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The 20 firms behind a third of all carbon emissions

Friday - The Guardian has revealed the 20 fossil fuel companies whose relentless exploitation of the world’s oil, gas and coal reserves can be directly linked to more than one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the modern era.

Fight for our largest forest (it's not the Amazon)

Friday - Cheremkhovsky forest covers a 7900 sq km sweep of terrain, but it is merely a dot in the sprawling 12 million sq km Russian boreal forest, or taiga, the world’s largest forested region.

It seems there's a little bit of the climate denier in all of us

Friday - It's easy to spot outright rejection of the facts on climate change. But it's far harder to see our own biases and excuses that lead us to delay or deny the need for real action.

How Extinction Rebellion put the whole world on red alert

XR protesters in Wellington
Photo Credit: Matt Sharpe

8 Oct 19 - Members of Extinction Rebellion have been described in the UK media as ecomaniacs, ecoradicals, dangerous, and a bloody mess.

Human ancestors lived in a low-carbon world

8 Oct 19 - For the entire 2.5 million years of the Ice Age epoch called the Pleistocene, it was a low-carbon world.

Ocean boom picks up plastic for first time

4 Oct 19 - A huge floating device designed to clean up an island of rubbish in the Pacific Ocean that is three times the size of France has successfully picked up plastic from the high seas for the first time.

Drought could hit half world’s wheat at once

3 Oct 19 - The planet’s daily bread could be at risk as almost two-thirds of the world’s wheat-growing areas face “severe, prolonged, and near-simultaneous droughts”.


OUR HEALTH: Should we be worried about microplastics?

3 Oct 19 - Plastic is everywhere – in our food, air, water and oceans. But do we know enough to determine how harmful it is to our health?

Shippers rig vessels with 'cheat machines'

2 Oct 19 - Global shipping companies have spent billions rigging vessels with “cheat devices” that circumvent new environmental legislation by dumping pollution into the sea, a UK newspaper says.

Why you should stop buying new clothes

30 Sep 19 - The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, producing 20 per cent of global wastewater and 10 per cent of global carbon emissions – and it’s estimated that by 2050 this...

Don’t bet on UN to fix climate crisis – it’s failed for 30 years

25 Sep 19 - We’re constantly encouraged to think of the next big climate summit as the most important one, the one that is about to make the all-important breakthrough.

Young climate protesters will force nations to answer to UN

24 Sep 19 - Five members of the G20 are the subject of a complaint to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child for failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The hard truths of climate change — by the numbers

23 Sep 19 - A set of troubling charts shows how little progress nations have made toward limiting greenhouse-gas emissions.

Make phones that last longer and we could cut emissions

20 Sep 19 - Extending the lifespan of smartphones by just one year would significantly reduce carbon emissions in the European Union, according to a new report .

Why we must see humanity and nature as one

20 Sep 19 - From transport and housing to food production and fashion, our civilisation is driving climate and ecological breakdown.

CLIMATE ACTION: Meet the good, the bad and the ugly

Burning the Amazon forests

19 Sep 19 - Ahead of next week's UN climate summit, noted Australian climate academic BILL HARE takes stock of the world's best and worst performers on climate action - including some surprise success stories.

Can a climate-conscious diet include meat?

19 Sep 19 - Two new studies are making the case that people in high-income countries need to cut back on livestock-based foods, but they're also suggesting that one-size-fits-all recommendations won't work in...

Trollbots swarm Twitter with climate attacks

18 Sep 19 - A new tool is tracking automated and otherwise questionable social media accounts as they sow disinformation, discord and division. Climate change is a target.

Global warming hotspots pass safe limit

18 Sep 19 - By land and sea, some of the planet’s hotspots are already above the temperature agreed by scientists and politicians as the maximum allowable to prevent a disastrous climate crisis.


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