wildfires

Australian Election Reflects Broad Support for Climate Action

Australian Election Reflects Broad Support for Climate Action

Three years ago, Australia was supposed to have its “climate change election.” Polls had predicted a win for Labor, which had promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030, and nearly two-thirds of Australians agreed that the climate crisis was a major problem that required action. Despite this, the conservative Liberal-National coalition […]

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    Climate Inaction Could Cost the U.S. $2 Trillion Per Year, Study Finds

    Climate Inaction Could Cost the U.S. $2 Trillion Per Year, Study Finds

    The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has released its first report describing the financial impact of climate inaction in the U.S. The analysis outlines the taxpayer cost should climate change remain unchecked, and it amounts to over $2 trillion per year by 2100. “Climate change threatens communities and sectors across the country, […]

    Extreme Weather 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Extreme Weather 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Extreme weather is what we call it when a particular weather event like a flash flood or a heat wave is significantly different from the average weather pattern for an area. It is important to understand these events because they can be disruptive and even deadly, harming human communities, agriculture and ecosystems. 

    Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ Fires Depleted the Ozone Layer

    Australia’s ‘Black Summer’ Fires Depleted the Ozone Layer

    In another unexpected outcome of the climate crisis, wildfire smoke may be putting the recovery of the ozone layer at risk.  A new study from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) chemists published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week found that the devastating Australian wildfires of 2019 and 2020 contributed to […]

    Gang-Gang Cockatoo Now Endangered in Australia Due to Climate Crisis

    Gang-Gang Cockatoo Now Endangered in Australia Due to Climate Crisis

    In another example of how the climate crisis is impacting Australian wildlife, the animal emblem of its capital territory will be listed as a threatened species.  Australia’s Environment Minister Sussan Ley emailed Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Environment Minister Rebecca Vassarotti to tell her that the gang-gang cockatoo should be reclassified as “endangered” according to the […]

    More Extreme Wildfires Are in Store This Century, UN Report Warns

    More Extreme Wildfires Are in Store This Century, UN Report Warns

    The number of extreme wildfires is set to increase this century because of the climate crisis and land-use change, a new UN report has warned.  The report, Spreading like Wildfire: The Rising Threat of Extraordinary Landscape Fires, predicted that especially severe wildfires would increase by 14 percent by 2030, 30 percent by 2050 and 50 […]