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frequent extreme bushfires are our new reality. we need to learn how to live with smoke-filled air

Frequent extreme bushfires are our new reality. We need to learn how to live...

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Picture: Shuttlestock As fires ravaged large sections of the Australian bush last summer, cities and towns all along the coast were blanketed in toxic smoke. Air pollutants were measured at unheard of levels across the country. Hazardous air...
china just stunned the world with its step-up on climate action – and the implications for australia may be huge

China just stunned the world with its step-up on climate action – and the...

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Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP China’s President Xi Jinping surprised the global community recently by committing his country to net-zero emissions by 2060. Prior to this announcement, the prospect of becoming “carbon neutral” barely rated a mention...
earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says

Earth may temporarily pass dangerous 1.5℃ warming limit by 2024, major new report says

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Picture: Kelly Barnes/AAP The Paris climate agreement seeks to limit global warming to 1.5℃ this century. A new report by the World Meteorological Organisation warns this limit may be exceeded by 2024 – and...
carbon emissions are chilling the atmosphere 90km above antarctica, at the edge of space

Carbon emissions are chilling the atmosphere 90km above Antarctica, at the edge of space

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Picture: Ashleigh Wilson While greenhouse gases are warming Earth’s surface, they’re also causing rapid cooling far above us, at the edge of space. In fact, the upper atmosphere about 90km above Antarctica is cooling...
australia, it’s time to talk about our water emergency

Australia, it’s time to talk about our water emergency

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Dean Lewins/AAP The last bushfire season showed Australians they can no longer pretend climate change will not affect them. But there’s another climate change influence we must also face up to: increasingly scarce water on...
morrison government dangles new carrots for industry but fails to fix bigger climate policy problem

Morrison government dangles new carrots for industry but fails to fix bigger climate policy...

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Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP The intricacies of climate change policy have not been front of mind for the Australian government this last half year, but the issue is now back on the agenda. Yesterday a review chaired by...
just how hot will it get this century? latest climate models suggest it could be worse than we thought

Just how hot will it get this century? Latest climate models suggest it could...

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AAP Image/Dave Hunt Climate scientists use mathematical models to project the Earth’s future under a warming world, but a group of the latest models have included unexpectedly high values for a measure called “climate sensitivity”. Climate sensitivity refers to...
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...
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...