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Australia had third-warmest year on record in 2018

Bureau of Meteorology says average temperature was 1.14°C above average for 1961-1990, making 2018 slightly warmer than 2017 — Last year was Australia’s third-warmest year on record, with every state and territory recording above average temperatures in 2018. According to the Bureau of Meteorology’s annual climate statement, the nation’s average temperature last year was 1.14°C …

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demand for coffee is expected to double by 2050

The end of coffee: could Australia save the world’s beans

Climate change may devastate the globe’s major coffee-growing regions through extreme weather events – but Australia could be the solution — If a future of relentless fires, droughts, superstorms and rising sea levels makes you feel like you need a strong caffeinated beverage, there is some bad news: climate change is coming for the world’s …

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Industry backs NSW call for Morrison government to require emissions cut

Australian Industry Group says an emissions reduction obligation in national policy is ‘vastly superior’ to separate state schemes — The New South Wales government’s call to end the “climate wars” has won a tick of approval from the Australian Industry Group, which represents Australia’s largest industrial energy users. The employer body’s chief executive, Innes Willox, …

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australia’s fire seasons are longer and more severe

Australia experiencing more heat, longer fire seasons and rising oceans

State of the climate report points to a long-term increase in the frequency of extreme heat events, fire weather and drought — Australia is experiencing more extreme heat, longer fire seasons, rising oceans and more marine heatwaves consistent with a changing climate, according to the Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO’s state of the climate report. …

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Sydney and Melbourne vow to ditch coal power

Australian cities joined global alliance to end coal-fired power, while the federal government proposes using taxpayer cash to underwrite new plants — The cities of Sydney and Melbourne committed themselves to phasing out coal on Thursday, in a move at odds with the Australia’s aggressively pro-coal national government. The country’s two largest cities joined an …

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Pacific nations under climate threat urge Australia to abandon coal within 12 years

Frustrated leaders appeal to ‘all OECD countries’ to phase out use as Australia signals support for new plants — Pacific countries vulnerable to climate change have urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing plants. The call from 15 small Pacific island states …

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Banks urged not to fund coal power as government moves to underwrite projects

Activist groups warn providing finance for coal-fired power stations is inconsistent with banks’ commitments to Paris agreement — Environmental and progressive activist groups are urging Australia’s major banks and financial institutions not to fund new coal projects now that the Morrison government has flagged taxpayer assistance for power generation. The Australian Conservation Foundation, GetUp, Greenpeace, …

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australia is still on track to miss its paris target of a 26%-28% cut to carbon emissions on 2005 levels by 2030

Australia’s carbon emissions highest on record, data shows

If emissions continue at current rate, Australia will miss Paris target by 1.1bn tonnes, Ndevr Environmental predicts — Australia’s carbon emissions are again the highest on record, according to new data from the emissions-tracking organisation Ndevr Environmental. Ndevr replicates the federal government’s national greenhouse gas inventory (NGGI) quarterly reports but releases them months ahead of …

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Labor won’t rule out using ‘accounting tricks’ to meet emissions reduction targets

Mark Butler says party will make decision on using carryover credits from the Kyoto protocol after Paris ‘rule book’ established — The shadow climate minister Mark Butler has not ruled out using carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to help Labor meet its more ambitious emissions reduction targets in the event it wins the …

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Australia turns back on allies as it refuses to cut emissions above Paris pledge

EU and 27 countries vow to toughen commitments as environment minister’s address at COP24 UN climate change summit accused of flying in face of reality — Australia will not commit to larger carbon emissions reductions above its Paris agreement target, despite a coalition of former allies and Pacific neighbours urging greater cuts. In Paris in …

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