Efforts by the U.S. and European countries to cut subsidies for building new coal-fired plants in developing countries are being opposed by the government of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
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.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy says a proposal to improve the fuel efficiency of trucks and buses is getting reviewed by the White House Office of Management and Budget, The Hill reports.
Experts are raising doubts about vapour pressure limits set to take effect in North Dakota Wednesday, maintaining that plans for state regulators to test pressure at the wellhead won’t accurately reflect pressure in tanker cars, Reuters reports.
In a net metering case in Pennsylvania, a judge has rejected a lawsuit by Solar Energy LLC, which had been challenging PPL Electric Utilities Corp.’s refusal to hook up its solar farm, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.