In this November 2013, photo, Typhoon Haiyan survivors pass by hundreds of victims in body bags near Tacloban, Philippines. Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing.
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The Haiyan Typhoon disaster is a cautionary case for climate adaptation and mitigation because it demonstrates the seductiveness of survival myths.
The inability to meet Pacific Island expectations on climate change will erode Australia’s leadership credentials and influence in the region.
Australia ensured its official communique watered down commitments to respond to climate change, gaining a hollow victory.
The IPCC is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
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Every word of the 40-page summary document has to be agreed by representatives of 195 governments.
Pacific leaders don’t want to talk about China’s rising influence – they want Scott Morrison to make a firm commitment to cut Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.
It's becoming increasingly obvious that Australia's inability – or refusal – to take firmer action on climate change is undermining its entire 'Pacific step-up'.
Since the last ice age, the ice sheet retreated over a thousand kilometres in the Ross Sea region, more than any other region on the continent.
New research shows that ocean and air temperatures both contributed to the melting of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf in the past, but melting from below by a warming ocean became more important over time.
Artist Albert Robida imagined in 1882 how air travel might look in future.
More than a century since humans learned to fly, we need to revolutionise how we stay up there.
Smoke from wildfires in Siberia drifts east toward Canada and the U.S. on July 30, 2019.
A researcher based in Fairbanks, Alaska, links 2019's record-breaking wildfires in far northern regions of the world to climate change, and describes what it's like as zones near her city burn.
Indonesia makes permanent its forest moratorium to save remaining primary forests and peatlands.
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Indonesia has permanently banned new clearing of primary forest and peatland. Here are three benefits of the policy.
Fast-growing plantation trees store less carbon per surface area than old, undisturbed forests that may show little growth.
Plants live off carbon dioxide, but a higher level of the greenhouse gas in the air doesn't necessarily lead to more biomass production.
Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga said Scott Morrison’s $500 million investment in the Pacific should not be a substitute for action.
The Australia Institute says Scott Morrison's “pollution loophole” is equivalent to seven years of fossil-fuel emissions from the rest of the Pacific and New Zealand.
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Inequality in wealth, emissions and vulnerability means some are more responsible for climate action than others.
Snow fell during the AFL match between the GWS Giants and the Hawthorn Hawks at the UNSW Canberra Oval.
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Cold fronts swept south-eastern Australia, bringing snow and freezing temperatures. While snow is expected to decrease with climate change, cold snaps are likely to keep coming.
Insurers have to protect themselves against foreseeable risks. For insurers of fossil fuel projects, those risks are growing.
The decision of Suncorp to dump coal, just months after the re-election of the Morrison government, makes it clear that insurers can't afford wishful thinking.
Undeveloped regions such as the Amazon rainforest are critical resources for slowing climate change.
A new report calls land key to solving climate change. The good news is that there are strategies for reducing carbon emissions from land use that can also produce economic and social benefits.
Consumers want to embrace sustainability, but still need some guidance.
There's a buzz around sustainability, but consumers still struggle to develop new habits. Here's how to change that.
Remains of a 365m-year-old forest of extinct lycopsid trees has been found in China.
Are veggie burgers the way of the future?
We don't know enough about the carbon footprint of vegan foods, and that needs to change.
Urban greening is just one aspect of the transformation required to ensure our future cities are sustainable, liveable places.
Future Earth Australia is working to create a long-term national plan of transformation for our cities. As part of this, everyone in Australia is invited to have their say in a survey.
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The 'tractors and chemicals' recipe for farming has let human populations boom, but left us with degraded soils.
A valuable resource: Snowpack on Oregon’s Mt. Hood.
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New research forecasts that climate change will make multiyear stretches with low snow levels more common across western North America – bad news for water managers, farmers, foresters and skiers.