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Carbon emissions will reach 37 billion tonnes in 2018, a record high

For the second year in a row global greenhouse emissions from fossil fuels have risen, putting 2018 on course to set a new record, according to an annual audit from the Global Carbon Project.
Soil is a non-renewable part of the environment. Can it sustain food production for our growing population? www.shutterstock.com

In 100 years’ time, maybe our food won’t be grown in soil

The thin layer of soil on our planet's surface ultimately sustains us all, but it's a finite resource. With a growing global population, perhaps it is time to start looking for alternatives.
There are five species of kiwi in New Zealand. Their total number is currently at around 70,000 but the populations may have declined by two thirds in 20 years. from www.shutterstock.com

NZ is home to species found nowhere else but biodiversity losses match global crisis

New Zealand is the last major landmass to be settled some 800 years ago. Since then, changes in land use have been extensive and catastrophic for the country's unique flora and fauna.
An unconventional gas valve in WA’s Kimberley region, which has been newly opened up to fracking. AAP Image

Fracking policies are wildly inconsistent across Australia, from gung-ho development to total bans

The Western Australian government's decision to green-light fracking in selected areas aims to walk a line between industry interests and community opposition. But across Australia the picture varies widely.
The Spodek complex in Katowice, Poland, will host this year’s UN climate summit. Shutterstock.com

As they meet in Poland for the next steps, nations are struggling to agree on how the ambitions of the Paris Agreement can be realised

As leaders and negotiators head to Katowice, Poland for this year's round of UN climate talks, it is clear that there is still much work to be done to meet the goals set in Paris three years ago.
Storm clouds move over the Illawarra south of Sydney on Wednesday, November 28 2018. Sydney received more than a month’s worth of rain in just two hours, with Observatory Hill recording 84.6mm by 7am. The November average is 83.8mm. Dean Lewins/AAP

Sydney storms could be making the Queensland fires worse

Bushfires across Queensland are fanned by high winds pushed north by a strong low in NSW.
Healthy Tasmanian devil populations have cornered the market on carrion. Menna Elizabeth Jones

Tassie devils’ decline has left a feast of carrion for feral cats

A new study involving leaving animal carcasses strewn across Tasmania shows that in places where devils have dwindled, other scavengers are stepping up to fill the gap, with nasty knock-on effects.
Success with conservation of Kangaroo Island’s Glossy Black-Cockatoos can now be compared with other bird conservation efforts around the country. Ian Sanderson/Flickr

For the first time we’ve looked at every threatened bird in Australia side-by-side

New research has shown how to measure conservation progress for Australia's 238 endangered bird species