Category: Environment

Environment

New Zealand facing long-term water shortage

Like many parts of Australia, New Zealand is currently experiencing a La Niña summer. Although this summer’s projected rainfall should keep Auckland’s water supply levels sustainable in the short term, Wellington could be running dry within the next six years.

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Preserving our heritage

The destruction of 46,000-year-old rock shelters at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia in July has shown there’s a serious flaw in our heritage protection laws. Without urgent and drastic reform, it will only be a matter of time until another ancient site is allowed to be destroyed.

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Clawing back from extinction

For the past 30 years, Tasmanian devils have suffered from their own pandemic, a facial cancer that causes large facial tumours and spreads through biting. Now, new genetic analysis reveals the disease is less infectious than a decade ago. And that is just the news we’ve been waiting for.

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Mum and Dad philanthropists making a splash

A group of Australian philanthropists are running out of money. And that’s exactly what they want. Spending big and fast to fight climate change, they are hoping to make a difference during the critical next 10 years and change the course of the impending crisis.

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US election win pushes climate agenda

The Biden presidency will push Australia into taking more action on climate change – regardless of what our prime minister says. Even if Morrison decides to take a final stand on coal and gas, it is inevitable corporate Australia will force his hand.

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Royal commission report delivers stark warning

The bushfire royal commission has issued a stark warning. Its final 579-page report tells us how bushfires will affect Australia in the coming years. And, foreseeing a future marked by extreme weather, the commissioners are not mincing their words. Here are the report’s key points.

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Aussies care about climate change

It’s been a big news week for the climate. Among images of celebrating Melburnians, Europe heading back into lockdown and the non-stop footage of the US election, we discovered both heartening and downright infuriating reports. Here, we look at the biggest stories.

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Environment

Fight not over for Daintree

While Far North Queensland is one of the most popular ecotourism destinations in the world, the threat to the Daintree lower rainforest is ongoing. The area is under threat of housing development proposals and a gas-fired power plant. The Daintree is UNESCO heritage listed so why this is even possible?

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Environment

Great Barrier Reef loses half its coral

The Great Barrier Reef has lost more than half of its corals since 1995 due to warmer seas driven by climate change, a study has found. Small, medium and large coral populations have all declined, largely because of bleaching events in 2016 and 2017.

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Environment

Opportunity missed for green recovery

In the year of Australia’s worst bushfire crisis, the just-announced budget provides little in the way of new funding for environmental protection while throwing a lifeline to coal. Our world is facing irreversible destruction and still there’s no urgency in Australian climate policy.

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Saving the reef means understanding it

The next federal budget will allocate $33.5 million to nature-tourism projects and reef conservation work. It’s welcome news for Great Barrier Reef which suffered its largest bleaching event in February. Now, the first step to conserving the Great Barrier Reef is understanding what lives there.

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Wasteland or green haven?

We usually think of urban areas as a cause of species extinctions. A new analysis of 12 million (!) tree planting records has turned these assumptions on its head. Turns out urban areas aren’t quite the concrete wastelands we thought it was. Quite the opposite.

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