Environment and Climate Change

Who’s to Blame for California’s Drought?

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The view from where I’m sitting, in San Francisco, is of the small patio in front of the house whose bottom floor my husband and I rent. The New Yorker - By Vauhini Vara Beyond the patio stands a fence hugged by a plant sprouting delicate white-and-purple flowers, and beyond that, there’s a terraced garden where our former landlords planted shrubs ... Read More »

Ewan McAsh on Clyde River and the oyster boys are challenging tradition

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There’s something new spawning in our rivers and estuaries. It’s not a toxic algal bloom, nor some mysterious denizen of the deep. Rather, a new breed of oyster farmer has surfaced to challenge tradition and deliver a super-premium product. The Australian – Anthony Huckstep As first light casts a sparkle on the Clyde River on the NSW South Coast, young gun ... Read More »

Republicans Warn World That Obama UN Climate Plan Could be Undone

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he Obama administration’s plan for U.N. climate change talks encountered swift opposition after its release Tuesday, with Republican leaders warning other countries to “proceed with caution” in negotiations with Washington because any deal could be later undone. rsn – By Valerie Volcovici, Reuters The White House is seeking to enshrine its pledge in a global climate agreement to be negotiated ... Read More »

US Announces Carbon Emission Reduction Targets. We’re Still Working On Ours

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The world’s wealthiest nation – and one of the biggest polluters – has mapped out how it will reduce its carbon emissions. Thom Mitchell reports. New Matilda - Thom Mitchell The United States has formalised the emissions reductions targets they will take to the United Nations Paris climate talks in December this year, committing to an economy-wide reduction of at least ... Read More »

Obama Administration Approves Arctic Oil Drilling

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he Obama administration reaffirmed a 2008 government auction of Arctic drilling rights on Tuesday, delivering a major victory to Shell Oil Co. as it aims to resume exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer. rsn – By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Fuel Fix In validating the seven-year-old auction, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell stressed that the Arctic “is an important component of ... Read More »

Largest fish trawler Geelong Star arrives in Australian waters

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The controversial Dutch-owned factory freezer trawler Geelong Star has arrived in Australia and been given initial Federal Government approval to fish, despite concerted opposition. Brisbane Times - Andrew Darby * Geelong Star would be the largest trawler to fish in Australian waters, after a bigger sister ship, the Margiris, was banned in the 2012 supertrawler controversy. The 95 metre vessel arrived without ... Read More »

They Couldn’t Save The World Cup, But They Might Just Save The Planet

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If the World Cup were a race to save humanity, then New Zealand would be global leaders. Of course, it’s a cricket contest… so, you know. New Matilda - By Thom Mitchell New Zealand – let’s face it, they don’t often get to celebrate. Clearly, that was never more true than last weekend, when Australia thrashed them in the cricket. But ... Read More »

Valuing the Environment

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RMIT School of Global, Urban and Social Sciences Environmental Economics Lecture 31 March 2015 Brian Walters The different aspects of reality Let us imagine we have with us in the lecture theatre a tree. Let’s make it a special tree. Perhaps the rarest eucalypt is Eucalyptus recurva – discovered in the 1980s and also known as the Ice Age Gum ... Read More »

Concerns for human rights of suspected poaching vessel’s crew

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EA Shepherd has called on Malaysian authorities who have detained a Nigerian flagged vessel, suspected of illegal fishing in the Southern Ocean, to investigate possible violations of its crew’s human rights. BRUCE MOUNSTER MERCURY The activist group understands that the Viking has been detained in Malaysia with 18 crew on board – one Chilean, two Peruvian and 15 Indonesian citizens ... Read More »