Unprecedented mangrove dieback in Northern Australia

Thousands of hectares of mangroves on the Gulf of Carpentaria have suffered a severe dieback as a result of drying conditions and high temperatures.

Professor Norm Duke, spokesman for the Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network, said around 7000 hectares of mangroves had been affected, which is more than nine percent of the mangroves in the area stretching 700km west from Normanton.

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Polling shows national concern for tackling climate change

Australians overwhelmingly wish to see Australia take an international leadership role in tackling climate change, a national poll has showed.

The pre-election polling, completed by the Climate Institute,  was conducted on 2-6 June 2016. The results also indicate an increase in concern about climate change and strong views among uncommitted voters.

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Election 2016: Environmental policy comparison

 

With a Federal Election looming, Australia’s political parties have released details of their policies on environmental issues such as climate change, renewable energy, and protecting the Great Barrier Reef. With so much to trudge through, it can be difficult to decipher differences on important issues.

Numerous environmental and lobby groups have created their own ‘score-cards’, rating the major parties on the credibility of proposed policies. These bite-sized evaluations cast a critical eye on where the parties stand when it comes to Australia’s environmental future, and can help create clarity for voting decisions.

With such a large amount of information on hand, here is a three-stage guide to the environmental policies of the Liberal Party, Labor Party, and The Greens. Continue reading “Election 2016: Environmental policy comparison”