Environment and Climate Change

Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers

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Malcolm Turnbull’s nose was out of joint when Tony Abbott said last month the Turnbull government would be running at the election on the Abbott government’s record. Turnbull insisted that while there might be continuities there was plenty of change… Source: Shades of Abbott as Turnbull government attacks on climate, digs in on asylum seekers Read More »

Melting Arctic ice is forcing polar bears into life-threatening swims

Washington: In September 2009, after a northern summer of warm weather and dwindling ice, a young polar bear slipped into the frigid waters of the Beaufort Sea and began to swim. She didn’t stop for food or rest until nine days later, when she finally encountered a slab of sea ice large enough to sustain her. The journey was some 400 kilometres… Source: Melting Arctic ice is forcing polar bears into life-threatening swims Read More »

China and the US commit to ratifying Paris climate deal

New York: In a striking declaration that the world is finally ready to change its polluted ways, global leaders gathered at the United Nations headquarters here to sign the historic Paris climate accord, an agreement that is seen as the blueprint for rescuing the planet. The question is whether the plan will work… Source: China and the US commit to ratifying Paris climate deal Read More »

A look at India′s recurrent drought problem

Over a quarter of India’s population is affected by the ongoing drought conditions prevailing in large parts of the country. DW examines the reasons behind the problem and the steps needed to alleviate it… Source: A look at India′s recurrent drought problem | Asia | DW.COM | 22.04.2016 Read More »

Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef should spark greater action on climate change

We should do everything we can to prevent the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef – for its economic value and for its own sake. But morally we cannot expect the rest of the world to reduce carbon emissions drastically to save our reef unless we are leading the effort ourselves… Source: Bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef should spark greater action on climate change Read More »

“The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help

Last month, the schools closed on a group of islands off Papua New Guinea’s coast. Climate change has claimed their crops, and large portions of the low lying atolls. A square meal is increasingly rare. “They closed because the children weren’t concentrating,” Pais Taehu tells New Matilda. “Instead of concentrating, they were falling asleep becauseMore… Source: “The Sea Walls Are Out In The Sea”: World’s First Climate Refugees Ask For Australia’s Help – New Matilda Read More »

‘Worse things in store’: Steaming hot world sets more temperature records

The Earth sizzled in March with the most unusually warm month in history as average land surface temperatures easily exceeded levels deemed by scientists to constitute dangerous climate change. The abnormal weather has continued into April as the most powerful tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Indian Ocean dumped rain at rates reaching 300 mm an hour, and Australian scientists declared the worst coral bleaching event… Source: ‘Worse things in store’: Steaming hot world sets more temperature records Read More »

How Dwindling Fish Stocks Got a Reprieve

“My wife told me to sell the boats,” says Brad Pettinger, a longtime trawl fisherman in the Pacific Northwest. “But I said, honey, who’s gonna buy them? At that time we just didn’t have anything.” The “anything” was fish to catch. Fifteen years ago, America’s vast… Source: How Dwindling Fish Stocks Got a Reprieve – The New York Times Read More »

New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money

A new report from the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney says a rapid transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system can save Australia money – with avoided fuel costs to quickly offset the extra capital expenditure of building wind, solar and other renewable energy installations. “The transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy system by 2050 is… Source: New report shows 100% renewable by 2030 can save Australia money : Renew Economy Read More »

SNP to raise bar on carbon emissions with 50% cut by 2020

Nicola Sturgeon will this week attempt to boost the SNP’s green credentials by announcing one of the world’s most ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions. Scotland on Sunday can reveal that a commitment to raise Scotland’s 2020 climate target from the current 42 per cent… Source: SNP to raise bar on carbon emissions with 50% cut by 2020 – The Scotsman Read More »

The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada

The media attacks are a sign: a New Democratic Party that takes on inequality and climate change can crack open the country’s political debate. From the headlines screaming outrage on the front pages of Canada’s newspapers, you’d think the New Democratic Party had shuttered their… Source: The Leap Manifesto opens horizon for bold new politics in Canada | Martin Lukacs | Environment | The Guardian Read More »

In Brexit Debate, English Fishermen Eye Waters Free of E.U.

BRIXHAM, England — Mike Walker, a retired fisherman here, sums up what many in this southern English port town think of the European Union. Britain’s membership in the 28-nation union has encouraged France, Spain, the Netherlands and “the rest of them lot” to “come rape our waters,” Mr. Walker… Source: In Brexit Debate, English Fishermen Eye Waters Free of E.U. – The New York Times Read More »

Europe’s last coal mines struggle for lifelines

Producers in the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania try to stay afloat as losses mount.. Some of Europe’s last remaining coal producers, in the Czech Republic, Romania and Poland, are grasping for government support to keep from going under and taking thousands of jobs with them… Source: Europe’s last coal mines struggle for lifelines – POLITICO Read More »

Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead

Tensions around coal-fired power are reaching breaking point in Bangladesh, after four protestors were shot dead by the police on April 4, and a witch-hunt for more than 3,000 unnamed others began. Villagers in the coastal area of Banskhali, near Chittagong, admit to burning a vehicle well before the April 4 shootings, but deny theyMore… Source: Bangladesh Anti-Coal Tensions Rising, After Police Shoot Four Dead – New Matilda Read More »

Australian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report

Australia’s oil and gas industry lobby group spent $3 million last year “obstructing” ambitious climate change policy through its advocacy work, according to an assessment by not-for-profit research group InfluenceMap… Source: Australian oil and gas lobby spent millions advocating against climate action: report Read More »

Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to the experts to save jungle cats

Sometimes, you just have to move the mountain to Muhammad.. Or, as the case may be, the Amazon to the world. In the race to save jaguars, one of the globe’s most secretive – and threatened – species, researchers and conservationists are hoping to create corridors for the jungle cat to safely travel through, tracks of land across South America, which would remain protected and give the jaguar the best chance of survival… Source: Queensland researchers bringing the Amazon to ... Read More »