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The tide has turned globally, analyst tells politicians

Today 9:00am - The global shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy will continue regardless of political action from politicians such as Donald Trump and Tony Abbott, a senior ratings analyst says.

Starving penguins a sign that all is not well in Antarctica

Today 9:00am - The awful news that all but two penguin chicks have starved to death out of a colony of almost 40,000 birds is a grim illustration of the enormous pressure Antarctic wildlife is under.

Coal misinformation is distorting the facts

Today 9:00am - A recent story in the global media on 621 plants being built globally was played up in various media – but the figure is way off the mark.

Chevron dumps plan to drill in Australian Bight

Today 9:00am - Chevron has become the second big oil company to abandon plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight, almost exactly a year after BP ditched its more advanced plans for the untapped basin.

One-third of population could be living in Africa by 2100

Today 9:00am - Today, one out of six people on Earth live in Africa. These same projections predict that the proportion will be one in four in 2050 and more than one in three by 2100.

Big brands promise 100% sustainable cotton by 2025

Today 9:00am - Major clothing and textile companies, including Burberry, Adidas, Timberland, and Levi’s have pledged to use 100 per cent sustainable cotton by 2025.

EU rules out tax on plastic products to reduce waste

Today 9:00am - The European Union has opted for a public awareness campaign on the impact of plastics on the environment, saying a tax would not be sustainable.


UK climate masterplan – the grownups have finally won

Monday - The UK Government’s clean growth strategy unequivocally states that tackling climate change and a prosperous economy go hand in hand.

New aircraft biofuels plan would 'destroy rainforests'

Monday - A new plan to accelerate production of biofuels for passenger planes has drawn stinging criticism from environmentalists who argue that most of the world’s rainforests might have to be cleared to...

How NASA tracks carbon emissions from space

Monday - Fires, drought and warmer temperatures were to blame for excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere during the 2015-2016 El Niño, say scientists with NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2.

Germany to miss climate targets ‘disastrously’

Monday - Germany’s environment ministry fears high emissions from coal-fired power plants and transport will make the country miss its 2020 climate targets by a wider margin than previously anticipated.

NOT GUILTY: Easter Island falsely blamed for own demise

Monday - Rapa Nui (Easter Island) has become the ultimate parable for humankind’s selfishness; a moral tale of the dangers of environmental destruction. But new research paints a very different picture.

Italy's ominous supervolcano shows signs of waking

Monday - A super volcano in Italy is waking up. Scientists are trying to predict what it will do next, and what its unrest means for volcanoes worldwide.

BALTIC BURPS: Clams giving off as much gas as 20,000 cows

Monday - Scientists have found clams and worms in the Baltic Sea are giving off as much gas as 20,000 dairy cows.

Fossil fuels win billions in public money after Paris pact

Friday - Billions of dollars of public money was sunk in new fossil fuel projects by the world’s major development banks in the year after the Paris climate change deal was agreed, according to campaigners.

UK and Canada lay down coal power challenge

Friday - The UK and Canada challenge other nations to join them in committing to end coal power generation, saying “we are doing our part”.

SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY: Many uses of captured CO2

Friday - When you get into bed tonight, curling up on your memory foam mattress and fluffy pillows, you could be helping to reduce climate change.

Oxford city to ban cars in zero-emissions zone

Friday - Polluting vehicles would be banned from Oxford city centre under plans to bring in what officials believe would be the world’s first zero emissions zone.

Asean banks need to raise sustainable finance bar

Friday - Southeast Asia’s banks have only just started to think about their impact on society and the environment.


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