Stalemate over rural fire fleet

From The Saturday Paper, 24 September 2022: A showdown is looming between local and state governments over who is financially responsible for nearly $150 million worth of Rural Fire Service trucks and firefighting equipment in New South Wales, the so-called “red fleet”. On one side are 68 local governments who argue the law that puts Continue reading Stalemate over rural fire fleet

Flooding wetlands could be the next big carbon capture hack

From WIRED, 23 August 2022: Arriving at the tidal wetlands of Mungalla Station on the coastline of northern Queensland, ornithologist Simon Kennedy from the not-for-profit BirdLife Australia is greeted by a welcome cacophony. “You start hearing honks and quacks and twitters and noises coming from there,” he says of the area’s diverse and thriving bird Continue reading Flooding wetlands could be the next big carbon capture hack

Australia has finally woken up to climate change 

From WIRED, 14 June 2022: First came the drought. Then the bushfires. Then the floods. And then, on May 21, 2022, came the federal election. After nearly four years as Australian prime minister—a term in office marked by repeated and record-breaking natural disasters—the conservative Scott Morrison was ousted following a contest that hinged on climate Continue reading Australia has finally woken up to climate change 

Flooding and storms wreak havoc for Australian scientists

From The Scientist, 4 March 2022: Australia’s east coast has been drenched with record-breaking rainfall, causing floods that have submerged major cities including the Queensland state capital Brisbane, killed at least 16 people, and wreaked major devastation across both Queensland and New South Wales. Around 90 centimeters of rain fell in the space of one week on some areas Continue reading Flooding and storms wreak havoc for Australian scientists

Atmospheric rivers dust the Alps

From Nature Middle East, 7 December 2021: Atmospheric rivers are long stretches of cloud that can carry enormous quantities of water vapour from the tropics towards the poles. They were first described in 19941 and since then have come to be understood as the major mechanism transporting moisture from lower latitude oceans to higher latitude Continue reading Atmospheric rivers dust the Alps

Scientists say Australian plan to cull up to 10,000 wild horses doesn’t go far enough

From Nature, 1 November 2021: Up to 10,000 feral horses might be killed or removed from Australia’s largest alpine national park under a draft plan to control the rapidly growing population of non-native animals. Scientists have welcomed the idea of removing them, but are alarmed that the plan still allows for thousands to remain, threatening Continue reading Scientists say Australian plan to cull up to 10,000 wild horses doesn’t go far enough

Direct air capture sucks carbon right out of the skies

From Wired UK, 4 October 2021: Christoph Gebald and Jan Wurzbacher were, in the latter’s words, “young, motivated and maybe a bit naïve,” when they decided in 2009 to set up a company based on technology that could capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The two mechanical engineers, who met while studying at ETH Zürich, Continue reading Direct air capture sucks carbon right out of the skies

Most fossil-fuel reserves must remain untapped to hit 1.5 °C warming goal

From Nature, 8 September 2021: Nearly 90% of economically viable global coal reserves must be left in the ground to have even a 50% chance of hitting internationally agreed climate-change goals, according to an updated model of limits to fossil-fuel extraction, published today in Nature. For a 50% chance of remaining below 1.5 °C of Continue reading Most fossil-fuel reserves must remain untapped to hit 1.5 °C warming goal

Mice plague eastern Australia in record numbers

From The Scientist, 13 July 2021: Just before Christmas last year, Julie Leven and her husband Des took their camper up to visit their son in northern New South Wales, Australia. Driving back at night to their home in Gilgandra, around 430 kilometers northwest of Sydney, they saw masses of white spots moving across the Continue reading Mice plague eastern Australia in record numbers