States to collaborate on climate change

A meeting of state environment ministers and officials on 4 May sent a strong message about working collaboratively to achieve ambitious goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Christiana Figueres (pictured), executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change addressed the meeting, urging the states and territories to work with the federal government to help deliver a “strong” global agreement at the UN climate change conference in Paris later this year. A communique from the meeting Figueres said “Collaboration between the different levels of government is critical…She urged Australian governments to share the common responsibility of climate change regardles

Cautious optimism on Australia's clean energy future

"Australia in 2030 could once again be the centre for energy intensive industries powered by the cheapest energy sources if we invest in renewable energy" Professor Ross Garnaut told businesses at the Australian emissions reduction summit on 5 May. "And this will be the basis of our prosperity." Road to Paris a multi-lane highway Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change told the summit on 6 May that the road to the UN climate change conference in Paris in December is “a broad highway with different lanes.” "Every country can travel in different lanes for their respective speeds, starting point and level of engagement." But she said

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