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Extreme heat and rain: thousands of weather stations show there's now more of both, for longer

4 hours 37 min ago
As the planet continues to warm, extreme weather events such as heatwaves and heavy rainfall are becoming more frequent, intense and longer, according to global weather data. Jim Salinger, Honorary Associate, Tasmanian Institute for Agriculture, University of Tasmania Lisa Alexander, Chief Investigator ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science and Associate Professor Climate Change Research Centre, UNSW Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Waste not, want not: Morrison government's $1b recycling plan must include avoiding waste in the first place

4 hours 38 min ago
The federal government today announced $1 billion plan to divert more than ten million tonnes of waste from landfill. But waste management is about more than just recycling. Trevor Thornton, Lecturer, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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The world endured 2 extra heatwave days per decade since 1950 – but the worst is yet to come

Fri, 2020-07-03 19:50
Heatwaves have become longer, hotter and more frequent. This trend is accelerating from climate change. Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, ARC Future Fellow, UNSW Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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45,000 renewables jobs are Australia’s for the taking – but how many will go to coal workers?

Fri, 2020-07-03 06:09
Some coal workers have the right skills and work in the right location to get a job in renewables. But many, such as semi-skilled machine operators, cannot. Chris Briggs, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Elsa Dominish, Senior Research Consultant, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Jay Rutovitz, Research Director, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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We know how to save NSW's koalas from extinction – but the government must commit

Thu, 2020-07-02 06:11
The Berejiklian government must step up to the challenge of saving koalas in NSW from their predicted fate: extinction in the wild by 2050. Dr Christine Hosking, Conservation Planner/Researcher, The University of Queensland Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Today, the Kyoto climate deal ends and Australia's Paris cop-out begins. That's nothing to be proud of, Mr Taylor

Wed, 2020-07-01 15:23
Australia abandoned its moral obligations under Kyoto. By carrying our mistakes into the Paris deal, we risk firming our status as a global climate pariah. Penny van Oosterzee, Adjunct Associate Professor James Cook University and University Fellow Charles Darwin University, James Cook University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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What an ocean hidden under Antarctic ice reveals about our planet's future climate

Wed, 2020-07-01 14:12
Latest research explores how a warming ocean circulates underneath Antarctica's floating ice shelves and how this contributes to future sea level rise. Craig Stevens, Associate Professor in Ocean Physics, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Christina Hulbe, Professor and Dean of the School of Surveying (glaciology specialisation), University of Otago Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Our laws failed these endangered flying-foxes at every turn. On Saturday, Cairns council will put another nail in the coffin

Wed, 2020-07-01 05:11
Up to 8,000 spectacled flying-foxes, around 12% of the species' population, will be forced to leave their home in central Cairns. Justin A. Welbergen, President of the Australasian Bat Society | Associate Professor of Animal Ecology, Western Sydney University Noel D Preece, Adjunct Asssociate Professor, James Cook University Penny van Oosterzee, Adjunct Associate Professor James Cook University and University Fellow Charles Darwin University, James Cook University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Climate explained: will the COVID-19 lockdown slow the effects of climate change?

Wed, 2020-07-01 05:11
The drop in traffic during COVID-19 lockdowns reduced global emissions. If we keep encouraging cycling and working from home beyond the pandemic, our climate goals may become more achievable. Simon Kingham, Professor, University of Canterbury Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Their fate isn’t sealed: Pacific nations can survive climate change – if locals take the lead

Tue, 2020-06-30 06:07
Pacific communities have always been resilient, surviving on islands in the middle of oceans for more than 3,000 years. But climate change is an unprecedented challenge. Rachel Clissold, Researcher, The University of Queensland Annah Piggott-McKellar, Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Melbourne Karen E McNamara, Associate professor, The University of Queensland Patrick D. Nunn, Professor of Geography, School of Social Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast Roselyn Kumar, University of the Sunshine Coast Ross Westoby, Research Fellow, Griffith University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Unless we improve the law, history shows rushing shovel-ready projects comes with real risk

Tue, 2020-06-30 06:06
A law to fast-track development consents is being fast-tracked itself. Before it's too late, politicians should insist on greater protection against long-term environmental damage. Alexander Gillespie, Professor of Law, University of Waikato Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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New research shows the South Pole is warming faster than the rest of the world

Tue, 2020-06-30 06:05
Over the past 30 years, the South Pole has been one of the fastest changing places on Earth, warming more than three times quicker than the rest of the world. Kyle Clem, Research Fellow in Climate Science, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Anger is all the rage on Twitter when it's cold outside (and on Mondays)

Mon, 2020-06-29 14:49
The study examined patterns of Twitter rage in hot and cold weather. Given anger spreads through online communities faster than any other emotions, the findings are important. Heather R. Stevens, Doctoral student in Environmental Sciences, Macquarie University Ivan Charles Hanigan, Data Scientist (Epidemiology), University of Sydney Paul Beggs, Associate Professor and Environmental Health Scientist, Macquarie University Petra Graham, Senior Research Fellow, Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Let there be no doubt: blame for our failing environment laws lies squarely at the feet of government

Mon, 2020-06-29 06:11
As a former environment official, I've been involved with the EPBC Act for more than 20 years. But I was still shocked by the scathing report card. Peter Burnett, Honorary Associate Professor, ANU College of Law, Australian National University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Renovation rescue: 6 ways to ensure HomeBuilder helps consumers, the climate and the economy

Fri, 2020-06-26 12:20
The controversial HomeBuilder scheme could come with a big upside: making old homes more energy efficient. Peter M Graham, Associate Professor - Architectural Performance, Monash University John Thwaites, Chair, Monash Sustainable Development Institute & ClimateWorks Australia, Monash University Michael Li, Senior Project Manager (Cities & Policy), ClimateWorks Australia, Monash University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Illegal hunters are a bigger problem on farms than animal activists – so why aren't we talking about that?

Fri, 2020-06-26 06:14
Illegal hunters are damaging farm property, shooting at buildings and killing livestock. So why do farm trespass laws target animal activists? Kyle J.D. Mulrooney, Lecturer in Criminology, Co-director of the Centre for Rural Criminology, University of New England Alistair Harkness, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Centre for Rural Criminology, University of New England Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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How drought-breaking rains transformed these critically endangered woodlands into a flower-filled vista

Wed, 2020-06-24 15:00
Box gum grassy woodlands are critically endangered. What's left often grows on farms, and farmers are helping to conserve them. Jacqui Stol, Senior Experimental Scientist, Ecologist, CSIRO Land and Water, CSIRO Annie Kelly, Senior Ecologist, Queensland Herbarium Suzanne Prober, Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Avoiding single-use plastic was becoming normal, until coronavirus. Here's how we can return to good habits

Wed, 2020-06-24 06:18
Just because we’re in a period of change, doesn’t mean we have to lose momentum. Kim Borg, Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University Jim Curtis, Research Fellow in Behaviour Change, Monash University Jo Lindsay, Professor of sociology, Monash University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Climate Explained: what Earth would be like if we hadn't pumped greenhouse gases into the atmosphere

Wed, 2020-06-24 06:16
If we had not altered the composition of the atmosphere at all through emitting greenhouse gases, particulate matter and ozone-destroying chemicals, the average temperature would have remained stable. Laura Revell, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Physics, University of Canterbury Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Why long-term environmental observations are crucial for New Zealand's water security challenges

Wed, 2020-06-24 06:16
Auckland's extreme drought and the rapid retreat of glaciers in the Southern Alps both highlight how important long-term observations are for water management policy and planning. Andrew Lorrey, Principal Scientist & Programme Leader of Climate Observations and Processes, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ben Noll, Meteorologist/forecaster, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Lauren Vargo, Research Fellow in the Antarctic Research Centre, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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