instead for long-term climate commitments. Will […]
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