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Wildlife — as big as elephants and as small as spiders — are important players in the carbon cycle, and scientists say that supercharging ecosystems with animals could enhance terrestrial and marine carbon sinks.
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National Llama Day – USA
Rising sea levels are threatening the ancient port built by Alexander the Great and changing the chemical balance of farmland that Egypt cannot afford to lose.
Australia’s political leaders have not yet reached a decision to cap coal and gas prices but “temporary” interventions are on the table.
The federal government has committed to a landmark overhaul of Australia’s environment laws in a move Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek says will reverse the decline of Australia’s environment.
The Labor government has detailed how it will fix Australia’s flawed laws for nature, with development decisions to be passed to an independent adjudicator.
Tanya Plibersek has ruled out introducing a ‘climate trigger’ while unveiling sweeping reforms, including making companies pay for destroying habitats and establishing a green cop.
Labor may find it difficult to pass propose reforms next year as Greens, crossbench criticise absence of ‘climate trigger’.
Climate campaigners are demanding that Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, MUFG Union Bank and Mizuho Bank stop funding Whitehaven Coal.
Renewable energy providers will be paid to ensure stable, reliable power supply in a scheme signed on to by the states ahead of worsening forecasts of price spikes and blackouts in the year ahead.
Clean energy developers say a historic deal to direct funds to storage projects such as big batteries and hydro will help unleash the next wave of investments.
A new report says a domestic solar manufacturing industry is needed to meet Australia’s 43pc emissions target by 2030.
Moama’s council forced to reassure residents water is filtered and safe to drink after complaints over colour on social media
Companies hoping, but not expecting, Albanese government can implement price caps on gas and coal
Brendan Wintle et al
The Albanese government has just released its long-awaited response to a scathing independent review of Australia’s environment protection law. The 2020 review ultimately found the laws were flawed, outdated and, without fundamental reform, would continue to see plants and animals go extinct.
Tanya Plibersek’s reforms will take the politics out of decision-making on our beautiful but under siege environment.
Given the Australian Government has eroded the right to disobey non-violently, climate activists need to consider other clever ways to escalate their campaigns.
NSW and Queensland own the gas and coal, so they have Canberra over a barrel. But they know they must cut a deal at Friday’s national cabinet meeting.
National cabinet will meet on Friday to tackle soaring energy prices.
Despite trainee treasurer Jim Chalmers’ slavish adoration of Paul Keating, the Albanese government is shaping up far more like a replay of Whitlam than of Hawke-Keating.
Picture this. You’re in government for the first time in more than a decade. And within six months, you’re facing a diabolical problem: skyrocketing energy prices. To your constituents, it doesn’t matter that the root cause is a war in Europe. What they’ll see is pain – electricity and gas bills climbing and climbing.
‘The jailing of peaceful protesters is chilling for anyone who cares about our democracy — we need to restore and protect the right to protest before it’s too late.’
Australia has the worst extinction rate for mammals in the world. Its sorry record will no doubt be aired as environment ministers meet in Montreal this week for COP15, a UN summit on biodiversity. The summit will aim to set a framework to halt and reverse the loss of habitat around the world.
Canberra Times editorial
Given it is now 52 years since Richard Nixon created America’s Environmental Protection Agency in order to bypass the plethora of confusing, and often ineffective, environmental legislation passed by individual states why has it taken Australia so long to do the same?
Coal and gas are no longer part of the capacity mechanism to provide back-up firming power for wind and solar
Price signals can upset voters, but trying to suppress price signals often leads to market distortions that make things worse.
New South Wales
Members of a Hunter Valley environmental group say they feel like “hobbits taking on a big action” ahead of a legal challenge involving mining giant MACH Energy.
Hundreds more electric vehicles will be able to power up in less than 15 minutes as part of an $80 million boost to Australia’s car-charging network.
The crime Deanna Coco went to jail for was created just last year by the Perrottet government, specifically to target climate protesters.
If New South Wales wants to stop climate protests, they’d be better off ramping down fossil fuel production and lifting climate targets than jailing protesters.
The treatment of Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane, a staunch supporter of the Chinese community and of Palestinians, and the sentencing of environmental protester Deanna ‘Violet’ Coco to fifteen months in jail and refusal of bail have been tests of principle and of courage in public life. NSW Labor leader Chris Minns has failed the test.
Stage 2B of Canberra’s light rail, between Commonwealth Park and Woden, is unlikely to be approved “for many years”, the National Capital Authority says.
From sand mining to bushfires, the world’s largest sand island has endured a lot since it was added to the World Heritage List 30 years ago. But this celebration is about more than an anniversary.
Glencore says its Valeria coal project is now under review, citing concerns around global uncertainty and a commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
Queensland will test regional environmental plans to lay out “no-go zones” for developers, in return for faster approvals in some areas, including urban development in south-east Queensland.
The federal government is willing to pay states to ensure the new regime keeps costs down for power generators and limits the increase in retail prices.
The easing of pandemic restrictions appears to have done little to slow migration, with research revealing that Queensland continues to lead the nation for interstate and international buyer inquiries.
A decades-long vision to drought-proof arid western Queensland has been abandoned by the state government after an expert review declared it completely unviable.
Despite repeated reviews of John Bradfield’s idea to use flood waters to irrigate central Australia, the scheme has not been shown to be feasible
Andrew Brooks and James Daley
Back-to-back bleaching events have highlighted the critical threat that climate change poses to the Great Barrier Reef. But few people are aware of the network of gullies pumping out about half the sediment that is polluting reef water quality and threatening its World Heritage status.
Up to 180 gigalitres a day is already flowing into the River Murray with people in the Riverland being told to expect between 190 and 220 gigalitres a day by the end of the year.
A native title claim covering more than 5000 square kilometres on South Australia’s western Eyre Peninsula has been finalised, recognising the traditional rights of the Wirangu people.
A wind farm proposal in Tasmania is given the green light — but under the condition it doesn’t operate for five months of the year, so as not to interfere with the annual migration of a parrot species.
The description by a government minister of the latest Mount Wellington cable car development officially being declared dead is one that would be agreed upon by many Tasmanians.
Media release – Wilderness Society (Tasmania)
An urgent injunction has been upheld against logging by the Tasmanian Government, and its logging agency, Forestry Tasmania (FT), at Mt Tongatabu through the Tasmanian Supreme Court.
The Northern Land Council has updated arrangements for recreational fishers wanting to access waters overlying Aboriginal land, with the changes coming into effect 1 January 2023.
After a wet and unusually cool spring for much of Australia, the start of meteorological summer is bringing a heatwave to the north of the continent. Even in our La Niña summer we can expect spells of heat, and it’s important to heed health warnings and take the hot weather seriously.
Two climate activists are defending their charges of blocking the road to Woodside Energy’s Scarborough liquid natural gas plant on the Burrup Peninsula
Western Australia’s environmental watchdog is calling for public comment on a bid to stop the removal of pine trees over the state’s biggest underground water source due to fears it will result in the starvation of endangered cockatoos.
Abrolhos Islands tour operator Jay Cox says the industry needs to look at ways to diversify after some of the biggest changes to regulations in more than a decade.
An auditor-general’s report on the regulation of commercial fishing in WA raises serious concerns about the efficiency of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and its fisheries officers.
Report from chief medical officer Prof Chris Whitty finds air pollution kills up to 36,000 people a year in England
The world’s second-largest asset manager after BlackRock says leaving the alliance will provide clarity for its investors.
While a number of European countries besides Poland, such as Germany and Hungary, are burning more polluting brown coal, or lignite, to keep the lights on, experts say it’s the use of the fuel at home that will have the biggest impact on health.
A new factory operated by Renewcell, a textile recycling company in Sweden, is the first step in turning old clothes into new, high-quality fashion.
In landlocked Paraguay, residents of a farming colony struggle to survive as soy monocultures choke the ecosystem and pesticides poison both the soil and the people.
The practice of keeping caged bears outside Albanian restaurants to attract and amuse guests comes to an end, with a charity transferring the last bear to a sanctuary in Austria.
As the UN’s COP15 talks on biodiversity got under way in Montreal on Wednesday, FRANCE 24 spoke to marine biologist Françoise Gaill about marine “dead zones” and their link to global warming.
The five ways we’re killing nature and why it has to stop – video explainer
Fighting the climate emergency is only one side of the story. Science tells us we must tackle the biodiversity crisis at the same time as addressing global heating to save the planet from further catastrophe.
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