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Erosion damage caused by Hurricane Hanna is seen along the Fisher border wall, a privately funded border fence, along the Rio Grande River near Mission, Texas, on July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

From COVID-19 to the climate emergency: Lessons from this global crisis for the next one

As a zoonotic virus, COVID-19 is itself a symptom of human-influenced climate change. It is also indicative of the humanitarian impact of future environmental crises.
Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg speaks as she takes part during the Climate Strike in New York. Tens of thousands of protesters joined rallies on Sept. 20 as a day of worldwide demonstrations calling for action against climate change. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

After Greta Thunberg’s UN address, an ethicist weighs in on our moral failure to act on climate change

The kids are right when it comes to climate change, says an ethicist: adults have a moral and ethical responsibility to take the necessary actions to stop climate change.
A researcher completing bleaching surveys in the southern Great Barrier Reef after a major bleaching event. ARC CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR CORAL REEF STUDIES

‘This situation brings me to despair’: two reef scientists share their climate grief

Few feel the pain of the Great Barrier Reef's decline more acutely than the scientists trying to save it. Ahead of a UN climate summit, two researchers write of their grief, and hope.
The climate crisis is itself an appalling lapse in duty of care by decision-makers, but we shouldn’t overlook this duty in our response. from www.shutterstock.com

Why our response to climate change needs to be a just and careful revolution that limits pushback

Climate change is a super-wicked problem. With a growing sense of urgency to act on climate change, it is vital we strike a balance between encouraging action and limiting pushback.
The Greens and independent MPs are pushing for Australia to declare a national ‘climate emergency’, in line with several other nations. Darren England/AAP

Why declaring a national climate emergency would neither be realistic or effective

Because climate change is so heavily politicised, the declaration of a national emergency would be a disaster for the major parties – and for bringing greater awareness to the problem.

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