For years climate change was seen as a “threat multiplier”. Now it is seen as a “threat generator” and there are fears Australia is not paying attention.
Climate change experts have welcomed the announcement that News Corp will promote action on climate change – but say the damage already done is vast.
With Nationals MPs campaigning for fossil fuels, a new breed of cashed-up independents see a weakness in inner-city Liberal seats where voters want climate action.
The largest poll of Australian climate politics to date shows broad support for more climate action and a rejection of new fossil fuel. It’s not going to end the debate.
The survey of 15,000 Australians conducted by YouGov on behalf of the ACF found 67 per cent of voters believed the government should be doing more to address climate change, including a majority in all 151 national seats.
The outlook for global warming is dire but with bold ideas and committed effort, the worst can still be avoided.
Countries are acting with increasing urgency on climate change. Australia is not among them.
Can these two great rivals quarantine climate change from their broader competition for supremacy? There are mixed messages from both superpowers.
The decision to re-elect Barnaby Joyce as leader marks a hardening of the Nationals’ opposition to climate action. But are they paying attention to changing attitudes in the bush?
Even if the federal government takes no action, the states’ own efforts to reduce climate change would enable Australia to meet current emission reduction targets.