Environment

It’s global warming, stupid

We’re less than two weeks into 2013 and four of Australia’s ten hottest days in history have happened this year. On Monday, Australia’s average high temperature reached a scorching 40.33°C – our hottest day on record. Unreported in Australia, The Bureau of Meteorology said: “There’s little doubt that this is a very, very extreme heatwave event,”…

Diversity and the environment movement

There’s an interesting article over at Politico about the challenge of diversity in the environment movement: The green movement dreams of pushing major bills through Congress on the scale of President Barack Obama’s health care reform law and the immigration overhaul expected to begin next year. But those issues enjoy something the green movement does…

Day -8: The climate change election?

During his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney mocked the idea of stopping sea-level rise. “President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans — [bites lip and pauses for audience laughter(!)] — and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family.” For the Republicans, who had…

Power of We: The No KXL Pipeline Campaign

An amazing — and under-told — campaign against a massive, polluting oil pipeline is the No KXL Pipeline campaign. It has been an inspirational campaign, because it stopped the construction of this dirty tar-sands pipeline, galvanised tens of thousands of people, and now continues to build strength and support around the USA where other parts…

Why climate change is not urgent anymore

David Spratt co-author of Climate Code Red has written a series of posts about the collective failings of the climate movement and political parties to respond to the urgent threat posed by catastrophic climate change. Chiefly to blame — according to Spratt — are the “bright siders” of the climate movement, who offer a positive…

Marine Parks

Environment Minister Tony Burke’s upcoming announcement of a national network of Commonwealth marine parks has been described by environmentalists as a chance for the government to leave a legacy as significant as the protection of the Great Barrier Reef or Kakadu. I, like many conservationists, was heartened to hear of the upcoming announcement of creation…