BoM says last decade hottest on record for Australia

  According to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) the last decade was the hottest on record for Australia with the temperature almost one degree Celsius above average and one third of a degree warmer than the previous decade. On Friday the bureau released its annual climate statement, revealing 2020 was the fourth warmest year on […]

Exxon, under investor pressure, discloses emissions from burning its fuels

Exxon Mobil Corporation, under increasing pressure from investors and climate change activists, reported for the first time the emissions that result when customers use its products such as petrol, diesel and jet fuel. The largest United States oil producer said the emissions from its product sales in 2019 were equivalent to 730 million tonnes of […]

Australia snubs climate change leaves 2030 goals unchanged

Australia has resubmitted its United Nations sponsored Paris Agreement climate goal and modified its target as “a floor” that can be met without using credits from the previous Kyoto Protocol, but has omitted any indication it will join other nations in raising its ambition. In its first update in five years to the so-called Nationally […]

Lloyd’s of London steps back from coal in first climate change policy

In a reversal of its traditional hands-off approach to climate change strategy Lloyd’s of London is scaling back its exposure to coal and oil sands, the commercial insurance market said in its first sustainability report. Lloyd’s acts as regulator for around 100 syndicate members, and leaves decisions on underwriting and investment strategy to them. Reuters […]

Lib-Nat govt wasted 18 months on ‘nothing’ electric vehicle strategy

Australia’s conservative Liberal-National government has been accused of working for 18 months on a “nothing” electric vehicle strategy after a leaked draft policy paper included no policies that would make it more affordable to buy clean cars. A discussion paper, first reported by ABC News and seen by Guardian Australia, does not propose direct financial […]

US to hold world climate summit early 2021, seek to rejoin Paris Agreement

The United States will hold a climate summit of the world’s major economies early next year, within 100 days of President-elect Joe Biden taking office, and seek to rejoin the United Nations sponsored Paris Agreement on the first day of his presidency, in a boost to international climate action. Leaders from 75 countries met without […]

UN chief urges leaders of every country to declare ‘climate emergency’

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called on every country to declare a “climate emergency”, as world leaders marking the fifth anniversary of the UN sponsored Paris Agreement made mostly incremental pledges relative to the scale of the crisis. Mr Guterres made his call at a summit aimed at building on momentum behind the Paris […]

Britain to stop backing overseas oil and gas projects in boost to climate action

The office of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has revealed he will pledge to end direct government support for overseas fossil fuel projects at a United Nations summit on Saturday, aiming to spur similar moves by other countries to help tackle climate change. Britain, which is co-hosting the virtual summit ahead of climate negotiations in […]

Paris Accord’s chief negotiator urges fight climate change like we battle COVID-19

Laurent Fabius, the Frenchman who brought down the gavel to seal the United Nations sponsored Paris Agreement on climate change five years ago, said he wished world powers had fought global warming as resolutely as they have confronted the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement between almost 200 states on December 12, 2015 was hailed as a […]

UN warns global emissions hit new high, on track for increase of 3°C

A United Nations report has warned greenhouse gas emissions reached a new high last year, putting the world on track for an average temperature rise of three degrees Celsius. The report by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the latest to suggest the world is hurtling toward extreme climate change, follows a year of sobering […]