Australia

300,000+ public health professionals call on G7 to speed clean energy shift

More than 300,000 doctors, nurses, public health professionals and health advocates from 30 countries are calling on the world’s seven largest economies to accelerate the transition away from coal to save lives ahead of this month’s...

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Cape Grim climate milestone underscores need for urgent action

Tasmania’s Cape Grim atmospheric monitoring site has passed the symbolic but significant milestone of 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon in the atmosphere for the first time, again highlighting the growing burden burning fossil f...

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Fort McMurray wildfire: the climate connection

As Albertans scramble for solutions to the Fort McMurray wildfire, experts are warning that a “perfect storm” of last year’s El Niño and climate change helped fuel the destruction. The fire has now grown 10 times its original size, ...

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Zombie fossils firms go for the jugular in dirty fightback

After months of silence following the huge blow delivered by the Paris Agreement, the fossil fuel industry has come out of hiding, and it is swinging wildly. As greater numbers speak out against dirty energy, companies’ scheming has...

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Alberta grapples with devastation as wildfire blazes through community

More than 60,000 people have been forced out of their homes in Fort McMurray, Alberta, for the biggest evacuation in the province’s history due to a fire. The wildfire continues blazing through Fort McMurray, destroying homes, busin...

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Vulnerable countries suffer as heat epidemics hit worker health and productivity

Rising temperatures are already hitting the global workforce, and failing to tackle climate could risk billions of dollars in lost economic output and undermine efforts to reduce poverty. That’s the stark warning of a new report rel...

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Paris signing ceremony marks milestone in journey towards fossil free future

As the world’s record warming streak moves into its 11th month, and climate impacts, continue to hit communities, nations will be using Earth Day 2016 to take their first collective step from ambition to action on the global climate...

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Phase out coal or say goodbye to the Great Barrier Reef – scientists

The Great Barrier Reef is under siege from climate change and coal, with scientists confirming that 93 per cent of the world heritage area is now suffering from severe coral bleaching. The unprecedented event, caused by climate chan...

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Faith groups urge leaders to keep promise of a better climate for a safer planet

As world leaders prepare to sign the landmark Paris agreement this week, 250 faith leaders are also underscoring the moral imperatives of acting on climate change. In an Interfaith Climate Change Statement, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, ...

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Underground coal gasification banned in Queensland

In yet another example of coal’s messy decline and toxic legacy, the Queensland government banned underground coal gasification (UCG), arguing the environmental risks outweigh its economic benefits. There were three UCG pilot projec...

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BP continues down moral bankruptcy path to economic abyss

BP is under pressure over its increasingly bare hypocrisy on climate change this week, with the British Museum being called on to drop it as a sponsor, and protests in Australia and outside its AGM in London demanding it abandon pla...

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World’s largest private coal company files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy, the world’s largest privately-owned coal company, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the US, becoming the 50th coal company to do so since 2012. The company blames “prolonged industry downturn” on its ...

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Countries urged to turn Paris promises into action, ratify swiftly

As many nations make calls for the swift ratification of the Paris Agreement, the profound impacts of climate change is hitting home, 2016 is forecast to be the hottest on record and more extreme weather events hit across the globe....

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Australian taxpayers to fund Adani’s zombie coal project?

With over dozen financial institutions essentially ruling out funding Indian coal conglomerate Adani’s Carmichael mine in Queensland, Australian taxpayers are now being asked to open their wallets for the project. Indian Finance Min...

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China goes big on clean energy in latest Five-Year Plan

For the first time ever, China will cap its total primary energy consumption, and set targets to improve its air quality, outlined in its 13th Five-Year Plan for Economic and Social Development. China also plans to cut energy and CO...

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Coal’s demise paves way for renewable-friendly future

As fortunes continue to fade for coal, new beginnings are on the horizon for renewables. Oregon has become the first US state to introduce legislation that phases out coal completely by 2030, and doubles renewables in their energy m...

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Another climate warning: February smashes heat records

The world’s recent run of record-breaking temperatures continued into February, smashing previous monthly records by an unprecedented amount. New data from NASA shows global surface temperatures across land and ocean were 1.35DegC a...

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Cyclone Winston a rallying cry for countries to ratify Paris deal

As Fiji reels from the strongest storm ever recorded in the Southern Hemisphere, leaders from across the globe are faced with yet another rallying cry on the urgency of taking climate action. Coming just two months before the UN’s s...

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BP carbon bomb in Great Australian Bight under spotlight

Disastrous plans from BP, Statoil, and Chevron to drill for oil in the incredibly hostile Great Australian Bight will soon be under the spotlight, with the Australian Senate instigating an inquiry into the AU$1 billion project. Reje...

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CSIRO climate PR disaster continues with Fair Work challenge

After weeks of domestic and international condemnation of the CSIRO’s sudden and illogical cuts to climate science, the controversy continues to percolate, with staff preparing to launch a Fair Work challenge and Prime Minister Malc...

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