Category: Environment

Environment

Reef’s status in danger – again

Earlier this year Australia managed to avoid a Unesco recommendation urging the Great Barrier Reef’s status be moved to “in danger”. A dozen countries called the move “highly inappropriate” and are pushing to have the reef’s world heritage status review – again.

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Environment

Fast facts: COP26

Depending on your news source, COP26 was either a grand fiasco or a great success. Much has been said about Australia’s failure to commit to (m)any concrete targets, but what did the Glasgow COP26 climate change summit actually achieve? We’ve got the lowdown for you.

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Australia’s Environmental Policy exposed

We are used to outperforming on the world stage, in entertainment, Sports, the Arts, Business, we Australians like to picture ourselves as punching above our weight. Unfortunately, when it comes to climate policy, we rank 60th out of 60 countries on Climate Change policy.

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Is Green Hydrogen really green?

In a week were the NSW govt has trumpeted its new Green H2 strategy, we try and find some answers to the question – is it really green, and will it help us speed up the decarbonisation of our planet?

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Environment

Race to save the planet

The IPCC’s climate change report revealed that 1.5 degrees warming, the threshold beyond which fires, droughts, floods and cyclones become severe and frequent, is only 10 years away. With Australia already dealing with 1.4 degrees warming, what can we do?

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Environment

Moving right along

Let’s just park the latest case numbers for a moment and look at something beautiful and heart-warming. This year, citizen scientists have captured footage of southern right whales off the east coast, using drones to capture headshots of the endangered mammal. The results are stunning.

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Environment

UNESCO’s warning to Australia

The Great Barrier Reef could be added to the World Heritage Sites’ “in danger” list, warned UNESCO earlier this week. The announcement landed suddenly and government ministers were immediately up in arms, citing disappointment with “being sidelined” and “Chinese involvement”. What’s going on?

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Environment

Urgent action needed to revive ecosystems

World Environment Day 2021 is calling for urgent action to revive damaged ecosystems. From forests to wetlands to coasts, healthy ecosystems are crucial to our wellbeing. Now, global restoration is on the cards – and it’s being tackled on a massive scale. Here’s what to expect…

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Environment

Hello gulls, goodbye plastic

The government may be hellbent on backing coal and gas projects, but there is plenty of positive environment news. Australia’s largest companies have joined forces to fight the war on plastic while Tesla is going hard on Bitcoin. And did you know our planet is home to 50 billion birds?

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Environment

Bold action to achieve net-zero

Australia must triple its emissions cuts within the next decade to protect us from the impacts of climate change finds a new Climate Council report. Scientists have warned about rising emissions for decades and it has now come to a point where inaction is no longer an option.

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Australia to get to net-zero by 2040

Australia is inching closer to a clean future with new research showing the uptake of renewables is key to net-zero emissions by 2040. That’s right: we can wipe out fossil fuel emissions in two decades by doubling the pace at which solar and wind power is being rolled out.

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Environment

Climate crisis bigger challenge than COVID?

Good news for the environment this week: Australian business leaders are focusing on the impact of climate change as their number-one concern (ahead of the pandemic), polystyrene is slated to be phased out and echidnas are hailed for their soil regeneration powers. And don’t forget – it’s Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday.

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