Science & Environment

Australia could be a 'global front for deforestation'

WWF warns continent's east one of 11 places worldwide that could account for 80% of global forest loss by 2030.

Dr Karl didn't breach ethics, but now he should spruik the science

As much as this episode may have been a simple case of Dr Karl trying to earn a few extra dollars for drawing our attention to a government report that turned out to be not what he thought, there is one final aspect of this saga that is worth looking at: science has always been political.

Vic govt reopens Hazelwood mine inquiry

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​State will spend $25m to probe whether death rate spiked, fund health study.

Sorry, 90% of Australia's coal needs to stay in the ground

Using a carbon budget approach with an eye to 2 degrees, The Climate Council has found Australia must show restraint when it comes to opening up known reserves.

Farmers to challenge Rinehart coal mine

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Groundwater issue at Galilee project to go to Qld Supreme Court.

Brown coal imposes $800m health cost annually on Victorians

Harvard University researchers quantify social damage from generators' air pollution.

Fire and ice: Studies reveal ancient climate extremes

A massive infusion of heat-trapping CO2 from powerful volcanoes saved the planet from the so-called Snowball Earth environment, while a more recent volcanic event acidified the oceans, wiping out life en masse.

Dr Karl to donate intergenerational report fee

Move comes after science broadcaster lamented report's climate position.

Hunt confirms commitment to 2-degree goal

Environment Minister's tweet dismisses concern govt may walk away from UN goal.

Dr Karl regrets climate failure in intergenerational report

Science broadcaster distances himself from Treasurer's document.

GetUp releases report putting heat on 'dirty 3'

AGL, EnergyAustralia, Origin in the gun on clean energy claims.

Talk of Abbott abandoning 2-degree goal causes alarm

The government refuses to respond to questions about whether they remain committed to containing global warming to 2 degrees. The Climate Institute responds by pointing to threats to Australia's own interests from the current climate change trajectory.

Second Hazelwood coalmine fire inquiry to begin

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May inquiry to put greater focus on health fallout.

China's 'Green GDP' dream could become a reality

China's slowing economy may provide the environmental regulator with an opportunity to push for policies that balance growth with sustainability.

Major French banks rule out Galilee coal funding

Big 3 bow to petitioning from anti-coal activists.

Aim high or low? The post-2020 emissions target is a test for Australia

A new Lowy paper argues that 'quick, decisive, and coordinated global action, should be a high-priority economic task for the Australian Government'. Is this government up to the task?

Additional climate policies needed for US pledge, say analysts

Climate Action Tracker says American ambition 'medium range'; not business-as-usual.

Air pollution 'killing more than roads'

Health, enviro groups call for national Air Pollution Prevention Act to halt coal-driven spike.

Community concern as pollution emissions spike at Anglesea coal plant

Dangerous PM10, S02 emissions soar in year at Alcoa's Victorian plant.

'Forest aid' dwarfed by palm oil, soy and beef subsidies: study

Industries that cause deforestation receive 60 times more cash, finds UK think-tank.