Environment and Climate Change

China Declares War on Pollution

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Pollution may now be so bad that Chinese leaders are forced to confront it. The National Interest - Allen R. Carlson The air in China is so bad that it is impossible to ignore. It is the first thing one notices upon landing in most Chinese cities when arriving from abroad.  It determines whether or not people are willing to go ... Read More »

Critics concerned as government invites climate ‘policy sceptic’ Bjorn Lomborg to address aid staff

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Foreign Minister Julie Bishop vows continuing support in Vanuatu after Cyclone Pam Cyclone Pam aftermath: Residents struggle to rebuild battered Port Vila One of the world’s most prominent climate contrarians will address Australian diplomats and aid staff on Monday – an invitation that has rankled the opposition and environmental activists. The Canberra Times - Markus Mannheim While climate change is definitely an ... Read More »

Victorian fishermen fear reduced crayfish quotas will devastate the industry

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South-west Victorian fishermen say legislation governing their industry has them fishing with “two hands tied behind their back”. ABC – By Brett Worthington Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op’s Nick Polgeest, a 40-year veteran of the industry, said marine parks, combined with falling crayfish quotas, risked devastating the industry. “Australia has got 40 per cent of the world marine parks,” he said. “Our ... Read More »

Despite past exaggeration, Al Gore may now be on to something

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Al Gore may have exaggerated the effects of climate change in the past, but his latest updates regarding the progress of renewable energy technology is promising for the world even for the climate change sceptics. Australian National Review  – “The most powerful advocate for solving the climate crisis is not me, but Mother Nature,” the former U.S. Vice President told The New York ... Read More »

Australia urged to shut coal-fired power plants urgently as analysis reveals huge emissions

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Australian Conservation Foundation says US-style regulation should be introduced to force the worst polluting plants to close The Guardian – Oliver Milman, @olliemilman The Australian government has been urged to place US-style regulations on coal-fired power plants to ensure they shut down, as a new analysis highlights the vast scale of emissions pumped out by the largest carbon dioxide polluters in the ... Read More »

Global warming ‘set to speed up to rates not seen for 1,000 years’

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By 2020 the average temperature rise per decade will be 0.25C in the northern hemisphere, more than double the 900 years preceding the 20th century The Guardian – Press Association People need to brace themselves for accelerating climate change that could alter the way we live even over short time scales, scientists have warned. New evidence suggests the rate at which ... Read More »

Conservatives Have a Plan for Climate Change: Pretend It Doesn’t Exist

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Within a few decades, the seawaters around southern Florida are expected to rise by as much as two feet. Local officials anticipate billions or trillions of dollars of damage to infrastructure. The Nation – Zoë Carpenter By some estimates, Miami has more to lose from climate change than any other city in the world. But state leaders have a plan to deal ... Read More »

Intergenerational report: climate change silence in 2015 a stark contrast to 2010

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This year’s IGR is mostly silent on the economic effects of climate change, which the 2010 report declared a ‘severe’ threat to the economy The Guardian – Lenore Taylor political editor @lenoretaylor Five years ago the 2010 intergenerational report declared that “climate change is the largest and most significant challenge to Australia’s environment. If climate change is not addressed, the consequences for ... Read More »

Time Running Out For Patagonian Toothfish Poaching Thunder Down Under

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The pursuit by Sea Shepherd of a fishing vessel illegally poaching in the Great Southern Ocean is now into its third month. New Matilda - By Thom Mitchell * A storm is gathering around the ‘Thunder’, an ironically named poaching vessel that’s been illegally draining Australia’s Southern Ocean of the threatened Pategonian Toothfish. Rather than the millions of dollars they were ... Read More »