Science & Environment

US energy emissions rose 2.5% in 2013

Weather-driven energy intensity leads to biggest rise since 2010.

Paper to help farmers, foresters go carbon-neutral

Changing land use practices can provide an alternative income stream: BZE.

World has warmest September, hottest 12-month period

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Calendar year record set to fall as Aust temperatures up 2 degrees in month.

Brown coal decision to come after election

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Victorian govt, oppn delay on contentious plan to open up new Latrobe coalfields.

Natural gas is 'not the answer' on emissions

Without new policies to regulate emissions, the 'gas revolution' could end up drawing investment away from not just coal but renewables and nuclear too.

Plants absorb more CO2 than we thought, but ...

A recent study on the power of natural carbon sinks is possible good news. But it doesn’t change in any significant way how quickly we must decrease carbon emissions.

US military outlines plan to deal with increasing climate threat

The US military sees climate change as an immediate threat. Here's how it thinks more floods, heatwaves, and melting ice will alter the way it goes about its missions

Hockey denies Australia worst per capita emitter

Treasurer says claim nation atop OECD list 'absolutely ridiculous'.

September was warmest on record, says NASA

A second consecutive record warm month has 2014 firming strongly to be the globe's hottest year on record, while El Nino has been given a two-thirds chance of forming by year's end.

How much of China's emissions is the rest of the world responsible for?

China has been the world's largest emitter since 2006 and is now responsible for 28% of the global total. But how much of that increase is down to exports going to other parts of the world?

The 'clean coal' era has not begun

Canada's supposedly 'historic' carbon capture project is only viable because it helps extract oil from tight spots. Even more damningly, the technology is still failing - with leakages out of control.

Ocean acidification up 26% since pre-industrial era

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Scientists sound alarm over carbon emissions' effect.

Xenophon pushes Direct Action in the right direction

The senator's amendments concerning the Emissions Reduction Fund - including the alignment of contract periods with crediting periods and a reserve for international offsets - would help Australia reach its 5% emissions reduction target.

Will there be a China-US deal on climate change?

For many years China and the United States have faced off over climate change. Now, climate change action is one of the few things the two powers can agree on.

Building renewables: As green as you’d expect

A new study has found that the massive resources - and energy - expended in building towers for wind power and arrays for solar, etc, still has a lesser environmental impact than continued fossil fuel generation.

Chief Scientist CSG report leaves health concerns unanswered

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The review's 'learn from mistakes' approach ignores public health experts' more circumspect assessment - which concludes concerning evidence is actually mounting about fracking chemicals.

Southern Ocean reread worsens the warming equation

The Southern Ocean has not had the level of temperature modelling of its more accessible peers. New research has found it may have warmed twice as fast since 1970 than previously thought.

Hunt faces Abbot Point pressure

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Environment minister facing backlash on both sides of Abbot Point dredging debate.

Grants open for Coalition tree plan

Applications for $20,000 to $100,000 grants open in first stage of four-year $50m program.

Is climate change finishing off the Aral Sea?

Human water use has largely reduced the world's fourth largest lake to a fraction off its former glory, with scientists now looking into what larger climate forces are behind the drought which is now finishing it off.