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States powering ahead on climate targets despite federal inaction, report shows

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Mount Millar windfarm, South Australia. The state is performing better than any other state or territory in helping Australia to meet greenhouse gas targets. Photograph: Tim Phillips Photos/Getty Images

After being criticised by Canberra, South Australia is leading the race, with ACT and Tasmania close behind, says Climate Council

August 30, 2017 — Australian states and territories are powering ahead, developing policies that will meet the federal government’s internationally agreed greenhouse gas emission targets, with South Australia, the ACT and Tasmania leading the race. Continue reading States powering ahead on climate targets despite federal inaction, report shows

Australia’s vast kelp forests devastated by marine heatwave

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The giant kelp forests are part of the Great Southern Reef – a global biodiversity hotspot, with up to 30% of species endemic. Photograph: Thomas Schmitt/Getty Images

About 90% of forests off the western coast were wiped out between 2011 to 2013, posing a threat to biodiversity and the marine economy, say scientists

July 7, 2016 — A hundred kilometres of kelp forests off the western coast of Australia were wiped out by a marine heatwave between 2010 and 2013, a new study has revealed.  Continue reading Australia’s vast kelp forests devastated by marine heatwave

A human-made calamity on par with the razing of Palmyra’s temples

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Before the inferno: giant cushion plants beneath ancient pencil pines in the Walls of Jerusalem national park. Photograph: Ashley Whitworth/Alamy
As 1,000-year-old trees turn to ash and dried-out peat bogs burn, the devastation of these precious plains is a harbinger of a warmer, far less wonderful world

March 9, 2016 —It is a three-hour, thigh-torturing climb to reach Tasmania’s high central plateau. Ancient myrtle rainforests flank the slopes. In years gone by, springs and streams gushed from the Continue reading A human-made calamity on par with the razing of Palmyra’s temples