Environment and Climate Change

Harvard historian: strategy of climate science denial groups ‘extremely successful’

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Professor Naomi Oreskes says actions of climate denialists are laying the foundations for the government interventions they fear the most In 1965, US President Lyndon Johnson had a special message for the American Congress on conservation of the environment. Worried about the “storm of modern change” threatening cherished landscapes, Johnson said: “This generation has altered the composition of the atmosphere ... Read More »

Deckies’ data paves way for sustainable fishing future

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The sight of a net bursting at the seams full of prawns is what every deckhand on every prawn trawler wants to see. But for a select few working in one of Australia’s most valuable and remote fisheries, it’s also an opportunity to collect and record information about other creatures of the deep that come up in the nets that’s ... Read More »

Earth survived near-miss from 2012 solar storm: NASA

Handout photo released by Nasa Earth Observatory on June 7, 2011 and taken from Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows the Sun unleashing a solar flare, radiation storm and a coronal mass ejection

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Back in 2012, the Sun erupted with a powerful solar storm that just missed the Earth but was big enough to “knock modern civilization back to the 18th century,” NASA said. The extreme space weather that tore through Earth’s orbit on July 23, 2012, was the most powerful in 150 years, according to a statement posted on the US space ... Read More »

Previously Uncontacted Tribe Have Contracted Influenza

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Earlier this month, Brazil’s National Indian Foundation (FUNAI) confirmed that an Amazonian tribe that had never before had contact with the outside world had made voluntary contact; a rare event that is usually brought on by threats of violence. Rather than be excited to learn more about the group’s ways and customs, anthropologists have been fearful that the tribe would ... Read More »

Giant Rubber Duck Vanishes in Chinese Flood

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A giant rubber duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman has disappeared amid heavy storms in China’s southwestern Guiyang City, the Wall Street Journal reports. The 54-foot-tall, 2000 pound  inflatable artwork was perched upon a floating metal platform, tethered to the bottom of the Nanming river by steel wires. The work has toured the world since 2007 and has been on display in the ... Read More »

Hard news: the carbon tax shows up cracks in media reporting

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Apocalyptic claims and counter-claims have typified the climate change policy debate in Australia, leaving the public confused and mistrustful. Often, the news media hasn’t always helped clear up that confusion. For instance, in recent years Coalition MPs have claimed that the carbon tax spelled “the annihilation of the domestic coal industry” (then opposition leader Tony Abbott in 2012) and would ... Read More »

Australia’s carbon tax abolition draws international criticism

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Al Gore calls it a ‘disappointing step’ and European Union says world is moving towards carbon pricing initiatives  Jump to comments Australia’s repeal of the carbon price has provoked a largely negative reaction overseas, with former US vice president Al Gore calling it a “disappointing step”. Gore said Thursday’s abolition of the mechanism means that “Australia is falling behind other ... Read More »