Australia’s Extreme Heat Prompts Fears of Another “Black Summer”

Australia’s Extreme Heat Prompts Fears of Another “Black Summer”

The 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season burnt more than 18 million hectares across the country, destroyed more than 2,000 homes, and claimed the lives of 34 people and about one billion animals. The devastation was gutwrenching and a wake-up call to the entire world that climate change is our greatest existential threat. Yet as fire crews […]

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Australia To Stand Out As A Climate Laggard

Australia To Stand Out As A Climate Laggard

As Bloomberg Green recently reported, “as the leader of one of the few developed nations yet to commit to net-zero emissions, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has just become even more isolated. Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election means the U.S. will join a growing list of nations making the pledge, including some of […]

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Experts Believe Spike in Shark Attack Deaths May be Caused by Climate Change

Experts Believe Spike in Shark Attack Deaths May be Caused by Climate Change

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer  Sharks have killed seven people in Australia in 2020, the most since 1934, and scientists believe climate change might be responsible. According to the Taronga Conservation Society Australia, for the past 50 years, the average number of yearly shark attack fatalities was one. Despite the total number of shark […]

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Renewed Hope as Tasmanian Devils Return to Mainland Australia

Renewed Hope as Tasmanian Devils Return to Mainland Australia

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer  The Tasmanian Devil, the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial, has set foot on mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years. Conservationists led by Liz Gabriel, the director of Aussie Ark, released 11 Tasmanian Devils into Barrington Tops wildlife refuge north of Sydney in the state of New South […]

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One Cool Thing: Humpback Whales Trapped in Alligator River Find Their Way Out click button

One Cool Thing: Humpback Whales Trapped in Alligator River Find Their Way Out

A trio of humpback whales was trapped for a few weeks well inland in an Australian river crawling with crocodiles — something never witnessed before, according to CNN.  The whales caused quite a stir — they were stranded in the murky East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park in Australia and could not find their […]

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Wildfires Increase by 13% in 2020, Humans to Blame

Wildfires Increase by 13% in 2020, Humans to Blame

In the past decades as climate change has continued to heat our planet, wildfires around the world have grown in frequency and destruction as the world’s potential to burn has increased. Just in the past 3 years, we’ve seen the devastation brought on by wildfires in California (where the entire town of Paradise was destroyed), […]

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