The $270 million battle to save an iconic London bridge from falling into the River Thames. Is it any wonder that London bridges are falling down?
For hundreds of years, they have worked tirelessly to carry the load of one of the world's busiest cities. Key points: Hammersmith Bridge has been shut to cars since April 2019 and to pedestrians and cyclists since August 2020The bridge was shut due to the danger of it collapsing, and will require a $270 million renovation to reopenAn increase in traffic and the effects of climate change are putting added pressure on all of London's bridges But many of the 35 bridges that span the Thames were originally built to carry horse and cart, and the strain of modern-day traffic is taking its toll. The magnificent Hammersmith Bridge is a case in point.
The bridge is nothing short of a Victorian-era masterpiece. For more than 130 years it has withstood all that has been thrown at it, but breaking point came after a particularly warm summer saw large cracks worsen. Demand soars for carbon offset services as Australian businesses take lead on climate change. As pressure builds on the Australian Government to do more to tackle climate change, a growing number of businesses are taking the initiative, volunteering to curb their carbon footprint and offset their emissions.
Key points: Demand for Australian carbon offset providers is growingA 200km 'tree highway' will spread across the northern WheatbeltPressure is growing for more action on climate change at the federal level. Climate Action 100+ investor group calls on the world's biggest polluters to lift their game. The world's biggest investors have declared that the world's biggest polluters need to do more and, more particularly, spend more to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to live up to public commitments to cut their carbon footprints.
Key points: Climate Action 100+ represents the world's major investors No major corporation has put aside enough capital to meet UN climate goalsJust 9 per cent of firms have targets to reduce supply chain emissions The report by investor coalition Climate Action 100+ is the group's first assessment of company performance on climate change. Climate Action 100+ is made up of 575 investors who have $US54 trillion in assets under management, including some of the world's biggest investment houses like BlackRock and State Street. Cows fed small amount of seaweed burp 86 per cent less methane in trial. Feeding cattle a small amount of a seaweed species found in Australia has been shown to reduce their methane emissions by up to 86 per cent.
Key points: Red seaweed contains a compound that can reduce the production of methaneProponents say it could be the equivalent of removing 100 million cars from the road if adopted by the agriculture industrySome scientists warn the side effects of eating red seaweed on a large scale could include the production of ozone-depleting gas. First hydrogen produced from Latrobe Valley coal generates export hopes, emissions fears. A Japanese consortium hopes the production of hydrogen using coal from the Latrobe Valley in a world-first trial will prove it is possible to export the emerging fuel source.
Key points: Hydrogen has been produced from coal in Victoria's Latrobe ValleyA Japanese consortium wants to test whether it is possible to export the emerging fuel sourceBut environmental groups are sceptical about the potential of hydrogen made using coal The consortium has produced the first hydrogen at a plant at the Loy Yang mine, south-east of Traralgon, and plans to transport it to Japan from the Port of Hastings in a specially designed ship later this year.
Australian exporters could face millions of dollars in European tariffs as EU seeks to punish polluters. Australian exporters to Europe are likely to face millions of dollars in new tariffs after the European Parliament voted overnight to move forward with a carbon levy on products from countries lacking serious pollution reduction programs.
Key points: The European Parliament has voted to introduce a carbon levy on imports into the EU from countries with weaker emission rulesAustralian importers could face a carbon levy of up to $77 per tonne under the new schemeThe EU and Australia are currently negotiating a multibillion-dollar free trade agreement The vote came after a top parliamentary committee noted concerns about "the lack of cooperation by some of the EU’s trade partners … to reach the objectives of the Paris Agreement". Canberra's diplomatic and trade representatives are in the midst of negotiating a multibillion-dollar free trade deal with the European Union.
In 2016, Australia exported goods to Europe worth more than $20 billion. Is asparagopsis seaweed a key way to reduce methane emissions in sheep and cattle, or a risky investment? The potential for seaweed to reduce methane emissions in sheep and cattle is being overblown and investors are at risk, according to one of the nation's leading experts on seaweed.
Key points: The CSIRO claims an asparagosis additive will reduce emissions caused by burping sheep and cattleMarine ecologist Dr Pia Winberg says the hype reminds her of the failed investment boom in algal biofuelsA Tasmanian dairy farmer is feeding some of his herd a daily ration of asparagopsis in canola oil Dr Pia Winberg is a world-renowned marine ecologist, who has developed Australia's first commercial seaweed farm on the south coast of New South Wales. Australia's peak scientific agency CSIRO discovered the methane-reducing properties of asparagopsis seaweed, and claims its FutureFeed additive will reduce the near 10 per cent of Australian emissions caused by burping sheep and cattle. "So the reality of it becoming a commodity at scale is a bit of a challenge to date.
" Sport set to reckon with impacts of climate change, and encouraged to act now. Sports globally are reckoning with the impacts of climate change, no longer seen as an issue far off in the distance but one that is being felt today.
Key points: At present, the Federal Government's National Sports Plan does not address climate changeA new report suggests Australia's summer leagues and codes are particularly threatened by the impacts of climate changeThe Brisbane 2032 Olympics would have to adhere to strict sustainability measures should it go ahead Sports from grassroots to elite have had to delay, move, or cancel events because of unsuitable conditions while clubs in extreme climate-affected areas are now struggling to pay hugely increased insurance premiums to guard against flood or fire. Snow and ice sports are suffering from less snow, more rain and shorter winters. Summer sports have been impacted by increasing heat for longer periods, as well as worsening air quality and smoke hazard from bushfires. Family honoured for 100 years of service to Bureau of Meteorology say past 10 years one of the driest. A Queensland family honoured for 100 years of service to the Bureau of Meteorology as rain observers say the past 10 years have been the driest on record.
Key points: Farmers in the Southern Downs are dealing with declining winter rainfallGerald Walsh says things do not look like they are going to get any easierClimate scientist Chelsea Jarvis says that multi-year droughts "need to be considered a regular thing" Overlooking the old family farmhouse on Gerard Walsh's farm is a hill covered in hundreds of dead ironbarks. "Two years ago, they would have all been alive and flourishing. Basically every tree has died," Mr Walsh said. The tragedy of Tasmania's underwater kelp forests - Science. Climate change inaction spurs Berowra residents to take some action themselves with local ideas.
In late 2019 when Australia's first "mega-blaze" tore through Gospers Mountain in northern Sydney, all Kate Friend felt was hopelessness.
Key points: The Berowra Climate Change Action Group was established after the 2019/2020 bushfiresFounder Kate Friend hopes to introduce a solar hub to reduce the suburb's carbon footprintThe local council is looking to set up similar infrastructure in other local villages If the fire had managed to cross the valley into the bushland shire at Berowra Heights it would have been at her doorstep. Productivity Commission finds Australia's water policy not up to challenge of climate change, population growth. Australia's overarching water policy is outdated and will struggle to meet population and climate challenges without a major overhaul, according to the Productivity Commission. Key points: A draft review of Australia's National Water Initiative finds a new water policy framework needs to face climate change challengesThe Productivity Commission has found cities need a greater focus on recycled and stormwater as populations growIt has also found that First Nations communities need more input into water rights For the past 17 years, the National Water Initiative (NWI) has guided federal, state and territory water management and policy for cities and towns, agriculture and the environment.
Formed in the midst of the Millennium drought, the ambitious set of reforms have been hailed as a major success for Australia, according to the draft review of the NWI released this morning. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack flags excluding agriculture from 2050 climate target. Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack says the Government might consider excluding agriculture from future long-term climate change targets. Key points: The Prime Minister says it's "preferable" to reach net zero emissions by 2050 but hasn't set a targetDeputy PM Michael McCormack has suggested agriculture could be excludedLabor argues Australia needs to reach carbon neutrality "across the economy" Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared his goal is to reach net zero emissions "as soon as possible, and preferably by 2050", although he has not committed to it. FOI documents show Darwin's $2.7m shade structure reduces heat by less than 1C. A $2.7 million government-funded shade structure in Darwin's CBD has cooled temperatures underneath it by less than 1 degree Celsius in the two years since it was built, documents obtained by the ABC reveal.
An $80,000 study assessing the shade structure's effectiveness has been obtained through FOIData from mid-2020 shows it reduced average peak heat by 2 per cent, from 32.1C to 31.4CResearchers say the structure's cooling performance will improve once the vines are fully grown The 55-metre structure on Cavenagh Street was completed in late 2018 as part of the NT Government's plan to transform Darwin into "a cool, tropical, world-renowned destination", after a 2017 heat study revealed some surfaces in the city were hitting temperatures between 45C and 67C. At the time, Chief Minister Michael Gunner described Cavenagh Street as "a river of fire" and said a reduction of between 2C and 4C was necessary to make Darwin "walkable and liveable". NSW Irrigators' Council calls for honest conversation as its research shows inflows to river systems have halved. The New South Wales Irrigators' Council has found climate change is taking its toll on water availability with inflows almost halving over the past 20 years.
Key points: Climate change is halving water inflows, according to 20 years of records from Water NSWNSW Irrigators' Council says an "open and honest" conversation is needed about how water is used and storedIt is calling for water held by governments to be opened up to scrutiny Chief executive officer Claire Miller called for an open and honest conversation to be had about about general security water allocations and how much water was held back to safeguard the river in times of drought. "What we've done is we've taken the inflow records since 1895 from Water NSW and we've had a look at what's happened in the last 20 years there," Ms Miller said. Coal-rich Hunter Valley ponders jobs future as Asian giants commit to net-zero carbon emissions. At the Lochinvar pub in the NSW Hunter Valley, a couple of power industry workers meet for a drink and ponder the future.
"Everybody's a bit nervous because we are very reliant about coal, coal-fired power," says Gerard Spinks, who has worked for 39 years in the power stations of the Upper Hunter. "All of our other main industries are gone — our steel, shipbuilding, rail, and textiles — so all we've got left is mining and power. Once that goes, we've got no idea what the future holds. "What about our kids! Exactly," his mate, Carl Kirwin, chimes in. US President Joe Biden pauses oil and gas leases, cuts subsidies in 'bold' climate steps. US President Joe Biden has signed a raft of executive actions to combat climate change, including pausing new oil and gas leases on federal land and cutting fossil fuel subsidies, as he pursues green policies he billed as a boon to the economy. Labor set for climate change shift with architect of emissions target Mark Butler to go. As heatwaves become more extreme, which jobs are riskiest? Heat is more dangerous than the cold in most Australian regions.
About 2 per cent of deaths in Australia between 2006 and 2017 were associated with the heat, and the estimate increases to more than 4 per cent in the northern and central parts of the country. The risk is higher in some regions but where you live is not the only factor that matters. When it comes to heat, some jobs are much more dangerous, and put workers at higher risk of injury. New focus on climate change adaptation but no sign of 2050 emissions commitment. Australia is joining international efforts to prepare for a changing climate ahead of the UN climate change conference in Glasgow later this year, but critics are still demanding it makes new commitments to reduce emissions.
Key points: Australia is making international commitments to help prepare the planet for climate changeIt has made a 2030 commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 26 per cent on 2005 levelsOver 100 countries have made commitments to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 Australia has joined Canada and the EU in signing up to an international call for climate adaptation and resilience. How to make your home more resilient to heatwaves and severe storms in summer - Science. Some parts of Australia are sweltering as a heatwave moves from Adelaide across to the east coast.
The City of Churches is no stranger to heatwaves. In February 2017, the city experienced temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius for three consecutive days. At night, temperatures didn't drop below 30 degrees. Michelle Leishman and colleagues at Macquarie University analysed images collected during the heatwave as part of a heat-mapping project of West Adelaide. Heatwaves may mean Sydney is too hot for people to live in 'within decades'
Andrew Forrest on how green hydrogen offers a chance to fix our climate and our economy. Green hydrogen gives Australia an opportunity to slash our emissions — and if we get this right, the impact could be nothing short of nation-building, argues business leader Andrew Forrest in the first of his ABC Boyer Lectures. The Boyer lectures are traditionally lectures — a speaker lecturing Australia about what it should do. Goldfields museum exhibition reveals what you may have in common with doomsday preppers. When faced with the reality of an insidious virus spreading throughout the world and forcing everyone to hide in their homes, people panicked in unusual ways. Key points: A new exhibition at the Goldfields museum explores the relatable anxieties of doomsday preppersSince COVID-19 hit, prepper Jim Greer says more people have become interested in the subcultureMuseum manager Cara Haymes says the pandemic is changing attitudes towards preppers One of the greatest mysteries of 2020 — the panic buying of toilet paper as pandemic lockdowns loomed — affected many parts of Australia including Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
For West Australian prepper Jim Greer, it was amusing to watch. Whitsundays face rising insurance costs as cyclone season nears, but ACCC may have solutions. North Queensland residents are divided on how best to respond to rising insurance costs as the region enters cyclone season. Key points: Dawson MP George Christensen says the ACCC's recommendations do not go far enoughIts report found 20 per cent of northern Australians live without insurance due to its rising costsStrata insurance in the Whitsundays rose 145 per cent between 2008-09 and 2018-19 Margaret Shaw knows firsthand the impact rising insurance costs have on home owners and residents across the Whitsundays.
The former Airlie Beach resident was the treasurer of the body corporate of a complex of 25 apartments. "In 2011 after Cyclone Yasi, which was way north of the Whitsundays, strata insurance went from $25,000 for 25 apartments to $81,000," the insurance reform advocate said. Adelaide scientists turn marine microalgae into 'superfoods' to substitute animal proteins. A new wave of superfoods are being cultivated in Adelaide labs in the hope it'll provide alternative ways to sustainably feed the world's increasing population. Key points: 'Heat refuges' may be one solution to Western Sydney's climate emergency. As the Arctic melts, scientists say a regime shift is taking place - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Fifty countries, not including Australia, join global coalition at One Planet Summit vowing to protect 30 per cent of land and sea by 2030. World's most expensive steak now Australian as cattle shortage, demand drive record price.
Australian 'super seaweed' supplement to reduce cattle gas emissions wins $1m international prize. Arctic sea ice's dramatic transformation revealed through 42 years of satellite data. Australia's Future Fund 'in bed with Adani' after freedom of information request reveals $3.2 million investment - ABC News.
Jacinda Ardern defends climate change goals after Greta Thunberg scoffs at emergency declaration - ABC News. Colac's renewable organics network is turning food waste into biogas, hot water and power - ABC News. United Nations urges world leaders to declare a state of climate emergency - ABC News. Heatwave study to investigate warming climate's effect on workers - ABC News. Torres Strait Islander complaint against climate change inaction wins backing of UN legal experts - ABC News. Momentum is swinging towards more climate action, but Australia is sticking to its current targets - ABC News. Heat is the 'silent killer' of Australia's bushfire season and experts say climate change is the root cause - ABC News.
Climate change is wreaking havoc on Australians' health. What's our plan to fix things? - ABC News. This tropical glacier is rare, revered, and could be gone by next year - ABC News. Tim Flannery warns of adverse climate impacts if South32 coal mine expansion approved - ABC News. Bureau of Meteorology says the NT experienced its hottest November in 100 years - ABC News. Anthony Albanese says emissions fell just 1 per cent under the Coalition, compared with 15 per cent under Labor. Is he correct? - ABC News. Will Scott Morrison adopt 2050 target before the Glasgow climate conference? - ABC News. Driver taxes will put Australia even further behind in electric vehicle market, research finds - ABC News. Scientists race to find wild, ancient bananas to save the popular fruit from climate change - ABC News. Environment Minister 'satisfied' Santos can proceed with Narrabri Gas Project - ABC News. The Australian Government is surrounded by leaders taking climate action. Will it step up? - ABC News.
Scott Morrison flags backdown on Kyoto climate change carry-over credits - ABC News. How the ABC produced the Mt Resilience Augmented Reality experience to explore a way of living with big weather and climate change - ABC News. San Francisco just banned gas in all new buildings. Could it ever happen in Australia? - ABC News. The Australian philanthropists spending big and fast to fight catastrophic climate change - ABC News. Former live export chief says beef industry is at risk of losing its social licence, producers must be proactive - ABC News.
UK Government approves controversial $3 billion tunnel under Stonehenge site - ABC News. Pressure on Anthony Albanese to dump Mark Butler as Labor MPs battle over climate change - ABC News. Australian Army reservists to be compulsorily called out to respond to more bushfires, natural disasters and coronavirus-style crises - ABC News. Rest super fund commits to net-zero emission investments after Brisbane man sues - ABC News. Australia will lose more than $3 trillion and 880,000 jobs over 50 years if climate change is not addressed, Deloitte says - ABC News. Why the bushfire royal commission's final report is not about apportioning blame - ABC News. Bushfire royal commission's final report issues warning to Australia over climate change - ABC News. Australia can no longer ignore need to move away from coal as customers commit to reducing emissions - ABC News.
Indigenous rangers to cease fire mitigation work after Black Summer bushfires triple insurance costs - ABC News. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tells Scott Morrison it's time for 'bold action' on climate change - ABC News. Climate change worrying more Australians than ever before, Australia Institute report reveals - ABC News. Japan's new PM Yoshihide Suga announces climate change policy of carbon neutrality by 2050 - ABC News. Farmer survey reveals concern, shifting attitudes on climate change - ABC News. Worried about bringing kids into the world? Here's a sneak peak at what their future might look like - ABC News. Bushfire royal commission will fail if it does not recommend reducing emissions: Former fire chief - ABC News. New research reveals the hidden danger of sweltering heat at Western Sydney schools.
Greenland ice sheet loss already 'unprecedented' and set to accelerate - ABC News. Torres Strait 8 could set 'global precedent' with United Nations human rights fight linked to climate change - ABC News. Why has the Top End of the NT been experiencing 'catastrophic' fire conditions in 2020? - ABC News. Australia amid climate change is making migrants adapt again. Drilling contractor first to be certified carbon neutral, wants mining industry to shed 'dirty' tag - ABC News.
Saviour or scientific hubris? Geoengineering the planet to counter climate change - ABC News. Greenland's ice sheet melted away at record levels in 2019, scientists fear it will continue - ABC News. Ahead of the NT Election, where do the parties stand on fracking? - ABC News. Climate grief expected to be widespread soon but it's still not openly acknowledged - ABC News. 'World's largest solar farm' near tiny NT town could help power Singapore via 4,500km undersea cable - ABC News. Woolly mammoth skeleton found well-preserved in lake in Russia's Arctic - ABC News.
Australian Government sued by 23-year-old Melbourne student over financial risks of climate change - ABC News. Atlassian's Mike Cannon-Brookes says clean energy 'best opportunity' for COVID-19 rebound - ABC News. New Climate Atlas report shows how climate change will affect Australian wine regions - ABC News. Morrison Government opens door to paying for cleaner coal and gas with climate funds - ABC News. Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where's the action? - ABC News. Youth activists challenge Clive Palmer's Waratah Coal mine saying it impacts their human rights - ABC News.
Science denial among the greatest risks to humanity, new 'call to arms' report finds. NSW fire survivors take EPA to court in push to force action on climate change. NSW rivers, lakes and lagoons warming twice as fast as ocean, finds 12-year study. Jane Goodall says global disregard for nature brought on coronavirus pandemic. Nuclear fusion promises a clean, green energy future — but there's a catch. Betio is facing a population crisis, and a sea wall could be its only hope of survival. Everyone is buying rice during the coronavirus crisis, but Australia's biggest rice company is struggling. Parts of Queensland's coastline identified as global hotspots for sea level rise. Adani executive Lucas Dow talks up bigger coal mine in leaked video at LNP fundraising event.
Future for fine wool on the line as drought grips Queensland's Traprock. Craig Kelly says Australia had more rainfall in the first 20 years of this century than the first 20 years of last century. Is he correct? - Fact Check. Extinction Rebellion climate protester testing Human Rights Act on public nuisance charge.