A red fire ant found in Brisbane. The venomous ants, if established, could infest every state and territory in Australia. Photograph: Department of Primary Industries/AAP Second-biggest biosecurity operation in nation’s history sees $411m committed to eradicating invasive species that threatens agriculture, wildlife, tourism and outdoor lifestyle
July 26, 2017 — They are one of the world’s worst invasive species, and now, more than two decades after they are believed to have arrived in Australia, the country is launching the second-biggest
Continue reading Biosecurity blitz to target red fire ants that threaten Australian way of life The Investor Group on Climate Change has urged the government to take concreted steps to unlock new investment. Photograph: Hamish Blair/Getty Images Move needed to drive orderly transition to low-emissions power sources, Investor Group on Climate Change says
March 7, 2017 — The Turnbull government needs to put a price on carbon to unlock new investment in the electricity sector and drive an orderly transition to low-emissions power sources, according to the Investor Group on Climate Change.
Continue reading Australia must put a price on carbon, say institutional investors The mean temperature in Sydney was 2.8C above average in December, January, and February, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, and climate scientists say the probability of extreme weather is increasing. Photograph: Joel Carrett/AAP Report’s authors say Sydney unprepared for knock-on effects of a significant increase in average summer temperatures
March 1, 2017 — New South Wales, which has just experienced its hottest summer on record, is 50 times more likely to experience another similarly hot summer and 10 times more likely to
Continue reading Extreme summers surging due to global warming A diver checks the bleached coral on the Great Barrier Reef. It could worsen if Australian coal production is allowed to increase, activists argue. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images Australian Conservation Foundation argues emissions from coal mined from Adani’s project will put the Great Barrier Reef at risk by exacerbating climate change
May 3, 2016 — A landmark case pitting the Great Barrier Reef against Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine begins in the federal court on Tuesday.
Continue reading Activists launch fresh court challenge over Carmichael coalmine ‘LET THEM STAY’ In this photo, pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, February 5, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA The decision comes after a public outcry among advocates against the harsh immigration policy
SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 21, 2016) — Australia on Sunday, February 21, is set to allow an asylum-seeker’s baby to remain in the country instead of being deported back to a remote Pacific detention camp,
Continue reading Nauru asylum baby to remain in Australia ‘LET THEM STAY’ In this photo, pro-refugees protesters rally outside the Immigration Office in Brisbane, Australia, February 5, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA Momentum builds across the country against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees
SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 14, 2016) — An Australian hospital has refused to return an asylum-seeker baby back to detention in Nauru, as momentum built across the country on Sunday, February 14, against offshore Pacific camps for processing refugees.
Continue reading Australian hospital refuses to return asylum baby to Nauru DEFIANCE. Anglican Dean of Brisbane Dr Peter Catt poses for photos at St John’s Anglican cathedral in Brisbane, Australia, February 4, 2016. Dan Peled/EPA Anglican Dean of Brisbane: ‘So this is really a moral stand and it wouldn’t be a good look, I don’t think, for someone to enter a church and to drag people away’
SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 4, 2016) — Australian church leaders Thursday, February 4, said they would offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers facing removal to a remote Pacific camp, vowing to defy the government’s harsh immigration rules.
Continue reading Australia churches to offer sanctuary to asylum-seekers