May, 2012

Climate change & the Murray Darling: when our most divisive enviro issues meet

, May 09, 2012

Climate change and the Murray-Darling Basin plan are two of the most divisive environmental issues in Australia. They are also two of the most important. But what does the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) plan to do about climate change in its Murray-Darling Basin plan?
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Heartland unleashes the Unabomber in its newest advertising campaign

, May 07, 2012

Graham Readfearn writes: In a promotional video for the upcoming Heartland Institute’s climate change sceptics’ conference in Chicago, the think-tank’s president Joseph Bast said the scientists coming together for the shindig “deserve a lot of attention”. So how would Joe Bast help them to gain that richly deserved attention? How about sticking a picture of murderer […]

Hate campaign against climate scientists hits the denier spin-cycle

, May 04, 2012

The line currently being spun by climate change sceptic commentators and bloggers is that climate change scientists have lied about getting death threats. At the same time a campaign of systematic abuse of climate scientists in an attempt to get them to withdraw from public debate is being ignored.

CEFC: a look at green loan programs around the world

, Apr 20, 2012

Australia's new $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation, which will provide investment and green loans to businesses, is similar in concept to policies underway in the United Kingdom and the United States.

How to get poverty-stricken communities to adapt to climate change

, Apr 19, 2012

Because the truth is, although the impact of climate change will be felt by all, the extremes will hit some harder than others. The irony is that the people and communities least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions will bear the brunt of the impacts. While this is in part due to geography, the overwhelming reason is poverty.
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Global warming projections from 1981 prove tellingly accurate

, Apr 12, 2012

A seminal article by climate scientists back in 1981 has proved eerily accurate at predicting global temperature rises over the last three decades, with its lead author James Hansen telling Crikey that his early research on global warming "seems to hold up remarkably well".

Conservatives and climate change: it’s complicated

, Apr 10, 2012

New research provides some intriguing insights into why, and what sort of, conservatives oppose climate change and distrust scientists, writes Noel Turnbull.

The Climate Commission: one year on

, Apr 04, 2012

Australians are concerned about climate change and they think Australians should take action to reduce carbon emissions, says the Climate Commission in its first "year in review" report, released yesterday.

Cutting policies, and carbon emissions, in the newest blue states

, Mar 28, 2012

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu yesterday announced it was scrapping the former Brumby government’s climate change target of reducing carbon emissions by 20% by 2020. And he’s not the only premier dismantling climate change programs. New Queensland premier Campbell Newman is busy cutting eight green energy schemes, including: the $430 million Queensland Climate Change Fund, the […]

Spinning the news on Baillieu’s brown coal plans

, Mar 21, 2012

Yesterday the news broke that Victoria's Baillieu government is preparing to open new brown coal allocations in the state and it will embark on a intense communications strategy to address "community concerns" about the high carbon emissions in brown coal.
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Hotter, more erratic weather and higher sea levels: CSIRO

, Mar 14, 2012

Australia's getting hotter -- particularly at night, rainfall is erratic and our sea levels are increasing at two to three times the global average. That's the latest bunch of climate change facts to emerge from the State of the Climate 2012 report, which observes Australia's climate and analyses the factors that influence it.

Welcome to the first official Rooted Reading List

, Feb 10, 2012

There's lot of great environment reading that I do during the week that I don't get a chance to write about, so I've decided a weekly Rooted Reading List is a good way of sharing these articles.
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Is a misleading climate change op-ed in The Wall Street Journal really news?

, Jan 31, 2012

Graham Readfearn writes: What’s news these days when it comes to climate change? Could it be the news that rising temperatures could severely affect the world’s wheat crops maybe? Or how about how human emissions of carbon dioxide have “raised ocean acidity far beyond the range of natural variations“? Nah. Well, at least not if you’re The Australian, which just loves to send […]

A fighting fund for climate scientists battling FOI requests

, Jan 30, 2012

An official fighting fund for climate scientists battling freedom of information requests from well-funded climate denier think tanks has been established in the United States.

An Aussie clean technology news site launches

, Jan 24, 2012

Renew Economy, a new online publication created by former Climate Spectator editor Giles Parkinson, launched yesterday.

Why you should worry about Australia’s groundwater

, Jan 24, 2012

The use of groundwater is “a major determiner in Australia's future when it comes to water”, according to Professor Craig Simmons, director of the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training.

Durban: the chicken and egg switch

, Dec 19, 2011

Georgina Woods, director at the Climate Action Network Australia, writes: When I arrived home from the Durban Climate Conference, my mother rang me to ask what had happened, saying, “I’ve seen two different news reports tonight that had opposite interpretations. Is it good, or bad? I can’t tell.” In truth, the Durban meeting produced a set of […]

The festive season of waste?

, Dec 15, 2011

Traditionally, it’s always been a time of excess. For many of us Christmas is inherently about family, presents and, importantly, food. And all of this would not be such a bad thing, if so much of it didn't go to waste.

Plimer’s new book aimed squarely at sceptic parents

, Dec 13, 2011

Graham Readfearn writes: On November 24 in Melbourne, Professor Ian Plimer launched his new book which aims to spread doubt and uncertainty on the science of climate change.

Durban climate talks: how it all ended …

, Dec 12, 2011

Clancy Moore writes from Durban: As the Durban climate talks entered into overtime early on Sunday morning, many delegates were sleeping under tables or on desks or chairs, waking occasionally to the sound of people clapping a good speech from a negotiator. Negotiations seemed at a stand-off, with many countries unhappy with the proposal for […]