LIMA, Peru (AP) — Australia has made a surprise pledge of 200 million Australian dollars ($165 million) to a key U.N. climate fund.
Expectations of an Australian contribution to the Green Climate Fund were low after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told The Associated Press last week that Australia would continue to help developing countries cope with climate change through its own aid program.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will continue to directly pay for climate change adaptation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to a U.N. Green Climate Fund designed for the same purpose, the foreign minister said Friday ahead of climate talks in Peru.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said governments should judge for themselves whether bilateral action to reduce the impact of climate change on developing countries was a more efficient use of aid money than donating through the U.N.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The French president told Australia's prime minister Wednesday that countries should make their own decisions on how to achieve any binding greenhouse gas reduction targets that emerge from a United Nations climate change conference in Paris next year.
The Australian government has been widely criticized by green groups for repealing in July a two-year-old carbon tax levied on Australia's worst industrial carbon gas polluters aimed at reducing to the nation's greenhouse emissions.
The El Nino watch is now an alert in Australia, where the Bureau of Meteorology is reporting a 70 percent chance of the Pacific weather pattern that can bring heavy rain to South America but drought in Asia, Bloomberg reports.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had hoped to keep climate change off the agenda of this weekend's G20 summit in his country, but the new greenhouse gas agreement between the U.S. and China will likely put the issue back on the table, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Australia's opposition Labor Party has rejected Prime Minister Tony Abbott's proposed 20 percent renewable energy target for electricity generation, saying the plan would cut original goals by 40 percent, Reuters reports.
Because prices for liquefied natural gas are usually linked to oil products, the stark decline in oil prices from high production is cutting LNG prices, threatening the profitability of a number of in-progress projects in Australia, The Wall Street Journal reports.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A bid by environmentalists to confront world leaders with a digital billboard highlighting climate change has been thwarted by Brisbane airport authorities who deemed the message too political.
Brisbane Airport will be the Australian gateway for leaders of 20 economies when they gather in the Queensland state capital next week for the annual G20 summit.
Comments from Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi that OPEC would not cut production “whatever the price is,” triggered a fresh slide Monday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 3.3 percent, or $1.87, to $55.26 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 2 percent to $60.11, Reuters reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz should not support legislation introduced by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to speed up approvals of LNG exports, a coalition of 114 environmental groups said in a letter Monday, The Hill reports.
For illegal waste disposal and causing a landslide that diverted streams, shale gas driller Vantage Energy Appalachia LLC has been ordered to pay a penalty of $999,900 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Arizona Corporation Commissioners didn’t approve, but didn’t object to plans for Arizona Public Service Co. to spend $28.5 million to put free solar on the roofs of 1,500 customers in order to test west-facing solar panels and voltage regulators, The Arizona Republic reports.
With continued mild weather and the fear of frigid cold receding, natural gas prices slumped 31 cents to the lowest level in nearly two years, at $3.144 per million British thermal units, FuelFix reports.
In Wyoming, Republican state Rep. John Patton is introducing legislation to upend a ban on using Next Generation Science Standards, the teaching of climate change science, seeking to leave the matter up to the state Board of Education to decide, National Journal reports.
The sale of Morgan Stanley’s oil trading and storage business to Russian oil giant Rosneft has been scuppered by failure to win approval from U.S. regulators, the companies announced Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Joe Rodota, whose Forward Observer operation has worked environmental issues for years out in California – most recently in support of legislation banning single-use plastic bags – has had an office in Washington D.C. for the past two years, although he declined to tell E&E about his clients there.
Meteorologist Bob Simpson, who died last week aged 102, pushed for establishment of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, helped develop the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity in use today, and also founded a Hawaiian observatory where carbon measurements were refined, among other accomplishments, The Washington Post reports.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the ruined Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, says it has managed to remove fuel rods from the vulnerable No. 4 reactor building, and they are being placed in an undamaged storage pool, The New York Times reports.