All about sea ice

Sea ice is found in remote polar oceans. On average, sea ice covers about 25 million square kilometers (9,652,553 square miles) of the earth, or about two-and-a-half times the area of Canada. Because most of us do not live in the polar regions, we may live for several decades and never see sea ice. ...

Chasing Ice bewitches eyes but won’t change minds

Author: Ann McCulloch Source: The Conversation Date: 12 April, 2013 Science seems to be failing to change the minds of those who are sceptical about the reality of anthropogenic climate change. Chasing Ice – a film by Jeff Orlowski, playing in Australia currently – tries instead to change...

Mia Vissenjoux, Environmental Ambassador

Cool Australia had the privilege of having Mia Vissenjoux speak at our annual 'Love Your Planet' Valentine's Day Women's Lunch. She is the Environmental Captain of Brighton Secondary College and has quickly become a voice for environmental responsibility for her generation, whom some refer to as an ...

Jason Kimberley Named Sustainability and Environmental Educator of the Year

Cool Australia is thrilled to announce that our founder and CEO, Jason Kimberley, was recently named the Sustainability and Environmental Educator of the Year 2012 by the Victorian Association for Environmental Education (VAEE). This award is important to Cool Australia, as the VAEE offers professi...

What’s happening in the Arctic?

Author: Andrew Freedman and Michael D LemonickSource: Climate Spectator (This article was originally published by Climate Central) Date: 28 March, 2013 The skin of sea ice that covers the Arctic Ocean has reached its maximum extent for 2013, the National Snow and Ice Data Center announced Mo...

Snapshot of ‘The Angry Summer’ by The Climate Commission

All the world’s major scientific bodies agree that the global climate is changing. Global temperature is rising quickly with the last decade being the hottest ever recorded. A changing climate affects the natural environment that supplies our basic requirements: sufficient and safe water, clear ai...

The Melting Arctic

The Arctic is home to the North Pole, polar bears and Santa (yet to be scientifically confirmed). There is no landmass at the North Pole, only floating ice. In September 2007, this floating ice cap melted and shrank to the smallest it has ever been, shattering the previous record set in 2005. This ...

Record-Breaking Year for Ozone Hole

Author: Catherine Clarke Fox Source: National Geographic Kids Ozone, a gas that is produced naturally up in the stratosphere, surrounds the Earth like a protective blanket. This ozone layer keeps us safe because it absorbs many of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. But that protectiv...

Fun facts about penguins!

Penguins are amazing birds! They are not quite like any bird you have seen before in your backyard or at the park. They have adapted to their cold environment in a way that makes them pretty special. Here are some fun facts: - Penguins are flightless birds. - While other birds have wings for f...

Albino-like penguin found in Antarctica

Source: National Geographic News Birds of a feather usually flock together—but not in the case of a rare 'white' mutant penguin, spotted in a chinstrap penguin colony in Antarctica. Although the bird seems to be albino, it actually has a condition that make its feathers lighten from its dark col...