Global Warming and Climate Change News

Coalition watering down Finkel review climate ambitions, leaked document reveals.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

The climate ambitions of the Finkel review appear to be being watered down by the government as it is implemented, according to a draft Coag Energy Council implementation strategy obtained by the Guardian. [News Source]

In an era of unwelcome climate records Hurricane Harvey won’t be the last.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

From the US to India and China, human impact on the climate is likely to have made droughts and storms more severe - and the trend is only set to continue. [News Source]

Harvey could reshape how and where Americans build homes.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

Hurricane Harvey has highlighted a climate debate that had mostly stayed out of public view. [News Source]

‘Clean energy’ petition targets pollution in New Mexico.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

The New Mexico Attorney General's Office and consumer advocates are petitioning state regulators to consider a new energy standard they say would protect utility customers and shareholders from the costs and risks associated with future environmental regulations. [News Source]

Future hurricanes will be worse than Harvey.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

Research on Superstorm Sandy yields grim projections about global warming and extreme weather in the decades to come. [News Source]

Harvey should be a warning to Trump that climate change is a global threat.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

This would be a far more winnable battle if the world wasn’t also forced to fight ignorance in the White House, and a president content to whistle past the flooded graveyard. [News Source]

Trump makes it more difficult to rebuild for future floods.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

Obama effort to prepare for climate change rescinded 2 weeks before Harvey hit. [News Source]

Abbott singles out Turnbull’s Snowy Hydro 2.0 plan in call for new coal plant.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

Tony Abbott has thrown down the gauntlet to Malcolm Turnbull in the lead-up to the Coalition’s renewed deliberations over the Finkel review, declaring if the prime minister is prepared to back pumped hydro, he also needs to support a new coal-fired power station. [News Source]

Mayor: Boston would be ‘wiped out’ if Harvey-like storm hit.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

While Boston sends helps to Houston as that city recovers from record rainfall and devastating flooding, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is turning his attention to how Boston would cope with a similar storm. What he knows so far: every option is an expensive one. [News Source]

Australian states powering ahead on climate targets despite federal inaction, report shows.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

Australian states and territories are powering ahead, developing policies that will meet the federal government’s internationally agreed greenhouse gas emission targets, with South Australia, the ACT and Tasmania leading the race. [News Source]

Volcanic eruptions triggered global warming 56m years ago, study reveals.
Thursday August 31st 2017, 10:00 AM

Scientists say one of the most rapid periods of warming in Earth’s history was due to gradual release of CO2, warning current levels of emissions were even higher. [News Source]