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ENVIRONMENT |

Remembering Martha, the last passenger pigeon, with hope for those we might yet save

We feel a sense of loss for the last passenger pigeon, who died alone in a cage. But will we act to save other species threatened with the same fate, asks Sean Dooley, editor of Australian Birdlife.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ENVIRONMENT |

A dangerous intruder just misses Earth — but will we be so lucky next time?

Say hello to 2014RC, an object that will pass over New Zealand on Monday. It won’t hit Earth this time — but watch out, as it will come back.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

With friends like these, the RET never stood a chance

Those charged with “reviewing” the Renewable Energy Target were actually told to look at killing it.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

Fugitive CSG emissions are no big deal, right? Wrong.

You may have heard that the amount of methane that leaks into the atmosphere is similar to the amount produced by four cows. Not so fast …

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MARGOT SAVILLE | ENVIRONMENT |

Climate sceptic HQ: undercover at Ian Plimer’s book launch

Ian Plimer’s latest book argues manmade climate change is not real and environmentalists are damaging the planet. Crikey infiltrated the book launch to see Plimer’s fans in action.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Get Fact: how accurate is Ian Plimer’s new book?

The climate sceptics’ hero, Ian Plimer, has a new book out. Climate academic Ian McHugh fact-checks some of his claims about climate change. And did Plimer plagiarise?

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ENVIRONMENT |

Crikey Clarifier: skiing pretty, or snow problems?

Will a hot autumn result in a long ski season? Do the phases of the moon result in better snow on the slopes? Meteorologist Magdalena Roze explains why you should always have your skis ready, just in case.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Fairfax gets it wrong on climate

Clive Palmer has saved the carbon price, said Fairfax! Except no, he hasn’t. How did Fairfax get it so wrong?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Inside Clive’s conversion: how the coal baron met the climate crusader

It was a bromance no one expected. Here’s the story on how Clive Palmer came to cross paths with Al Gore.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Explainer: did Clive Palmer just save the planet?

Clive Palmer dropped a bombshell on climate policy tonight. He’s a fair bit greener — and Tony Abbott will be fuming. Crikey explains what just happened.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Obama coughs up the solution to coal pollution

The US President is switching the conversation on climate change over to human health. Doctors George Crisp and David Shearman say he’s on to something.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Environment: green policies casualties of Abbott’s vengeance mission

Tony Abbott seems to have taken personal umbrage as a result of Greens and green-minded MPs denying him power in 2010. Now he’s in charge, and our sustainable programs are on the chopping block.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Ian Plimer takes on the ‘totalitarian’ greens in latest book

Ian Plimer is a highly influential climate sceptic. His new book, via a Ballarat-based Catholic-aligned publisher, takes on the environmental movement. Will Tony Abbott read it?

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT |

Direct Inaction: nothing much green in Hunt’s white paper

Greg Hunt’s Direct Action white paper makes a bad policy even worse by ensuring there’ll be no consequences for businesses lifting CO2 emissions. No wonder it came out on the eve of a holiday …

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ENVIRONMENT |

The ‘boy child’ is back: more bushfires, droughts coming our way

The weather pattern known as El Nino is heading for Australia, and with it will come warmer temperatures and less rainfall. Meteorologist Magdalene Roze presents a grim forecast.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

The world is cooling, Abbott’s biz adviser insists. Bunkum

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Tony Abbott’s business guru Maurice Newman is still convinced the world is cooling. Here’s some facts to add to his case.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

Minerals Council raked over the coals for troubled PR campaign

The Minerals Council has a new pro-coal PR campaign, but it seems to be a flop. We factcheck “Australians for Coal”.

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CLIVE HAMILTON | ENVIRONMENT |

The Dirty Dozen: Australia’s biggest climate foes, part 1

Who are the 12 people doing the most to block action on climate change in Australia? With a new government in place, and Australia’s emissions stubbornly high, we name and shame a fresh Dirty Dozen …

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

IPCC puts more heat on Abbott’s anti-science climate policies

The IPCC says action on climate change is urgent but affordable. The Abbott government says it will “wait and see”, all the while dismantling the mechanisms that could achieve higher targets.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

Farmers fight against CSG while their lobby undermines a review

The famers’ lobby has been undermining a review of chemicals used in coal seam gas extraction, according to a report today. Where did this leave farmers’ fight against mining?

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT |

Essential: over-55s climate deniers, everyone hates Direct Action

Climate denialism is very closely linked to age, new polling from Essential Research finds. But support for the federal government’s “Direct Action” plan is minimal across the board.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

From the brains behind Rhonda and Kevin07, how to sell climate change

Many Australians do not believe the scientists on climate change. We’ve asked some of the country’s brightest advertising brains how to sell the message to a sceptical public.

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Battle on the gasfields: an eco protest for the landed middle class

The NSW government has dispatched police to the bush to help the unconventional gas mining industry and prevent prices spiralling. But it may be underestimating political and social damage, writes Andrew Colley from Bentley.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | ENVIRONMENT |

A tough sell: can these spinners change your mind on climate change?

Australians just aren’t convinced on climate change. So we commissioned some spinners — who are not necessarily greenies themselves — to sell the message on global warming.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Risk? What risk? The fossil fuel industry walks both sides of the street

The IPCC report says climate change impacts are occurring now, and the risks of greater impacts need to be managed. The fossil fuel industry relies on politicians and business to ignore those risks.

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