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Australia won’t contribute to UN climate fund

By Fri, Dec 05, 2014 1:53PM UTC 0 Comment

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's foreign minister says her government will continue to directly pay for climate change mitigation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to a United Nations' Green Climate Fund designed for the same purpose....

Shipping accident a near miss for Great Barrier Reef

By Mon, May 21, 2012 3:15PM UTC 4 Comments

A 26,070 tonne bulk sugar carrier came close to clipping Shark Reef northeast of Cooktown yesterday – a popular destination for tourists visiting Queensland’s famed Great Barrier Reef. The Hong Kong ship ID Integrity had a broken-down engine and thanks to the efforts of crews and tug boats it was hauled away from the World...

Australian Senate OKs carbon tax on big polluters

By Tue, Nov 08, 2011 10:58AM UTC 0 Comment

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian Senate has passed bills that will make the nation’s 500 largest polluters pay a tax on the carbon they release into the atmosphere. Prime Minister Julia Gillard had promised not to push for a carbon tax during elections last year, but has since said it is the best option...