First, you must remember it's the austral spring. Australia is warming up for another hot season. And they've had seven years of drought. Now we learn one man there died after being beaten for watering his yard...well, just wait until they run out of water in some of the tougher parts of the ole U.S. of A. Sadly the dead man was within his legal rights to water his lawn with a hose after 4 p.m.
Global warming has now become an issue in the current political campaign there. The Australian national election is November 24th. Climate change has become an issue of general media coverage.
Here's an Australian article about a carbon-trading agreement the country just signed. You'll be hard-pressed to find much about it in general American media, even though sixteen American states have also signed it, including California and New York. Oh, the European Union and Canada have signed as well.
Meanwhile the U.S. senate is actually TALKING about carbon trading. Don't expect their rapid action to bowl you over. Still just in committee a carbon cap-and-trade system is already drawing heat as "giveaway to polluters." And here Carbon Point looks more favorably at such systems and what they need to work.