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Protests in Melbourne against continued coal mining and export.

Why economic changes are needed to tackle climate crisis

Monday - The president of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, says the world needs a whole new economic framework to tackle the consequences of the warming caused by emissions of greenhouse gases.

WORLD WEEK

Hazelwood ... one of the worst.

Monday - * Australia's dirtiest power station considers clean energy biomass burning option * Fresh negotiating text promises strong foundation for Paris Climate Summit * Startup bets e-scooters can give urban power grids a makeover * UK suspends ban on pesticides linked to serious harm in bees * Small island states set example for large polluters ahead of Paris talks * Kenya vows to cut emissions 30 per cent by 2030 * Who’s who in the world of climate change diplomacy

Eco-friendly golf means not worrying if the grass is greener on the other course

St Andrews is green – but is it environmentally friendly?

20 Jul 15 - The Open Championship has returned to St Andrews, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious golf courses and one that has been recognised for its commitment to sustainability.

Climate threat as grave a risk as nuclear war, say scientists

Extreme water stress and competition for productive land could lead to conflict.

20 Jul 15 - The risks of climate change are comparable to those posed by nuclear conflict, says a new report.

Record torrential rainfall linked to warming climate

20 Jul 15 - If you think you’re getting an unusually hard soaking more often when you go out in the rain, you’re probably right.

WORLD WEEK: For Tony Abbott, it's full steam ahead on coal, 'the foundation of prosperity'

Tony Abbott at the opening of the Caval Ridge coalmine near Moranbah in central Queensland.
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20 Jul 15 - * Japan to deliver 26% emissions reduction plan * The trillion-dollar question: How do we create sustainable development? * Chinese zero-emissions electric bus prepares for service in London * Muslim scholars name climate change as dire threat * Beware permitting fracking, says farmer who allowed coal methane borehole

Heat goes on to find out what’s happening at the poles

20 Jul 15 - Nations have agreed to an international action plan to improve predictions of weather, climate and ice conditions in polar regions, the United Nations says.


Why climate change could knock seafood off the menu

Pink salmon is one of the species jeopardised by the impact of carbon dioxide emissions.

13 Jul 15 - Pink salmon – the smallest and most abundant of the Pacific salmon species, and a supper table mainstay in many parts of the world – may be swimming toward trouble.

WORLD TODAY: Europe clears way for reform of carbon market

13 Jul 15 - * France may extend coal subsidies to save jobs * Britain scraps zero carbon homes target * Fossil fuel industry must 'implode' to avoid climate disaster, says top scientist * Abbott government...

Greenhouse gas-guzzlers might spurn extra carbon dioxide

Fossil diatoms from marine sediments: their descendants reject rising CO2.

6 Jul 15 - Diatoms – tiny ocean-dwelling photosynthesisers that produce a fifth of the planet’s oxygen each year – may not gulp down more carbon dioxide more enthusiastically as greenhouse gas levels in the...

WORLD TODAY: New coal plants most urgent threat to the planet, warns OECD head

6 Jul 15 - * Greenhouse gas blamed for climate expulsion driving temperature rises across Pacific nations * China climate pledge inadequate on efficiency, say analysts * UN tells oil giants to stop lobbying...

Q&A: Robert Redford tells us what he told the UN General Assembly

Robert Redford ... it's pretty clear something is happening.

6 Jul 15 - The climate change crisis involves action from every country, every nation and every person, actor and environmental activist Robert Redford told the United Nations last week.

Dutch court orders state to slash greenhouse emissions

Dutch judges deliver their decision.

29 Jun 15 - A Dutch court has ordered the state to slash greenhouse gas emissions nationwide by at least 25 per cent by 2020, in a case that could serve as a blueprint for activists around the world.

If everyone lived in an ecovillage, the Earth would still be in trouble

Findhorn Ecovillage in Scotland.

29 Jun 15 - We are used to hearing that if everyone lived in the same way as North Americans or Australians, we would need four or five planet Earths to sustain us.

WORLD TODAY: World’s aquifers losing replenishment race

29 Jun 15 - * Outcry as UK plans to privatise green bank * Climate change can destroy 50 years of health and development * Gates to invest $2bn in breakthrough renewable energy projects * Obama sets sizzling...

Prospect of warmer winters doesn’t mean fewer deaths

Winters may get milder in cities such as Paris, but respiratory diseases are a greater danger than cold.

29 Jun 15 - Global warming is unlikely to mean that fewer people in northern latitudes will die from cold during the winter, according to a study by scientists in the United States.

What the Pope said about the trouble we're in

Pope Francis ... we are not God.

22 Jun 15 - In a document remarkable for its sweep and its depth, Pope Francis last week unveiled his long-awaited encyclical on the environment, in essence calling on humanity to address a climate and...

WORLD TODAY: The Earth stands on the brink of its sixth mass extinction and the fault is ours

22 Jun 15 - * Is Russia moving toward a fracking future? * Carbon emissions from aircraft endanger human health, says US * Venezuela: The climate paradox of the petro-state * It’s Prost v Senna again – and...

India blames heatwave deaths on climate change

Sunrise on another baking hot day in southern India, where temperatures have reached 47° this year.

22 Jun 15 - Fierce temperatures in India doubled the heat-related deaths normally recorded in May − and the government insists natural causes are not to blame.


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Canon opens grants programme

8 Jun 15 - Canon New Zealand is calling for not-for-profit organisations and schools...

Japan and Mongolia switch on to planting plan

8 Jun 15 - Panasonic’s international tree-planting project has hit Japan and China.

Artificial grass goes green

8 Jun 15 - Artificial grass just went green with Eco Lawn providing new eco-friendly...

Bank's Auckland office wins green accolade

18 May 15 - Innovative design and exemplary waste minimisation has helped BNZ to achieve a...

Fibreboard coffins out, pine caskets in

11 May 15 - Davis Funerals now uses caskets that are better for the environment.

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