Category: The Planet

Canada’s new climate plan: Q&A about Bill C-12

On Nov. 19, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson unveiled what was billed as a “Net-Zero Emissions Plan.” What we got is most emphatically not a plan, but it is a piece of legislation that demands Canada set targets and develop plans…

One of Australia’s most famous beaches is disappearing, and storms aren’t to blame. So what’s the problem?

Storms or tropical cyclones usually get the blame when Australia’s beaches suffer severe erosion. But on the New South Wales north coast at Byron Bay, another force is at play. Over the past six months, tourists and locals have been…

Ottawa’s latest climate plan bets on expensive and unproven carbon capture technologies

Last week, the federal government released its long awaited plan to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Bill C-12, if passed, commits Canada to “binding” targets every five years as of 2030 with the goal of achieving net-zero emissions…

Humans are changing fire patterns, and it’s threatening 4,403 species with extinction

Last summer, many Australians were shocked to see fires sweep through the wet tropical rainforests of Queensland, where large and severe fires are almost unheard of. This is just one example of how human activities are changing fire patterns around…

After Biden’s win, Australia needs to step up and recommit to this vital UN climate change fund

Now Joe Biden is on track to be the next US president, there has been plenty of speculation about what this means for Australia’s policies on climate change. Biden promises to achieve a 100% clean energy economy and reach net-zero…

The UK has bold plans to reach net zero emissions, but it must go beyond just turning off the CO₂ taps

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ten-point plan for a “green industrial revolution” to get the UK to net zero emissions by 2050 is a significant commitment. Although the root causes of climate change are global, and therefore so are the potential…

Climate crisis: how museums could inspire radical action

When Victorian tea-merchant Frederick Horniman was looking to build a new home for his extensive collection of natural and cultural artefacts, his own back garden offered the perfect spot. Situated on one of the highest points in London, Surrey Mount…

Greenland is melting: we need to worry about what’s happening on the largest island in the world

Greenland is the largest island in the world and on it rests the largest ice mass in the Northern Hemisphere. If all that ice melted, the sea would rise by more than 7 metres. But that’s not going to happen…

Should the ADF take a bigger role in bushfires and other domestic emergencies? The answer isn’t so easy

The Commonwealth and state governments are responsible for keeping people safe, and the role of the ADF is to protect the nation. But how these two roles fit together is not always so clear. After a tumultuous year of bushfires…

In praise of glaciers, those dragons of ice viewed with concern and fascination

As global temperature records are set one after the other, we are becoming increasingly concerned about the fate of our glaciers, these emblematic victims of climate change. We are worried by the sudden change in the colour of the ice,…

Four climate strategies that could reach across partisan divides

Within the US, climate change is still a divisive issue. In Donald Trump, 71 million Americans voted for a candidate who denies and disputes climate science. Either they agreed with him, or they didn’t feel strongly enough to let it…