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.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., has introduced a bill – S. 640 -- that would force the Environmental Protection Agency to shoulder the costs of any impact its Clean Power Plan would have on government agencies, E&E reports.
Grid operator PJM Interconnection, in a lengthy analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, concludes that it would be cheaper for states to band together to tackle its carbon reduction requirements, rather than going it alone, E&E reports.
Uncertain of federal jurisdiction in the matter, the White House last year decided to leave to North Dakota the task of regulating the explosive gas content of crude being shipped by rail, administration officials have told Reuters.
After a contentious debate that lasted for hours, the Oregon House narrowly approved and sent to Gov. Kate Brown a measure to extend the state’s clean fuels program, intended to reduce the carbon intensity of vehicle fuels, The Oregonian reports.
A day after Maryland’s attorney general recommended that regulators reject the proposed merger between Exelon and Pepco Holdings, the companies announced that they’ll more than double the money set aside to benefit utility customers, The Washington Post reports.
Black Rock Group, the Virginia consulting firm that helped Republican Dan Sullivan win his senate seat last year, will open an Alaska office as planning intensifies for Energy committee chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski's 2016 re-election bid, Alaska Dispatch News reports.
E&E profiles Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. the new ranking member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee, who it describes as "the Democrats' first line of defense" against Republican lawmakers’ attacks on Obama administration environment and natural resources policies.
The Obama administration is considering a request from Shell and other companies to stop the clock on their 10-year leases to drill in the Arctic, and a decision on the suspensions will be resolved “relatively soon,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, FuelFix reports.
Saudi Arabia has no plans to trim its production, oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in a Berlin speech Wednesday, adding that oil demand is increasing gradually and the price has stabilized following last year’s plunge, Bloomberg reports.
Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.