Playing (Australian) politics : Al Gore attacks Tony Abbott’s refusal to link bushfires with climate change

From the Guardian Tony Abbott’s insistence that bushfires aren’t linked to climate change is like the tobacco industry claiming smoking doesn’t cause lung cancer, Nobel laureate Al Gore says. In light of the New South Wales bushfire disaster, the former US vice-president says the prime minister’s comment that bushfires are a function of life inContinue reading “Playing (Australian) politics : Al Gore attacks Tony Abbott’s refusal to link bushfires with climate change”

‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse Wows Australia

People waking up in the Australian Outback Friday morning, along with other parts of the Pacific, were among the lucky few to witness a “ring of fire” solar eclipse, as the moon slipped between the Earth and the sun, covering everything but a blazing ring of light around the edges. (DETAILS: Solar Eclipse Turns Sun into ‘RingContinue reading “‘Ring of Fire’ Eclipse Wows Australia”

WATER : A Groundbreaking Agreement to Save Australia’s Ailing Murray River

2013 is UN Year of Water Cooperation, so here’s a good news story to kick-start a new focus for this blog and NAEE….Sandra Postel reports in National Geographic online.  After years of debate, fiery protests and intense negotiations, Australia has adopted a historic plan to restore flows to the suffering Murray-Darling River Basin. It isContinue reading “WATER : A Groundbreaking Agreement to Save Australia’s Ailing Murray River”

WILDLIFE UPDATE : Saving Australian endangered species – a policy gap and political opportunity

From Stephen Garnett, Australia: Tim Flannery, in his Quarterly Essay After the Future, is right to deplore the sudden abrogation of responsibility for threatened species by state and federal governments. The tragedy is that neglecting endangered species is the wrong thing to do on so many counts. It does not reflect the popular will of the people.Continue reading “WILDLIFE UPDATE : Saving Australian endangered species – a policy gap and political opportunity”

Great Barrier Reef loses more than half its coral cover

Population explosion of coral-eating starfish, storms and acidification of oceans causing rapid decline, study finds.  Coral cover on Australia‘s Great Barrier Reef has declined by more than half over the last 27 years according to marine scientists. The Guardian reports Coral cover in the Great Barrier Reef has dropped by more than half over the last 27 years,Continue reading “Great Barrier Reef loses more than half its coral cover”