Environment groups are dismayed by the appointment of a former energy company chief to lead a revitalised Climate Change Authority, the independent body that advises the government on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Unless immediate “transformative action” is taken to drastically reduce global warming, Australia is set for the destruction of its reef and more storms and floods, the Australian Academy of Science says.
One man’s appointment might help explain what China is signalling to the world by committing to climate change action – even as it goes on a coal power spree.
The global ground is rapidly shifting on climate change policy but Australian politics appears hopelessly wedded to a “functional reality” fixated on fossil fuels.
With General Motors and the UN making big announcements on electric cars and cutting emissions, Australia’s position on climate change is inevitably thrust into the spotlight.
Rather than distract markets and industry from the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic appears to have accelerated climate action.
Australian political and business figures are beginning to speak out against Mathias Cormann’s bid to lead the OECD due to his record opposing climate change action.
Fiji’s prime minister says Australia and other wealthy nations must act on climate change and cannot treat the Pacific like sacrificial canaries in a coal mine.
Even some coal miners in the heart of the Hunter Valley say the transition from fossil fuels is already happening. Politicians just need to catch up.
Many reforms Biden proposes are not centred on climate change but on associated jobs, infrastructure and innovation support needed to confront the crisis.