News: Environment, sustainability and climate change
There have been terrible bushfires this summer across southern Australia – and they are still going. Part of the reason for this disaster is the unprecedented climatic conditions that the country has been facing, including record hot and dry conditions.
Among the vast number of native species damaged by the recent bushfire crisis, we must not forget native pollinators. These animals, mainly insects such as native bees, help sustain ecosystems by pollinating native plants.
On the night of January 9 2020, my wife and I secured our Kangaroo Island home and anxiously monitored the South Australian Country Fire Service (CFS) website for bushfire advice.
Australian sea lions are in trouble. Their population has never recovered from the impact of the commercial sealing that occurred mainly in the 19th century.
In the context of the terrible fires facing the nation, the telling reflection that “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it” has salience.
The recent bushfires have been, and continue to be, devastating for affected communities.
Urban South Asia needs water—a lot of it, and while most of this water comes from over-extraction of groundwater and interbasin transfers, the future ability to rely on these resources is now in question.
With our support, the International Panel for Climate Change has now documented the effects of global climate change on every biome on earth.
When managing bushfire risk, prevention is better than cure.
It appears that how you use water is more important than how much you use when trying to protect vines from the impact of heatwaves.