Environment

2022’s supercharged summer of climate extremes: How global warming and La Niña fuelled disasters on top of disasters

There’s an old joke about the fellow who has his left foot in a bucket of ice water and the right in a bucket of hot water, so that his overall temperature is average. That seemed to apply to the climate during 2022’s northern summer of extremes.

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‘Sad and distressing’: massive numbers of bird deaths in Australian heatwaves reveal a profound loss is looming

Heatwaves linked to climate change have already led to mass deaths of birds and other wildlife around the world. To stem the loss of biodiversity as the climate warms, we need to better understand how birds respond.

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Watch the incredible moment NASA crashes a spacecraft into an asteroid

The space agency has successfully conducted its first “planetary defence test”.

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Prince William asks Jacinda Ardern to stand in for him at Earthshot Prize in New York

A request from the Prince of Wales was accepted by the self-proclaimed ‘exceptionally poor substitute’.

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La Niña, 3 years in a row: a climate scientist on what flood-weary Australians can expect this summer

After weeks of anticipation, it’s finally official: the Bureau of Meteorology has declared another La Niña is underway. This means Australia’s east coast will likely endure yet another wet, and relatively cool, spring and summer.

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In Spain, weavers reuse shopping bags to shield from sun

The sun beats down on the narrow streets of the Spanish village of Valverde de la Vera, filtered through multi-coloured shades made out of plastic shopping bags and the remains of old advertising billboards.

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Noise pollution is hurting animals – and we don’t even know how much

From construction projects to busy roads, aeroplanes and railways, human noise is everywhere. It is an invisible cause of stress, posing serious risks to human health and wellbeing. However, noise also harms animals living in close contact with humans, in homes, farms and zoos.

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‘Spanish Stonehenge’ emerges from drought-hit dam

A brutal summer has caused havoc for many in rural Spain, but one unexpected side-effect of the country’s worst drought in decades has delighted archaeologists – the emergence of a prehistoric stone circle in a dam whose waterline has receded.

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Low-cost solution to energy insecurity

New research from Stanford University Professor Mark Jacobson outlines how 145 countries could meet 100% of their business energy needs with renewable sources including wind, water, solar and energy storage.

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Hotter summers mean Florida’s turtles are mostly born female

Florida’s sea turtles are grappling with a gender imbalance made worse by climate change. Recent heat waves have caused the sand on some beaches to get so hot that nearly every turtle born was female.

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Climate change putting Flamingos at risk

Lake Tuz was the second-largest lake in Turkey, and one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world, until it started to dry up two years ago due to climate change and damaging agricultural practices.

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‘Like ocean rips’: CSIRO report identifies 7 ‘global megatrends’ shaping the 21st century

Around 3.7 million Australians have been unintentionally caught in an ocean rip. For the unprepared it can be a harrowing […]

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Yes, the state of the environment is grim, but you can make a difference, right in your own neighbourhood

The newly released State of the Environment report paints a predictably grim picture. Species are in decline, ecosystems are at […]

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Watch the shocking moment a hero digger driver escapes Spanish wildfire

A Spanish man trying to protect his town from a wildfire had a close brush with death on Monday when the blaze engulfed his digger, forcing him to run for his life while patting out flames on his clothes.

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Nestled at the base of a glacier, Norway’s ambitious hotel ‘gives back’ to its environment

A new energy-positive hotel in Norway aims to raise awareness of the possibilities of regenerative travel and the importance of the polar region, in partnership with the local community. 

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How to find the Matariki star cluster: best times and locations

On Friday 24 June, Aotearoa marks the first public holiday recognising Matariki, the Māori New Year.

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Ask the experts: Top tips for winter gardening

A one-stop shop for all your plant needs, Kings Plant Barn is here to help bring your green dreams to life. Why not ask our Plant Doctors about how you can make your garden thrive during the challenging winter months?

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One in five of the world’s reptiles are threatened with extinction: new research

Scientists say turtles faced imminent danger of going extinct. 

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Sir David Attenborough honoured as ‘Champion of the Earth’ by UN

The pioneering broadcaster and naturalist has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the United Nations. 

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‘A viable path to halving global emissions by 2030’: Key findings in the IPCC report

IPCC says the tools to stop catastrophic climate change are in our hands. Four scientists explain how to use them.

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New research suggests there is no safe level of air pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) has established guidelines on air pollution levels which are used around the world to set standards and measure air quality.

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Ukraine’s zoos: what is happening to all the animals?

Details are starting to emerge on how Ukraine’s zoos are coping with the war. Some of the animals including lions, tigers and wild cats have been rehomed to zoos in Poland but this is just not going to be possible for many species.

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IWD: OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn shares moving message on breaking the gender bias

OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn doesn’t just rescue food to feed people in need: she inspires. If she can make a difference, each of us can, and together we can change the world for the better.

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Mass starvation, extinctions, disasters: climate change report warns of ‘irreversible’ impacts

This article is written by Mark Howden, director at ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions at Australian National University; Joy Pereira, professor at the National University of Malaysia and Roberto Sánchez, professor at Colegio de la Frontera Norte. 

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