• Reconsidering Australia’s interests after COP26

    Wesley Morgan     |      November 21, 2021

    Australia’s approach to international relations is defined by support for a rules-based global order. After Glasgow, it’s time to reconsider Australia’s national interests in the context of a world shifting toward net-zero emissions.

  • Why the seas will keep rising

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      November 17, 2021

    The sea has been rising and falling for eons, but there is compelling evidence that carbon emissions from human activity is speeding the process along.

  • Australian experts react to COP26

    Open Forum     |      November 15, 2021

    Australian scientists, academics and experts react to the final agreement reached at the COP26 summit and the last minute watering down of wording around fossil fuel subsidies requested by India and China.

  • International experts on the COP26 agreements

    Open Forum     |      November 14, 2021

    The Conversation asked experts from around the world for their reaction to the outcomes of this year’s UN climate summit, COP26, including the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed by all 197 countries attending the talks. Here’s what they had to say about the deals that were made. 

  • COP26 leaves too many loopholes for the fossil fuel industry

    Jeremy Moss     |      November 13, 2021

    The COP26 summit has not lived up to the goal of reducing temperature rises because there are too many loopholes for the fossil fuel industry to exploit.

  • Marketing is getting in the way of markets that could get us to net-zero

    Richard Holden     |      November 13, 2021

    Although he claims to have never told a lie, the prime minister road-tested an avalanche of slogans on Wednesday and some of them were clearly misleading.

  • The truth about green lending

    Paul Griffiths     |      November 7, 2021

    While it’s encouraging to see many of the world’s leading banks committing to sustainable lending at COP26, their track record suggests their actions may fall short of their words.

  • A world on fire

    Open Forum     |      November 2, 2021

    The past seven years are on track to be the seven warmest on record, according to the provisional WMO State of the Global Climate 2021 report, based on data for the first nine months of 2021.

  • We can all do our bit on climate change

    Diane Nazaroff     |      November 1, 2021

    We often think that it’s up to governments and industry to play a major role in tackling climate change, but is there a role for individuals too?

  • Australia’s net-zero plan ducks the export challenge

    Jeremy Moss     |      October 29, 2021

    It is an abrogation of responsibility for the Coalition’s net-zero plan not to include a strategy to phase out fossil fuel exports.

  • The world needs success in Glasgow

    Christian Downie     |      October 25, 2021

    A crucial round of United Nations climate change negotiations will soon begin in Glasgow and the stakes could not be higher. By the end, we’ll know how far nations are willing to go to address humanity’s biggest challenge.

  • The Pacific wants action on climate change

    Wesley Morgan     |      October 24, 2021

    The Pacific Islands are at the frontline of climate change and as rising seas threaten their very existence, these tiny nation states will not be submerged without a fight.