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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...
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 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...
it’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded

It’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded

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Picture: Peter Rae/AAP The World Meteorological Organisation yesterday published a definitive climate report card showing concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to rise, and the last five years were the warmest on record. The Statement on the State...

A rare natural phenomenon brings severe drought to Australia. Climate change is making it...

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Picture: Shuttlecock Weather-wise, 2019 was a crazy way to end a decade. Fires spread through much of southeast Australia, fuelled by dry vegetation from the ongoing drought and fanned by hot, windy fire weather. On the...
entire hillsides of trees turned brown this summer. is it the start of ecosystem collapse?

Entire hillsides of trees turned brown this summer. Is it the start of ecosystem...

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Picture: Rachael Nolan, CC BY-NC The drought in eastern Australia was a significant driver of this season’s unprecedented bushfires. But it also caused another, less well known environmental calamity this summer: entire hillsides of trees turned from green to...
after a summer of extremes, here’s what to expect this autumn

After a summer of extremes, here’s what to expect this autumn

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Picture: Dan Peled/AAP/Dave Hunt The past Australian summer was a season of two contrasting halves. So did the midsummer weather change make a dent in the drought, and is it likely to continue through autumn? The...
the world may lose half its sandy beaches by 2100. it’s not too late to save most of them

The world may lose half its sandy beaches by 2100. It’s not too late...

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Image: Shuttlecock For many coastal regions, sea-level rise is a looming crisis threatening our coastal society, livelihoods and coastal ecosystems. A new study, published in Nature Climate Change, has reported the world will lose almost half...