Barrier Reef at greater risk than thought: study

Mar 26, 2016

Barrier Reef at greater risk than thought: study

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest coral bank, is at greater risk than previously thought of dissolving as climate change renders the oceans more acidic, researchers warned recently. A decline in aragonite — the mineral that corals use to build their skeletons — ...

Mar 23, 2016

Australia announces fund for clean energy, in break with past

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said the country would establish a 1 billion Australian dollar ($760 million) fund for innovation in clean energy, a major departure from his predecessor’s much-maligned approach to climate change. Conservative former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was criticized ...

Global wind power capacity tops nuclear energy for first time

Feb 20, 2016

Global wind power capacity tops nuclear energy for first time

The capacity of wind power generation worldwide reached 432.42 gigawatts (GW) at the end of 2015, up 17 percent from a year earlier and surpassing nuclear energy for the first time, according to data released by global industry bodies. The generation capacity of wind ...

Bolivia's second-largest lake lost to warming

Jan 30, 2016

Bolivia's second-largest lake lost to warming

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Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia’s second-largest lake. Beetles dine on bird carcasses and gulls fight for scraps under a glaring sun in what marshes remain. Lake Poopo was officially declared evaporated last month. Hundreds, if not thousands, ...

DiCaprio has audience with pope, shares environment worries

Jan 29, 2016

DiCaprio has audience with pope, shares environment worries

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio brushed up his Italian to greet Pope Francis at the Vatican Thursday, discussed their shared concern over the environment and gave the pontiff a check for his charitable works. “Your Holiness, thank you for granting me this private audience with you,” ...