Australia

Plans for Antarctic marine reserve falter again

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A plan to protect a vast swath of ocean off Antarctica by creating the world's largest marine reserve appeared headed for failure for the fourth time.

The countries that make decisions about Antarctic fishing finish a 10-day meeting Friday in Hobart, Australia.

Australia raising gasoline tax in political gamble

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government announced Tuesday that it will increase an unpopular tax on gasoline, gambling that a reluctant Senate will eventually approve the price hike.

Some analysts predict that an ever-increasing gasoline tax will prove less popular in car-loving Australia than the much-maligned carbon tax that Prime Minister Tony Abbott's government repealed in July.

Coal 'good for humanity,' Australia's Abbott says

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald

Speaking at a new mine opening, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott praised coal as "good for humanity" and touted increasing trade with Japan in a potential rebuke of new Chinese tariffs on coal imports, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Australia to supply uranium to India

Source: 
Deutsche Welle

The leaders of Australia and India have signed an agreement for Australia to supply India with uranium for nuclear power plants, Deutsche Welle reports.

Emissions hike in Australia after end of carbon tax

Source: 
The Sydney Morning Herald

Carbon emissions from Australia’s biggest electricity grid saw the biggest two-month increase in a decade following Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s move to ditch the country’s carbon tax, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Australia to sign uranium export deal with India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott met with his Indian counterpart Friday on a two-day state visit during which they are expected to sign a deal to allow the export of Australian uranium to India for use in power generation.

The agreement is expected to be signed Friday evening. Australia, which has almost a third of the world's known uranium reserves, imposes strict conditions on uranium exports and India's failure to sign the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty had long been a barrier to a trade deal.

Oil

Apache strikes oil offshore Western Australia

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Apache Corp. says its Phoenix South-1 well in the Canning Basin off Western Australia may have tapped into as much as 300 million barrels of crude, which would represent the largest oil discovery for the country in decades, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Cooling Pacific reduces odds for El Nino: Australia

Source: 
Bloomberg

Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology is reducing to 50 percent the odds of an El Nino weather pattern developing this year, as Pacific Ocean temperatures have cooled, Bloomberg reports.

Global carbon emissions hopes dashed by Australia

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

International efforts to control emissions ahead of the next round of climate talks have been hit hard by Australia repealing its pioneering carbon tax, which has left Europe isolated in its efforts, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Senate Democrats

Reid backs climate bill push in Senate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday said he wants to bring up climate  legislation after the mid-term elections this fall, though he made no firm pledge.

"I sure hope so," Reid, D-Nev. said when asked by a reporter during a conference call if a bill to put a price on carbon or otherwise address climate change was possible between the November elections and the end of the current Congress in early January.

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