Birds face large-scale extinction: Up to 72% of bird species in north-eastern Australia and 38% of bird species in Europe could disappear completely if global warming isn’t addressed, according to the WWF. Meanwhile, Australia was ranked 47th on a list of 56 countries rated by environmental groups for their efforts in fighting climate change.  The Age

UN study provides more climate change proof: A long awaited report by an international scientific network will provide much stronger proof that it’s man who is affecting the Earth’s climate, the group’s chief scientist said on Monday. Toronto Star

Climate canaries: While government ministers sat down in Nairobi for this week’s Climate Change conference, just a few hundred kilometres away the Kenyan nomadic herdsmen dubbed the “climate canaries” (those who will be the first victims of global warming) are struggling to survive. People’s Daily Online

Water tanks on tap: Thousands of homes in western Sydney would be eligible for interest-free loans on backyard rainwater tanks under a new scheme being considered by Parramatta City Council. The council would purchase the 5000 litre tanks for its residents, who would then have a year to pay it back. The SMH

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