Turtle deaths highlight precarious environmental situation
Biology / Climate / Environment

Turtle deaths highlight precarious environmental situation

(Image: Jarrad Prangell from Symbio Wildlife Park holds a Bellinger River Snapping Turtle) Four summers ago, death swept through the small population of Bellinger River Snapping Turtles. Thankfully, the species wasn’t wiped out completely. But the virus that wrought devastation was aided and abetted by drought and diminishing food supply — the hallmarks of climate … Continue reading

Salt, silicon or graphite: energy storage goes beyond lithium ion batteries
Climate / Technology

Salt, silicon or graphite: energy storage goes beyond lithium ion batteries

From The Guardian, April 6, 2017 (Image: Solar thermal plant in Spain, Beyond Zero Emissions via Flickr) Between the political bickering following a spate of blackouts in South Australia and the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk tweeting that he had a fix, and then the South Australian government announcing that it will build a grid-connected battery … Continue reading

How an Indigenous renewable energy alliance aims to cut power costs and disadvantage
Climate / Environment / Technology

How an Indigenous renewable energy alliance aims to cut power costs and disadvantage

From the Guardian, March 17, 2017 (Image: Rusty Stewart via Flickr) Like so many of the Indigenous communities dotted across the Australian continent, the remote communities in north-west New South Wales are struggling. “These are not happy places,” says the Euahlayi elder Ghillar Michael Anderson. Many of the 300 or so residents of Anderson’s hometown … Continue reading

While governments dither, companies step up with environmental targets
Climate / Environment / Technology

While governments dither, companies step up with environmental targets

From The Guardian, March 10, 2017 (Image: reynermedia via Flickr) Each year, Investa Office Management releases its corporate sustainability report. In 2016, it announced that electricity use was down by 43% since 2004, gas use had fallen 38% over the same time, and water use had also being curtailed. This sounds impressive but how meaningful … Continue reading

Energy positive: how Denmark’s Samsø island switched to zero carbon
Climate / Environment / Technology

Energy positive: how Denmark’s Samsø island switched to zero carbon

From The Guardian, February 24, 2017 (Image: Marcelo Medeiros via Flickr) Anyone doubting the potential of renewable energy need look no further than the Danish island of Samsø. The 4,000-inhabitant island nestled in the Kattegat Sea has been energy-positive for the past decade, producing more energy from wind and biomass than it consumes. Samsø’s transformation … Continue reading

Extreme fire weather forecast for Australia and the Mediterranean
Climate / Environment

Extreme fire weather forecast for Australia and the Mediterranean

From Cosmos Magazine, February 7, 2017 (Image: bertknot via Flickr) Extreme wildfires are set to surge as the number of days that foster these catastrophic events climbs from 20% to 50% in disaster-prone regions, a new study warns. David Bowman, a fire ecologist from the University of Tasmania in Australia, and colleagues examined temperature data … Continue reading

Assisted colonisation of Australian tortoise sets controversial precedent
Biology / Climate / Environment

Assisted colonisation of Australian tortoise sets controversial precedent

From ScienceInsider, August 11, 2016 (Photo credit: Gerald Kuchling) As long as it has been known to science, the diminutive western swamp tortoise has been in peril. By the time it was formally named in 1901—using a decades-old museum specimen—Pseudemydura umbrina was presumed extinct. And since it was rediscovered in the 1950s, biologists have struggled … Continue reading