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A comparison of the climate and energy policies of the Morrison government and the Labor Party.
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They sound like science fiction, but radical remedies to slow global warming are on the way. Foreign Correspondent’s Eric Campbell goes in search of brave ideas to save the world.
Evidence that humans cause global warming has hit the “gold standard” level of confidence, a U.S.-led team of scientists reportedly wrote in a journal article published Monday.
Efforts to cut emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and tackle climate change in developed economies are beginning to pay off according to new research.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that climate change poses such a dire threat to humanity that it’s legitimate for anxious young people to question whether they should have kids.
An international team of scientists has become the first to conduct a study of global peatland extent and carbon stocks through the last interglacial-glacial cycle 130,000 years ago to the present. The team discovered that northern peatland expanded across high latitudes during warm periods and were buried during periods of cooling, or glacial advance.
Current monitoring of marine biological systems only covers a tiny fraction of the ocean, which limits our ability to confidently predict the expected effects of climate disturbances on marine biodiversity. Using a new computer model, an international team led by the CNRS and involving, in France, researchers from Sorbonne University has demonstrated that biological changes are accelerating, which has consequences for our use of marine resources.
Widespread and sometimes drastic marine oxygen declines are stressing sensitive species—a trend that will continue with climate change.
What kinds of weather do people find remarkable, when does that change, and what does that say about the public’s perception of climate change? A study led by the University of California, Davis, examined those questions through the lens of more than 2 billion US Twitter posts.
Some of the world’s clouds could disappear if the carbon dioxide we keep pumping into our atmosphere soars to extreme levels, a new study suggests.
Scientists have unearthed and pieced together evidence on more than 1,000 ancient wetland sites from across the globe, that are presently covered by fields, forests and lakes. Although vanished from the Earth’s surface, these buried sites could explain some of the differences between global carbon cycle models and real-life observations.
Washington Post editorial
We favour a Green New Deal to save the planet. We believe such a plan can be efficient, effective, focused and achievable.
Pep Canadell et al
Germany is one of 18 developed countries whose carbon emissions declined between 2005-2015.
The largest player in the Morrison government’s flagship emissions reduction fund says a $2 billion cash injection should not be the government’s only major climate policy and the Australian Industry Group says the plan is not “a comprehensive or permanent” solution to curbing dangerous carbon pollution.
The Government says the business case “stacks up” and has given Snowy Hydro permission to proceed to the “early works stage” along with a commitment of up to $1.36 billion for the project, which could power 500,000 homes.
Environment groups say the Morrison government’s $2 billion injection into a ‘climate solutions’ fund shows Tony Abbott is still dictating Australia’s climate change policy.
Businesses are being urged to find new local markets for recycled materials to help solve a 1.3 million tonne problem created by China’s rejection of Australian waste.
A comparison of the climate and energy policies of the Morrison government and the Labor Party.
The Wentworth hopeful argued Australia must put itself in a “credible” position to enlist other countries into stronger climate action.
Mining giant received payments and carbon credits for shutting down oil generator before switching to diesel plant
Mark Butler said the whole world “and every company in Australia” had recognised that renewable energy is the cheapest form of new electricity generation.
The Morrison government’s $2 billion top-up of its Emissions Reduction Fund is an expensive way to reduce Australia’s carbon emissions, with most big industry players steering clear of the controversial scheme, energy experts say.
That oft-used phrase “unintended consequences” has been wheeled out by the power industry as a threat to electricity customers following the government’s decision to cut power prices. The only unintended consequence we know about is the $44 million hit to Origin’s profit next year.
EnergyAustralia chief Cath Tanna has launched a spray at the government over the lack of a stable energy policy, saying it is putting a handbrake on new investment.
Climate change, drugs and mental health — what do the next generation think are the most pressing issues facing regional Australians?
More than 3,000 years after Tasmanian devils disappeared off the mainland, evidence of how they co-existed with other animals has been unearthed in fossilised poo.
Australian wheat growers need to boost yields to stay competitive in the face of climate change. They could do this by sowing earlier, but need new varieties of wheat to help them do it.
Climate change is real. It requires practical policies.
Instead of spending ever more on roads, we can learn from Vancouver’s use of congestion as a ‘friend’ in managing the development of transport networks and of the city itself.
The Emissions Reduction Fund was used by Tony Abbott as a scam to channel pork to Coalition supporters while pretending it would address climate change. Now Scott Morrison faces the same problem, so he’s doing the same thing.
Tackling climate change is tough and Scott Morrison’s latest policy is an insult
This is not the climate policy solution that the government wants us to thinks it is
The opposition is confident that making the Tony Abbott link will immediately discredit the Morrison government’s attempts to persuade voters it is talking measured, responsible action on climate change.
Call the emissions reduction fund a ‘climate solutions’ fund if you like, but it doesn’t mean it is
The Prime Minister will need to lead the way in selling the Coalition’s climate policy to the public.
Scott Morrison’s climate package is history repeating.
The project promises to make east coast energy supplies more reliable and affordable.
Canberra Times editorial
It’s hard not to be cynical about the government’s newfound zeal for fighting climate change, so close to an election.
Does anyone believe that Tony Abbott’s latest change of stance on climate change is anything more than his description of the relevant science in 2009: “absolute crap”?
Ian A. MacKenzie
Scott Morrison has given a new name to an old policy.
Koalas can adapt to urban areas with enough suitable green spaces but would benefit from wildlife crossing areas to reduce their risk of being hit by cars.
Victoria’s energy consumer watchdog has lashed power companies for cutting off a record number of households in the face of rising prices.
Flammable cladding must be urgently removed from Melbourne’s skyscrapers, says engineer British government turned to in the wake of the deadly Grenfell blaze.
Channel Seven’s weather presenter Jane Bunn has been inserting a subtle message into her nightly bulletins.
Trams will soon get new powers that have long eluded motorists – the ability to sail through traffic lights when running late.
New South Wales
Transport looms large as a major issue as voters head to the polls for the NSW election, but academics have a dire warning for Sydneysiders hoping the Government’s cash splash will fix congestion on the city’s roads and rail.
Exclusive: climate change linked to ‘astonishing’ drop in Australian moth numbers, the key food source for possums while breeding
The push to relocate public service jobs to bush towns is here to stay under the Coalition government as it tells departments to consider their regional footprint annually.
Queensland’s Legal Services Commission confirms it will examine whether lawyers for Adani have committed professional misconduct after proposing to be the mining firm’s “trained attack dog”.
MPs also shown polling that claims stopping the controversial coalmine will not necessarily cost Queensland seats
Labor’s climate and energy spokesman Mark Butler has taken a harder line than his leader Bill Shorten on the Adani coal mine, saying it is not in the national interest.
The Labor Party could have a significant say on whether Adani clears one of its final federal approval before the election is even held.
Carbon farming is at risk of being undermined by rising land-clearing rates, analysis by the Wilderness Society indicates.
An $18.2 million artificial reef is set to be built off the Gold Coast’s erosion-prone Palm Beach to protect the long, straight beach from thumping waves.
Former coal town of Port Augusta continues transformation into a major renewable energy hub with “powering up” of the 212MW Lincoln Gap wind farm, and its associated battery.
A 145km rail line proposed to link the centre of Eyre Peninsula with Cape Hardy on the coast has been scrapped by proponent Iron Road in a bid to cut costs.
Code red issued for state as summer weather continues into autumn
Progress on the Adelaide City Council’s bikeway project has been “painfully slow”, south ward councillor Dr Helen Donovan says, prompting her to call for the council to bring forward its consultation for the new east-west route.
Adani says it remains committed to building a solar farm in Whyalla despite saying the project would be operational by now.
Scott Morrison should be careful what he prays for. One of the few notable engagements made in his new “climate Solutions” package is a $56 million payment to fast-track Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation project.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has committed $56 million towards building a second power interconnector between Tasmania and Victoria.
Two experts who quit a salmon farming approval panel in Tasmania told the minister before they resigned the panel was “inherently compromised”, a leaked letter reveals.
Water quality at Bracknell’s Esplanade is unsuitable for recreational use, the Meander Valley Council says.
Darwin residents want a third bin for their green waste and would be happy to pay almost $2 extra a week for it, according to council’s waste survey results.
Alinta commits to building Yandin wind farm, which will be the biggest in W.A., and have a “capacity factor” of around 50 per cent.
An emergency warning is downgraded for a bushfire burning near a stretch of South Coast Highway just a few kilometres from the holiday town on Western Australia’s south coast.
Miner Gold Fields to get $1m from Coalition fund for gas power plant for its Western Australian mine
Progressive think tank The Australia Institute and the Conservation Council of Western Australia are embroiled in a complaint to the corporate regulator over a study challenging the financial viability of Vimy Resources’ Mulga Rock uranium project near Kalgoorlie.
Owners of strata units in WA buildings clad in flammable material might be tied up in lengthy, expensive litigation, unless the state government acts.
China’s insatiable demand for property development and to add floor space is causing it to turn to imported coal that it – and the world – can barely afford.
A whale has featured in the annual Viareggio carnival parade in Italy, part of a Greenpeace campaign to raise awareness of sea plastic pollution.
Incidents of snow turning green and black are causing increasing alarm. So just how worried should we be about the world’s increasingly colourful snow?
After the Indian government liberalized its economy, shops stocking a previously controlled market of public agricultural goods were suddenly flooded with new private brands.
Russians protested in 44 cities to demonstrate solidarity with the small village of Shies, the first of 11 designated small villages marked for the disposal of the Moscow’s waste.
Melinda Lewis remembers splashing in the irrigation canals that outlined her grandpa’s walnut and almond groves in the late 1960s.
More than 30 years after it exploded, Chernobyl’s legacy still casts a baleful shadow over hundreds of thousands of lives.
A team of engineers in the McKelvey School of Engineering has developed a high-powered fuel cell that operates at double the voltage of today’s commercial fuel cells. It could power underwater vehicles, drones and eventually electric aircraft at a significantly lower cost.
A new pilot plant to treat industrial wastewater is being built in Singapore, which could potentially reduce the amount of liquid waste by over 90 percent.
It’s one of a handful of places around the world using cash to try to lure people out of their cars and onto their bicycles.
Researchers found spending 20 minutes in an urban park will make someone happier — whether they are engaging in exercise or not during the visit.
After water, concrete is the most widely used substance on the planet. But its benefits mask enormous dangers to the planet, to human health – and to culture itself.
On the mountain slopes of the western United States, climate can play a major role in determining which tree communities will thrive in the harshest conditions, according to new work from Carnegie’s Leander Anderegg and University of Washington’s Janneke Hille Ris Lambers. Their findings are an important step in understanding how forest growth will respond to a climate altered by human activity.
A study examining the impact of deforestation on lizard communities in the Dominican Republic demonstrates differing outcomes at different elevations. In the lowlands, deforestation reduces the …
Once-endangered carnivorous mammals such as otters, polecats and pine martens have staged a remarkable comeback in Britain in recent decades
The Amazon rainforest has evolved over millions of years and even through ice ages. Yet today, human influences and global climate change put this huge ecosystem at risk of large-scale dieback — with major consequences for its capability as a global CO2 sink. New research now reveals a key player in shaping the resilience of the Amazon, and finds that regions with generally higher rainfall variability are more resilient to current and future climate disturbances.
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Ritesh Chugh and Kenneth Howah
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