Category: Environment

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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Environment

Farewell, ye olde gas guzzler

The government’s just-announced electric car policy is a far cry from last election’s “war on the weekend” campaign. Still, the only party showing leadership is the car industry itself with five-minute recharge batteries now on offer. It looks our domestic car market is about to be shaken up. Or will it?

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Environment

50 countries to protect 30% of planet by 2030

Fifty countries including China, France, UK and Germany have pledged to protect 30 per cent of land and sea by 2030. With new modelling showing that green initiatives like these could create 191 million jobs worldwide, it makes economic sense too. Great news – but where was Australia?

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Environment

Green year’s resolutions to help the planet

Welcome to 2021. This year we will again bring you lots of stories about social and environmental issues, and how you can make a change. This week we’re going to green up our new year’s resolutions with these tips. Let’s make 2021 the greenest year yet.

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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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