Environment and Climate Change

The climate change and its impact on democracy

We need to decouple economic progress from fossil fuels if we are to survive as a species… It is easy to poke fun at United States Republican frontrunner Donald Trump. He provides an endless supply of material for criticism and ridicule. But there is a real issue here: The electorate is furious in both sides of the Atlantic. In a democracy this matters…. Source: The climate change and its impact on democracy – Al Jazeera English Read More »

Decision on coal mine ‘defies reason’

The decision on Sunday to approve mining leases for Queensland’s Carmichael coal mine is akin to “evil”, according to one of the world’s foremost marine scientists. “It defies reason,” said Dr Charlie Veron, former chief scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science. “I think there is no single action that could be as harmful to the Great Barrier Reef as the Carmichael coal mine.”… Source: Decision on coal mine ‘defies reason’ Read More »

Fishing freedoms on the hook in Indonesia-China legal stoush

Western and Asian governments and commentators have pilloried the Chinese government for its inscrutability on the so-called ‘nine-dash line’ in the South China Sea. Because the nine-dash line allegedly lacks a basis in international law as reflected in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), they… Source: Fishing freedoms on the hook in Indonesia-China legal stoush | East Asia Forum Read More »

WA Conservation Council campaigns for fracking to become election issue

The WA Conservation Council has launched a new anti-fracking campaign to highlight the issue in the lead up to next year’s election, but its comments have angered the industry. The Frack Free Future campaign is being launched on the back of a survey of 600 people from around the state… Source: WA Conservation Council campaigns for fracking to become election issue – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Indonesia demands ‘bully’ China hand over fishing boat

JAKARTA: Indonesia called on China Friday to hand over a fishing boat it claims was operating illegally in its waters near the South China Sea, saying big countries should not “bully” smaller ones… It was the latest salvo in a rare public row between the nations, which began two weeks ago when Indonesian and Chinese vessels clashed near Indonesia’s Natuna Islands… Source: Indonesia demands ‘bully’ China hand over fishing boat | Arab News Read More »

How Much of an Environmental Threat Is Ocean Garbage?

A new paper sifts through past research on marine debris to assess the true extent of the environmental threat.. Chelsea Rochman, an ecologist at the University of California, Davis, has been trying to answer a dismal question: Is everything terrible, or are things just very… Source: Study: How Much of an Environmental Threat Is Ocean Garbage? – The Atlantic Read More »

Water Wars: Fishermen Again Steer China into Hot Water

Malaysia joined the ranks of countries taking issue with Chinese fishermen last Thursday, as 100 trawlers were detected within Malaysia’s claimed EEZ. On Friday, National Security Minister Shahidan Kassim reported that the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) had sighted foreign vessels within Malaysia’s EEZ and… Source: Water Wars: Fishermen Again Steer China into Hot Water – Lawfare Read More »

Why are Nairobi’s lions suddenly being killed?

The growing populations of humans and lions is creating a deadly situation for the big cats in Kenya.. For the second time in two days, a male lion was killed outside Nairobi National Park. This one, 2-year-old Lemek, was found with a spear through his body. The previous day, a 13-year-old named Mohawk was shot by wildlife rangers who said he posed a threat to human life. They did not have tranquilizers… Source: Why are Nairobi’s lions suddenly being killed? – ... Read More »

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching more widespread than first thought, surveys reveal

New aerial surveys have found the devastating coral bleaching event hitting the Great Barrier Reef has a larger footprint than initially thought. Professor Terry Hughes, who is part of a national coral bleaching taskforce, said research flights on Wednesday between Townsville and Cairns had observed differing levels of bleaching across all 74 reefs that had been surveyed in the… Source: Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching more widespread than first thought, surveys reveal Read More »

After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy

After some 115 years, Scotland has burned its last lump of coal for electricity. The Longannet power station, the last and largest coal-fired power plant in Scotland, ceased operations last Thursday. What once was the largest coal plant in Europe shut down after 46 years before the eyes of workers and journalists, who gathered in the main control room. “Ok, here we go,” said one worker moments… Source: After 115 years, Scotland is coal-free : Renew Economy Read More »

New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle

United Nations negotiations begin today in New York on the elements of an international agreement to govern the conservation and sustainable use of the high seas. Every country will have a seat at these inaugural negotiations on conservation beyond their borders. More than half of the world’s ocean… Source: New laws for the high seas: four key issues the UN talks need to tackle Read More »

Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone?

China opened up a new front for South China Sea conflict this week when one of its coast guard vessels collided with an Indonesian coast guard ship in the process of towing a captured Chinese vessel alleged to be engaged in illegal fishing. In a remarkably direct and frank statement, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister protested China’s… Source: Is the Nine Dash Line a Super-Sized Exclusive Economic Zone? – Lawfare Read More »

Spike in global temperature fuels climate change fears

The recent spike in global temperatures have brought a two-degree warming world a bit closer, placing in sharper focus what needs to be done to avoid dangerous climate change. The world has lurched closer to the 2-degree global warming limit in recent months, prompting calls by scientists for clearer policies aimed at making Australia and other rich nations carbon-emissions neutral before 2050. February’s spike in global temperatures lifted temperatures to 1.21 degrees above the 20th century average, and were the ... Read More »

Jane Goodall Has A Message For Monsanto & Humanity

Below is a clip of Jane Goodall taken from the film HUMAN, a documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand which examines the question of what it means to be human and live on planet Earth. Arjun Walia CE For those of you who don’t know, Dr. Jane Goodall is one of the world’s most prominent and popular primatologists, ethologists, anthropologists, and environmental activists. In the clip below, she shares some indispensable words of wisdom — wisdom that we must listen to carefully if our species is to ... Read More »