On Thursday, after a week of upper house turmoil, Australian prime minister Tony Abbott's Liberal-National Coalition in the Senate voted to scrap the country's nascent carbon price and emissions trading scheme.
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A new study shows that while three Antarctic penguin species may have actually grown during the end of the last Ice Age around 11,000 years ago, the rapid warming now is negatively affecting at least two of them.
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report finds that stabilizing at 2°C (3.6°F) reduces the median annual growth of consumption over this century by a mere 0.06%. You read that right, 0.06%. And that "cost" doesn't even count the economic benefit of avoiding climate catastrophe.