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'Back Water' takes you on a canoe trip through a most unlikely wilderness area

The new documentary “Back Water” asks a lot of questions, but it mostly leaves the answers to the viewer. It’s those lingering questions that kept this quiet, even relaxing, viewing experience stuck in my mind for days afterwards. Clocking in…

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US south-west in grip of historic ‘megadrought’, research finds

When Ken Pimlott began fighting US wildfires at the age of 17, they seemed to him to be a brutal but manageable natural phenomenon. “We had periodic [fire] sieges in the 80s, but there were breaks in between,” said Pimlott,…

How is global warming impacting the world’s tropical forests? – World Economic Forum

Trees remove carbon from the atmosphere when they are living, but release large quantities when they die. Scientists predict that just a 2˚C could push most tropical rainforests above their safe ‘heat threshold’ As they photosynthesise and grow, tropical forests…

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How is global warming impacting the world’s tropical forests? – World Economic Forum

Trees remove carbon from the atmosphere when they are living, but release large quantities when they die. Scientists predict that just a 2˚C could push most tropical rainforests above their safe ‘heat threshold’ As they photosynthesise and grow, tropical forests…

Hazelwood power station’s eight chimneys demolished in live stream viewed by thousands

Eight chimneys at Victoria’s defunct, coal-fired Hazelwood power station have been demolished. The chimneys, which soared 137 metres above the town of Morwell in the Latrobe Valley, came down just before 12.30pm on Monday. Owner Engie provided a live stream…

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I spent over 40 years in the Australian defence force. Our lack of preparedness concerns me | Chris Barrie

The past 18 years has been a period of significant disengagement and disinterest by the community in Australian political affairs. The political shenanigans described in Malcolm Turnbull’s recent book A Bigger Picture ought to be a wake-up call that as…

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Low-severity fires enhance long-term carbon retention of peatlands

High-intensity fires can destroy marshy peatlands and cause them to emit huge amounts of their stored carbon into the atmosphere as greenhouse gases, but a new study finds low-severity fires spark the opposite outcome. By creating a decay-inhibiting crust on clumps of moist soil particles within the peatland, the smaller surface fires help protect the stored carbon and enhance peatlands’ long-term storage of it, even during times of extreme drought.

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Tropical forests can handle the heat, up to a point

Tropical forests face an uncertain future under climate change, but new research suggests they can continue to store large amounts of carbon in a warmer world, if countries limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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Tropical forests can handle the heat, up to a point

Tropical forests face an uncertain future under climate change, but new research suggests they can continue to store large amounts of carbon in a warmer world, if countries limit greenhouse gas emissions.