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3 times michael moore’s film planet of the humans gets the facts wrong (and 3 times it gets them right)

3 times Michael Moore’s film Planet of the Humans gets the facts wrong (and...

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planetofthehumans.com Documentary maker Michael Moore’s latest offering, Planet of the Humans, rightly argues that infinite growth on a finite planet is “suicide”. But the film’s bogus claims threaten to overshadow that message. Planet of the Humans is directed and...
climate explained: how the climate impact of beef compares with plant-based alternatives

Climate explained: how the climate impact of beef compares with plant-based alternatives

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Image: Shuttlestock I am wondering about the climate impact of vegan meat versus beef. How does a highly processed patty compare to butchered beef? How does agriculture of soy (if this is the ingredient) compare...
aren’t we in a drought? the australian black coal industry uses enough water for over 5 million people

Aren’t we in a drought? The Australian black coal industry uses enough water for...

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Image: AAP Image/Dave Hunt Water is a highly contested resource in this long, oppressive drought, and the coal industry is one of Australia’s biggest water users. Research released yesterday, funded by the Australian Conservation Foundation, has identified...
can’t go outside? even seeing nature on a screen can improve your mood

Can’t go outside? Even seeing nature on a screen can improve your mood

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Damon Hall/Unsplash Are you feeling anxious or irritated during the coronavirus lockdown? Do you constantly want to get up and move? Maybe you need a moment to engage with nature. Getting into the great outdoors is...
snowy 2.0 threatens to pollute our rivers and wipe out native fish

Snowy 2.0 threatens to pollute our rivers and wipe out native fish

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Picture:Schopier/Wikimedia The federal government’s Snowy 2.0 energy venture is controversial for many reasons, but one has largely escaped public attention. The project threatens to devastate aquatic life by introducing predators and polluting important rivers. It...
there are 10 catastrophic threats facing humans right now, and coronavirus is only one of them

There are 10 catastrophic threats facing humans right now, and coronavirus is only one...

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Picture: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP Four months in, this year has already been a remarkable showcase for existential and catastrophic risk. A severe drought, devastating bushfires, hazardous smoke, towns running dry – these events all demonstrate the consequences of human-induced climate...

Climate explained: why switching to electric transport makes sense even if electricity is not...

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Picture: Shuttlestock New Zealand is indeed well supplied with renewable electricity. In recent years, New Zealand has averaged 83% from renewable sources (including 60% hydropower, 17% geothermal, and 5% wind) and 17% from fossil fuels (4% coal...
climate change could cause abrupt biodiversity losses this century

Climate change could cause abrupt biodiversity losses this century

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Picture: GettyImages The impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems are already evident. Poleward shifts in the geographic distributions of species, catastrophic forest fires and mass bleaching of coral reefs all bear the fingerprints of climate change. But what will the...
5 big environment stories you probably missed while you’ve been watching coronavirus

5 big environment stories you probably missed while you’ve been watching coronavirus

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Picture: Shuttlestock Good news: COVID-19 is not the only thing going on right now! Bad news: while we’ve all been deep in the corona-hole, the climate crisis has been ticking along in the background, and there...
sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent

Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent

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Image: Pixabay Climate deniers have been hanging out for the United Nations’ next big summit to fail. In a sense, the coronavirus and its induced policy responses have more than satisfied their wildest dreams, precipitating...