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Penalties for peaceful action are now the same as for aggravated assault
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Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day) – Serbia
Although climate change threatens everyone, women and girls often suffer its harshest and most violent consequences, UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet said on Monday.
Two scientists have reviewed data around global warming, and concluded that the battle to limit global warming to 1.5 Celsius by 2050 is doomed.
Kayrros, a firm that analyzes satellite data, says methane emissions from fossil fuels have intensified, rising faster than the rebound in oil, gas and coal production since the easing of the coronavirus pandemic — a development the firm called “worrisome.”
The annual number of tropical cyclones forming globally decreased by about 13% during the 20th century compared to the 19th, according to research published today in Nature Climate Change.
Research has revealed societies in the Mediterranean adapted and even thrived amid climate change, but began to collapse when other disasters such as war and plagues hit.
During the federal election campaign, Labor promised to future-proof Australia’s water resources. Now, new Water Minister Tanya Plibersek must deliver on the policy – one vital to securing Australia’s future.
Environment minister receives enthusiastic welcome in Lisbon and flags five blue carbon projects to safeguard ocean health
Turnover on Australia’s main grid more than doubles to over $25 billion this financial year, and cost of the chaotic last fortnight may be $4 billion or more.
Australia’s emissions jumped in 2021, growing by 4.1 million tonnes, after Morrison government failed to seize chance for a ‘green recovery’.
New data shows carbon pollution rose 0.8% in 2021 as manufacturing, agriculture and gas bounced back from pandemic lockdowns
Former military heads warn of risks to food supply ahead of report from Australian Security Leaders Climate Group
Big renewable energy developers want leaders to dump plans to shore up the power grid by paying generators for being on standby and bring in battery and hydro targets.
Australia increased its greenhouse emissions by 0.8 per cent in 2021.
Ivan Charles Hanigan
New research has found suicide increases during drought among men in Australia’s rural communities, and the problem may be exacerbated due to climate change.
Including coal and gas is politically tricky, but logically and economically easy. If fossil fuels can’t compete with other energy sources to provide electrons on demand, they won’t be used.
The Greens have the right and the duty (a “mandate” if you will) to use the numbers in which they were elected by Australian voters, to go hard on getting the climate policy outcomes they proposed.
Penalties for peaceful action are now the same as for aggravated assault
Alternative sources of energy – cartoon
A Phillip Island man says he erected the device in response to power instability. Despite concern from council and members of the surrounding community, he has done nothing wrong.
A new book explores how Melbourne’s multi-billion dollar East-West Link that promised to knit the city together was stymied from the start
The 2022 grey-headed flying fox nudging program at the Colac Botanic Gardens is complete, with vehicle traffic and pedestrian access once again available for residents and visitors to the Gardens.
Freedom of Information documents have revealed experts’ concerns about the effectiveness of Parks Victoria’s brumby extermination method.
Swimmers are taking to the Yarra in inner Melbourne, while some hope all of the 242km-long river will be swimmable in future. But there are questions around its safety due to pollution.
New South Wales
Ten arrested as direct action group starts week of ‘disruption’ to ‘resist climate destruction’ as NSW police pledge crackdown
New South Wales has introduced tougher penalties in a bid to stop protesters disrupting vital transport links, but climate protest group Blockade Australia says it is prepared to pay the price.
Blockade Australia activists face hefty fines and up to two years in years in jail for a protest in Sydney’s CBD that caused peak-hour traffic chaos.
The threat of varroa mite has put a spotlight on agriculture’s reliance on bees. Here is everything you need to know about it.
Breeding bees that can stand the test of time has been a passionate 10-year project for one north Queensland couple, who are now determined to breed bees that can thrive in a high-rainfall environment.
The flowing water from this year’s floods brings long-term benefits to native fish, reinvigorates their habitat, and increases food sources, as well as boosting tourism as fishers make the most of the boom.
New Australian emissions data shows that climate pollution increased in 2021, with a faster transition to renewables and the electrification of transport key to course correcting, Greenpeace Australia Pacific said.
Queensland’s coal strategy makes no sense, but the bigger problem is getting more renewables and storage into Australia’s main grid.
An independent Tasmanian MP says forestry and mining groups were given the “unusual” opportunity to give the state’s Legislative Council confidential briefings ahead of debate on controversial proposed anti-protest laws.
Concept plans for a $130m upgrade to the Tasman Bridge have been released for public comment.
The Queen of Sheba orchid takes between seven and 10 years to flower. Its arrival is expected to draw botanists and photographers from across the globe.
A Western Australian gold mine is now being powered by solar power, the first operational project under the state’s Clean Energy Future Fund.
For Synergy boss David Fyfe, closing two coal-fired power stations is bittersweet: the end of an era for Collie but the start of a seven-year race to build cleaner more flexible power.
Since 2009, earthquakes have been rapidly rising in the Delaware Basin – a prolific oil-producing region in West Texas and New Mexico. According to a study led by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, the majority of them can be linked to oil and gas production.
Methanol made from CO2 in the air can be transformed into carbon neutral fuels
Scientists have developed a new, PET-like plastic that is easily made from the non-edible parts of plants. The plastic is tough, heat-resistant, and a good barrier to gases like oxygen, making it a promising candidate for food packaging. Due to its structure, the new plastic can also be chemically recycled and degrade back to harmless sugars in the environment.
Startup Terviva aims to plant millions of pongamia — “miracle” trees that can grow on arid badlands and yield products similar to soybeans and olive oil.
Researchers say that a new breakthrough could lead to new ways of growing food in a world wracked by climate change.
An original approach to mass-producing low-cost solar cell foundation blocks could lead to the wide adoption of solar panels made from perovskite ink – a “miracle material” – according to research from the University of Surrey.
Carnival Cruise Line and other top cruise ship companies have been breaking records for ticket sales this year. But a water-bound vacation isn’t just a concern for infectious disease—these ships are having a massive effect on the climate.
Farmers could continue to produce high crop yields with far less use of artificial fertilisers if they adopted environmentally sustainable practices, an academic study has shown for the first time.
Viruses can survive and remain infectious by “hitch-hiking” on microplastics in freshwater, scientists have found, raising concern about the impact on human health.
With about 2.5 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, Nigeria ranks ninth globally among countries with the highest contributions to plastic pollution.
The United Nations is hoping an international conference in Portugal will bring fresh momentum to protracted efforts for a global agreement on protecting the world’s oceans.
A study published the week of June 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows for the first time that a species of large carnivore has made a major change to its life history in response to a changing climate – and may be worse off for it.
After becoming extinct in the wild, European bison were reintroduced to Poland in 1954 and Romania in 2012. Photographer Alexander Turner went in search of Europe’s largest land mammal with rangers from Foundation Conservation Carpathia
The monumental global task to restore degraded ecosystems will need to include sophisticated technologies such as environmental DNA monitoring to understand and support the recovery of complex biospheres, international researchers say.
Vultures perform important ecosystem functions as they clean the landscape by eating carcasses and thus limit the spread of wildlife diseases. Yet, vulture populations are rapidly declining, mainly owing to intentional and unintentional poisoning.
A study based on extensive remote sensing data indicates that vegetation near the migration routes of elephants in Namibia has decreased.
Jake M Robinson et al
Where forests once stood, artificial lights now illuminate vast urban jungles. Where animals once roamed, huge factories now churn out microchips, computers, and cars. But now, we can also leverage technology to help repair our precious ecosystems.
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