Australia


Lessons for Fighting the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

With all the recent headlines about the Trump administration’s attacks on the government scientific enterprise—from dismissing scientists from advisory committees, to hiring untrained or conflicted heads of agencies, to blatant misinformation from administration officials—it can be difficult to think about the solutions. But we must. My new paper, out this week in Conservation Biology, does just that.  Read more >

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Australia’s Iconic Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site at Risk from Global Warming

, deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

A lot has changed since Captain Cook became the first European to try to navigate the Great Barrier Reef in 1770. It was the reports of Cook and naturalist Joseph Banks on their return to England that first alerted the scientific world to the existence of this biological marvel. The Great Barrier Reef is now one of the world’s most important coastal and marine tourism areas, but its future is at risk, and climate change is the primary long-term threat. Read more >

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Scientists Fight Proposal to Gut Leading Climate Research Center in Australia

Melanie Fitzpatrick, , UCS

The Australian government has announced plans to axe several hundred positions at a world-class government research organization. Gutting a flagship climate body is short-sighted, may be in breach of obligations under international treaty, and is simply absurd. Read more >

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The Vital Role of Protected Areas in Climate Disaster Risk Reduction

, , deputy director, Climate & Energy Program

There’s been a huge buzz at the World Parks Congress in Australia this week about the need to implement carbon reduction plans and accelerate climate resilience strategies. Read more >

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“Catastrophic” Fire Conditions Arrive Early in Australia, Mirror the 2013 U.S. Wildfire Season

, climate scientist

My parents are almost 80 years old and live in Sydney, the place where they were born and raised. Yesterday I phoned them to ask for news of bush fires that are raging just beyond the western edge of the city. As they described the pall of dark smoke that has covered the city of over four million people, I thought of my childhood summers. We knew there would be searing temperatures and days of “total fire bans” when not even backyard barbeques were allowed. But I remember those days being during my summer vacations – that is, in December and January. Now they are happening in October, in springtime. Read more >

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