Environment and Climate Change

Climate change march attracts thousands of protesters worldwide

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Activists have mobilised in cities across the globe for marches against climate change, with one of the biggest planned for New York, where celebrities, political leaders and tens of thousands of people are expected. Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio, former US vice president turned advocate Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio were all ... Read More »

It’s time to teach climate change in school. Here’s how

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We need to give our kids the tools to observe and understand the effects of a changing climate – for their future and ours Why is it so difficult to teach climate change in our classrooms? My kids hear climate change discussed in the news as a very real threat, but it is largely absent from school science curricula. In ... Read More »

Major Super Fund Rejects Thermal Coal – But Read The Fine Print

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There’s more to a recent announcement that one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds has ‘gone green’ than meets the eye. James Fernyhough explains. On Friday the $28 billion superannuation fund HESTA announced it was restricting its investments in companies involved in thermal coal. For one of the largest super funds in the country to do this sends a strong message. Super ... Read More »

‘The End of SeaWorld’

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SeaWorld, as we know it today, is over. It’s only a matter of time. The company is finished. Here’s why. 1. The SeaWorld brand is now tarnished, at best. Toxic? Likely. The brand represents the torture of whales for an increasing population of concerned citizens. If you love whales (and who doesn’t), you don’t like SeaWorld. 2. Wall Street has ... Read More »

Brazil builds giant Amazon observation tower

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Construction has begun on a giant observation tower in the heart of the Amazon basin to monitor climate change. The Amazon Tall Tower Observatory is expected to rise 325m from the ground. Its instruments will gather data on greenhouse gases, aerosol particles and the weather in one of the largest continuous rain forests on the planet. Brazilian and German scientists ... Read More »

Race to protect Australia’s rock art: ‘I don’t know if we need to do an ice bucket challenge or what’

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Half the country’s rock paintings – some dating back 30,000 years – could disappear within 50 years, experts warn. Oliver Milman meets the Indigenous rangers and researchers working to protect delicate sandstone from the triple threat of mining, graffiti and feral animalsHalf the country’s rock paintings – some dating back 30,000 years – could disappear within 50 years, experts warn. Oliver Milman meets the ... Read More »

Assassinations in the Amazon: how will Peru respond?

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Indigenous leaders killed near Brazil border following logging and land title battle  Jump to comments “Martyrs”, “true guardians of the Amazon”, “defenders of the rainforest. . .” These are just some of the terms used to describe four Peruvian indigenous leaders who were assassinated earlier this month, but “Dead Friends of the Earth”, a term used by NGO Global Witness for people ... Read More »

The Power Of The Press: CSIRO Installs Solar Panel Printer

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Solar technology In Australia took a step forward recently, with the installation of a machine that can print solar panels. Amy McQuire reports. Printable solar panels could power our laptops and rooftops – even our skyscrapers – sooner than we think after a new solar-cell printer, the nation’s largest, was recently installed at the CSIRO. The printer, worth $200,000 and ... Read More »

Hungary’s Navracsics to be Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship

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European Commission President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has unveiled on Wednesday the next European Union executive for the 2014-2019 period. The team will have to be approved by the European Parliament. As it turns out Hungary’s Tibor Navracsics will not be Commissioner for Trade or Commissioner for Customs, as suggested by previous press reports – Juncker surprisingly picked him to be Commissioner for Education, ... Read More »