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Last September, fires had already begun burning in Queensland and New South Wales.
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The pandemic has exposed some truths about human psychology and behaviour.
COVID-19 times have brought sober realisations about deep shifts in Australian society. Encroaching steadily over the past half-century, these have been largely submerged from daily view, until now.
Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop contributing to climate change by 2060 despite heavily relying on coal, one of the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels, for electricity.
Australia and the United States are among the world’s largest polluting countries that have not committed to reaching net-zero emissions.
A new study is examining the Earth’s carbon cycle in new depth, using diamonds as breadcrumbs of insight into some of Earth’s deepest geologic mechanisms.
Research says melting will continue even if temperature rises are limited to 2C
As the general election nears amid a historic season of hurricanes, wildfires, and heat waves, a new survey finds that majorities of Americans are supportive of climate change mitigation measures. This suggests that policymakers can introduce legislation that would enjoy public approval–including a green stimulus package to help deal with the economic downturn associated with COVID-19.
Researchers from six countries in the Americas explored bromeliad microcosms, showing how drought and flood affect the functioning of aquatic ecosystems, especially at the bottom of the food chain.
Big business and mining lobby groups are the main cause of Australian inaction on climate change, a UK think tank argues in a new report.
Coal and gas won’t play any part in Australia’s future prosperity, Labor’s energy spokesman Mark Butler has declared in a speech that threatens to stoke growing divisions within the opposition over climate policy.
One of the nation’s largest power suppliers says supporting battery installations will be key to Australia’s energy plan.
The Great Southern Reef might not be as well-known as the Great Barrier Reef, but Australia’s “other” reef is brimming with biodiversity – and has battles of its own.
Sustainable Development Solutions Network
Universities and other higher education institutions have a critical role in helping society achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their research, learning and teaching, campus operations and leadership.
Media release – Brian Mitchell MP, Federal Labor Member for Lyons
Not a single tree of a one-billion-trees promise by the Federal Government has been planted, more than a year after the federal election, MPs were told today at a hearing of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Agriculture and Water Resources.
Cynthia Faye Isley and Mark Patrick Taylor
We know forests absorb carbon dioxide, but, like a sponge, they also soak up years of pollutants from human activity. When bushfires strike, these pollutants are re-released into the air with smoke and ash.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is endorsing a post-COVID future driven by gas, a move that critics strongly oppose (image by Dan Jensen)
If Scott Morrison ever went back to his old job of promoting tourism and needed to ramp up the travel industry, he would put his money on blimps.
The government’s energy policy has been written by fossil fuel companies, to promote the scams of the fossil fuel companies, with taxpayers handing money to fossil fuel companies.
A cashed-up property developer with ties to the Coalition stands to win from the government’s much-lauded gas plan.
Culture wars, lies about targets and baselines, support for fossil fuels and naked hostility to renewables: What has changed for the Coalition since 2004?
A gas-led recovery is anathema to conservationists fighting to stop global warming at 2 degrees Celsius, as it could result in hundreds of millions of tonnes of CO2 being emitted each year
The global story unfolding is not only about microbes; it is also about culture, politics and history. The spread of disease is not without responsibility
A genuine emissions trading scheme would give the Technology Roadmap the substance it lacks.
Last September, fires had already begun burning in Queensland and New South Wales.
Llewelyn Hughes and Jorrit Gosens
“Picking winners” has been anathema to Australian policy-making for decades. The federal government’s technology investment roadmap bucks the trend, targeting public investments in specific low-emissions technologies.
The biggest story of the moment, the biggest structural change in our politics, is that the Morrison government has admitted comprehensive and probably permanent defeat on coal.
It’s no surprise that Snowy 2.0 is attracting lots of attention. Lately we have achieved several milestones including environmental and planning approvals and the financial green light to proceed.
With Australia now in the middle of a once-in-a-century recession, Scott Morrison should commit to the nation being carbon neutral by 2050 and use the low emission transition to create as many jobs as possible.
An Aboriginal elder who has led a fight to protect trees from a highway project in western Victoria says she is embarrassed by rubbish left at the camps.
Peak-hour tram and bus fares would be slashed and off-peak travel heavily discounted under a proposed overhaul of public transport ticketing that is designed to entice people away from crowded trains.
Inspector-General for Emergency Management (Vic)
Phase one looks at how the State, its agencies and the community responded to the fires. It also touches on the immediate measures taken to relieve people’s suffering.
New South Wales
Agreements to change logging rules in New South Wales to better protect animals that survived last summer’s bushfires have been torn up by Deputy Premier John Barilaro’s department and government-owned loggers, sparking yet another inter-government stoush over koala habitat.
Ahead of the school holidays and October long weekend, visitors are reminded to plan their trip to NSW National Parks as staff prepare for a busy Spring season.
State water minister Melinda Pavey tells a Senate inquiry ‘NSW could not deliver the plan as it currently stands’
A decade-long campaign to reintroduce small native marsupials to the wilds of NSW has moved a step closer to its goal.
Newcastle’s transformation into one of Australia’s leading smart cities should be an inspiration for others to follow suit.
After catastrophic bushfires swept through Namadgi National Park last summer, work behind the scenes is ensuring the ACT’s native plant species aren’t lost in the aftermath.
Genex announces another delay to flagship Kidston pumped hydro storage project, as it works to lockdown project finance.
The much anticipated La Nina weather system may have stirred this week, bringing rain to parched interior desert country, but it’s little solace for farmers needing water certainty to run a business.
Deep division in the party over support for coal mining jobs versus environmental protection contributed to Labor’s loss at the last federal election.
Dry conditions and windy, hot days mean parts of southeast Queensland will face the first fire ban of the bushfire season this week.
As the state election looms, it’s impossible to underestimate the political importance of the Glencore copper refinery. Located in the middle of three electorates all with marginal seats, the plant has just received an undisclosed Government payment
Media release – Tasmanian Conservation Trust & Planning Matters Alliance
The controversial Major Projects Bill passed the Legislative Council this evening (Wednesday 23 September 2020) with no significant amendments
Anna Reynolds and David Bowman
Our fire-prone city faces deadly threat from embers flying up to 20km ahead of fire fronts.
It takes some incredibly special people to persist through the harrowing death cries of hundreds of creatures, fighting an uphill battle to only save a handful of lives.
When Rio Tinto destroyed a 46,000-year-old Indigenous heritage site, the world’s anger took the company by surprise. Now investors are demanding more transparency in how mining companies deal with traditional owners. Lorena Allam and Calla Wahlquist look at what’s changed since Rio blasted Juukan Gorge
There are mining companies and then there are mining companies.
Researchers say device can generate sustainable power from gentle breeze
An international group of researchers has developed a technique that forecasts how tokamaks might respond to unwanted magnetic errors. These forecasts could help engineers design fusion facilities that create a virtually inexhaustible supply of safe and clean fusion energy to generate electricity.
Electric vehicle company Tesla on Wednesday fell short of the widely anticipated “million mile battery”, but the gains in costs and efficiency that it did unveil seem certain to trigger some $30 trillion of investment in electric vehicle infrastructure and accelerate the shift from petrol and diesel cars.
Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, says that if you don’t want a revolution, it’s time to use the government to more strongly regulate businesses, address climate change, and fix income inequality.
The G.O.P. has sought to help Green Party candidates in previous election cycles to siphon votes from Democrats. This year is no different — but it hasn’t always worked.
All vehicles create carbon emissions and cause congestion. The coronavirus crisis should help us break our dependence on them
Study says potential for natural regrowth to absorb carbon has been substantially underestimated
Campaigners welcome turnaround after pressure from investors but say 2025 deadline too long to resolve problems
Amazonia is closer to a catastrophic ecological tipping point than any time in the last 100,000 years, and human activity is the cause.
Please do not disturb: After forest fires, bark beetle infestations and other damage, the affected forests should not be cleared.
As part of StateImpact Pennsylvania’s focus on climate change, American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Fellow Donna McDermott spoke to scientists about their connection to one of the world’s critical issues.
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