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Crikey clarifier: is the Murray-Darling Basin Plan illegal?

Another battle has broken out in the murky war over the Murray-Darling Basin plan, with Victoria and South Australia in disagreement over the level of water cuts and two different groups -- including the SA government -- now threatening that the current basin plan is illegal.

Good news on coal from US, but QLD ‘Can-Do’ better

Dan Cass writes: There is great news this week that US President Barack Obama is about to commence the end of the age of coal. The US EPA is about to bring in a greenhouse gas emission standard for new coal fired power plants that is so stringent that it effectively bans any new ones being built. […]

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

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 […]

Fresh food not-for-profit hard hit after Sunday Age report

After a report earlier this month by The Sunday Age on levels of lead contamination at the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies farm, sales at the CERES market dropped 30%, weekly orders disappeared and staff shifts had to be cut, writes Matthew da Silva.

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Spinning the news on Baillieu’s brown coal plans

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.

Hotter, more erratic weather and higher sea levels: CSIRO

Hotter, more erratic weather and higher sea levels: CSIRO

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.

Rooted Reading List: the Murray-Darling edition

Welcome to the second edition of the Rooted Reading List, a round up of the most exciting environment stories of the week. As always, please feel free to add your own interesting reading finds in the comments. The biggest environmental story of the week was obviously the release of leaked documents from Heartland Institute, the US-based conservative think […]

Who’s the Anonymous Donor keeping a climate sceptic think tank afloat?

Yesterday a dump of leaked documents from the Heartland Institute — a US-based think tank that pushes a strong climate change denier agenda — revealed the inside workings of the organisation and the funding it receives from tobacco, telecommunications and drug companies. After Graham Readfearn wrote for Crikey on the leaked documents yesterday, the Heartland Institute overnight released a statement […]

Death isn’t an option: climate change activists aren’t waiting for deniers to die

Crikey intern Freya Cole writes: Rather than trying to convince climate sceptics with science, should we just wait for them to die off? That’s the argument raised in a recent Grist article, where writer David Roberts argues that “cohort replacement” — that, is people dying and being replaced by a new, more educated generation — may be the best move to […]

Welcome to the first official Rooted Reading List

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.