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How the world dairy herd could be brought to its knees

Tuesday - The drive for genetic selection means cattle are increasingly vulnerable to deadly new epidemics that could emerge as the climate warms.

IPCC report too soft, say some scientists

Tuesday - The IPCC 1.5deg report wasn't strong enough and downplayed the full extent of the real climate threat, some scientists believe.

Fracking part of the deal, says UK minister

Tuesday - As she considers setting a date for the UK emissions to hit net-zero, UK energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry said fracking for new gas resources remained “pragmatic policy”.

Australia needs a plan, says chief scientist

Alan Finkel

Tuesday - Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel says the question facing the nation’s energy future is not about renewables versus coal but how best to create “a whole-of-economy emissions reduction strategy”.

It's time to put away the mower and let the front lawn run wild

Tuesday - The lush green lawns surrounding many homes, businesses, parks and other outdoor spaces might not be the greatest idea, according to scientists.

Top climate scientist blasts fracking plans

Monday - One of the world’s leading climate scientists, James Hansen, has launched a scathing attack on the UK government’s fracking programme, accusing ministers of aping Donald Trump and ignoring scientific evidence.

Scrapping grants for hybrid cars 'astounding'

Monday - Incentives for consumers to buy hybrid and electric cars rather than diesel or petrol alternatives have been slashed by the UK government, adding thousands of pounds to the price of a new low-emission vehicle.


A million electric vehicles in the US. So what?

Monday - Sometime this month, a million electric vehicles will have been sold in the United States. But does it matter?

Reality bites for Australian farmers

Monday - A new study shows that 43 per cent of Ausralian farmers accept climate change poses a risk to their region, compared with just 32 per cent five years ago.

BBC to show first climate film since 2007

Monday - A 90-minute film with the working title Two Degrees will be shown on BBC television next March. It will be the first time BBC One has aired a primetime documentary dedicated to the topic of climate...

Forestry boom turns Ireland into an ecological dead zone

Friday - Sponsored conifer plantations now cover hundreds of hectares of what once was rich farmland in Ireland, smothering the landscape and driving out endangered wildlife.

And the worst plastics polluter is ... Coca-Cola

Friday - Sugary drinks giant Coca-Cola, a company valued at $US56.4 billion, has emerged as by far the most common brand in audits of plastic debris found on beaches and in waterways, parks and streets.

Why we must drastically cut amount of meat we eat

Friday - A major study finds huge changes to farming are needed to avoid destroying Earth’s ability to feed its population.

Climate strategy has Trudeau firmly on back foot

Friday - When Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau swept into power in 2015, he pledged to make fighting climate change a top priority for his government.

‘Disappointed’ EU ministers agree on CO2 cuts

Friday - Some EU environment ministers admitted they were disappointed with the outcome after they voted to agree on a 35 per cent cut in car and van CO2 emission for 2030.

Vehicle made from recycled plastic to explore the ice

Friday - A vehicle powered by the sun and made out of plastic waste is set to explore Antarctica.

Trump says he'll have a look at IPCC report

Thursday - US President Donald Trump says he ‘will be looking at’ the UN report warning that unprecedented changes are needed to avoid extreme heat, floods and poverty.

Now near 100m bpd, when will oil demand peak?

Thursday - Sometime in the next few weeks, global oil consumption will reach 100 million barrels per day - more than twice what it was 50 years ago - and it shows no immediate sign of falling.

Bioenergy will lead the way, predicts IEA

Thursday - “Modern” bioenergy will lead the global expansion of renewable energy up to 2023, the International Energy Agency says in its latest forecast.


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