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Climate Change articles/actions. Floods, Cyclones etc. Global Warming Literature. Heat related. Ozone. Sea-ice. Sea Turtles and other creatures. Surf Coast Air Action and Alcoa. Need to reduce indoor pollution? House plants will help you with that - Health News. Updated When you think of indoor health hazards, exposure to air pollution is probably not the first thing that comes to mind.

Need to reduce indoor pollution? House plants will help you with that - Health News

However, Dr Fraser Torpy, director of the University of Technology Sydney Plants and Indoor Environmental Quality Research Group, says the air circulating inside our buildings is often more polluted than the air outside, and this can have a very real impact on our health. The air circulating inside buildings can contain a cocktail of polluted air that comes into a building from outside mixed with pollutants from indoor sources. Heating, cooking, cleaning, smoking, perfumes and furnishings are all sources of indoor pollutants, which include carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur oxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Co2highlights.pdf. Not so cheap: Australia needs to acknowledge the real cost of coal. US President Barack Obama’s latest plan to reduce carbon emissions is a welcome one, and not just because it addresses climate change.

Not so cheap: Australia needs to acknowledge the real cost of coal

In publicising the plan to cut emissions from old coal power stations, Obama put the emphasis on health. Now it is time for Australia to do the same. Here we continue to ignore the real costs of coal, instead clinging to the myth that “coal is cheap”, justifying continuing expansion and subsidies for the industry. In the immediate wake of last month’s budget, treasurer Joe Hockey moved to reassure mining companies that the A$2 billion diesel rebate would be safe.

And Australia’s largest coal mine, proposed by Indian energy company Adani, was given the green light by the Queensland government, despite expert environmental concerns. Green Choices - What are Transition Towns? What is a Transition Town?

Green Choices - What are Transition Towns?

A Transition Initiative (which could be a town, village, university or island etc) is a community-led response to the pressures of climate change, fossil fuel depletion and increasingly, economic contraction. There are thousands of initiatives around the world starting their journey to answer this crucial question: “for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly rebuild resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil and economic contraction) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?” Here’s how it all appears to be evolving… It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil, Climate Change, and increasingly, economic stagnation?

They then usually do a few activities: Indigenous Knowledge & Climate Change. Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia. The front cover of Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia This publication provides the latest scientific knowledge as at 2011 on a series of climate change topics relevant to Australia and the world.

Climate Change: Science and Solutions for Australia

It draws on peer-reviewed literature contributed to by thousands of researchers. Available as a free eBook. 20 June 2011 | Updated 20 September 2013. The Australian Youth Climate Coalition. Chemical Periodic Table - Solid, Liquid, Gas, Synthesis, Atomic Weight, Specific Gravity, Isotopes, Orbital, Shell, Melt/Boil. Technique.

Chemical Periodic Table - Solid, Liquid, Gas, Synthesis, Atomic Weight, Specific Gravity, Isotopes, Orbital, Shell, Melt/Boil

Moseley then proceeded to rearrange the elements according to increasing atomic numbers. Moseley's arrangement seemed to clear up the contradictions and inconsistencies of Mendeleev's arrangement. In a periodic table, the elements arranged in vertical columns are known as Groups. UN lists disaster risk countries in the Pacific. The United Nation's World Risk Report looks at countries' exposure to natural disasters and their ability to cope with them.

UN lists disaster risk countries in the Pacific

Climate Citizen. RET review doesn't reflect what the Government has been saying – Blog – ABC Environment. The recent review of the Renewable Energy Target does not reflect the Government's repeated statements in favour of renewable energy.

RET review doesn't reflect what the Government has been saying – Blog – ABC Environment

Scrapping of Government bore capping scheme wasting millions of litres of water, farmers say. Updated 39 minutes ago A Federal Government program to cap bores has been scrapped, and farmers say millions of litres of water are now being wasted every day.

Scrapping of Government bore capping scheme wasting millions of litres of water, farmers say

The Great Artesian Basin Sustainability Initiative (GABSI) has so far repaired around 650 bores - many sunk about 100 years ago - since being introduced by the Howard government. Earth's New Normal: Wild Weather 2014  Each year in early January (2011, 2012, 2013) I have tallied a scorecard on the vicious effects of burning in excess of 85 million tons of carbon fuels daily on our planet.

Earth's New Normal: Wild Weather 2014 

Irrespective of where you live the human-induced effects of global warming are irrefutable and deadly. The Waratah Coal Project is part of the expanding Galilee Basin in western Queensland that will bring Australia's coal export to whopping 240 million metric tons per annum -- a projected increase of five fold under Prime Minister Tony Abbott's new Coalition government. As humans ramp-up the destruction of nature in Australia, Canada, Indonesia and elsewhere to feed the insatiable coal and petroleum markets in China, India and the U.S. the amount of melting ice at both poles continues to erode at an astounding rate. In the Northern Hemisphere less Arctic ice cover in September means that a warming Arctic Ocean is easily able to infuse its latent heat into the Arctic atmosphere.

Climate Change Authority reviewing its Renewable Energy Target months after Warburton review. Posted The Climate Change Authority is proceeding with its own Renewable Energy Target review, just months after the Government commissioned its own analysis of the RET.

Climate Change Authority reviewing its Renewable Energy Target months after Warburton review

The CCA is the independent body established to provide expert advice to government about climate change mitigation. Methane - The Ticking Time Bomb - Boomer Warrior. Dorsi Diaz This post is a collection of excerpts from interviews with three experts on the methane crisis – the ticking time bomb. Dorsi Diaz (writer for the San Francisco Examiner) interviews Harold Hensel, Guy McPherson and Malcolm Light. (Editor~Rolly Montpellier-BoomerWarrior). What is fracking? › Ask an Expert (ABC Science)

We hear a lot about fracking as a mining technique for extracting gas from coal seams and shale deposits. How is it done? And when is it used? As the world looks to new and more diverse energy sources for the future, one source that is growing rapidly is shale and coal seam gas (CSG). Although gas is a fossil fuel, it is considered 'cleaner' than coal because it does not produce the same level of greenhouse gas emissions when burned. And because gas is currently cheaper than renewable energy sources — wind and solar — it is seen by many in the industry as a viable short to medium term option.

Australia has large reserves of coal seam gas, especially in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, while large shale gas deposits exist across the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. Climate challenges embraced in Geelong. Listen to three Climate Reality Leaders explain how we solve what is far and away the greatest challenge of our time – the global climate change crisis. Within the next decade, the world needs to triple its investments in renewable energy to help avert a climate catastrophe. This enormous challenge can only happen with a radical change in the political will at the highest levels.

Climate change: Fact or fiction? - Head to Head. Many believe that climate change is now a fact of life. It seems that sea levels are rising, weather patterns are changing, and glaciers are melting. Some scientists say the earth’s climate changes constantly and naturally, but the vast majority of them believe the current rise in global temperature is man-made, and could be catastrophic for the planet. SEACI2_Factsheet2of4_WEB_110714.pdf. National standards for criteria air pollutants in Australia - Air quality fact sheet. Air quality fact sheetDepartment of the Environment and Heritage, 2005 Protecting Australia's air quality The quality of the air we breathe affects our health. Although Australia's air quality is better than in many other comparable countries, it is important to take steps now to ensure that air quality is protected into the future. Even small improvements in air quality can achieve benefits for human health and wellbeing.

High concentrations of the major air pollutants are associated with respiratory problems such as coughs, bronchitis, asthma and, in severe cases, developmental problems in children, and even death. Through the National Environment Protection Council, the Australian, State and Territory Governments agreed to the National Environment and Protection Measure for Ambient2 Air Quality on 26 June 1998. The Measure sets air quality standards that are legally binding on each level of government. National Air Quality Standards Developing the National Air Quality Standards. Australia-qelro-submission.pdf. 7 charts that help make sense of this week's UN climate summit. On Sunday, an estimated 300,000 people gathered in New York City to demand action on climate change.

It was an impressive crowd — possibly the largest US rally on any issue since the Iraq war protests in 2003. Global climate talks are still bogged down by a deep dispute between rich and poor countries. There is more snow cover across the U.S. now than there usually is on Christmas.