Environment and Climate Change

The Great Sea Urchin Crisis

Meagan Campbell

Invasive species and sushi lovers threaten to wipe the little creatures from the Nova Scotian coast. And with them, a $2.5 million industry. Sea urchins from the bed of the Atlantic Ocean are served in Japan on another bed, one of rice. The roe inside their spiky scalps is a delicacy, which meets the tongue with a sweet tang and ... Read More »

The ‘Zero-Emission’ Engine Is Almost Ready for Prime Time


 STUTTGART, Germany — At the Mercedes-Benz headquarters here, a showroom display illustrates the rapid evolution of the iconic luxury brand’s hydrogen-fueled cars. In a 1992 prototype, the fuel cell takes up the entire cargo area of a delivery van. Across the room, today’s model — now merely the size of an average television set — is displayed in front of ... Read More »

The Dirty Dozen: Australia’s biggest climate foes, part 1

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Who are the 12 people doing the most to block action on climate change in Australia? With a new government in place, and Australia’s emissions stubbornly high, we name and shame a fresh Dirty Dozen … Who has been most responsible in recent times for preventing progress in the reduction of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions? The Dirty Dozen — which I originally ... Read More »

Do Politicians Give A Shit About Climate Change Now?


The tales of impending doom about manmade climate change are coming down so fast and furious these days that it can be tough to keep up. But the latest terrifying missive (courtesy of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, or IPCC) is, mercifully, served with a bit of soothing chaser: Apparently, the political will to actually do something about reducing carbon emissions is starting to emerge ... Read More »

Entire marine food chain at risk from rising CO2 levels in water

Lemon damselfish, Pomacentrus moluccensis, guarding a patch of coral.

Fish will make themselves vulnerable by being attracted to predator odour and exhibiting bolder behaviour – Jump to comments Escalating carbon dioxide emissions will cause fish to lose their fear of predators, potentially damaging the entire marine food chain, joint Australian and US research has found. A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University and the ... Read More »

Lunar Eclipse Myths From Around the World


The Inca feared that a lunar eclipse was caused by a jaguar attacking the moon. They’d try to drive it away by making noise, including beating their dogs to make them howl and bark. Many cultures view the disappearance of the moon as a time of danger and chaos. Marauding demons, murderous pets, and ravenous jaguars are just some of ... Read More »

UN urges huge increase in green energy to avert climate disaster

UN urges huge increase in green energy to avert climate disaster

‘Triple or quadruple renewables’, say experts, as pressure grows for UK to deliver on eco priorities – Jump to comments David Cameron‘s commitment to the green agenda will come under the fiercest scrutiny yet this week when top climate-change experts will warn that only greater use of renewable energy – including windfarms – can prevent a global catastrophe. A report ... Read More »

One rule for our navy, another for Indonesian fishermen

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Indonesian fishermen who inadvertently breach Australian waters suffer punitive circumstances, but Australian warships receive differential treatment – Jump to comments Last year, during a visit to Kupang, in West Timor, I met a fisherman with a 12 year old daughter and a seven year old son. His two boats were burned by the Australian government as they were said at ... Read More »