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In some parts of the world, warming has been catastrophic.
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Confirmed cases: 7,081. Deaths: 100
Last week: Confirmed cases: 6,989. Deaths: 98
One in three people are still worried restrictions to combat the coronavirus pandemic are being relaxed too quickly – and only 15 per cent of people believe the bans are being lifted too slowly.
Without genuine global leadership the ability of economies to “build back better” after the disaster caused by COVID-19 will unfairly favour wealthier populations and nations.
Aging dams in the U.S. will increasingly fail and cause death and environmental destruction as climate change makes extreme precipitation more frequent, scientists warn.
In some parts of the world, warming has been catastrophic.
As temperatures rise we predict increasing morbidity and mortality, particularly in the climate-vulnerable parts of northern Australia
Climate scientists say putting the focus back on gas would be a “waste of a monumental amount of money”.
Climate advocates cautiously welcomed the policy but warn its lack of a concrete emissions target is a risk to international commitments.
An end to the climate wars is on the horizon with Labor supporting the thrust of the government’s technology road map.
The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) is urging the Federal Government to recognise the multiple long-term benefits of investing in renewable bioenergy and bioeconomy technologies and manufactured products in Australia, in a post CoVid-19 world economy,
Experimental cell using the potentially game-changing material perovskite passes a series of heat and humidity tests
Australian coal exporters are facing the risk of tougher restrictions selling into China as government authorities in Beijing direct state-owned power plants to purchase domestic product instead.
One in 20 Australian homes could be uninsurable by the turn of the century due to the risk of climate-induced bushfires. It has prompted calls for a Medicare-like model of bushfire insurance.
Letter signed by business, union, investor and environment groups warns Australia’s prosperity depends on cutting emissions
Sean Guzzi from Clenergy joins Solar Insiders to discuss how the industry his coping with the changes imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, while the regulator cracks down on poor…
The head of one of Northern Australia’s most important land councils wants native title reform and exemptions for indigenous people from some environmental rules to help disadvantaged families share in the coronavirus recovery.
A government adviser has recommended Scott Morrison consider stripping some of Australia’s biggest undeveloped oil and gas fields from their owners to aid economic recovery from the coronavirus amid the worst oil crash in a generation.
Climate Council of Australia
COVID-19 has fundamentally reshaped the world we know, taking a horrendous toll on human health and the economy.
The global pandemic can actually be an agent for positive change in everything from traffic to technology if we grasp the opportunity.
Gas industry people have been saying gas is the transition fuel for at least 30 years. It’s never been true in all that time, and it’s not true now.
Coalition dialled up the idiotometer to capacity when it talked electric vehicles last year, but now its technology roadmap admits EVs will cut emissions and lower costs.
Which commodities and countries are best placed to emerge as winners in the post-coronavirus world, especially if the anticipated boost to investment in renewables energies actually happens?
We need gas in the interim, but it is polluting and costly – and we need be careful we don’t invest billions in assets that will become stranded.
What exactly do we think of expert advice? It seems an opportune moment to ask because we’re at a point in our COVID-19 experience where it feels as though lots more is up for grabs.
Australia’s oil policy and unwillingness to abide by IEA regulations is leaving us vulnerable to shocks provided by an unstable industry.
Quentin Grafton et al
Thirty years since Australia’s water reform project began, it’s clear our efforts have largely failed. We must find another way.
The government’s energy plan involves gas and discredited carbon capture and storage — both coincidentally the raison d’être of its major donors.
Thursday’s technology road map has a nice cover page but just why would a Liberal minister even think of laying down suggested technologies, when all he needs to do is set an emissions target and let private enterprise come up with the solutions?
The latest climate and energy road map expands direct action investment for abatement technologies, but the government remains wary.
Australians want energy that is cheap, reliable and plentiful. The Business Council’s call to “take action on climate change” puts all of those things at risk.
A consortium that offered $7 billion to help build Melbourne’s airport rail link is on the verge of being knocked back, meaning the state and federal governments would now deliver the project by linking the airport line from Sunshine into the new Metro Tunnel.
A redevelopment plan on the CBD fringe could create new pedestrian and cycle link between the city, parks and Yarra River. The $2 billion project could also impact unsightly railyards.
Roads and public transport are quiet right now but there is no doubt the congestion will soon return to Melbourne’s roads, so it’s time for a frank debate about which public transport projects provide the best return on investment.
New South Wales
The Bereijklian government has given planning approval for the multi-billion dollar Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro project, prompting warnings that the move would cause the extinction of a rare native fish species.
The federal agency responsible for managing environmental flows in the Murray-Darling Basin has warned NSW’s draft water-sharing plans are at odds with the existing Basin Plan.
THE NSW Planning Department’s decision to recommend Whitehaven Coal’s Vickery Extension Project be approved has been slammed by local activists.
Bruce Mountain and Mark Lintermans
Snowy 2.0 has been a lightning rod for controversy. From cost-blowouts to climate impacts and threats to native fish, experts say there are many reasons why it should be put on hold.
The Federal Government has granted approval to reduce the height of a major Queensland dam’s wall despite protests it would threaten farming in the region and a new report finding a “litany of issues” with its design and construction.
Recreational fishers have reacted with frustration to a draft plan to restore native species populations in the Murray, demanding more be done — and faster.
SA’s decision to overturn a ban on GM crops will benefit multinational agrichemical firms more than local farmers, and communities and councils must act quickly to stop them taking root.
The state government says it is not yet in a position to confirm which infrastructure projects will be brought forward to assist in COVID recovery as the RACT calls for five projects across the state to be prioritised.
A ‘lone woman’ who temporarily blocked logging near Mount Field as she camped atop a sky-scraping structure has been charged not for protesting – but for a different offence.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner says he and Prime Minister Scott Morrison are on the same page about targeting the lucrative gas industry ‘immediately’ to unlock billions of dollars to save the Territory and Australia from economic ruin.
ENI, the global Italian energy giant that supplies gas to Darwin for domestic power generation from the Blacktip Gas Project, is reportedly working with investment bank Citi to sell its Australian natural gas assets for around $1.6 billion.
Junior gas player Strike Energy has selected its preferred proponent for a $200 million gas processing plant in WA’s Mid West.
Nuclear fusion’s promise as a practical energy source has grown substantially in recent years, in large part because of novel high-temperature superconducting (HTS) materials that can shrink the size and boost the performance of the extremely powerful magnets needed in fusion reactors.
ExxonMobil, Koch and Mercer family are past funders of critics of stay-at-home orders as fossil fuel industry struggles amid lockdowns
The Victoria government has announced a $15.3 million package of renewable energy projects to create jobs and reduce emissions.
A new study finds dying trees are 30 times more likely to have been exposed to methane-contaminated soil, confirming long-held suspicions that gas leaks kill plants.
Research demonstrates the disproportionate impact of pollution on Indigenous peoples worldwide, as well as their resistance.
Germany boasts the highest energy security level in the world, due in large part to the wide spread use of renewable energy sources in the country.
Last year, the wandering albatrosses only laid three eggs on this sub-Antarctic island — this season six out of 10 eggs hatched.
Some experts argue that using dead and diseased trees to produce biomass energy will help to restore forests and reduce CO2 emissions.
A study by the University of Leeds found that as long as countries limit greenhouse gas emissions and average temperatures don’t go above 90F [32C] they will adapt.
Isolation helped establish the island’s biodiversity. Now its remoteness poses a threat to lemurs and other wildlife.
A new study has confirmed and quantified, for the first time, the presence of microplastics in terrestrial and aquatic birds of prey in Florida, including hawks, ospreys and owls. The research is important because birds of prey are critical to a functioning ecosystem. The accumulation of microplastics in their digestive systems could lead to poisoning, starvation and death.
As the world looks to tighten up the illegal capture of wildlife, migratory birds are being threatened by widespread and unsustainable hunting across the Asia-Pacific region. New research has revealed that three quarters of migratory shorebird species in the region have been hunted since the 1970s.
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