Science & Environment

Open letter: Scientists' Galilee plea to banks

A group of leading Australian scientists - including Peter Doherty and Fiona Stantley - has called on major banks not to finance the massive expansion of coal projects in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

Beautiful Antarctica is losing its edge

A study this week found that the largest ice shelf on the Antarctic Peninsula is at imminent risk of collapse. A trip to the continent reveals that rapidly changing environment up close.

Canada has put its head in the tar sands

Canada looks set to use forestry credits to give it cover for expanding its tar sands sector, putting the country on track to become a clean-energy laggard.

Can Australia be an 'energy superpower' and a 2-degree signatory?

The government says Australia can become an energy superpower. Meanwhile, a climate think-tank says Australia risks a $100bn carbon export black hole. Something has to give.

RET deal to pass parliament in spite of wood waste inclusion

While the government has said it will present the amendments as one legislative package to the Senate, Labor will move for them to be broken into separate parts.

Up, down and around: Getting a grip on sea ice's complex changes

Sea ice thickness remains one of the hardest climate parameters to measure and monitor, although improving satellite technology is providing scientists with new tools.

Larsen B collapse 'around 2020': NASA

Mammoth 1600sq km ice-shelf around Antarctica set to fall into sea.

The Tesla-esque disruption coming to construction

While Elon Musk tries to upend the automotive sector, an even bigger industry - construction - is on the brink of a modern disruption, with early signs showing that the 'factory made home' era will be good for the environment.

Climate concern is conservative: Turnbull

by AAP
View shared by many on my side of politics, says minister.

Canada asks others to do its dirty work

The fossil-fuel rich country has released its draft target for December's Paris summit, passing on the 2-degree challenge and proposing to decelerate its emissions reduction after 2020.

The world's false 2-degree faith

The UNFCCC’s Structured Expert Dialogue has found that using the globally-agreed warming limit of 2-degrees as a 'guardrail' is not safe, and that governments should aim for 1.5-degrees instead.

BOM confirms El Nino for Australia

by AAP
Drought concerns as bureau predicts 'moderate-to-strong' event in second half of year.

Why UWA was right to reject the $4m Lomborg bribe

Lomborg presents himself as the champion of cost-benefit analysis but he's just a champion of false choices. Lomborg's efforts to present action on climate change as coming at the expense of fighting malaria and an array of other serious ills is about getting himself publicity not solving the world's problems.

Govt has spent $100,000 lobbying against reef label

by AAP
Environment department officials have visited 19 of 21 countries on UN in-danger committee.

Sea level is rising fast – and it seems to be speeding up

Addressing small biases in satellite observations of sea levels, we have found the seas really have risen faster since 1993, that they likely accelerated again in the past decade, and the IPCC looks right in predicting a 98cm lift by 2100.

Chamber joins CEC in opposing review requirement

ACCI argues for no more RET reviews until 'at least 2020'.

Australian research clarifies sea-level rise rates

UT-CSIRO study finds acceleration continued over last decade, downgrades 1993-2014 acceleration rate.

Soil carbon - the emperor’s new clothes?

Environment Minister Greg Hunt's great soil hope is fatally undermined by a 'one-size fits all' approach that muddies abatement estimates in the service of cheap compliance and contract lengths of only 25 short years. Someone should tell him before Paris.

Potential 'big' El Nino on way: report

Bureau expected to confirm next week first El Nino since 2009-10.

Emissions everythere: CO2 passes 400ppm globally

Not just isolated locally, 400ppm is now officially part of the global record with concentrations likely to remain above that mark until blooming plants in the northern hemisphere start to suck CO2 out of the air this month.