Dying Steppe

Date: 18th of May 2016
Mongolia’s grasslands have sustained the nomadic people whose long history of raising livestock is legendary. But climate change, urbanization and bureaucracy are threatening the very existence of their herder culture, Nathan VanderKlippe reports Gantumur rides a stocky white horse out onto the s...

Climate deniers are smart enough not to bet against Bill Nye.

Author: Kate Yoder
Source: Grist
Date: 18th of May 2016
No one’s surprised that last month was the hottest April on record. And, it turns out, not even climate change deniers would bet against it. In April, Bill Nye bet two prominent climate change deniers $20,000 each that this year will be among the top 10 warmest years recorded and our current deca...

The things people ask about the scientific consensus on climate change

Author: John Cook
Date: 16th of May 2016
It’s been almost a month since the paper I co-authored on the synthesis of research into the scientific consensus on climate change was published. Surveying the many studies into scientific agreement, we found that more than 90% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. ...

Sea-level rise has claimed five whole islands in the Pacific: first scientific evidence.

Author: Simon Albert, Alistair Grinham, Badin Gibbes, Javier Leon, John Church
Date: 11th of May 2016
Sea-level rise, erosion and coastal flooding are some of the greatest challenges facing humanity from climate change. Recently at least five reef islands in the remote Solomon Islands have been lost completely to sea-level rise and coastal erosion, and a further six islands have been severely erode...

Environmental score card shows Australia is once again in decline.

Author: David Summers and Albert Van Dijk
Date: 11th of May 2016
After some unusually wet years, our landscape and ecosystems have once again returned to poorer conditions that were last experienced during the Millennium Drought. That is the main conclusion of Australia’s Environment in 2015 – an environmental score card and accompanying data explorer that w...

Was Tasmania’s summer of fires and floods a glimpse of its climate future?

Author: Alistair Hobday, Eric Oliver, Jan McDonald and Michael Grose
Date: 20th of April 2016
Drought, fires, floods, marine heatwaves – Tasmania has had a tough time this summer. These events damaged its natural environment, including world heritage forests and alpine areas, and affected homes, businesses and energy security. In past decades, climate-related warming of Tasmania’s land ...

The links between big polluters and politicians.

Author: Bill McKibben
Date: 20th of April 2016
This week, 193 world governments will begin putting pen to paper on the world’s first agreement to keep global warming below 2 degrees. This agreement is a huge symbolic blow to the fossil fuel industry, but it will remain symbolic unless politicians cut their ties with the culprits behind this cl...

US firms knew about global warming in 1968, what about Australia?

Author: Marc Hudson
Date: 18th of April 2016
Earlier this month the satirical newspaper The Onion “reported” on the discovery in a Californian university’s archives of a dusty, yellowing report saying the time to act on climate change is now. This week life imitated art, as it was revealed that there is indeed a decades-old report to be...