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Emissions

Electromagnetic energy transmitted from the sun (solar radiation). The amount that reaches the earth is equal to one billionth of total solar energy generated, or the equivalent of about 420 trillion kilowatt-hours.

Solar energy is the major driver of Earth's environment. About one 1kw per hour per meter square makes it way to the ground. Changes in solar energy over extended periods contributes to environmental shifts (Ice Ages).

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Emissions Cap

A limit placed on companies regarding the amount of greenhouse gases (or other polutants) it can emit.

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Emissions Leakage

This is a concept often used by policymakers in reference to the problem that emissions abatement achieved in one location may be offset by increased emissions in unregulated locations. Such leakage can arise, for example, in the short term as emissions abaters reduce energy demand or timber supply, influencing world prices for these commodities and increasing the quantity emitted elsewhere; and it can arise in the longer term, for example, as industries relocate to avoid controls.

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Emissions Trading

This is an economic incentive-based alternative to command-and-control regulation. In an emissions trading program, sources of a particular pollutant (most often an air pollutant) are given permits to release a specified number of tons of the pollutant. The government issues only a limited number of permits consistent with the desired level of emissions. The owners of the permits may keep them and release the pollutants, or reduce their emissions and sell the permits. The fact that the permits have value as an item to be sold or traded gives the owner an incentive to reduce their emissions.

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  • Did the Glasgow climate summit fail?
    After walkouts, tears and last-minute deals, the UN climate summit in Glasgow is over, and all 197 countries have signed up to the final agreement. So what's in it? Today on The Signal, we're bringing you the successes and failures of COP26. Where does...
  • Is Australia's climate record smoke and mirrors?
    There's a lot of pressure on the leaders of wealthy countries gathering in Glasgow at the moment to be more ambitious on cutting emissions. When the focus turns to Australia, the prime minister Scott Morrison has a standard reply: Australia's record...
  • ]Is Australia's climate record smoke and mirrors?
    There's a lot of pressure on the leaders of wealthy countries gathering in Glasgow at the moment to be more ambitious on cutting emissions. When the focus turns to Australia, the prime minister Scott Morrison has a standard reply: Australia's record...
  • What to expect at 'the last chance saloon'
    The next two and a bit weeks of the climate summit in Glasgow could decide whether the world is still liveable at the end of the century. The whole point of COP26 is to get world leaders to agree to cut their emissions to a point that will limit warming...
  • Does anyone like Australia's climate plan?
    Parts of Australia's new net-zero climate policy are finally public. But many who've read its 129 pages say the much-anticipated 'plan' is light on for detail, leaning heavily on existing policies, untested technologies, hypothetical future breakthroughs,...
  • What's in Australia's net zero deal?
    It's been a long time coming, but the Nationals have finally agreed in-principle on terms for a net zero by 2050 target. Announcing the deal on Sunday evening, Barnaby Joyce wouldn't say what the final conditions were, and who in the party was still...
  • Business Council changes position on climate outlook, pushes for ambitious carbon targets
    A new report by the Business Council of Australia predicts an $890 billion boost to economic activity and the creation of 195,000 jobs over the next five decades as a result of dramatically cutting carbon emissions.
  • Business Council of Australia reverses position, calling for ambitious short-term carbon emissions reduction target
    A new report by the Business Council of Australia predicts an $890 billion boost to economic activity and the creation of 195,000 jobs over the next five decades as a result of dramatically cutting carbon emissions.
  • Mining our way to net zero
    There's an uncomfortable reality about reaching net zero that's not often discussed. It's that getting there might mean a whole lot more environmentally challenging mining. At a virtual summit of leaders last week, everyone agreed the days of coal, oil...

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Emissions Trading

Emissions trading or cap and trade is usually a government-mandated, market-based approach to controlling pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants.


This is often associated with carbon trading to allow polluters to 'offset' their pollution by buying equivalent carbon credits.

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  • Did the Glasgow climate summit fail?
    After walkouts, tears and last-minute deals, the UN climate summit in Glasgow is over, and all 197 countries have signed up to the final agreement. So what's in it? Today on The Signal, we're bringing you the successes and failures of COP26. Where does...
  • Is Australia's climate record smoke and mirrors?
    There's a lot of pressure on the leaders of wealthy countries gathering in Glasgow at the moment to be more ambitious on cutting emissions. When the focus turns to Australia, the prime minister Scott Morrison has a standard reply: Australia's record...
  • ]Is Australia's climate record smoke and mirrors?
    There's a lot of pressure on the leaders of wealthy countries gathering in Glasgow at the moment to be more ambitious on cutting emissions. When the focus turns to Australia, the prime minister Scott Morrison has a standard reply: Australia's record...
  • What to expect at 'the last chance saloon'
    The next two and a bit weeks of the climate summit in Glasgow could decide whether the world is still liveable at the end of the century. The whole point of COP26 is to get world leaders to agree to cut their emissions to a point that will limit warming...
  • Does anyone like Australia's climate plan?
    Parts of Australia's new net-zero climate policy are finally public. But many who've read its 129 pages say the much-anticipated 'plan' is light on for detail, leaning heavily on existing policies, untested technologies, hypothetical future breakthroughs,...
  • What's in Australia's net zero deal?
    It's been a long time coming, but the Nationals have finally agreed in-principle on terms for a net zero by 2050 target. Announcing the deal on Sunday evening, Barnaby Joyce wouldn't say what the final conditions were, and who in the party was still...
  • Business Council changes position on climate outlook, pushes for ambitious carbon targets
    A new report by the Business Council of Australia predicts an $890 billion boost to economic activity and the creation of 195,000 jobs over the next five decades as a result of dramatically cutting carbon emissions.
  • Business Council of Australia reverses position, calling for ambitious short-term carbon emissions reduction target
    A new report by the Business Council of Australia predicts an $890 billion boost to economic activity and the creation of 195,000 jobs over the next five decades as a result of dramatically cutting carbon emissions.
  • Mining our way to net zero
    There's an uncomfortable reality about reaching net zero that's not often discussed. It's that getting there might mean a whole lot more environmentally challenging mining. At a virtual summit of leaders last week, everyone agreed the days of coal, oil...

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