RedskyNews Category: Australasia

Nobel climate scientist dead at 65

Nobel Prize-winning climate change researcher Stephen Schneider has died at the age of 65. The Stanford University scientist worked on the international research panel on global warming that shared the 2007 Nobel Prize with former US vice-president Al Gore. He

Australia: Scientists to track locust plague from sky

The Australian Plague Locust Commission predicts locust eggs will begin hatching in north-west Victoria from late September, causing millions of dollars of damage to crops. Sydney University’s Dr Greg Sword says by tracking swarm movement, pesticides to control them can

Australia: Water to get more scarce, more expensive

A new study says Australia’s water supply problems are only going to get worse as the population soars towards 45 million by mid-century. The report by Australia’s major water utilities estimates demand for water will increase by almost 1 trillion

Australia: Monckton blasts unconstitutional ETS

Visiting British climate change commentator Christopher Monckton has attacked the Federal Government’s emissions trading scheme (ETS), arguing part of it is unconstitutional. Lord Monckton is using a speaking tour of Australia to question the need for countries to cut carbon

Wild Storm leaves 8000 Australian homes without power

A WILD storm in southeast Queensland on Friday afternoon has left more than 8,000 homes without power. The hardest hit area was the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture/Redcliffe area where some 5000 homes were affected. More than 100 lighting strikes were

Scientists ‘losing climate fight’

A leading Australian climate change scientist says experts are losing the fight against sceptics, who are distorting the science of global warming. His comments come as a prominent British climate change sceptic tours the country. Lord Christopher Monckton has arrived

Sceptic opens fire on climate change

One of Britain’s most prominent climate change sceptics says Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s plan to introduce an emissions trading scheme will have no effect on the climate. Lord Christopher Monckton is in Australia on a week-long speaking tour. The controversial

Australia: Perth wilts as mercury soars

There’s been a record drain on electricity as people in Perth tried to escape the heat today. The temperature in the city hit 42.7C about 12:40pm (AWST). Western Power says air conditioners and big-screen TVs are to blame for the

Flooding rains bring rare waterfalls to Australia’s Uluru

Heavy rains which flooded parts of Australia’s vast desert centre have brought rare waterfalls spilling from the iconic monolith Uluru, or Ayers Rocks, officials said Saturday. The deluge, which swept across much of the continent’s east after a tropical cyclone

Australian government aims for 90pc car emission cuts

The Federal Government has released proposed new car emission standards which it wants to introduce from 2012. The Government says the new standards would cut pollutants from all cars in Australia by as much as 90 per cent. But the

Australia: Local population of endangered bird cut by half

Researchers say extreme heat has wiped out half a local population of endangered birds on WA’s South Coast. More than 170 birds have been found dead in Hopetoun. 150 of those are the endangered white-tailed black cockatoo, known as the

Sydney Cleans Up After Dust Storm

Video Report: Sydney cleans up after being enveloped in a starnge red dust cloud for two days.

Wild weather strikes New Zealand

Snow, flooding and gale force winds – the lower central North Island is getting it all. Police say they have reports of snow in the Manawatu Gorge, Pahiatua Track and Norsewood areas, as well as high winds in the Sanson,

Australian Dust storm hampers fire fighters in Queensland

A MASSIVE dust storm engulfing southern Queensland has led to health concerns, traffic and airport delays, cancelled horse racing and delivered a blow to firefighting efforts. Water-bombing helicopters were temporarily suspended this afternoon as the skies turned dusty orange. Drivers

Sydney Dust Storm – Special Report

Video Report: A strange red dust cloud has blown in to Sydney Australia leaving the city looking like a Martian landscape.

Dust Storms, Earthquakes & Bushfires Hit Australia

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is shrouded in an eerie blanket of dust on September 23, 2009. Sydney’s cars and buildings turned orange as strong winds blew desert dust across the city, snarling commuter and air transport and prompting a warning