RedskyNews Category: Au – Politics & Science

Climate change deal crucial for Pacific: Rudd

Striking a new global deal to reduce the impact of climate change is crucial to the future of vulnerable Pacific island nations, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said Wednesday. Rudd was speaking in the northeastern Australian city of Cairns at

Greenpeace occupy Australian coal terminal

Environmental activists said they occupied part of Australia’s northernmost coal export terminal on Tuesday in a stunt directed at a nearby meeting of Pacific island leaders on climate change. Greenpeace said a group of its protesters climbed atop Xstrata Coal’s

Australia’s deadly wildfires will be worse next year

Australian officials have warned the country could be hit by even worse wildfires next summer than the deadly blazes which killed a record 173 people in February. Victoria state premier John Brumby said the fire season could be the toughest

The Big Dry: ‘Wicked’ warming dries Australian rivers to historic lows

Climate change is combining with Australia’s record-breaking drought to strangle the nation’s largest river system, threatening to devastate food supplies, a report said Wednesday. The government’s Murray Darling Basin Authority said water flow was near historic lows in the system,

Australia cracks down on Great Barrier Reef pollution

Australia announced a crackdown on pollution of the Great Barrier Reef Thursday as the World Heritage-listed site comes under increasing threat from toxic chemicals and climate change. Farmers who allow pesticides and fertilisers to run off into the seas around

Australian military warns of climate conflict

Australia’s military has warned that global warming could create failed states across the Pacific as sea levels rise and heighten the risk of conflict over resources, according to a report. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) analysis found the military could

Humans help mosquitoes spread disease

Humans adjusting to water shortages caused by global warming could help a dengue fever-carrying mosquito expand into new parts of Australia, according to a study released Tuesday. People hoarding water in ever-more parched swathes of the country already affected by

Australia’s Aborigines to suffer most from climate change

Australia’s outback Aborigines will be among the worst affected by climate change as soaring temperatures likely cause more disease and spur distress about the changing landscape, a new report shows. The expert report, published in the latest edition of the

Scientists aim to boost Southern Ocean CO2 monitoring

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Australian scientists set sail later this week on a voyage that could lead to better data from the Southern Ocean, which plays a major role in acting as a brake on climate change. Oceans absorb vast amounts

Scientists pressure Australian PM to step up carbon cuts

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia’s leading climate change scientists Monday pleaded with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to override his top adviser on the issue and drastically slash carbon gas emissions. Professor Ross Garnaut, commissioned by the government to review Australia’s response

Australia’s future forum looks to a republic, and Asia

SYDNEY (AFP) – An Australian republic, greater involvement in Asia and dealing urgently with climate change were Sunday backed by 1,000 of the nation’s “best and brightest” at a summit for the future. Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Australia 2020