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A Chinese policy attempted to crack down on methane, but it proved ineffective, researchers say.
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Street Children’s Day – Austria
Washington: In the midst of a Midwest cold spell, US President Donald Trump is pleading for global warming to come back, but it never went away.
New report finds a rise in maternal heat exposure could mean more congenital heart disease for US babies over the next decade
What if we flip the frame from emissions to impacts when looking at the geography of climate change?
The Human Element, James Balog’s newest documentary hopes to close the political and cultural gap on climate change through the stories of those most affected by it.
The continental United States is 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it was a century ago. Seas around the coasts are nine inches higher. Damage is mounting because of these fundamental changes, and Americans are living it.
Current method of measuring sea-level rise may not be reliable
And it’s not changing their mind on climate change, yet.
Usman W. Chohan
A World Bank in sync with Donald Trump’s views about climate change and multilateralism would probably help to increase Chin’s role in international development and finance.
An OECD environmental performance review has found Australia is falling short of its pledges to cut emissions and needs to intensify its efforts.
Treasurer says climate change is real and Scott Morrison’s government takes emissions reduction ‘very seriously’
Senate committee urges government to create policies to encourage use or risk missing out on a transport revolution
As Sydney turns on its desalination plant for the first time in seven years, the way Australia manages its water resources has come into stark focus.
Vehicle emissions are killing more Australians than road accidents, but a Senate committee has just taken an important first step to clean up our cities.
Australia’s energy crisis is poised to continue over the next two summers as the nation’s ageing coal-fired power stations pump less reliable power into the grid, experts have warned.
BHP and Rio Tinto today become the first major corporations to publicly support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
This report makes findings on progress to date in implementing the Basin Plan and recommendations on actions required to ensure effective achievement of the plan’s outcomes. Most of the recommendations involve incremental improvements to the current arrangements.
Around the world household costs are rising faster than incomes. Any extra cost on struggling families will see an electoral reaction. So, what can we learn from the French experience? Let’s start with solar subsidies.
Fire crews are battling two out-of-control bushfires in Gippsland, as thunderstorms, torrential rain and large hailstones swept across parts of the state, with nearby residents warned to stay alert.
New South Wales
Cotton farmers say they are being attacked on social media as debate rages over the fish kills in the Darling River in far-west New South Wales.
An expert has warned against making rash decisions about Australia’s biggest river system as NSW authorities drag tonnes of dead fish out of the Darling River.
The NSW government is preparing to pay Acciona more than $600m to settle the dispute over its light rail project.
A second desalination plant could be built in Sydney if the state’s drought worsens, under controversial plans contained in the Berejiklian Government’s official water policy documents.
Lake Burley Griffin will soon face competition as Canberra’s go-to spot for joggers and recreational cyclists.
Until now, learning the vulnerable Queensland fish’s age meant killing it.
A once-in-a-decade OECD report has found the Great Barrier Reef plan could serve as a model for other environmental issues.
April Reside and James Watson
Just one out of a possible 775 development approvals was refused on the basis that it would harm the southern black-throated finch, despite this endangered species being protected by federal law.
Adelaide Fringe audiences could soon be using a fleet of 500 electric scooters to ride to and from gigs, but concerns have been raised about their safety and long-term viability.
A northern suburbs council has debated leaving the Murray-Darling Association and instead spending the money on local projects.
The remake of Storm Boy put the extraordinary Coorong scenery and wildlife back on the big screen — and now tourist operators are seeing a big rise in interest as people head back to the region.
Australia’s political classes preened and postured as the Murray Darling Basin system descended into environmental catastrophe.
The royal commission report will outline any failings uncovered and, sure, it’s already turned into a bit of a witch hunt. But instead of finding someone to blame the focus now should be on fixing the river system.
Emergency warnings are in place for two major bushfires burning in Tasmania. (AAP)
Firefighters are again on the ground and in the skies tackling scores of blazes burning in Tasmania which may be made harder to battle due to the winds.
Crews battling bushfires in Tasmania are preparing for hot and dry conditions, with 13 emergency alerts issued and continued threats to property.
Fourteen emergency warnings in place as more than 520 crew fight Tasmanian bushfires
A thick blanket of smoke hangs over Hobart and 13 bushfire emergency warnings remain in place in the Huon Valley and Central Plateau this morning as crews to continue to battle blazes across the state.
A heritage-listed hut built by a well-known thylacine trapper more than 90 years ago has been destroyed by a bushfire raging in Tamania’s Southwest wilderness.
A longer article (in parts), on the Liquidation of Gunns Plantations (GPL), and the disclaimed Managed Investment Schemes (MIS) trees grown on Gunns (GNS) freehold land.
First Dog on the Moon
We are all trying to be brave
A land management group backed by the BHP Billiton Foundation will fund a $2 million feral camel culling program on Aboriginal land in Central Australia.
Origin Energy has begun drilling work at some well sites in the Beetaloo Basin 600km south of Darwin
Parks Australia intends to start dismantling the world famous Uluru climb two days after it closes on October 26 this year despite pressure from activists to reconsider a climbing ban.
Conservation efforts are ramping up in a bid to protect the western ground parrot after a bushfire destroyed some of the birds’ WA habitat.
A watch and act bushfire alert has been issued in Perth, with authorities warning lives and homes may be in danger.
The WA Government demands assurances from Huawei that it can deliver on a rail communications contract amid a standoff between the US and China over the technology firm, but the company says there will be “no risk” to the project.
The zone payment system has been criticised as confusing to tourists and irregular public transport users. The zone payment system has been criticised as confusing to tourists and irregular public transport users.
A West Australian shopping centre has carried out a solar energy world-first turning its glass entryway into a fully transparent solar power plant.
A farmer recently took his lambs to a sanctuary instead of the slaughter – and these sudden turnarounds are not uncommon
Changing fertility rates challenge dystopian visions and UN projections about the future of our overcrowded planet.
European Chemicals Agency draft law aims to cut 400,000 tonnes of plastic pollution
A Chinese policy attempted to crack down on methane, but it proved ineffective, researchers say.
Young people more likely to have depression at 18 if exposed to dirtier air at age 12.
Hog waste can contain potentially dangerous pathogens, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.
Counties with higher levels of fine particulate (PM2.5) air pollution have more stroke deaths and shorter life expectancies among their citizenry. About half of US counties have annual air pollution levels that exceed guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Scientists have used a Nobel-prize winning Chemistry technique on a mixture of metals to potentially reduce the cost of fuel cells used in electric cars and reduce harmful emissions from conventional vehicles. The researchers have translated a biological technique to reveal atomic scale chemistry in metal nanoparticles. These materials are one of the most effective catalysts for energy converting systems such as fuel cells.
Converting low-profit land brings big returns
Congressman Earl Blumenauer is calling for solid, lasting bonds between the climate justice movement and the movement to reform the food system.
Rwanda has seized 4,501 cosmetics products as part of its efforts to enforce a ban on the sale of those containing hazardous skin-lightening agents.
The summary report highlights megatrends, such as global economic and population growth, as areas that are affecting market demand for chemicals, creating both risks and opportunities.
European companies bought a record amount of wind power capacity last year, as energy-hungry businesses like aluminum producers and IT giants look for greener ways to drive their machinery and data centers.
Chemical manufacturing accounts for 10 percent of global energy consumption and 7 percent of industrial greenhouse gas emissions. In the US, it uses more energy than any other industry. Now researchers have developed a new nano-enhanced material that can capture 99% of light and convert it to power chemical reactions. As well as reducing the environmental impact of chemical manufacturing, the innovation could in future help deliver technologies like better infrared cameras and solar-powered water desalination.
In a study published in Nature on Jan. 31, researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) report advances in the development of hydrogen fuel cells that could increase its application in vehicles, especially in extreme temperatures like cold winters.
Many non-vegan vegetarians and omnivores are open to including insects in their diet. For vegans, however, that is not an option, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows.
Researchers at Linköping University in Sweden call into question an influential theory of the self-reinforcing dynamics of urban growth. Their research, published in Science Advances, shows that big cities feed on their hinterlands to sustain growth, thereby escalating the urban-rural divide in economic prosperity and individual life chances. Individuals who leave small areas for large cities are better educated and have higher cognitive abilities than those who stay.
Monique Retamal et al
Since China stopped accepting Australia’s recyclable plastic, the majority of exported plastic waste is now going to developing nations in South East Asia.
Trivess Moore et al
Lochiel Park in Adelaide was Australia’s first large-scale attempt to create homes that use near net zero energy
The task is enormous, and the path is narrow.
Even if nothing happens immediately, petitions are one of many ways we can help build long-term change.
Researchers say effects will be felt beyond molluscs as reefs shelter other marine life
Gardens in urban areas can harbor a remarkable diversity of species. This has been found by researchers in a field study carried out with the support of private garden owners from the Basel region.
Gerard Neil wants to draw attention to ocean protection by advocating for the use of natural rope instead of plastic rope in the fishing industry.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said his environmental budget will include a “historic commitment” to water resources, Everglades restoration and a “historic amount of money” for red tide research.
From California to British Columbia, the abundance of sunflower starfish — an important predator in the Northeast Pacific — declined dramatically in both nearshore and deep waters from 2013 to 2015, according to a new study that leveraged citizen science diving surveys. This significant decline was due to the sea star wasting disease that ravaged the waters of the Northeast Pacific during this time.
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