The Ecologist

 

Australia: 1/25 of 27
next »

Port Pirie, South Australia: the lights at the city's vast smelting plant are pretty, but not the lead contamination. Photo: Imre Hillenbrand www.universalfocus.com.au, CC BY-ND.

Australia's dirty secret: who's breathing toxic air?

Donna Green, Jayajit Chakraborty & Mark Patrick Taylor

16th April 2014

Australia's poorer communities, with lower employment and education levels, and those with a high proportion of Indigenous people, are significantly more likely to suffer high levels of toxic air pollution. Children are at particular risk from rising levels of lead. more...
Should she go to jail? The Last Stand crew serve notice on Harvey Norman in Preston, Australia. Photo: The Last Stand via Flickr.com.

Boycotts are an essential democratic right

Bill Laurance

7th April 2014

In a radical departure from it's 'pro free speech' rhetoric, Australia's 'Liberal' government wants to ban environmental boycotts. But as Bill Laurance writes, eco-boycotts are not only an effective tool for reining in corporate excesses - they are also a key democratic right. more...
A clear-felled area of Mountain Ash, with David Lindenmayer.

A Great Forest National Park for SE Australia

Professor David Lindenmayer

1st April 2014

A few hours from Melbourne lies one of Australia's natural wonders - a soaring forest of Mountain Ash trees up to 90 metres tall, with a host of endangered species. David Lindenmayer demands a halt to the logging, and the creation of a new National Park. more...
Galiwin'ku children - Gawirrin, Lakarriny and Dharrangguralil, Elcho Island August 1971. Photo: Boobook48 via Flickr.com.

Once again, Australia is stealing Its indigenous children

John Pilger

6th April 2014

Australia is still stealing Aboriginal children from their families, reports John Pilger. The 'lost generation' policies were meant to have ended in 1969, but a new wave of child thefts is under way - 2013 figures show that 13,914 Aboriginal children were in 'out of home care'. more...

Warming climate will bring more extreme 'El Nino' events

Tim Radford

2nd January 2014

Rising global temperatures are likely to double the frequency of the most severe El Niños - the periodic atmospheric disruptions which affect weather across the globe. Tim Radford reports more...
Mulan wind farm, 170km NE of Harbin City in Heilongiang, is one of the first wind farms to be built in China. Photo: Land Rover Our Planet via Flickr.com.

China roars ahead with renewables

John Mathews and Hao Tan

4th January 2014

Reports of China opening a huge new coal fired power station every week belie the reality - China is the new global powerhouse for renewable energy. As John Mathews and Hao Tan report, the world must follow its example. more...
Another long empty coal train heads back to coal mines, Maitland, NSW, Australia. Photo: Nomad Tales via Flickr.com.

Australia facing slump as China 'goes green'

Kieran Cooke

24th December 2013

Australia has been growing rich from exporting coal to China. But as Kieran Cooke reports, China's renewable energy revolution may soon bring the 'good times' to an end. more...
Aboriginal man in Arnhem Land. Photo: Rusty Stewart via Flickr.com.

Down where Apartheid lives

John Pilger

22nd December 2013

Apartheid may have fallen in South Africa. But in Australia John Pilger finds an equally cruel and pervasive racism against the country's 'aboriginal' people. He explains the background to his powerful new film, Utopia ... more...
A scuba diving tourist feeds a giant potato cod in the Great Barrier Reef. Photo: Pete Niesen / Shutterstock.com.

Dredging set to swamp decades of Great Barrier Reef protection

Jon Brodie

4th December 2013

After decades of work, A$200 million in taxpayer funding and even more from farmers' pockets, Australia has a good news story to tell about the Great Barrier Reef. But as John Brodie reveals, all that is now at risk from vast dredging operations. more...
Mining taking place at an Australian open pit coal mine. Photo: Kadda / Shutterstock.com.

The climate change saboteurs

Binoy Kampmark

20th November 2013

At the COP19 in climate conference in Warsaw, a new coalition has formed - 'the climate saboteurs'. Key members are Australia, Canada, Japan. They are resolute in crushing the hopes of developing countries already suffering climate catastrophes like Typhoon Haiyan. more...

New Australian Prime Ministers' anti-environmental agenda

Maxine Newlands

20th September 2013

Australian environmentalists' declare new Prime Minister, Tony Abbotts' green agenda as ‘anti-environmental', designed only to profit the mining industry at the cost of climate change solutions, reports Maxine Newlands...... more...
Daydream reef school

Best Expedition in the World: the final days

Ben Southall

16th September, 2011

In the last installment of his ‘Best Expedition in the World’ diary, Ben Southall looks back at his encounters with the eco-heroes working hard to conserve the magnificent Great Barrier Reef more...

Australia: 1/25 of 27
next »

Ben diving

Best Expedition in the World: meeting the ‘marine guardians’

Ben Southall

21st July, 2011

In the second installment of his ‘Best Expedition in the World’ diary, Ben Southall meets some of the marine guardians working to protect the Great Barrier Reef more...
green turtle

Conserving Australia's Great Barrier Reef: 'The Best Expedition in the World'

Ben Southall

26th May, 2011

In the first of an exclusive series, former island caretaker and ambassador for Tourism Queensland Ben Southall explains why the Great Barrier Reef needs protection and how the ‘Best Expedition in the World’ will help more...

Q&A: Ben Southall

Ruth Styles

2nd February, 2011

He’s been a charity fundraiser and is now a fully-fledged adventurer. But is ‘Best Job in the World’s’ Ben Southall about to add eco-warrior to his CV? Ruth Styles met him to find out
more...
Dan Box

When will Australia 'get' climate change? And will it be too late?

Dan Box

19th July, 2010

The upcoming Australian elections will see yet another tussle between industry-supporting climate sceptics, and politicians trying to nudge their electorate towards the real world more...
Changes in rainfall in Australia

Australia ditches carbon trading plans

Ecologist

27th April, 2010

Carbon trading plans were opposed by conservative politicians and criticised by environmental groups for containing loopholes for industry more...
Changes in rainfall in Australia

Australia getting warmer springs and uneven rainfall

Ecologist

14th March, 2010

Australian meteorologists have published an up-to-date summary of how rainfall and temperature levels have changed across the country over the past 100 years more...
Coal pit

Sceptics and greens reject Australian carbon trading plan

Ecologist

2nd December, 2009

Emissions under the carbon trading proposals would not have started to decline until after 2030 say campaigners more...
Wind turbines

Copenhagen success rests on cash and commitment

Ecologist

10th July, 2009

New research has revealed that a lack of finance and political commitment lie at the heart of the slow take-up of renewables, as a UK think tank calls for cash for low-carbon technology to be ringfenced more...
Babs to Brisbane

Babs 2 Brisbane by Barbara Haddrill

Ed Hamer

19th June, 2009

Travelling from the UK to the Australia by land and sea is a mission - but it is possible. Ed Hamer is impressed by this travelogue which describes one woman's journey more...
In the News

Aborigines feel effects of climate change

Ecologist

1st March, 2009

A new study warns that unless new preventative action is taken, Australian Aborigines will experience higher rates of disease and psychological harm. more...
bigdry_MAIN.jpg

Drought in the Australian interior

Dan Box

16th December, 2008

As the worst drought in 100 years makes its effects felt in the southern hemisphere, Dan Box asks whether the Australian interior is becoming a terra nullius – a genuine no-man’s-land



more...
News web pic 2_215.jpg

Howard downplays climate risks to farmers

News

27th September, 2007

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has brushed off the risks posed by climate change to the continent's farmers, saying that a 'sense of proportion' was needed. more...
In the News

'We're no role model', says Australian green group

News

27th April, 2007

'Don't make the same mistakes as us,' Australian think-tank the Mineral Policy Institue has warned China more...

ECOLOGIST COOKIES

Using this website means you agree to us using simple cookies.

More information here...

 

FOLLOW
THE ECOLOGIST