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

Forest Service says it failed to account for climate change in New Mexico blaze

When the U.S. Forest Service started an intentional fire in the Santa Fe National Forest in early April, the aim was to reduce the risk…Continue readingForest Service says it failed to account for climate change in New Mexico blaze

Systematic warming pool discovered in the Pacific due to human activities

In a study just released in the journal Communications Earth and Environment, Dr. Armineh Barkhordarian confirms that this systematic warming pool is not the result…Continue readingSystematic warming pool discovered in the Pacific due to human activities

Mollusc mass mortality event

In the shallow waters and seagrass meadow of Spain’s Ebro delta, there are almost no solid surfaces for creatures to latch on to. That’s where…Continue readingMollusc mass mortality event

Antarctic is changing dramatically, with global consequences

Antarctic ice sheets are melting, the continent’s climate is changing, and the Southern Ocean is warming, becoming more acidic and losing oxygen. Locally, changing climates…Continue readingAntarctic is changing dramatically, with global consequences

‘Sleeping through extinction’: China urged to end delays to COP15 summit

After two years of delays, governments had been scheduled to meet in Kunming, China, for COP15 in late April to negotiate this decade’s targets to…Continue reading‘Sleeping through extinction’: China urged to end delays to COP15 summit

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’

Tropical dry forests disappearing rapidly around the globe

Since 2000, more than 71 million hectares of dry forest have been destroyed, an area about twice the size of Germany. Many hotspots of deforestation…Continue readingTropical dry forests disappearing rapidly around the globe

The Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, is at risk of collapse

Spanning more than 179,000 km2 (69,000 square miles) in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, the Pantanal boasts one of the highest concentration of flora and fauna…Continue readingThe Pantanal, the world’s largest wetland, is at risk of collapse

‘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

Brazil deforestation shatters April record

Satellite images show a total area of destroyed forest cover of 1,012.5 square kilometres (391 square miles) from April 1 to 29, with the last…Continue readingBrazil deforestation shatters April record

‘Canaries in the coalmine’: loss of birds signals changing planet

The world’s birds, described as the planet’s “canaries in the coalmine”, are disappearing in large numbers as the colossal impact of humanity on the Earth…Continue reading‘Canaries in the coalmine’: loss of birds signals changing planet

The number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004

The number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004, according to a survey that counted splats on car registration…Continue readingThe number of flying insects in Great Britain has plunged by almost 60% since 2004

Precolonial First Nations oyster fisheries sustained millennia of intense harvests

Oyster fisheries in Australia and North America survived for up to 10,000 years prior to colonisation, sustaining First Nations communities even under intense harvest. Oyster…Continue readingPrecolonial First Nations oyster fisheries sustained millennia of intense harvests

Over 21% of reptile species at risk of extinction

21% of reptile species are threatened with extinction, including more than half of turtles and crocodiles. More than 40% of amphibians, 25% of mammals and…Continue readingOver 21% of reptile species at risk of extinction

‘Relentless’ destruction of rainforest continuing despite Cop26 pledge

Pristine rainforests were once again destroyed at a relentless rate in 2021, according to new figures, prompting concerns governments will not meet a COP26 deal…Continue reading‘Relentless’ destruction of rainforest continuing despite Cop26 pledge

Past the precipice? Projected coral habitability under global heating

Coral reefs are rapidly declining due to local environmental degradation and global climate change. In particular, corals are vulnerable to ocean heating. Hotter oceans can…Continue readingPast the precipice? Projected coral habitability under global heating

Dead rivers, polluted oceans: Industry adds to world’s mounting water crisis

Half of all river basins across the world are now “severely affected” by water diversion projects, which can exacerbate drought conditions and lead to human…Continue readingDead rivers, polluted oceans: Industry adds to world’s mounting water crisis

Lost golden toad heralds climate’s massive extinction threat

In this mysterious woodland the cloud drapes over mountain ridges and “the trees are dwarfed and wind-sculpted, gnarled and heavily laden with mosses,” said J…Continue readingLost golden toad heralds climate’s massive extinction threat

The oil giants drilling among the giraffes in Uganda

As one of the world’s most famous game reserves, Murchison Falls National Park is home to some of the largest populations of elephants, giraffes, lions…Continue readingThe oil giants drilling among the giraffes in Uganda

Bird populations in Panama rainforest in severe decline

Scientists from the University of Illinois tracked species of birds in a protected forest reserve in central Panama to determine if and how populations had…Continue readingBird populations in Panama rainforest in severe decline

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

Transocean Ltd. Invests in Exploration of Seabed Minerals to Support the Renewable Energy Supply Chain

Transocean Ltd. announced today that it has purchased a minority interest in Ocean Minerals Ltd., a company engaged in the exploration of seabed resources containing metals critical…Continue readingTransocean Ltd. Invests in Exploration of Seabed Minerals to Support the Renewable Energy Supply Chain

A disease more lethal than covid-19 has nearly wiped out northern US long-eared bats

15 years after its was first discovered in a New York cave, white-nose syndrome has decimated the nation’s population of northern long-eared bats, reducing their…Continue readingA disease more lethal than covid-19 has nearly wiped out northern US long-eared bats

Amazon rainforest tipping point is looming

The Amazon is approaching a tipping point, data shows, after which the rainforest would be lost with “profound” implications for the global climate and biodiversity.…Continue readingAmazon rainforest tipping point is looming

Africa, already suffering from warming, will see worse

Although Africa has contributed relatively little to the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions, the continent has suffered some of the world’s heaviest impacts of climate change.…Continue readingAfrica, already suffering from warming, will see worse

Deforestation emissions far higher than previously thought

Carbon emissions from tropical deforestation this century are far higher than previously thought, doubling in just two decades and continuing to accelerate, according to a…Continue readingDeforestation emissions far higher than previously thought

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

Death of the last known river dolphin in the transboundary pool in the Mekong between Laos and Cambodia

The Mekong dolphin population has long been IUCN red-listed as Critically Endangered. The last known river dolphin in the transboundary pool on the Cambodia-Laos border…Continue readingDeath of the last known river dolphin in the transboundary pool in the Mekong between Laos and Cambodia

Each Antarctic tourist effectively melts 83 metric tons of snow

The remote continent is becoming increasingly accessible—during the 2019-20 season, the number of sightseeing visitors reached 74,000, with the vast majority travelling by ship. All…Continue readingEach Antarctic tourist effectively melts 83 metric tons of snow

World spends $US1.8 trillion a year on subsidies that harm environment

Research prompts warnings humanity is ‘financing its own extinction’ through subsidies damaging to the climate and wildlife. From tax breaks for beef production in the…Continue readingWorld spends $US1.8 trillion a year on subsidies that harm environment

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

Dams alter river temperatures and endanger fish, yet 3,700 more will be built

The ubiquitous dams around the world are built to guard against extreme flooding, meet steadily increasing water demands and provide hydroelectric power. They also alter…Continue readingDams alter river temperatures and endanger fish, yet 3,700 more will be built

‘Oil spills of our time’: experts sound alarm about plastic lost in cargo ship disasters

Container ship accidents at sea should be considered the “oil spills of our time”, warned environmental organisations that found a toxic mix of metals, carcinogenic…Continue reading‘Oil spills of our time’: experts sound alarm about plastic lost in cargo ship disasters

Plastic pollution in oceans on track to rise for decades

Plastic pollution at sea is reaching worrying levels and will continue to grow even if significant action is taken now to stop such waste from…Continue readingPlastic pollution in oceans on track to rise for decades

World must work together to tackle plastic ocean threat: WWF

Plastic has infiltrated all parts of the ocean and is now found “in the smallest plankton up to the largest whale” wildlife group WWF said.…Continue readingWorld must work together to tackle plastic ocean threat: WWF

The largest marine wildlife disease event in history

Healthy-looking ochre sea stars have minimal genetic difference from those displaying symptoms of sea star wasting syndrome, say Oregon State University researchers who examined whether…Continue readingThe largest marine wildlife disease event in history

Barely 15% of the world’s coastal regions remain ecologically intact

Just 15.5% of the world’s coastal regions remain ecologically intact, according to new research that calls for urgent conservation measures to protect what remains and…Continue readingBarely 15% of the world’s coastal regions remain ecologically intact

Climate change has likely begun to suffocate the world’s fisheries

By 2080, around 70% of the world’s oceans could be suffocating from a lack of oxygen as a result of climate change, potentially impacting marine…Continue readingClimate change has likely begun to suffocate the world’s fisheries

Last refuges for coral reefs to disappear above 1.5˚C of global warming

Coral reefs support a quarter of all marine life, including more than 4,000 species of fish. They also provide a source of income or food to half…Continue readingLast refuges for coral reefs to disappear above 1.5˚C of global warming

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

Safe planetary boundary for pollutants, including plastics, exceeded

In 2009, an international team of researchers identified nine planetary boundaries that demarcate the remarkably stable state Earth has remained within for 10,000 years—since the…Continue readingSafe planetary boundary for pollutants, including plastics, exceeded

Brazil: deforestation jumps in world’s largest savanna as scientists raise alarm

Deforestation last year rose to the highest level since 2015 in Brazil’s Cerrado, prompting scientists on Monday to raise alarm over the state of the…Continue readingBrazil: deforestation jumps in world’s largest savanna as scientists raise alarm

‘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?

Almost 17 million vertebrates killed in the 2020 wildfires in Brazil

Scientists estimate that 16.9 million vertebrates were killed by fires in the Pantanal wetlands, Brazil, between Jan & Nov 2020. Sampling likely excluded species incl.…Continue readingAlmost 17 million vertebrates killed in the 2020 wildfires in Brazil

Humanity continues to degrade the Arctic

The Arctic continues to warm more than twice as fast as the rest of the globe. Summer 2021 saw the second-lowest amount of older, multi-year…Continue readingHumanity continues to degrade the Arctic

Deep-sea mining may push hundreds of species to extinction

Almost two-thirds of the hundreds of mollusc species that live in the deep sea are at risk of extinction, according to a new study that…Continue readingDeep-sea mining may push hundreds of species to extinction

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

15% of Florida’s manatee population has died this year due to human activity

A record manatee die-off in Florida this year has become so dire that federal officials are taking a once unthinkable step — feeding the wild…Continue reading15% of Florida’s manatee population has died this year due to human activity

Human greenhouse gas emissions kill seabirds

The warming of the planet is taking a deadly toll on seabirds that are suffering population declines from starvation, inability to reproduce, heat waves and…Continue readingHuman greenhouse gas emissions kill seabirds

Britain wildlife is in freefall with 70 of 245 bird species now seriously at risk

The red list of Britain’s most endangered birds has increased to 70 species. Birds are placed on the red list either because their populations have…Continue readingBritain wildlife is in freefall with 70 of 245 bird species now seriously at risk

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

Human emissions causing increasing rates of albatross break-ups

Climate change and warming waters are pushing black-browed albatross break-up rates higher. Typically after choosing a partner, only 1-3% would separate in search of greener…Continue readingHuman emissions causing increasing rates of albatross break-ups

Brazil Amazon deforestation up 22% in a year; a 15 year record

The 13,235 square kilometers (5,110 square miles) of forest lost from August 2020 to July 2021 was the largest swath since 14,286 square kilometers were…Continue readingBrazil Amazon deforestation up 22% in a year; a 15 year record

Over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction

From a study published in 2019: Biodiversity of insects is threatened worldwide. Our work reveals dramatic rates of decline that may lead to the extinction…Continue readingOver 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction

The true cost of growing food in Spain’s arid south

Las Tablas de Daimiel is a unique wetland in the vast, almost treeless plains of Castilla-La Mancha in central Spain, but the park has had…Continue readingThe true cost of growing food in Spain’s arid south

Humans kill off 1 in 6 birds in the EU and UK

One of every six birds – a net loss of 600 million breeding birds in total – have disappeared over less than four decades. The…Continue readingHumans kill off 1 in 6 birds in the EU and UK

Humans kill off 1 in 4 birds in the US and Canada

The US and Canada have lost more than one in four birds – a total of three billion – between 1970 and 2019, culminating in…Continue readingHumans kill off 1 in 4 birds in the US and Canada

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

The Extinction Crisis

Earth now faces a global extinction crisis never witnessed by humankind. Scientists predict that more than 1 million species are on track for extinction in…Continue readingThe Extinction Crisis

Animal populations worldwide have declined nearly 70% in just 50 years

Nearly 21,000 monitored populations of mammals, fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians, encompassing almost 4,400 species around the world, have declined an average of 68% between…Continue readingAnimal populations worldwide have declined nearly 70% in just 50 years

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

Model suggests fish fecal carbon sequestering in the ocean has declined by half over the past century

An international team of researchers has created a model that estimates the effects on the world’s oceans over the past century by fish and their…Continue readingModel suggests fish fecal carbon sequestering in the ocean has declined by half over the past century

UN deforestation prevention scheme collapses

Protecting trees is key to meeting ambitious climate goals, with tropical rainforest loss accounting for about eight percent of annual carbon dioxide emissions, according to…Continue readingUN deforestation prevention scheme collapses

Nearly half of Britain’s biodiversity has gone since industrial revolution

Almost half of Britain’s natural biodiversity has disappeared over the centuries, with farming and urban spread triggered by the industrial and agricultural revolutions being blamed…Continue readingNearly half of Britain’s biodiversity has gone since industrial revolution

The Anthropocene causes 23 species to be declared extinct

In the nearly half-century since the U.S. Endangered Species Act came into force, only 11 other species have ever been delisted because they disappeared. A…Continue readingThe Anthropocene causes 23 species to be declared extinct

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

Half of global coral cover destroyed since the 1950s

The world’s coral reef cover has halved since the 1950s, ravaged by global heating, overfishing, pollution and habitat destruction, a trend that is projected to…Continue readingHalf of global coral cover destroyed since the 1950s

Military deployed to fight fires in Spain

260 Spanish troops are assisting firefighters battling a raging blaze that has emptied out villages and burned through forestland for days. “We have talked for…Continue readingMilitary deployed to fight fires in Spain

Humans causing species to lurch towards extinction

Efforts to halt decline of population & diversity of animals & plants have largely failed. 28% of the 138,000 species assessed by the International Union…Continue readingHumans causing species to lurch towards extinction

Social cost of 2019’s plastic more than GDP of India

The pollution, emissions and clean-up costs of plastic produced in 2019 alone exceeded the annual GDP of India. It estimated that unless there is concerted…Continue readingSocial cost of 2019’s plastic more than GDP of India

North Atlantic right whales critically endangered by the Anthropocene

Climate change-induced warming in the Gulf of Maine has resulted in the population of the North Atlantic right whale to plummet, leaving the species critically…Continue readingNorth Atlantic right whales critically endangered by the Anthropocene

Is deep-sea mining a cure for the climate crisis or a curse?

Trillions of polymetallic nodules litter Earth’s ocean floors. Each is rich in manganese, nickel, cobalt and copper; some of the most important metals for manufacturing…Continue readingIs deep-sea mining a cure for the climate crisis or a curse?

Virtually all emperor penguins doomed for extinction by 2100 as climate change looms, study finds

If climate change continues at its current rate, more than 98% of emperor penguin colonies are expected to become quasi-extinct by the turn of the century.…Continue readingVirtually all emperor penguins doomed for extinction by 2100 as climate change looms, study finds

Video shows salmon injured by unlivable water temperatures after heatwave

A conservation group recorded the video after a heatwave in the Pacific north-west on a day when water temperatures breached 21˚C (71˚F).Continue readingVideo shows salmon injured by unlivable water temperatures after heatwave

‘Heat dome’ probably killed 1 billion marine animals on Canada coast

“Ecosystems are going to change in ways that are really difficult to predict. We don’t know where the tipping points are.”Continue reading‘Heat dome’ probably killed 1 billion marine animals on Canada coast

Upward expansion and acceleration of forest clearance in the mountains of Southeast Asia

Total mean annual forest loss in Southeast Asia was 3.2 million hectares per year during 2001–2019, with 31% occurring on the mountains, and is accelerating.Continue readingUpward expansion and acceleration of forest clearance in the mountains of Southeast Asia

German climate, insect protection laws cross finish line

A 2017 study in Germany was one of the first to raise global alarm about the loss of insects. It found that the biomass of…Continue readingGerman climate, insect protection laws cross finish line

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle on the need for sea conservation

“We humans, we have to listen to the laws of nature and face up to the reality that we’re causing our own misery.”Continue readingOceanographer Sylvia Earle on the need for sea conservation

Great apes predicted to lose 90% of homelands in Africa

85 to 94% loss by 2050 of Great Ape’s habitat, mainly due to resource extraction for mobile phones, timber and palm oil. “What is predicted is…Continue readingGreat apes predicted to lose 90% of homelands in Africa

Global freshwater fish populations at risk of extinction

Populations of migratory freshwater fish have plummeted by 76% since 1970, and large fish – those weighing more than 30kg – have been all but…Continue readingGlobal freshwater fish populations at risk of extinction