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As recycling gets more complicated, Australia’s sorting plants are getting left behind.
Independence Day – Pakistan
Anniversary Day – Tristan da Cunha
Oued Ed-Dahab Day – Morocco
Pramuka Day – Indonesia
Islamic Resistance Day – Iran
Falklands Day – Falkland Islands
Obon – Japan
Raksha Bandhan – Hinduism
Last year said to be fourth-warmest since 1800s and sea levels the highest on record
More than a century of temperature data shows much of the U.S. Northeast is in the grip of extreme warming, with winter heating up more quickly than other seasons.
A vast region of Africa affected by drought and changing land use emits as much carbon dioxide each year as 200 million cars, research suggests.
Rich countries politicize issue, while poor countries present climate change as international concern
Arctic sea ice could disappear completely through September each summer if average global temperatures increase by as little as 2 degrees, according to a new study.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will today arrive in Tuvalu, one of the smallest and least-travelled to nations on Earth, for the annual gathering of Pacific leaders, who have named climate change as their top issue.
Tuvalu warns Australia that redirecting aid money to climate resilience projects in the Pacific should not be used as an “excuse” to avoid reducing emissions and phasing out coal-fired power generation.
The government says money will fund new infrastructure but do climate investments like this work?
Australia seeks to water down Pacific Island communique, demanding references to UN’s net zero emissions targets, coal exits and the end of fossil fuel subsidies be removed.
An analysis from The Australia Institute accuses Scott Morrison of planning to exploit a “pollution loophole” equivalent to about eight years of fossil-fuel emissions from the rest of the Pacific and New Zealand.
More climate sleight-of-hand from federal Coalition, with $500m of existing aid money for the Pacific to be diverted into renewables, disaster resilience.
Fast-growing plantation trees store less carbon per surface area than old, undisturbed forests that may show little growth.
David R. Montgomery
More than one-fifth of global warming emissions come from land use. Sustainable farming can make soil healthier and better able to soak up carbon, while saving energy and boosting food production.
Labor leader says the government just seems to be drifting along without a plan as our big cities feel the strain
New government analysis on electric vehicles suggests Labor’s election policy was not out of step with path country is already on
Despite the prime minister’s pledge, there are plenty of challenges facing the country’s waste recovery efforts
Government’s advertising contractor warned of scant public interest at that time of year in taxpayer-funded ads boasting of lowering power prices
The comprehensive review will open the door to further cuts in immigrant numbers and moves to push more migrants into the regions.
The decline in platypus numbers in Australia has likely been underestimated, according to new research from the University of NSW.
New battery technology is bringing renewables storage to large buildings.
The 2019 audit covers transport, energy, water, telecommunications and – for the first time – social infrastructure, and looks at the major challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s infrastructure over the next 15 years and beyond.
A few years ago one of my kids asked me “Dad, where do coal mines come from?”. “Well”, I was tempted to respond, “when a government and a mining company love each other very much…”
As recycling gets more complicated, Australia’s sorting plants are getting left behind.
Australians are paying the price for our addition to temporary migration through ever-longer commutes, a new report shows.
It seems clear to us that Australia’s biggest gen-tailers – the utilities that dominate both electricity generation and retail – won’t decarbonise their portfolios any faster than policy makes them – despite the favourable economics.
Local councils are calling on the Victorian Government to create a statewide solution to the recycling crisis, with one council slamming a recent funding package allocated to fix the problem as “barely tokenistic”.
A tax on every tonne of trash taken to tips in Victoria has contributed $1.7 billion in the last decade to state government coffers – but with the recycling system in chaos, one council wants its money back.
Victoria’s recycling crisis may lead to a rise in household waste charges, despite a $6.6 million state government bailout revealed on Tuesday.
The City of Melbourne says it wants to make all major events more environmentally friendly but has been slammed for “ridiculous virtue-signalling” instead of focusing on rubbish collections and cutting red tape.
Yarra City Council has gifted $15,000 to a youth climate coalition pitched at training secondary school kids who want to “get fired up to fight for climate justice”.
Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio has denied the 2030 renewable energy target of 50 per cent will impact the grid.
China PV giant launches new high performance module in Melbourne, in strategic bet that “race to the bottom” on PV prices is coming to an end in Australia.
Victoria Labor government makes good on election promise to boost the state’s renewable energy target to 50 per cent by 2030, with the introduction of a new bill.
New South Wales
Local residents and visitors to the Clarence Valley region are being asked to help protect local wildlife by leaving their pets at home when heading to Angourie Bay picnic area and Back Beach.
Solar energy will soon become “like Wi-Fi or optical fibre” that consumers expect in virtually all buildings and even boats and caravans, the man once dubbed the ‘Sun King’ says.
Wollongong City Council’s declarion brings the total number of NSW councils declaring or recognising climate emergencies to 16.
The number of visits to the state’s 870 national parks jumped by a sixth over the past two years, generating as much as $21.35 billion in spending.
A new gas import terminal in Newcastle could be built before the Liddell power station closes.
A $590 million liquefied gas import terminal for the Port of Newcastle has been given “critical state significance” status as the NSW government moves to secure the state’s energy supplies.
The Extinction Rebellion has come to Sydney. This morning, several protestors descended upon the Castlereagh Street in Sydney to protest the Adani mine.
A mulch fire at Lismore’s council-run tip has been smouldering for days
The Canberra Times editorial
The expression of interest by the Hilton chain in establishing a five star hotel and “world trade technology centre” in Canberra is the latest evidence “the bush capital” has come of age.
Documents obtained under Freedom of Information laws reveal more than 75 hectares of critical koala habitat were approved for clearing by the Department of Environment in breach of its own policy.
Tourism operators on the Great Barrier Reef have sent a clear message to the rest of Australia that the Great Barrier Reef is open for business.
Brisbane based RedEarth will expand local manufacturing facilities as it aims for $70M in locally made battery sales.
Protesters have crashed an address by Mines Minister Anthony Lynham in Brisbane to call for the Adani mine to be shut down.
The Great Barrier Reef is not dead, is not dying and isn’t even on life support, Environment Minister Sussan Ley declares.
Showbags overflowing with plastic toys and sweet treats are a staple of any agricultural show and for many kids and parents are a bigger Ekka drawcard than the animals or entertainment. But the tide is turning as consumers demand more sustainable options.
Links between greenhouse gas and climate change are now undeniable and insurance companies getting nervous and starting to refuse cover for coal mines. Withdrawal of insurance has potential to make coal mining and coal-fired power stations unsustainable.
South Australia’s forestry industry says it’s struggling to secure enough water licences to expand, warning that if growers plant forests interstate instead, jobs and investment will follow.
After undergoing a multi-million dollar development, the Port Pirie smelter is once again not producing anything.
Hundreds of thousands of litres of illegally-stored chemicals from Victoria are being shipped to South Australia for treatment and disposal, according to SA’s Environment Protection Authority.
Adelaide needs to rethink public transport feeder services to overcome a “spatial mismatch” that hinders usage, a report has found.
UPC-AC seek to accelerate Baroota pumped hydro project in South Australia and neighbouring 300MW solar farm after buying majority stake.
The largest remote Aboriginal community in Central Australia is rapidly running out of drinking water but it is just one of many communities in the region that have been struggling with finite groundwater supplies for many years.
Cars will remain the preferred choice for Perth commuters for the next decade because of their speed and convenience, but congestion will get worse leaving public transport struggling to keep up with increasing demand, a new report finds.
Mining laws ensure a tenant can’t ‘squat’ on an exploration lease, and there’s no shortage of interest in this Pilbara patch.
Roe 8 and 9 “never stacked up” according to Anthony Albanese, who called on the federal government to get behind projects such as the Causeway Cycle Bridge.
Liberal MPs have jumped on an Infrastructure Australia report projecting worsening congestion for Perth roads come 2031 saying it is proof the Roe 8 and 9 projects should be revived.
Fears deepen around an explosion that killed five nuclear scientists and caused a spike in radiation levels after Russian authorities call on residents of a nearby village to leave the area.
It’s not just money and engineering that stand in the way of a wild plan to tow an iceberg to the Middle East for fresh water.
Advances in adapting the technology and better methods for predicting wind conditions have fanned significant growth of the use of wind turbines for electricity in the last 40 years. A new report takes stock of where the field is now and what lies ahead. Researchers surveyed the growth of wind technology as a source of renewable energy and assessed its viability for continuing to capture larger shares of the electricity market.
The findings show that air pollution can accelerate lung disease as much as a pack of cigarettes a day.
First major wind farm in Saudi Arabia claims world record low cost of electricity at under 2c a kilowatt hour.
A coalition of mostly Democratic-led states has filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing its rules for addressing power plant pollution are so weak they violate federal law.
Now that China is turning away the world’s recyclable waste, Australia wants to ban export of the materials and increase domestic processing. Here are some techniques being pursued.
Many major cities in Africa, Southeast Asia, and South America are falling dangerously behind in their efforts to provide residents with reliable and affordable access to clean water.
Greenhouses allow year-round growing and protection from freezes and extreme rainfall.
Amid growing calls for a debate about the use of nuclear energy in Australia, a recent smash-hit show on HBO, Chernobyl, has put nuclear power – and the risks associated with it – squarely back in the minds of Australians. Not to mention the usual slew pile of mis-information.
Recent research warns that losing the creatures that nurture trees puts forests in danger. This, by extension, is helping to accelerate dangerous climate change.
The black-backed woodpecker needs wildfires to survive. But has it hit its limit?
To keep pace with environmental loss, scientists working to restore tropical reefs have turned their attention to coral reproduction and increasing diversity.
Over the recent decade, total human impacts to the world’s oceans have, on average, nearly doubled and could double again in the next decade without adequate action.
Deforestation in Colombia has been linked to armed conflict and forests’ proximity to coca crops, the plant from which cocaine is derived. A new study found that conflict between illegal groups and the governmental military forces, proximity to coca plantations, mining concessions, oil wells and roads were all associated with increased deforestation.
The U.S. Endangered Species Act has saved more than 200 species from extinction—but business and political interests want to scuttle it.
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