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Carbon tax passes the Australian Senate

'Green letter day'

The Federal Government's controversial climate legislation has passed the Senate 36-32 and will now become law from mid-next year.

From July 2012, polluting industries will pay $23 per tonne of carbon emissions and households will be compensated for extra costs through tax cuts and increased benefits.

 

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Historic passage of the carbon pricing legislation through the Australian Senate

When - Tuesday, 8 November 11:00am - 12:00pm (Australian Eastern Standard time) – check here for when this is in your timezone

Where - The Senate, Australian Parliament House, Canberra – watch the live webcast

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China May Surpass U.S. Per Capita Carbon Emission Levels By 2017

A new report form the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency says that China's per capita carbon emissions are rising at such a pace that the country could reach, or even surpass, U.S. levels by 2017.

The report states that China's per capita carbon emission were at 2.2 tons in 1990, but have since risen to 6.8 tons.  That amount is about equal with Italy and more than France.  During that same time frame, U.S. per capita emissions have dropped from 19.7 tons to 16.9 tons.

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The expedited glacial retreat in the Himalaya is an ecological threat

Suresh Nautiyal’s Keynote address on the Himalaya Day functions at the Apeejay University, Haryana on September 9, 2011.

Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Ladies, Gentlemen and dear students,

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Greens Call for Climate Change Action in Pacific

Australian Greens

Green Party Aotearoa NZ

Papua New Guinea Green Party

 

 Greens Call for Climate Change Action in Pacific

 

The Pacific Islands Forum* needs to take a strong and united stand on both mitigating and coping with climate change at its 42nd meeting in Auckland next week, the Green Parties of Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea said today.

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Greens Flex New Muscles in Australian Parliament

SYDNEY — Make no mistake: It was Prime Minister Julia Gillard standing center stage as she unveiled her government’s controversial emissions reductions proposal. Ms. Gillard has pinned her political future, and her Labor Party’s near-term hopes, on getting the deal to tax big polluters through Parliament.

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Australia's carbon price and big investment in renewable energy

Dear Green friends, 

I am very happy to let you all know about the Greens role in Australia’s carbon price and climate action package announced yesterday. The agreement negotiated by the Greens with the Labor Party is a historic first step towards a clean energy economy – and a long overdue one for Australia!

The key features of the climate action package that will put a $23 per tonne price on carbon pollution are:

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CLIMATE TALKS’ MOMENT OF TRUTH

CLIMATE TALKS’ MOMENT OF TRUTH

http://climate-debt.org/2011/04/climate-negotiations-moment-of-truth/

BANGKOK – Today, as the UN climate talks came to a close in Bangkok, it became clear that the Cancun outcomes had serious flaws as the sole basis for future negotiations.

The week was dominated by a dispute over the agenda of the talks, with the United States blocking a broad and comprehensive work plan proposed by 131 developing countries.

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A Tsunami on My Block?

POSTED APRIL 12, 2011, 1:03 AMMICHAEL FEINSTEIN, http://www.smmirror.com/blogs/feinstein/2011/04/12/a_tsunami_on_my_block/

(Editor’s Note: The following is Part 1 in a Series Looking at Issues Raised by the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

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