Environment and Climate Change

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


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 »

EPA proposes to restrict mining on Alaska’s Bristol Bay

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The EPA proposes protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay that would restrict Pebble mine contact the reporter  The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay that would restrict plans to develop a mine nearly as deep as the Grand Canyon in what the agency describes as “one of the world’s most valuable salmon fisheries.” In a written announcement ... Read More »

History will condemn climate change denialists

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Tony Abbott was elected by the right-wing of his party for a single purpose: to destroy any meaningful action in Australia against the threat of climate change  Jump to comments The argument for radical action on climate change– which Australia will soon at least temporarily reject with the shameful decision to repeal the carbon tax – is embarrassingly simple. For the past ... Read More »

Rupert Murdoch: NBN a ridiculous idea and climate change overblown

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News Corp owner says broadband network not needed and Australia ‘shouldn’t build windmills and all that rubbish’  Jump to comments News Corp’s newspaper the Australian was “absolutely right” to be tough on the Rudd-Gillard Labor government, Rupert Murdoch has said in a television interview on his Sky News channel to mark the 50th anniversary of the national broadsheet. “The [Labor] ... Read More »