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  • Is it too late to save the Great Barrier Reef?
    on 2020-06-02 at 17:30 at 17:30

    This summer, the world’s largest coral reef system, the Great Barrier Reef, suffered the worst mass bleaching outbreak ever witnessed. Graham Readfearn looks at whether people are ready to accept the reality that at least 70% of the world’s coral reefs will soon be lostYou can find more information on the 50 reefs project here.Read Graham Readfearn’s reporting on the latest bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef here and his feature on how we are trying to buy the reef more time here. Continue reading…

  • Water-bombing pilots ‘consistently tasked too late’ when fighting bushfires, royal commission hears
    on 2020-06-02 at 10:22 at 10:22

    Aircraft chief describes frustration at losing vital time while inquiry also told firefighter radios in different areas ‘largely incompatible’Pilots flying water-bombing aircraft are “consistently tasked too late for fires” and sit idle on the tarmac until conditions worsen, the royal commission into national natural disaster arrangements has been told.The inquiry also heard that the radio networks used by firefighting agencies in each jurisdiction are “largely incompatible” with each other and the lack of national coordination meant that resources were not always used effectively. Related: Australians say ABC saved lives during summer bushfires, royal commission told Related: Australia’s severe bushfire season was predicted and will be repeated, inquiry told Continue reading…

  • ‘The water will come back’: why Kenya’s struggle against flooding is far from over
    on 2020-06-02 at 06:00 at 06:00

    Record-breaking rainfall has devastated communities – and with thousands displaced and more rain predicted the picture is bleakUsing a short piece of nylon line with a hook at one end and a long thin stick on the other, a mechanic and a nightclub doorman have only caught one small fish all day.“I’ve never been a fisherman before,” says Erick Ochieng on the edge of a flooded creek in the port city of Kisumu on the banks of Lake Victoria. “I used to work as a bouncer but nightclubs have closed. Sometimes my family sleeps without eating.” Related: ‘People are desperate’: floods and rock slides devastate western Uganda Continue reading…

  • Football pitch-sized area of tropical rainforest lost every six seconds
    on 2020-06-02 at 04:00 at 04:00

    Report also warns Australia will experience more extreme fire seasons due to climate crisisThe amount of pristine tropical rainforest lost across the globe increased last year, as the equivalent of a football pitch disappeared every six seconds, a satellite-based analysis has found.Nearly 12m hectares of tree cover was lost across the tropics, including nearly 4m hectares of dense, old rainforest that held significant stores of carbon and had been home to a vast array of wildlife, according to data from the University of Maryland. Related: Counting the cost of the bushfires: Australia’s summer of dread Continue reading…

  • Q+A: Matt Canavan grilled on climate change and family links to coal industry
    on 2020-06-01 at 20:47 at 20:47

    Labor’s Joel Fitzgibbon defends his call for ALP to adopt the Coalition’s target of 26-28% emissions reduction by 2030The Nationals senator Matt Canavan has been grilled over his criticism of action against climate change during an episode of Q+A where he was also asked to clarify his family’s links to the coal industry. In an episode that also featured opposition agriculture and resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon defending his call for Labor to adopt the government’s target of reducing emissions by 26-28% by 2030, and independent MP Zali Steggall attacking Fitzgibbon for his views on gas extraction, Canavan was pushed by host Hamish Macdonald about his “interests” in the coal industry. Related: Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions fall slightly as new clean energy comes online Why should new coal-fired power stations be part of Australia’s energy mix? #QandA the Government taken expert advice on COVID-19 more seriously than the expert advice provided on climate change? #QandA Related: Australia’s muddled energy policy and the roadmap to nowhere Continue reading…

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