Climate Change Archive

Australia’s Climate Change Authority calls for tougher greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (4 November 2013)

Australia’s Climate Change Authority has called for tougher targets for reductions in Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions in a “Targets and Progress Review” Draft Report released on 30 October 2013. Major conclusions and recommendations The Authority’s major conclusion is that

Australian Prime Minister seeks to repeal carbon tax despite Senate resistance (16 October 2013)

The Australian Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbot, has released an exposure draft of the legislation intended to abolish Australia’s carbon tax from the end of the next Australian financial year (30 June 2014). Mr Abbot has said that he

IPCC releases 5th assessment report on climate change (28 September 2013)

The International Panel on Climate Change released its fifth assessment report on 27 September 2013. (Download pdf summary for policy makers here.) The Guardian this week published the following summary of the report’s key findings. Global change The global

More than 60 per cent of the State of Queensland now drought-declared (19 September 2013)

Continuing hot, dry weather has put more than 60 per cent of the State of Queensland into drought. Queensland’s Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Minister, Mr John McVeigh, said Charters Towers, Central Highlands, Woorabinda, Isaac, Barcaldine and the remainder of

Incoming Liberal-National Government removes Public Service Heads and restructures public service (19 September 2013)

The new Liberal-National government at Federal level in Australia was sworn in on 18 September 2013. The same day, incoming Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott announced changes to the Federal public service, including removal of some heads of departments.

Newly elected Liberal-National Australian government promises to repeal carbon tax and end clean energy funding (8 September 2013)

Australians went to the polls on Saturday, 7 September 2013 and the result was the election of a new government led by Mr Tony Abbott. Amongst a handful of key policy promises, the incoming Liberal-National Government has pledged that

Upcoming Event | Victorian Managed Insurance Authority’s Risk Conference | Melbourne, 7 & 8 October 2013

With global financial crises, increasing social complexity, ever emerging instances of cybercrime and unnaturally large weather disasters occurring more frequently, the risk landscape facing governments large and small grows more challenging by the day. The Victorian Managed Insurance Authority’s

Another Queensland shire drought declared (2 August 2013)

Queensland’s Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Mr John McVeigh, has declared Quilpie Shire Council drought stricken, taking the number of Shires drought declared to 19 (including two partially declared). “In addition, there are currently 65 IDP declarations in

AGL Energy to construct 155 megawatt solar power plant in New South Wales (2 August 2013)

On 31 July 2013, Australia’s Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mr Mark Butler, announced that construction will start in January 2014 on the largest solar power station in the southern hemisphere after the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) reached

Australian Government confirms early scrapping of carbon tax (14 July 2013)

The Australian Government has confirmed that it will scrap its carbon tax in favour of an emissions trading scheme from 2014, a year earlier than planned. In effect, the fixed carbon price of $24.15 a tonne will be removed