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A collection of new research provides more clues about where and how microplastics are spreading.
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Glorious Twelfth – UK
Confirmed cases: 21,713. Deaths: 331
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the first country in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.
The loss of the St. Patrick’s Bay ice caps, located on Ellesmere Island, is a warning that “everything is changing up there,” says scientist Mark Serreze.
U.S. senators, McDonald’s, Microsoft, and the agribusiness lobby are pushing the dangerous myth that carbon storage in American farmland will stave off climate catastrophe.
Chair of Morrison’s handpicked Covid-19 advisory body confirms it wants taxpayer support directed to new gas infrastructure, while ignoring green opportunities.
A rare pair of atmospheric rivers have formed off Australia’s east and west coasts, channelling more water than 600 Murray Rivers from the tropics to southern states.
Federal help would be offered to new gas projects to boost energy supplies to industry and consumers in a contentious plan that has gained early support from key figures in Labor and the Coalition.
Governments are banking on infrastructure projects to help the Australian economy recover from the coronavirus recession, but not everyone is convinced it will be worthwhile.
The gas led COVID-19 recovery will be handicapped by high east coast gas prices says Ross Garnaut, who has taken his ZEN Energy back from Sanjeev Gupta’s Liberty Steel.
The former Minerals Council boss, breaks his silence about supporting a price on carbon and opposing the mining super profits tax.
Labor frontbencher Joel Fitzgibbon has offered the Morrison government bipartisan support for taxpayer backing of gas projects in a move that will cause anger within opposition ranks.
Last night’s ABC Four Corners program, ‘Plastic Wars’ reiterates what the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) has been calling out for years – packaging design in Australia needs an urgent overhaul and producers must be held responsible for the products they make.
Bruce Mountain And Steven Percy
Is Snowy 2.0 viable? AEMO’s latest 20 year blueprint suggests the multi-billion dollar pumped hydro scheme will be used a lot less than claimed.
The Labor Party is now at a fork in the road with their energy and climate policy: an ambitious renewable energy policy platform, or, protecting jobs while seeing fossil fuel to its inevitable demise
The COVID-19 business advisory council has failed to create a compelling case for a “gas-led” but taxpayer-funded recovery plan.
If there was ever a time for a national conversation – and for our political leaders to listen and understand what Australians are thinking, feeling and aspiring for – it is now.
Federal minister and local MP Greg Hunt said he was ‘deeply disappointed at the Victorian government’s position’ on AGL’s proposed gas-import terminal at Western Port.
Melbourne’s stage-four lockdown has seen a major fall in travel by foot, car or public transport.
Ali Lakhani et al
Melbourne’s stage 4 lockdown forbids residents travelling more than 5km from home during their daily hour of exercise. Fine for those in leafy suburbs, but not for those with less greenery nearby.
New South Wales
Council has partnered with ClimateClever to offer residents and local schools a 12 month subscription to the ClimateClever app for half the standard subscription fee.
However, Santos has dismissed this claim, with its chief executive saying gas and renewables had to “coexist to deliver the energy security and reliability that our society demands”.
Sydney will host the largest renewable gas trial in the Australia after the Berejiklian government approved NSW’s first hydrogen gas facility.
Multiple big rain events have filled up Sydney’s reservoirs, with more to come.
Wild horses are dragging John Barilaro and Matt Kean deeper into a bitter feud with the Deputy Premier blasting the Environment Minister for being “ignorant and a “poster boy” for the green movement .
The National Parks Association of NSW and ex-Energy Australia chair Ted Woodley are considering a legal challenge to the $10 billion Snowy 2.0, which they say will push back the transition to renewable energy and destroy thousands of hectares of national park, in light of the fact that the whole project hinges on a 30-year-old report. which is being kept secret.
Plans to build a 100MW solar farm, with the option to add battery storage, submitted to the Regional Bundaberg Council.
Exclusive: Walker Corporation says de-listing area of wetlands, which are a critical migratory bird habitat, was of ‘urgent national interest’
A Queensland MP has crossed the floor of Parliament for the first time in three years.
Courier Mail editorial
All the tracks in the evolving scandal about how the Government ignored expert advice on the $5.4 billion Cross River Rail project lead to a single figure – Jackie Trad. However, this time the failure and the requirement to learn from it falls squarely at the feet of the Premier.
SA waste removalist Gavin Piller receives a suspended sentence for assaulting two environment protection officers, as his company is fined $49,000 for illegally storing more than 17 tonnes of asbestos.
A split into two heavyweights in renewable power will fast-track competition for consumers as well as the big projects crucial to the global strategy of the Whyalla revival.
Conservationists are battling to save animals at an Outback reserve from the effects of the worst drought in recent memory, and have received a funding boost to redouble their efforts.
The $500 million third stage of the Lincoln Gap Wind Farm will see another 42 turbines popping up in the Upper Spencer Gulf region, creating work for people during construction along with permanent roles.
Northern Tasmanian businesses and councils are now able to divert tonnes of waste product from landfill via a website described as ‘Tinder for waste’.
Fernanda Alves and Dejan Stojanovic
The moment a chick hatches from its egg, maggots burrow into its skin to drink its blood, usually killing it. But scientists have found a way to stop the blood-sucking parasites.
Plans to build a new container port in Perth’s industrial south spark criticism over the potential environmental impacts on the nearby waterway and raised fears Fremantle could lose its “heart and soul” if its port shuts shop.
Beautiful Ningaloo – one of WA’s biggest ever conservation communications campaigns – kicked off today with a series of major print, radio and online advertisements, and the mass distribution of postcards across Perth.
The WA government should not rush to adopt a broken system as it looks to streamline environmental approvals, an environmental group has warned.
The WA Government is working on ways to keep gas flowing south from the Pilbara if Gorgon’s domestic plant is forced offline.
The nation’s largest miner, BHP, says Indigenous groups should have a greater say over projects endangering significant sites on their ancestral land following Rio Tinto’s destruction of 46,000-year-old rock shelters in Western Australia.
At last Friday’s hearing of the Australian Parliament’s enquiry into the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves by mining giant Rio Tinto, the grovelling apologies of the company’s chief executive, Jean-Sébastien Jacques, were odiously hollow.
Social protection programs can facilitate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but can also create trade-offs across divergent social and environmental goals that can undermine their effectiveness, say the authors of new research published in the journal PNAS. This is one of the largest studies on the sustainability implications of social protection, funded by the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures at The University of Sheffield.
A research team, led by Australia’s Monash University, has been able to transform brackish water and seawater into safe, clean drinking water in less than 30 minutes using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) and sunlight.
Research could pave way for cheap supercapacitor storage of renewable energy
A six-letter acronym is transforming ethical investing in superannuation from a niche, token strategy into the mainstream. ESG ETF: environmental, social and governance exchange-traded funds.
Eating an organic diet rapidly and significantly reduces exposure to glyphosate—the world’s most widely-used weed killer, which has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other harmful impacts, according to a new study.
A collection of new research provides more clues about where and how microplastics are spreading.
Wendy Masterton et al
We know that spending time in nature is good for physical and mental well-being, but social inequality means not everyone has easy access to parks, gardens and woodland.
The overarching project of my life has been making myself safe. But what is the point if everyone else is drowning and burning and starving?
Geothermal reservoirs supply more than 15% of New Zealand’s electricity. The heat energy stored in geothermal fields is vast but not infinite.
Human changes to the environment have been linked to widespread pollinator declines. New research published in Nature Communications shows that intensive land use will further decrease pollination and reproductive success of wild plants, especially of those plants that are highly specialized in their pollination.
A new study suggests that future reductions in seasonal snowpack as a result of climate change may negatively influence forest growth in semi-arid climates, but less so in wetter climates
Fires broke out at Tsavo West National Park, Mgeno and Lumo conservancies on Saturday afternoon, according to local news.
One way to cut back on deforestation in the Amazon rainforest – and help in the global fight against climate change – is to grant more of Brazil’s indigenous communities full property rights to tribal lands.
Long-term ecological site study shows no net insect changes
A new study in Scientific Reports investigated microplastic ingestion in four species of demersal sharks found in the North Atlantic Ocean.
Breathing toxic fumes due to exposure to heavily polluted air is one of the key contributors to early death all around the world, exacerbating risks posed by lung and heart conditions.
Popular pesticides are causing bird species to decline at an alarming rate in the US, adding fuel to a 50-year downward trend in bird biodiversity, a new report has found.
Plants that depend on wind for pollination or seed dispersal may face challenges as warming temperatures force species to shift their ranges, according to a new study.
Indigenous leader Célia Xakriabá and Vagina Monologues author V discuss Brazil’s biodiversity crisis and why this is the century of the indigenous woman.
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