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17 March 2016 Climate change a vote-changer at federal election, says poll

Policies on renewables and the Great Barrier Reef will also influence the way people vote, according to Lonergan poll

17 March 2016 CSIRO’s use of private email looks ‘dubious’, says Senate clerk

Senate committee examining job cuts signals it will ask auditor general to investigate senior staff’s private email use

16 March 2016 US agency sets sights on grass in bid to make a better biofuel

Arpa-E project deploys drones and robots to breed fast-growing, drought-resistant and greener biofuel from sorghum which could replace corn ethanol

16 March 2016 Australia a bad neighbour to Pacific islands on climate, says former Irish president

Mary Robinson says Australia must abandon fossil fuel-driven growth and contribute to poor countries’ development

4 March 2016 Florida drops bill to open fracking in the Everglades after public outcry

Opponents of the oil industry-backed fracking bill say it would have threatened the environment and south Florida’s drinking water

4 March 2016 Proposed Polish law would ‘shackle’ wind power, says industry

Coal-reliant country may be trying to slow the rise of renewable energy with a clampdown on turbine construction and maintenance, say analysts

4 March 2016 Is El Niño or climate change behind the run of record temperatures?

As February breaks another global record for the hottest month, we assess the impact of El Niño on the recent succession of extraordinary weather events

2 March 2016 Climate activists threaten to shut down world’s major coal sites

Reclaim the Power says it will use direct action at a dozen international sites in May, including the UK’s largest opencast coal mine in south Wales

2 March 2016 Report calls for lower stamp duty on UK’s energy-efficient homes

Tax should be lowered by up to £5,000, according to Policy Exchange report, which says the government is doing far too little to cut energy waste

2 March 2016 Natural disasters costing Australia 50% more than estimated

Reports find increases in family violence and mental health problems due to stress of natural disasters outweighs cost of rebuilding infrastructure

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