Pacific Island nations will no longer stand for Australia’s inaction on climate change

The Pacific Islands Forum meeting in Tuvalu this week has ended in open division over climate change. Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory. Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific…

New research shows that Antarctica’s largest floating ice shelf is highly sensitive to warming of the ocean

Scientists have long been concerned about the potential collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and its contribution to global sea level rise. Much of West Antarctica’s ice lies below sea level, and warming ocean temperatures may lead to runaway ice sheet retreat. This process, called marine ice sheet instability, has already been observed along…

Three benefits of Indonesia’s permanent ban on forest clearance

Five years ago, Indonesia was considered one of the world’s worst forest destroyers. But a permanent moratorium on new clearance of primary forest and peatland, recently announced by Presiden Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration, may turn that around. The ban, released under a presidential instruction, may save around 66.2 million hectares of natural forest and peatland,…

Australia Institute analysis adds to Pacific pile-on over Morrison’s climate policy

An analysis from The Australia Institute accuses Scott Morrison of planning to exploit a “pollution loophole” equivalent to about eight years of fossil-fuel emissions from the rest of the Pacific and New Zealand. The “loophole” is using Kyoto credits to help the government meet its emissions reduction target. The progressive think tank issued its salvo…