Drop everything and watch this video of our gorgeous planet

Author: Suzzane Jacobs
Source: Grist.org
Date: 06 March, 2015
Complicated science, political buffoonery, social injustice, terrible jokes — keeping up with the fate of our planet is an overwhelming endeavor. That’s why today (in fact, right now) you should take a break from all that noise to remind yourself what exactly it is that we’re trying to save....

Quantifying the impact of climate change on extreme heat in australia

Author: Will Steffen
Date: 16 February, 2015
New ground-breaking scientific research in 2014 can now tell us just how much of an influence climate change has on a single heatwave or heat records. 1. Climate change is making Australia hotter. Hot days are happening more often while heatwaves are becoming hotter, longer and more frequent.Th...

Juicy explainer about the environment’s growing economics problem

Author: Sam Bliss
Source: Grist.org
Consume less, share more, drink hand-squeezed OJ. Those are some basic principles behind degrowth, an idea and movement that rejects economic growth as a goal for society. This video explains degrowth with oranges, juice, and peels. But wait, you ask, isn’t growth a good thing? In an age wh...

Eight million tonnes of plastic are going into the ocean each year

Author: Britta Denise Hardesty & Chris Wilcox
Date: 15 November, 2015
  You might have heard the oceans are full of plastic, but how full exactly? Around 8 million metric tonnes go into the oceans each year, according to the first rigorous global estimate published in Science today. That’s equivalent to 16 shopping bags full of plastic for every metre of ...

Ocean depths heating steadily despite global warming ‘pause’

Author: James Whitmore
Date: 3 February, 2015
The oceans are continuing to warm steadily despite an apparent slowdown in global warming at the earth’s surface, according to data collected by thousands of floating robots published today in Nature Climate Change. Between 2006 and 2013, ocean waters shallower than 500 metres warmed by 0.005...

Solar cloth could stretch PV’s applications

Author: Katie Valentine
A British start-up has developed a way for parking lots and structures with roofs that can’t take much weight to harness the power of the sun. The Cambridge, England-based Solar Cloth Company is beginning to run trials of its solar cloth, which uses lightweight photovoltaic fabric that can be str...

24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope

On the 18th  of September, Cool Australia represented Australia as one of 24 global projects selected by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to highlight the best stories of hope and inspiration from around the world in a live-streamed, online multimedia broadcast inspiring climate change action.P...

35,000 walrus come ashore in Alaska due to arctic sea ice melt

Author: SBS
Source: SBS
Date: 06 October, 2014
Pacific walrus that can't find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska. An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed on Saturday about eight kilometres north of Point Lay, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administr...

Melbourne University: “build it and they will recycle”

Author: Beroze Dubash
Date: 06 October, 2014
Melbourne University has broken new ground with the most comprehensive local study to date on facility level source separation. The ‘Build It and They Will Recycle’ study (available here), studied on campus source separations system with the aim of identifying best practise. The study used a c...