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Q&A: Labor’s Mark Butler says climate debate should be put aside amid bushfires

Shadow climate change minister Mark Butler issued a plea last night to set aside public debates about climate change while communities were fighting for their lives and homes in the face of unprecedented bushfires. Speaking at the beginning of ABC…

East Coast of Australia literally on fire, #bushfires driven by global heating

The east coast of Australia is literally on fire, in early November, with bushfires spread up and down the east coast of Australia, particularly New South Wales. This is not normal for early November. Fire conditions are exacerbated by the…

Look at the long and winding path your food takes to get to your plate

Unless you grow your food in your backyard or get everything from the neighborhood farmers market, most of what you consume has to travel a long way to get to you. Whether it’s fruits and vegetables, grains, meats or processed…

Solar and wind energy preserve groundwater for drought, agriculture

(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) A Princeton University-led study in Nature Communications is among the first to show that solar and wind energy not only enhance drought resilience, but also aid in groundwater sustainability. They used California as a case study.

Why don’t evergreen trees change color and drop their leaves?

As temperatures drop, broad-leafed deciduous trees – think maples and oaks – withdraw the green chlorophyll from their leaves. Their leaves turn colors and fall. Evergreens solve the problem of winter in a different way.

Harvesting genes to improve watermelons

(Boyce Thompson Institute) An international team of researchers has taken a comprehensive look at the genomes of all seven species of watermelon, creating a resource that could help plant breeders increase the domestic fruit’s quality and ability to thrive during an era of climate change. The paper describing this work is being published in the Nov. 1 issue of Nature Genetics.

Why California Can’t Keep The Lights On

California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation — it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life. More than 2 million people are going without…

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Guardian environment writers: ‘With your help, we are tackling humankind’s greatest challenge’

George Monbiot, columnist and author of several books on the climate crisis Before I worked for the Guardian, I tried writing for other newspapers, in the belief I should reach the unconverted. But I gradually discovered that all of them…