The Abbott government has provided another year's funding for its major greenhouse gas reduction policy – the emissions reduction fund. The fund, which pays for reverse auctions to buy abatement directly from willing sellers, had been allocated $299.8m in 2015-16 , $354.5m in 2016-17 and $416.9m in 2017-18. The 2015 budget funnels in another $468m in 2018-19.
Extreme heatwaves and heavy rain storms are already happening with increasing regularity worldwide because of manmade climate change, according to new research. Global warming over the last century means heat extremes that previously only occurred once every 1,000 days are happening four to five times more often, the study published in Nature Climate Change said.
Cities around the globe need to re-invent themselves if they want to be a safe home for generations to come. Nobel Laureates call upon cities to tackle the dual challenge of population growth and climate change and seize the opportunity to lead the transition to sustainability. National and internationally agreed greenhouse-gas reduction targets need to guide and support local action.
Earlier today, Mexico announced an ambitious new commitment to peak its greenhouse emissions in 2026 and reduce them by 22% by 2030. With this announcement, Mexico becomes the first developing country and emerging economy to act on the Lima Call for Climate Action - the global agreement reached in Peru this past December that the time has come for all countries to take concrete action to reduce their global warming pollution.
Georgetown, Texas decision not about going green: 'I'm probably the furthest thing from an Al Gore clone you could find,' says city official. News that a Texas city is to be powered by 100% renewable energy sparked surprise in an oil-obsessed, Republican-dominated state where fossil fuels are king and climate change activists were described as "the equivalent of the flat-earthers" by US senator and GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz.
All new buildings in commercial zones across the country must comply with new environmental legislation. Solar panels in Crucey-Villages, central France, part of the building site of a photovoltaic park built by French Energy Giant EDF. New legislations forces all new commercial zone buildings to have panels or plants on top.