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The World Meteorological Organization predicted 2018 will be the fourth hottest year on record.  The other three hottest years were 2017, 2016 and 2015.  The “new ab-normal” will be bush fires in Australia, forest fires in Sweden and wildfires in California—different countries, different names, but...

In Katowice, the world’s favourite Father of the Environment, assumed “the People's Seat” at the UN Climate Conference COP24 in Poland.  Sir David Attenborough declared, “If we don't take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is...

  Engineers, economists, regulators and businesses are struggling with just what to do with hundreds of millions of tonnes of plastics emitted to the environment every year.  The solutions lay across a wide spectrum. Ban: The plastic bag bans by Australian supermarket chains were initially met...

  The European Union Parliament voted this week to phase out the use of plastic for straws, cutlery, plates and shopping bags.  The restrictions would begin by 2021, and EU states would also be required to recycle at least 90% of plastic drinking bottles by 2025. ...

  Equivalent to the health damages of tobacco smoke, the World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that 7 million people die each year from the effects of air pollution.  The WHO finds that 90% of children breathe polluted air, causing 600,000 children per year to die from...

Britain’s highest medical journal published a letter from 22 of Australia’s top scientists and health professionals rebuking the Australian Government for what they call a “contemptuous dismissal” of last month’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. The UN Panel recommended a dramatic reduction in coal-fired...

Heat waves, rising sea levels, severe rain events with flooding and mass migrations due to human displacement are predicted in an updated UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change. 90 scientists contributing to the IPCC report warn that human activities have already...

Two Americans sharing the 2018 Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics integrated climate change and technological innovations into long-run macroeconomic analysis. William Nordhaus studied economies and the climate to develop a model that integrates theoretical and empirical information from physics, chemistry and economics to simulate how...

On the surface, it appears counterintuitive, but the world’s largest oil and gas producer desperately needs seek regulatory certainty. So, ExxonMobil is giving US$1m to create the think tank Americans for Carbon Dividends, an educational and advocacy organisation created to promote a carbon tax-and-dividend plan. The...

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