Bioaerosols: actors in the co-evolution of life and climate

Figure 5: Schematic of the aerosol sources of and the processes of Arctic climate. Showcased are the interaction of clouds with both short-wave (SW) and long-wave (LW) radiation in the Arctic and the various sources of Primary Biological Aerosol Particles (PBAP) such as Sea Spray Aerosol(SSA), blowing snow, tundra emissions and Long-Range Transport (LRT). from: […]

Climate 200 names nine new Coalition seats where it hopes to replicate teal wave at next election

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Exclusive: After months of speculation the fundraising giant has identified more electorates where independent campaigns meet its criteria for support Amy Remeikis Mon 17 Jun 2024 in The Guardian Climate 200, the fundraising giant that bankrolled the teal independent wave at the last election, has thrown its support behind independent campaigns in nine more Coalition-held […]

Ecosystem carbon capture: plankton the potential star

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Image: In the ocean carbon cycle, the biological pump begins with the capture of atmospheric carbon dioxide during photosynthesis by phytoplankton. If the phytoplankton die, the carbon in their bodies is stored deep in the ocean. However, zooplankton grazing will release carbon dioxide back into the atmosphere.IAEA Marine CO₂ removal technologies could depend on the […]

Tiny sea creatures are making clouds over the Southern Ocean

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Phytoplankton make aerosols that become the seeds of clouds over the Southern Ocean 17 JUL 2015 in Science BYCAROLYN GRAMLING The Southern Ocean is the cloudiest region on Earth, almost completely blanketed yearround. But the cause might be surprising: tiny marine organisms called phytoplankton, which live in the ocean’s stormy waters. A new study has […]

Guardian Australia Editor: Our world has no time for any more faux policies of Australia’s climate wars

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Lenore Taylor, Guardian Australia editor Peter Dutton’s climate policy is slowly emerging as another sham; the latest and most blatant instalment in the Coalition’s decades-long climate policy pretence. For much of our recent political history, the Liberal and National parties have claimed to have a policy to address global heating while actually having a policy […]

Mining companies taking advantage of cheap off grid renewable power

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Plunging solar module prices drive massive boom in off-grid renewable projects in Renew Economy by Rachel Williamson The off-grid renewable energy market is booming, particularly for large mining operations, as customers look to switch out of expensive fossil fuels and tap into the falling costs of solar modules. David Griffin, the CEO of Australian solar […]

Wildfires will likely worsen global warming unless we cut back methane and geo-engineer the upper atmosphere

Coming to grips with a climate paradox: Less air pollution spurs more wildfires Getting rid of aerosols, such as sulfur dioxide, could let more sunlight reach boreal forests, helping turn them into tinderboxes. But the solution clearly isn’t more pollution. By Warren Cornwall in Anthropocene June 5, 2024 It’s hard to fathom that there’s an […]

Mushroom-growing boom could cause biodiversity crisis, warn UK experts

RHS fears non-native fungi could alter microbiology of soil when grown in gardens or disposed of in compost heaps Helena HortonEnvironment reporter in The Guardian Fri 31 May 2024   A boom in the popularity of mushroom-growing at home could lead to a biodiversity disaster, UK garden experts have warned. There has been a rise […]

Hybrid new car buys per month doubled from 2023 to 2024. Toyota retiring petrol but sticking with hybrid for incoming efficiency standard law.

Oh what a feeling! Toyota petrol cars end of the road By Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson Updated June 5 2024 in The Canberra Times Toyota says its petrol vehicles will be retired in favour of hybrid models due to demand (Supplied by Toyota Australia/AAP PHOTOS) Nine popular vehicles will no longer be sold as petrol cars in […]

Zero emission cement by (electric) recycling

The ultimate path to zero-emission cement may be recycled cement By linking the recycling of two carbon-intensive materials—cement and steel—researchers have hit upon a breakthrough that dramatically cuts the climate impact of both. By Sarah DeWeerdt June 4, 2024 In Anthropocene A newly developed method to recycle cement could yield a billion metric tons yearly […]

Why are Green parties polling badly for the European elections?

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06/06/2024 Ajit Niranjan in The Guardian Voters may deal Green parties a blow that costs them up to one-third of their seats, if polls before this week’s European elections prove correct, in a shift that could lead to a rollback of climate policies with the effects rippling far beyond the continent. At first glance, the […]

Nine independent MPs and Greens back UN call for Australia to ban fossil fuel advertising

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‘The industry is rapidly strangling our planet,’ says Andrew Wilkie, who joins Allegra Spender, Sophie Scamps, Zali Steggall and Monique Ryan in call for ban Adam Morton and Graham Readfearn Thu 6 Jun 2024 in The Guardian At least nine independent MPs and the Greens have backed the UN secretary general’s call for the Australian […]

Animal welfare more compelling than environment for food choices

What drives consumers to more sustainable meat? Ironically, it isn’t telling them it’s sustainable. A new large scale European survey found that animal welfare credentials were consistently more persuasive than environmental credentials. By Emma Bryce in Anthropocene May 31, 2024 The emotive power of animal welfare is more likely to make people eat sustainably, than […]

Fungus as a building material

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Q. Which is the greener building material, fungus or concrete? A. It depends on the electricity source. There’s always more to a new material than meets the eye. By Anthropocene Team May 30, 2024 Buildings account for 40 percent of global energy demand and a third of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions today. There is […]

Youth: “reinforcing democracy is the best way for us to solve this together.”

‘It’s all we have’: young climate activists on the state of politics around the world With elections affecting half the world’s population this year, campaigners offer their views on the chances of real change. Damian Carrington and Damien Gayle Sun 2 Jun 2024 in the Guardian This year elections are taking place across the globe, […]

Nobel Prize-winning economist calls for climate tax on billionaires

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And she called for the money to be sent directly to the world’s most climate-vulnerable people. ARIELLE SAMUELSON APR 24, 2024 in Heated For the first time, the world’s most powerful countries are considering a proposal that would tax the super rich and send the money directly to the people on the front lines of […]

Research proves: If a government is allowing new fossil fuel projects they’re not serious about the climate crisis

No need for countries to issue new oil, gas or coal licences, study finds Researchers say world has enough fossil fuel projects planned to meet demand forecasts to 2050 if net zero is reached Jillian Ambrose Energy correspondent Guardian Fri 31 May 2024  The world has enough fossil fuel projects planned to meet global energy […]

First ever planet-wide analysis shows conservation work is making a measurable difference

Fig. S2. from Langhammer, et. al. “The positive impact of conservation action.” Science. April 25, 2024. Standardized effect size (Hedges’ g) for each trial colored by intervention type. Above the zero line indicates a better outcome for biodiversity compared with the counter All the money and effort spent on biodiversity conservation is not just a […]

UK Vote Climate

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Tue 28 May 2024 15.00 AEST No Tory MPs voted positively on climate issues since party took power, study finds Labour and Liberal Democrats dominated list of MPs who were rated as very good in backing environmental policies Fiona Harvey Environment editor in the Guardian Only a single sitting Conservative was rated as “good” on […]

Who are the good and bad super funds?

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With fossil fuel investment doubling, does your super fund top the ‘climate wreckers’ list? Australian super funds are expanding instead of shrinking their investment in fossil fuels, despite boasting of their zero emissions targets, new research shows. Investment in clean energy companies has shrunk, decreasing by half a billion dollars over the last two years, […]

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