Climate change killed 40 million Australian mangroves in 2015. Here’s why they’ll probably never grow back

Mangroves are enormously valuable coastal ecosystems. Healthy mangrove ecosystems not only buffer shorelines against rising sea levels, but they also provide valuable protection against erosion,…Continue readingClimate change killed 40 million Australian mangroves in 2015. Here’s why they’ll probably never grow back

Australian Prime Minister parrots a pro-coal talking point as Ampol offers ‘carbon neutral’ petrol

Supporters of Australia’s coal export industry have been arguing for the past decade that global greenhouse gas emissions would go up if overseas customers had…Continue readingAustralian Prime Minister parrots a pro-coal talking point as Ampol offers ‘carbon neutral’ petrol

Australian Prime Minister rules out banning fossil fuel projects

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says Labor will not support a moratorium on fossil fuel projects. “That’s not in our policy and we won’t be…Continue readingAustralian Prime Minister rules out banning fossil fuel projects

INPEX gas company and Northern Territory Government sign statement of commitment to a net zero emissions future

INPEX CORPORATION (INPEX) announced it has signed a statement of commitment to a net zero emissions future with the government of Australia’s Northern Territory, where…Continue readingINPEX gas company and Northern Territory Government sign statement of commitment to a net zero emissions future

Australia State of the Environment Report

The health of Australia’s environment is poor and has deteriorated over the past five years due to pressures of climate change, habitat loss, invasive species,…Continue readingAustralia State of the Environment Report

Fifty-year extension for Australia’s biggest CO₂ emitter

Oil and gas giant Woodside Energy been given the green light to operate the North West Shelf gas processing facility on the Burrup peninsula, in…Continue readingFifty-year extension for Australia’s biggest CO₂ emitter

‘Stark raving, barking mad’: experts question the building of homes below ‘worst-case’ flood levels in western Sydney

While 425 square kilometres of land lie within the probable maximum flood in the Hawkesbury-Nepean valley, it has also long been identified as fertile for…Continue reading‘Stark raving, barking mad’: experts question the building of homes below ‘worst-case’ flood levels in western Sydney

Australia flood, boosted by climate change, making history in Sydney

A potent weather system near Australia’s east coast has unloaded tremendous rainfall in the state of New South Wales for days, putting Sydney on track…Continue readingAustralia flood, boosted by climate change, making history in Sydney

Millions of native animals killed under Tasmania’s property protection permits

Millions of native animals, including wallabies, green rosellas, cockatoos and wombats have been killed in Tasmania, Australia, under property protection permits. In Tasmania, landowners can…Continue readingMillions of native animals killed under Tasmania’s property protection permits

Greater glider now endangered as logging, bushfires and global heating hit numbers

One of the world’s biggest gliding mammals – the once common greater glider – has been pushed closer to extinction and is now officially endangered.…Continue readingGreater glider now endangered as logging, bushfires and global heating hit numbers

Western Australia’s EPA urges 50-year extension of country’s most polluting gas project

The WA Environment Protection Authority (EPA) advised the state government it should give the greenlight to oil and gas giant Woodside Energy to run its…Continue readingWestern Australia’s EPA urges 50-year extension of country’s most polluting gas project

Australian Queensland state government gives environmental approval to coalmine expansion

Queensland has granted environmental approval to a plan to expand an open-cut coalmine near Toowoomba and extend its life for another 12 years, in a…Continue readingAustralian Queensland state government gives environmental approval to coalmine expansion

Experts warn the NSW South Coast marine environment is undergoing a ‘dynamic state of change’

Scientists estimate that Australia’s east coast estuaries are warming four times faster than anywhere else in the world. Prof Maria Byrne from the Sydney Institute…Continue readingExperts warn the NSW South Coast marine environment is undergoing a ‘dynamic state of change’

Emissions warning: calls to stop ‘skyrocketing’ land clearing in NSW

Land clearing in New South Wales (NSW), Australia continues to exceed the long-term average. 51,400 hectares (127,012 acres) of woody vegetation was cleared across the…Continue readingEmissions warning: calls to stop ‘skyrocketing’ land clearing in NSW

A huge Atlantic ocean current is slowing down—if it collapses, La Niña could become the norm for Australia

Climate change is slowing down the conveyor belt of ocean currents that brings warm water from the tropics up to the North Atlantic. Our research,…Continue readingA huge Atlantic ocean current is slowing down—if it collapses, La Niña could become the norm for Australia

Australia’s oil and gas regulator criticised after chief hands out environmental ‘excellence’ awards at industry dinner

The outgoing head of Australia’s offshore oil and gas regulator has helped hand out awards to fossil fuel companies, including Santos, Inpex and Beach Energy,…Continue readingAustralia’s oil and gas regulator criticised after chief hands out environmental ‘excellence’ awards at industry dinner

Australia’s tropical rainforests have been dying faster for decades in ‘clear and stark climate warning’

Australia’s tropical rainforest trees have being dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of global heating, according to new research that…Continue readingAustralia’s tropical rainforests have been dying faster for decades in ‘clear and stark climate warning’

‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022

The Reef snapshot: summer 2021-22, quietly published by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority on Tuesday night after weeks of delay, said above-average water…Continue reading‘Devastating’: 91% of reefs surveyed on Great Barrier Reef affected by coral bleaching in 2022

Narrabri coal mine expansion gets final approval from NSW planning commission

A $400 million coal mine expansion that would result in almost half a billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions has been conditionally approved by New…Continue readingNarrabri coal mine expansion gets final approval from NSW planning commission

Climate warming has dealt yet another blow to the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its sixth massive bleaching event as climate change has warmed the ocean, raising concerns over whether one of the…Continue readingClimate warming has dealt yet another blow to the Great Barrier Reef

Gang-gang cockatoo threatened species

The gang-gang cockatoo, the animal emblem of the Australian Capital Territory, will be officially listed as a threatened species after a large decline in its…Continue readingGang-gang cockatoo threatened species

Koala listed as endangered after Australian governments fail to halt its decline

The Australian government has officially listed thekoala as endangered after a decline in its numbers due to land clearing and catastrophic bushfires shrinking its habitat.…Continue readingKoala listed as endangered after Australian governments fail to halt its decline

New research links Australia’s forest fires to climate change

The research published in Nature Communications is the first of its kind and combines analysis of previous forest fire sites with eight drivers of fire…Continue readingNew research links Australia’s forest fires to climate change

‘Carbon bomb’: Queensland, Australia, reveals big jump in land clearing

Queensland landholders are clearing the equivalent of about 1,000 Melbourne Cricket Grounds a day, including endangered ecological regions, according to state government data that raises…Continue reading‘Carbon bomb’: Queensland, Australia, reveals big jump in land clearing

‘A 99.5% decline’: what caused Australia’s bogong moth catastrophe?

Land-clearing for crops in the Murray-Darling basin, the main winter breeding ground for the moths, Severe drought in the breeding grounds, Increased use of pesticides…Continue reading‘A 99.5% decline’: what caused Australia’s bogong moth catastrophe?

124 Australian species added to endangered species list

Among the species listed is the bogong moth. Scientists have detected steady declines in numbers of bogong moths since the 1980s. But in 2017 and…Continue reading124 Australian species added to endangered species list

We are professional fire watchers, and we’re astounded by the scale of fires in remote Australia right now

While southern Australia experienced a wet winter and a soggy spring, northern Australia has seen the opposite. Extreme fire weather in October and November led…Continue readingWe are professional fire watchers, and we’re astounded by the scale of fires in remote Australia right now

Drought and heatwaves in Australia cause widespread tree death

The drought and heatwaves that seared eastern Australia in the lead-up to the 2019-20 black summer bushfires killed as much as 60% of the trees…Continue readingDrought and heatwaves in Australia cause widespread tree death

One in six Australian birds are now threatened

216 out of 1,299 species are threatened – up from 195 in 2011 – with the climate crisis pushing more birds on to the list or increasing…Continue readingOne in six Australian birds are now threatened

Forest fires in Australia are worsening

The Black Summer forest fires of 2019–2020 in Australia burned more than 24 million hectares (59 million acres), directly causing 33 deaths and almost 450 more from…Continue readingForest fires in Australia are worsening

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef will survive if warming kept to 1.5˚C

If global warming is kept to 1.5˚C, the mix of corals on the Barrier Reef will change but it could still thrive, said the study’s…Continue readingAustralia’s Great Barrier Reef will survive if warming kept to 1.5˚C

Australia’s Unprecedented Future Temperature Extremes Under Paris Limits to Warming

The severity of possible future temperature extremes poses serious challenges for preparedness for future climatic change. The modelled Victoria and NSW extremes indicate the possibility…Continue readingAustralia’s Unprecedented Future Temperature Extremes Under Paris Limits to Warming

Biodiversity loss caused by Australian society

Nature is being destroyed at a rate never before seen in human history, that rate is accelerating and almost all of the destruction is caused by humans. …Continue readingBiodiversity loss caused by Australian society

Australian society devastating wildlife

Koalas 30% decline of total population in 3 years; the state of New South Wales was worst with a 41% decline in 3 years. Now…Continue readingAustralian society devastating wildlife

The Murrumbidgee River’s wet season height has dropped by 30% since the 1990s, and the outlook is bleak

The southern Murray-Darling Basin occupies the southern half of NSW and northern Victoria. It receives most of its water from rain in the cooler months…Continue readingThe Murrumbidgee River’s wet season height has dropped by 30% since the 1990s, and the outlook is bleak

The lobbying push that killed off a fight to save the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef, the size of Italy or Japan, is where global heating is a present-day catastrophe. It has suffered three mass coral bleaching events…Continue readingThe lobbying push that killed off a fight to save the Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef: leading scientists praise Unesco’s ‘in danger’ warning

Five of the world’s leading reef and climate scientists have thanked Unesco for recommending the Great Barrier Reef be listed as world heritage “in danger”, saying…Continue readingGreat Barrier Reef: leading scientists praise Unesco’s ‘in danger’ warning

CSIRO predicts more drought, drastic drop in Murray-Darling basin water

“Going to get worse.”Continue readingCSIRO predicts more drought, drastic drop in Murray-Darling basin water

The Great Barrier Reef has lost over half its corals

“We found the number of small, medium and large corals on the Great Barrier Reef has declined by more than 50% since the 1990s,” said…Continue readingThe Great Barrier Reef has lost over half its corals