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How the super-rich conquered London

Tuesday - Over cups of tea in his ramshackle London home I chatted with a novelist. Talk inevitably turned to its expanding population of wealthy residents.

Why is there so much furore over China’s Belt and Road?

Tuesday - There were certainly questions asked when Victoria first signed a memorandum of understanding to join China’s Belt and Road Initiative in 2018, but it wasn’t until the past week that the criticism reached a fever pitch.

'Zombie fires’ are erupting in Alaska

Tuesday - The bitterly cold Arctic winter typically snuffs out the seasonal wildfires that erupt in this region. But every once in a while, a wildfire comes along that refuses to die.

US renewables take the 2019 top spot

Tuesday - Renewable energy consumption in the US topped coal consumption in 2019, the first time this has occurred in more than 130 years.

South Asia’s twin threat: extreme heat and foul air

Tuesday - Climate change means many health risks. Any one of them raises the danger. What happens when extreme heat meets bad air?

Green bailouts will let airlines off the hook

Friday - The coronavirus pandemic has grounded thousands of aircraft, contributing to the largest-ever annual fall in CO2 emissions. But at some point the planes will fly again and with them, global emissions.

How a contrarian scientist helped Trump's EPA

James Enstrom

Friday - In March 2017, a scientist named James Enstrom rattled many public health experts by publishing a study concluding that there was no link between fine soot air pollution and premature death.

There's plenty of room for carbon storage underground

Friday - There's plenty of room for more of the main greenhouse gas on this planet – as long as it’s caught and trapped in carbon storage underground.

Clean energy cracker thing in a crisis

Friday - Clean-energy companies are doing better in the covid-19 crisis than their fossil-fuel counterparts, says analytics company GlobalData.

Climate change keeps sustainability staff busy

Thursday - Climate change is the top priority for sustainability professionals working in New Zealand, new research shows.

One project exposes Morrison's gas plan as folly

Thursday - Every few years, the idea that gas will help Australia transition to a zero-emissions economy seems to re-emerge, as if no one had thought of it before.

EU recovery fund has green strings attached

Thursday - It’s now official: the EU’s updated seven-year €1 trillion budget proposal and €750 billion recovery plan will both be geared towards the green and digital transitions.

We're sitting on remains of a giant volcanic plume

Thursday - Back in the 1970s, scientists came up with a revolutionary idea about how Earth’s deep interior works.

It’s time to let the ‘fire people’ care for the land

Thursday - Since last summer’s bushfire crisis, there’s been a quantum shift in public awareness of Aboriginal fire management.

COP26 likely to be delayed again

27 May 20 - Vital international climate talks due to be hosted by the United Kingdom are expected to be delayed until late next year because of the coronavirus crisis, it has emerged, dashing hopes they could be...

How dangerous is low-level radiation for kids?

Far more children are now believed to have died as a result of the Chernobyl accident than at first thought. Image: By Michaù Lis on Unsplash

27 May 20 - A rethink on the risks of low-level radiation would imperil the nuclear industry’s future − perhaps why there’s never been one.

Act now, says former fossil fuel company exec

26 May 20 - Ian Dunlop - the former head of the Australian Coal Association - worries about his grandchildren. He worries time is running out.

Why a bullet train could increase greenhouse gas emissions

26 May 20 - Bullet trains are back on Australia's political agenda. As the major parties look for ways to stimulate the economy after the COVID-19 crisis, Labor is again spruiking its vision of linking...

Recyclable bricks and concrete the way of the future

Associate Professor Justin Chalker

26 May 20 - Bricks, concrete and other construction materials could one day be made from recycled PVC, waste plant-fibre or sand, thanks to a remarkable new kind of rubber polymer.

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