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Automakers have made strides in improving the gas mileage of vehicles. These efforts have helped reduce carbon emissions and the negative effects of climate change. Along with producing more electric cars, the fuel economy of gas-powered vehicles gets better every ...

The lie of aqua nullius, ‘nobody’s water’, prevails in Australia. Indigenous water reserves are not enough to deliver justice

When the British colonised Australia they assumed terra nullius, “nobody’s land”, and aqua nullius, “nobody’s water”. In 1992, terra nullius was overturned – but aqua nullius remains. Aqua nullius denies the existence of Indigenous peoples’ own water governance principles, laid ...

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Greater conservation efforts are needed to protect Antarctic ecosystems, and the populations of up to 97% of land-based Antarctic species could decline by 2100 if we don’t change tack, our new research has found. The study, published today, also found ...

Palm kernel product imported for use on dairy farms may actually be harmful to cows

Each year, New Zealand imports about 2 million tonnes of palm kernel expeller (PKE), a by-product of palm-oil processing in Indonesia and Malaysia, to feed dairy cows, at a cost of NZ$800 million. But our research shows PKE contains concentrations ...

Why electric vehicles won’t be enough to rein in transport emissions any time soon

Progress towards Australia’s new emissions target of a 43% reduction by 2030 (from 2005 levels) has been decidedly mixed. Emissions in the electricity sector have fallen in recent years, but the upward trend in another major sector, transport, is ...

Every Australian will be touched by climate change. So let’s start a national conversation about how we’ll cope

In an address to the National Press Club this month, Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil expressed deep concern about the national security implications of climate change. “When Home Affairs was created, the discussion about climate change and national security was ...

Global coal use in 2022 is reaching an all-time high, but Australia is bucking the trend

In a year marked by record-smashing floods, fires, heatwaves and droughts, the urgent need to act on climate change has never been more apparent. And yet, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found coal burning for electricity generation will reach ...

Five ways you can help stop biodiversity loss in your area – and around the world

Biodiversity refers to the variety of life found on Earth and underpins the natural systems which grow our food, cleanse our air and water and regulate our climate. Human life cannot exist without it. But around one million animal and ...

Five options for restoring global biodiversity after the UN agreement

To slow and reverse the fastest loss of Earth’s living things since the dinosaurs, almost 200 countries have signed an agreement in Montreal, Canada, promising to live in harmony with nature by 2050. The Kunming-Montreal agreement is not legally binding ...

For Australia to lead the way on green hydrogen, first we must find enough water

Australia is well-positioned to be a global leader in green hydrogen production. Green hydrogen is produced using a renewable power source such as solar or wind. As a substitute for fossil fuels, it will help to meet growing renewable energy ...

Stellantis strengthens climate change with solar energy solution

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Stellantis strengthens commitment to fighting climate change with solar energy solution at Gurun plant

The Stellantis group has further reinforced its commitment to fighting climate change by partnering with Leader Energy Group to expand solar power energy generation at its plant in Gurun, Kedah, Malaysia. This partnership covers the installation, operation, maintenance and ...

The historic COP15 outcome is an imperfect game-changer for saving nature. Here’s why Australia did us proud

Billed as the event that’ll determine the fate of the entire living world, the United Nations’ COP15 nature summit has wrapped up in Canada with a historic deal, which includes protecting roughly a third of nature by 2030. The planet ...

Climate activists throw flour on BMW painted by Andy Warhol

Photo / Supplied A BMW M1 painted by famed pop artist, Andy Warhol has been the subject of attack by a group of climate activists. The car was on display in Milan, Italy, where activists from the organisation Ultima ...

How closely monitoring households’ energy data can unleash their solar outputs and (possibly) make them more money

Almost one in three Australian households have solar panels on their roofs. Most are motivated by rising electricity prices and environmental concerns. Households are paid a so-called feed-in tariff for surplus energy they export to the grid. While customers would ...

Clearer rules on reporting companies’ climate risks could soon put us on a path to decarbonising corporate Australia

Australian company directors have long had legal obligations to identify, disclose and manage material financial risks to the company. Where risks result from climate change, or from measures to mitigate climate change, they have an obligation to address and ...

Holiday foods can be toxic to pets – a veterinarian explains which, and what to do if Rover or Kitty eats them

During the holidays, it’s typical for people to indulge in special foods. Being a pet owner myself, I know that many pet parents want to give their fur babies special treats as well. As a veterinarian and clinical veterinary researcher, ...

UN biodiversity conference: what does living in harmony with nature look like?

The 196 countries meeting for the UN Convention on Biological Diversity conference (COP15) in Montreal, Canada, are negotiating a new set of targets for reversing the loss of Earth’s biodiversity. They have set themselves a formidable challenge: ensuring humanity is ...

Children born today will see literally thousands of animals disappear in their lifetime, as global food webs collapse

Climate change is one of the main drivers of species loss globally. We know more plants and animals will die as heatwaves, bushfires, droughts and other natural disasters worsen. But to date, science has vastly underestimated the true toll climate ...

Fusion power is a scientific triumph, but not (yet) a commercial one. How do we make it so?

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Thinking of buying a battery to help power your home? Here’s what you need to know

Batteries are undoubtedly part of our energy future. Should you put one in your home now to store solar output, manage your energy use and cut costs? It really depends on what you want to achieve. Studies in 2017 and ...

Despite government delays, food waste recycling bins are coming to your kitchen sooner than you think

Only 24% of local councils in Australia separately collect household food organics and garden organics (FOGO) waste. Another 16% provide garden waste collection only. This limited progress has prompted the federal government to push back the target date, from 2023 ...

Testing the stress levels of rescued koalas allows us to tweak their care so more survive in the wild

Koalas have adapted to Australia’s rugged terrains. But bushfires, land clearing and other extreme threats can mean they suffer prolonged stress – and this has a significant effect on their wellbeing. Stress can make koalas more vulnerable to disease, suppresses ...

Climate change Minister says sub-RM 100k EVs are being looked into, but we think he needs to look elsewhere first

The Malaysian government will be ‘looking’ into ways to introduce affordable battery EVs priced below RM 100,000, said Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change Minister Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad. The Minister said battery EVs currently on sale in Malaysia ...

Arctic Report Card 2022: The Arctic is getting rainier and seasons are shifting, with broad disturbances for people, ecosystems and wildlife

In the Arctic, the freedom to travel, hunt and make day-to-day decisions is profoundly tied to cold and frozen conditions for much of the year. These conditions are rapidly changing as the Arctic warms. The Arctic is now seeing more ...

Australia needs much more solar and wind power, but where are the best sites? We mapped them all

Renewable energy’s share of Australia’s main electricity grid has more than doubled from 16% to 35% in five years, and the federal government wants this figure to reach 82% by 2030. Nearly all new power plants in Australia are solar ...

Spotting plastic waste from space and counting the fish in the seas: here’s how AI can help protect the oceans

You’ve seen the art AI image generators can create, and you may have played with natural language AI chatbots. You’ve benefited from artificial intelligence tools recommending you music and suggesting your next streaming show. But AI can do much more. ...

After 50 years, fusion power hits a major milestone. The future of energy begins today

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that researchers at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California, had achieved net energy gain in a thermonuclear fusion experiment. The result was hailed as one of the most important scientific ...

Record lows on the Mississippi: How climate change is altering large rivers

Water levels in some of the world's largest rivers have hit record lows in 2022.

Russia Cracking Down on Crypto Miners Minting in Residential Areas

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What reaching ignition means for nuclear fusion’s future

For decades, the “next big thing” in terms of energy has always been nuclear fusion. In terms of sheer potential for power generation, no other energy source is as clean, low-carbon, low-risk, low-waste, sustainable, and controllable as nuclear fusion. ...

Bad fire science can kill our threatened species. It’s time to cooperate with nature

For four years, naturalist Allison Dixon regularly walked from dusk until dawn at the Warrungup Spring bush reserve south of Perth, carefully documenting every western ringtail possum she saw. The possum – or ngwayir in the language of Traditional Owners ...

Without Indigenous leadership, attempts to stop the tide of destruction against nature will fail

At the crucial COP15 nature summit in Canada, almost 200 countries are reckoning with the world’s extraordinary loss of the variety of life. Climate change, mining, urban development and more are threatening Earth’s biodiversity to an extent never before witnessed ...

We Have Ignition! Fusion Breakthrough Raises Hopes — and Questions

For the first time ever, physicists have set off a controlled nuclear fusion reaction that released more energy than what was put into the experiment. The milestone laser shot took place on Dec. 5 at the U.S. Department of ...

There is no “breakthrough”: NIF fusion power still consumes 150 times more energy than it creates

Here we go again. In 2021, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) announced a scientific breakthrough in its pursuit of fusion power technology. One year later, they’re making another announcement, heralded as “game-changing,” “transformative,” and “a moment of history.” But ...

‘Complete elation’ greeted Plibersek’s big plans to protect nature - but hurdles litter the path

Federal Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek has announced a much-anticipated overhaul of Australia’s national environment law. The plan is rich with welcome new policies – but the path to change is littered with hurdles. The changes largely follow the recommendations of ...

Global Warming Causes Changes in Swiss Insect Fauna

A common damselfly species on the Swiss Central Plateau, the Willow Emerald Damselfly (Chalcolestes viridis) has slightly extended its range in higher elevations. Photo: Felix Neff, Agroscope How has the distribution of insects in Switzerland changed over the past ...

Human-caused global warming, natural climate variability in vicious cycle

Floods that cuts the Raya Bintara Rd. in Jawa Barat, Indonesia on Jan. 1, 2020. Credit: (Fikri RA/Wikimedia Commons) Extreme weather and ocean events are on the rise around the world, due largely to human-caused climate change. But to ...

Team predicts environmental effects of increased desalination and climate change in the Gulf region through 2050

(a) Bathymetry of the Gulf region according to the GEBCO 2021 dataset. Elevation zero is marked in light blue, the −30 m isobath in dark blue. Existing and future (in construction, approved and planned by 2030) desalination plants impinging ...

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