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ENVIRONMENT


PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

Naomi Klein on climate change, cooking the poor and the disgraceful Australia-Canada bond

Author Naomi Klein says it’s not necessarily that the Right doesn’t believe in climate change, it’s that they see economic advantage in drowning the poor.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Fossil fuel’s trillion-dollar incentive to rain on Lima climate conference parade

Climate talks are making progress in Peru (with one noted dissenting voice — no points for guessing). But the fossil fuel industry has a trillion reasons to try to stop climate action.

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GLENN DYER | ENVIRONMENT |

Germany’s big energy play has nuclear lessons for Australia

Germany’s largest energy utility is splitting into two companies, with one focusing on renewables and the other on fossil fuels and nuclear power. It’s high time Australia also realised fossil fuels and nuclear are both on their way out.

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GILES PARKINSON | ENVIRONMENT |

Australia will disgrace itself in Lima, just as it did in Kyoto

Australia is unlikely to be able to leverage another “Australia clause” at the Lima negotiations — the United States has been showing us up on climate action for 20 years.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ENVIRONMENT |

Life on Mars? What Philae’s discovery really means

The comet lander Philae has discovered a great deal that was previously unknown about comets. But it hasn’t brought home news of alien life.

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ENVIRONMENT |

US-China climate deal shows up Australia’s pathetic targets

It is clearer than ever that Australia must act on climate change — or risk being left behind. Climate Institute deputy CEO Erwin Jackson explains.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Should Tassie devils be introduced to Wilson’s Prom?

Authorities are considering introducing Tasmanian devils onto Wilson’s Prom to decrease the feral cat population. But biologist Allen Greer says there’s little evidence the devils will make any difference.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ENVIRONMENT |

Balanced precariously on the face of a comet, Philae’s work is just beginning

This morning, the European Space Agency’s Philae lander touched down on the surface of a comet. Now comes the hard part.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ENVIRONMENT |

Cold as ice? Comet landing comes with a long tail of fibs

Think comets are pristine, snowy wonderlands? Think again — and comet lander Philae will prove it.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

No DICE: Greg Hunt deceives the public about ‘clean’ coal project

Greg Hunt’s plan to reduce carbon emissions through cleaner coal is too little, too late.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ENVIRONMENT |

‘Once every million years’: comet hurtling towards Mars at 56km per second

The roll of the cosmic dice will (probably) spare Earth from a head-on collision with a comet as it flies past Mars on October 20 this year.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Surprise, the Oz wrong on global warming (again)

The recent argument that the 2-degree limit cannot be translated into emission goals and budgets is unconvincing and demonstrates a deep ignorance of modern scientific developments, write climate scientists Bill Hare, Michiel Schaeffer and Carl-Friedrich Schleussner.

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BERNARD KEANE | ENVIRONMENT |

Essential: voters want security over liberty

Voters agree that some freedoms should be sacrificed in the name of security, but are growing more concerned about climate change. And the government is yet to benefit from the relentless focus on terrorism, today’s Essential Report shows.

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GLENN DYER | ENVIRONMENT |

Brickworks wasn’t hurt by carbon tax — in fact, it thrived

Two telling financial metrics in Brickworks 2013-14 annual results (released yesterday) reveal the fraudulent nature of the company’s anti-tax campaign.

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SALLY WHYTE | ENVIRONMENT |

Fraudulent email raises some uncomfortable questions for Landcare Australia

A chairman with links to the fossil fuels industry, a case of impersonation and a patron who thought he was at a different organisation — times are turbulent at Landcare Australia.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

Energy policy not worth the (green) paper it’s written on

The Australian government has its head firmly buried in the sand on climate action, but state governments and private companies are stepping in.

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ENVIRONMENT |

Australian action on climate change? Fuhgeddaboudit

Many countries displayed real leadership at the UN climate summit in New York this week. Guess which First World nation was not among them … John Connor, CEO of the Climate Institute, reports from New York.

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PADDY MANNING | ENVIRONMENT |

‘We are burning our trust’: Abbott’s climate denials winning Australia no friends

Just as nothing will persuade the Michael Smiths of the world that Julia Gillard is innocent, we are well past the point where more evidence will persuade climate sceptics or those vested interests opposing climate action to change their tune.

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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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