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July 15, 2019

Largest Solar Project In the World Planned For Australian Outback

By Alexandra Patel and Monica Medina What do you put in the middle of Australia’s sunny and mostly deserted Outback?  Hint: it’s bigger than a blooming onion!  Australia’s Northern Territory will likely soon be home to the world’s largest solar farm,...

May 19, 2019

Australia’s Climate Change Election That Wasn’t

Australia re-elected center-right Prime Minister Scott Morrison over the weekend, who pulled off a “miracle” thanks to a big turnout from his base of older, suburban economic conservatives and of supporters in Queensland, which is the coal-producing,...

May 15, 2019

Koala Bears On Road to Extinction

The Australia Koala Foundation reported on Tuesday that the population of these beloved animals is in steep decline in many areas of Australia, and estimates are that only 80,000 remain in the wild, which makes the species “functionally extinct.” There are...

March 12, 2019

Oil Spill Threatens World’s Largest Coral Atoll

by Yoel Fessahaye A nightmare is unraveling in the jewel-toned waters of the Solomon Islands. According to CNN and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, a ship carrying 700 metric tons of heavy oil ran aground in Solomon Islands’ Kangava Bay,...

March 5, 2019

Australia’s Sizzling Summer of 2019

This summer Australia shattered its heat records, with temperatures nationwide 3.8°F, above the 1961-90 average, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM).  In a summary put out by the Bureau, they summed it up this way, “Mean and maximum...

February 26, 2019

Great Barrier Reef May Get Slimed With Sludge

The Australian government has given the go-ahead, according to The Guardian, for the Port Authority of North Queensland to dump more than 1 million tons of dredge spoil near the reef, taking advantage of an unfortunate loophole in the laws that were supposed to...

February 21, 2019

First climate-related extinction confirmed

On Monday the Australian government has recognized the first known demise of a mammal because of human-induced climate change. In a statement released by federal Environment Minister Melissa Price, the status of the Bramble Cay melomys (a small rodent) was moved from...

February 19, 2019

Fighting climate change with trees

Many nations around the world (and multilateral organizations as well) have committed to planting millions of trees to help combat climate change. It makes sense, trees naturally sequester carbon and are still the best “technology” available to suck carbon...

January 28, 2019

Australian heatwaves become a public health crisis

While a record-breaking cold snap is headed for parts of the Midwest, summer in Australia has brought dangerous heatwaves that are threatening people and wildlife. As NPR reported, Australia’s State Emergency Service declared the heat wave a threat to public...