Date: 1 December 2023 at 8:50:59 am AEDT
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The threatened bird index reveals largest declines in Queensland and South Australia
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With a month to run, 2023 will reach global warming of about 1.4C above pre-industrial levels, adding to “a deafening cacophony” of broken climate records, the World Meteorological Organisation says.
Many of the countries worst affected by climate change are among the poorest. They will be looking to the latest COP summit to accelerate promises of funding for loss, damage and transitioning to green economies. SBS News Asia Correspondent Aaron Fernandes filed this report from Timor Leste’s capital Dili.
Joshua M. Pearce
In a recent review of more than 180 peer-reviewed articles — which I conducted with fellow researcher Richard Parncutt — we found that a scientific consensus has formed around the so-called 1,000-ton rule.
The United Nations Environment Programme recently published a report with an unusually strong title for a UN body: “Emissions Gap Report 2023: Broken Record – Temperatures hit new highs, yet world fails to cut emissions (again)”. Yet again, it highlights how far countries are off track from safeguarding the planet – and us.
From asinine faux-protest songs to ethical yacht maintenance, Crikey goes over some of the great absurdities of COP28.
Jacqueline Peel et al
This year’s international climate change conference could disappoint or deliver meaningful actions to combat the climate emergency and support adaptation measures
Two key calls from Climate Change Authority, including for phase out of gas connections for new and existing homes, have been rejected by the federal energy minister.
In his annual update to federal parliament, the climate change minister also warns extreme weather events caused by climate change will strain Australia’s energy networks and make them vulnerable to “hostile actors”.
The bushfire outlook for summer is warning of a scorching summer. Landowners in rural and urban areas are being urged to prepare their properties for the risk of bushfire.
Australia’s climate change ambassador says the federal government cannot yet back the Pacific’s call to rapidly phase out fossil fuels because it’s grappling with “complex” and “difficult” issues thrown up by decarbonisation.
A new report argues that $12bn a year on average between now and 2050 will be required to transition to renewable energy
Climate groups say projected amount is 10 times greater than estimates of Australia’s remaining fair ‘carbon budget’ if global heating is to be limited to 1.5C
Industry superannuation funds are calling for tax changes so they can invest part of their $1.2 trillion in members’ retirement savings into new electricity transmission lines and batteries, amid warnings Australia may have to spend $100 billion a year until 2050 to strip greenhouse gas emissions out of the economy.
A controversial rollout of transmission lines and a network connecting renewable energy projects to the grid will be accelerated, but the government won’t rapidly ban household gas and new petrol cars.
Senator Janet Rice is expected to retire in the first half of 2024, meaning Steph Hodgins-May could serve for about 18 months before contesting her first Senate election.
Australia is falling short on its climate targets and must do significant heavy lifting to get back on track.
Australia will soon get its first commissioner dedicated to tackling slavery, under laws introduced to parliament.
Scientists have analyzed more than 3.8 million volunteer hours of birdwatching data to identify Australia’s most elusive species.
Farmers say food prices will surge after Labor’s Murray Darling Basin overhaul passed parliament, as they accuse the Albanese government of turning its back on the bush.
It took an excommunicated Liberal, former Wallabies captain and the Greens to — depending on who you ask — save or completely stuff the Murray-Darling Basin this week.
It took just a day for two ministers to approve another Snowy Hydro $6 billion dollar cost blow-out and further delays to completion.
What is the point of a ministerial climate update that doesn’t mention our emissions are still rising?
The government deserves credit for steps to drive down pollution from electricity but other parts of the economy are yet to be addressed
The company says its board and management will remain open to structural options to enhance shareholder value should the bid fail.
An AI-based analysis of 20 years of logging by VicForests, shared exclusively with the ABC, shows for the first time, the potential scale of failed regeneration in Victoria’s state forests.
The details of the State Electricity Commission’s first funded battery project this week have sparked new questions about the purpose of the commission and whether it can be a solution to rising energy bills.
In a triumph of multi-partisanship, NSW Parliament has passed legislation to cut the state’s emissions by 70% by 2035, and reach net zero by 2050.
Former magistrate David Heilpern likens the sovereign citizen movement to a cult, and says websites promising associated legal loopholes are selling lies and should be shut down.
Biofuels and reducing the number of short plane trips in and out of Canberra would help the ACT reduce the growing amount of greenhouse gas emissions associated with aviation, the Emissions Reduction Minister has said.
Woodside. BHP. Santos. What do these companies have in common?
Domestic tourism in Queensland hit the brakes this year with a decline of 6 per cent expected as Australians returned to overseas travel and high interest rates hit spending.
Tanya Plibersek has triggered a review of salmon farming in Tasmania’s Macquarie Harbour, in a decision that could see fish pens banned – a move industry says could cost hundreds of jobs.
Media release – Killora Community Association
Angry Killora residents have called on Minister Palmer to cancel Tassal fish farming licences due for renewal on 30 November and turn the area into a marine reserve.
A large number of Territory TOs who support gas projects on coastal lands travelled to Canberra only to be declined meetings with key figures.
One-way ramps, lazy Susans, cookie bribes, and dance choreography: how do ants in the red centre keep track of work trips to and from the nest?
Bill Johnston to quit parliament after setting up the roadmap for a dramatic reshaping of the world’s biggest standalone grid from coal to renewables.
Fortescue signs MOU with Canadian company that includes a supply agreement for hydrogen refuelling stations.
Elliott Management is little-known outside the world of high finance, but throughout its legendary history it’s made many enemies, including the Argentine navy. It’s now eyeing a stoush with an Australian state over energy.
The 2.5-billion-year-old Helena and Aurora Range is on track to join its namesake national park, due to expand significantly with the Mount Manning Conservation Park’s addition.
It’s the first day of summer but it already feels like Perth and much of WA has been grinding through the heat and bushfires for months — and the alarm bells are about to get even louder.
Resources Minister Madeleine King has rebuked her Labor colleagues after they went rogue and stood with activists campaigning to block Woodside’s gas fields despite it being deemed ‘integral’ to hit net zero.
China is quietly reorganising its entire power sector to support rapid electrification and renewables uptake – and smashing records along the way.
How environmentally friendly are the goods you are buying? And how true are the big “green” claims advertisers are making in online ads? New research shows it’s easy for marketers to imply their products are “sustainable” without necessarily backing it up.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched today its annual Statistical Yearbook
As Russia warns of the rising risk of nuclear war, and relations with the United States sink into a deep freeze, communities close to the vast Soviet-era nuclear testing site in northern Kazakhstan have a message for leaders: “Let us be a lesson.”
The challenges we face are enormous – economic, environmental, political. Our future is at stake, so let’s come together and win
Dozens of ‘small modular reactor’ designs are being promoted but precious few will reach the construction stage and the likelihood of SMRs being built in large numbers is negligible.
A new study has confirmed that pesticides, commonly used in farmland, significantly harm bumblebees one of the most important wild pollinators. In a huge study spanning 106 sites across eight European countries, researchers have shown that despite tightened pesticide regulations, far more needs to be done.
Francis E Putz and Claudia Romero
Logging typically degrades tropical forests. But what if logging is carefully planned and carried out by well-trained workers?
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