Will Australia’s Prime Minister Still Resist Climate Goals at COP26?

Will Australia’s Prime Minister Still Resist Climate Goals at COP26?

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has resisted committing to the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, one that 130 other nations have already signed on to. For a country plagued by algae bloom-causing bushfires, deforestation, and legions of mice, Morrison’s avoidance of pledging net zero has baffled many and […]

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Australia’s Koala Numbers Down 30% in 3 Years

Australia’s Koala Numbers Down 30% in 3 Years

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor According to the Australian Koala Foundation, 30% of the nation’s Koalas have been lost to drought, bushfires, and logging in just three years. The population has dropped to 58,000 from more than 80,000 in 2018, and no regions saw positive population growth. These findings arrive just days after the […]

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2020 Australian Wildfires Trigger Algal Blooms Thousands of Miles Away

2020 Australian Wildfires Trigger Algal Blooms Thousands of Miles Away

By Amy Lupica, ODP Daily Editor Research has found that smoke and ash from Australia’s massive 2019 and 2020 wildfires triggered widespread algal blooms thousands of miles away. The Duke University-led study reported that the phenomenon could be effective in sequestering additional carbon, but algal blooms can also be toxic and devastating to wildlife and […]

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Experts Encourage the End of Oil

Experts Encourage the End of Oil

By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Fossil fuel companies need to stop extraction ASAP. That’s not new news, but a new study published in Nature found that to keep global temperatures below a 3-degree Fahrenheit rise, it’s imperative to not extract at least 90% of coal reserves and 60% of oil and gas reserves by […]

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Australian Mouse Plague Sparks Debate Around Toxic Substances

Australian Mouse Plague Sparks Debate Around Toxic Substances

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In Australia, after years of drought, wildfires, a period of heavy rains have brought back some plant life and millions of mice. As a result, the country’s southern and eastern agricultural regions are now overrun with mice in their crops, barns, and homes. The ongoing infestation even prompted the evacuation of a prison in […]

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Australian Government Rejects Proposed Great Barrier Reef Protections from UN

Australian Government Rejects Proposed Great Barrier Reef Protections from UN

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In a report released last Monday, the U.N. recommended placing the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) on a list of world heritage sites now “in danger.” The report stated that “there is no possible doubt that the property is facing ascertained danger.” But the Australian government and tourism industry defended the country’s reef […]

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