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Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege?

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Resource scarcity and human rights issues surrounding metals extraction, coupled with unrelenting global demand mean the industry is facing some tough realities

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Emissions trading will be back in the game if Direct Action proves ineffective

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Australia’s global promise to cut emissions seems certain to test Greg Hunt’s determination to resist carbon pricing

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Europe and the ‘why me?’ approach to decarbonisation

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A slowdown in the EU’s pace of climate action may inspire unintended reciprocal measures in the runup to the 2015 global climate summit in Paris

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US banks vow not to fund Great Barrier Reef coal port, say activists

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Big lenders have closed off finance to Abbot Point, says US environment group Rainforest Action Network

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Five countries moving ahead of the pack on circular economy legislation

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Denmark has banned the construction of incineration plants, Scotland is charging for plastic bags and Sweden is aiming to reduce its metal recycling

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Direct Action: Coalition secures $2.5bn plan amid fears over emissions target

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  • Controversial policy will pass Senate after deal with PUP
  • Greg Hunt agrees to investigate emissions trading scheme
  • Labor says Australia has ‘no way to reduce carbon pollution’
  • Modelling suggests it will not be sufficient to reach 5% target
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    Global warming has doubled risk of harsh winters in Eurasia, research finds

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    Severe winters are more likely over the next few decades due to climate change melting Arctic ice and sending freezing air south, according to new research

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    2030 pact UK’s most significant environmental deal ever – Ed Davey

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    British understanding with Poland key to climate agreement, says energy minister, but devil is in the detail

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    Global overpopulation would ‘withstand war, disasters and disease’

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    National Academy of Sciences says even brutal world conflict or lethal pandemic would leave unsustainable human numbers

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    Great Barrier Reef dredging could damage fish populations, says study

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    Researchers at James Cook find that larvae development is significantly stunted by murky water and increased sediment

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