Further down today’s list of news articles are two additional sections.
CLIMATE RESEARCH provides a summary of research for 2017.
OPINION PIECES does the same for leading climate commentators.

Greens should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Here’s why
Patrick Barkham
Alpha males think caring about the environment is too ‘feminine’, research shows. So let’s make saving the planet a bit more macho.

Three new year’s resolutions that can help fight climate change
Our readers often ask us what they can do to reduce their climate footprint. Here are three ways to start in 2018.

Large Antarctic snowfall increases could counter sea level rise, scientists say
Scientists have documented a trend of increasing snowfall as temperatures rise in one vast region.

Why so cold? Climate change may be part of the answer
Studies suggest that one factor could be warming in the Arctic, which allows more frigid air to escape southward.

It’s Official: 2017 Was the Second Hottest Year on Record
Last year was the second hottest year on record worldwide, behind 2016, according to a European Union climate monitoring program. Global temperatures averaged 14.7 degrees Celsius (58.46°F) — 1.2 degrees C (2.2°F) above pre-industrial times.

Will chocolate become extinct due to climate change? Here are the foods we might lose
The future is uncertain for many favorites.

NASA study: First direct proof of ozone hole recovery due to chemicals ban
For the first time, scientists have shown through direct satellite observations of the ozone hole that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.

New principles to guide corporate investment towards climate goals

Which works better: climate fear, or climate hope? Well, it’s complicated
Lucia Graves
Communication is everything when it comes to the climate change debate

The 10-year story behind spiralling power bills
Australians are paying 44 per cent more than they did a decade ago to air-condition their homes, and keep their food refrigerated. So why do electricity prices keep going up and is anyone doing anything about it?

‘Potentially very dangerous’: IPA opposes foreign donation ban and ‘GetUp clause’
Libertarian Institute of Public Affairs joins Labor, Greens and progressive activist group GetUp in opposing changes

Abbott’s stance on international carbon credits makes ‘no sense’, business says
Australian Industry Group says ruling out use of the credits would push up the cost of meeting emissions targets.

Blackouts feared as heat rises
As temperatures soar this weekend, more than a dozen large-scale ­energy users may be told to power down or off to avoid blackouts.

Murray Darling Basin: Water bonus for the few
Slack NSW Government water rules are allowing the Murray Darling Basin’s biggest water holders to access unlimited carryover and the right to pump 300 per cent of their licensed entitlement year after year.

Environmental watchdog lost its bite under Buffier
James Whelan
During the summer break, Barry Buffier quietly announced his resignation as chief executive and chair of the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

Coral reef bleaching ‘the new normal’ and a fatal threat to ecosystems
Study of 100 tropical reef locations finds time between bleaching events has shrunk and is too short for full recovery

David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II to screen on Australian TV in 2018
Sir David Attenborough rates it the “most magical place on Earth” and soon Australian audiences will get to see it like never before.

Queensland coal mining: Billion-dollar projects in pipeline for Surat and Galilee Basins
A race valued at billions of dollars for Queensland has started among a handful of mining companies with the potential to dwarf Adani’s megamine.

Foresight upscales in Australian solar
A funding deal with the Clean Energy Finance Corp has enabled Foresight Solar to finalise the acquisition of three solar projects in Queensland.

Me-Mover, which combines design of scooter with function of gym stepping machine, launches in South Australia
It looks like a scooter, handles like a pair of skis and is powered by the mechanics of a gym step machine.

Total fire ban could be declared for hot, windy Saturday
The Tasmania Fire Service is preparing for a total fire ban across the state with Saturday looming as the worst day this summer in terms of fire danger.

Tasmanian devil roadkill project reminds drivers to slow down
Becoming roadkill is a major threat to the survival of Tasmanian devils as a species, so do your bit and slow down this summer.

The secret life of our cats to be tracked in Tasmania

Energy supplement cheques for pensioners are in the mail, says Minister
Energy Minister Guy Barnett has refused to apologise on behalf of the State Government for the late arrival of a 125 energy supplement — a delay which has sparked outraged from Tasmanian pensioners.

Australia’s first electric plane takes to the skies
It’s easier to fly, safer and cheaper than a conventional aircraft — and will soon be running passengers between Perth and the popular holiday island of Rottnest on a single charge.

Seagulls — they’re everywhere, but it wasn’t always that way
Fifty years ago seagulls were not that common a sight, preferring to hang out in smaller numbers near the coast. These days they’re hard to miss and it’s largely our own fault.

WA’s electricity disconnections increase after rise in energy costs

Vanuatu bans non-biodegradable plastic to protect ocean life
Single-use non-biodegradable plastic, including bags and polystyrene takeaway containers, will be banned in Vanuatu from January 31, as the Government tries to control a growing plastic waste problem.

Trump administration officially scraps Obama-era rules for fracking on federal land
The rules would have, among other things, required companies to disclose the chemicals used in their operations.

Stories to watch in 2018
We asked our reporters to look ahead to the coming year and what stories they’ll be following. Today we look at environmental issues and business trends.

Beijing meets 2017 air pollution target set under 2013 clean-up plan
China’s smog-prone capital Beijing met its air quality targets last year following a crackdown on polluters and a sustained period of favorable weather, the local environmental agency said in a statement on Wednesday.

How France became a global leader in curbing food waste
France isn’t an obvious frontrunner in food recovery, but new legislation has helped catapult the nation to the top of the 2017 Food Sustainability Index.

As millions go hungry, India eyes ways to stop wasting $14 billion of food a year
India, one of the world’s largest food producers, is trying to tackle waste during production, processing, retailing and consumption.

A floating house to resist the floods of climate change
As major storms become more common, could amphibious architecture keep at-risk neighborhoods intact?

Cleaning up coal: Future or folly?
Is “clean coal” an oxymoron or an innovative energy source that will help us beat climate change?

Cookstoves in India cause more pollution: Study
Smoke emitting from traditional cookstoves, widely used in the rural parts of India with cheap biofuels – such as crop chaff or dung – causes a detrimental impact on the country’s environment and people’s health.

Greenie push a boon for miners
Electric cars require more metals such as copper and nickel than conventional vehicles.

Abandoned Cornish mine may hold clues to uranium clean-up
For the first time, arsenic has been found to lock up uranium in a mineral.

It’s time to heed warnings about humanity’s collision course
David Suzuki
The longer we delay addressing environmental problems, the more difficult it will be to resolve them.

Greens should take a lesson from Donald Trump. Here’s why
Patrick Barkham
Alpha males think caring about the environment is too ‘feminine’, research shows. So let’s make saving the planet a bit more macho.

Riders mount up for traditional European Christmas hunts
Hunting deer on horseback is a tradition in France and considered by many to be part of the French national heritage. However, a Bill to impose a ban on “hunting with hound and scream” has been recently touted by a French senator.

Oceans suffocating as huge dead zones quadruple since 1950, scientists warn
Areas starved of oxygen in open ocean and by coasts have soared in recent decades, risking dire consequences for marine life and humanity

Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction
Hydropower policy to be rethought in face of environmental concerns, indigenous sensitivities and public unease, says surprise government statement

New technology that could help avert toxicity crisis at Salton Sea
California is embarking on a new plan to head off environmental disaster at the Salton Sea but it depends, in part, on the results of a promising technique to remove toxic selenium from water.

Fiji’s coral exporters await clarification after ‘shock’ ban
One of Fiji’s largest coral and rock exporters is left in shock after the island nation’s Government announced a ban on the export of live rocks and corals in a Facebook post.

The window for saving the world’s coral reefs is rapidly closing
The world’s reefs are under siege from global warming, according to a novel study published today in the prestigious journal Science

Across the web, and the world, citizens help track wildlife migrations
Thousands of armchair wildlife trackers are helping scientists to trace the movements of animals in real time. Are there downsides to this?

How one island nation is taming tourists
In a world-first initiative, tourists hoping to visit the paradise archipelago of Palau can enter the country only if they agree to one condition.

In early push into Papua, palm oil firms set stage for massive forest plunder
The clearing of Indonesia’s last untouched swath of pristine forest has begun in earnest, with an area the size of Washington, D.C., razed for just a single oil palm plantation in Papua province, new data show.

Beyond Standing Rock: Environmental justice suffered setbacks in 2017
‘There is a real war going on and it’s a war against health, against the environment and against human rights.’


Climate change triggers new diseases in Vietnam.

It takes the right rock to sequester carbon.

Study confirms steady warming of oceans for past 75 years

Scientists say the global ocean circulation may be more vulnerable to shutdown than we thought.

New study confirms NOAA finding of faster global warming.

2016 ‘shatters’ hottest year record by wide margin

One year from today, we’ll have blown the world’s entire carbon budget. (Jan 10 2017)
By one calculation, we have 365 days left to do something drastic with our carbon emissions before we lock in a future of drastic climate change.

Climate change is the world’s biggest risk, in 3 charts.

Climate change will hurt crops more than it helps them, study suggests.

Climate change means fewer days of perfect weather.

Toxic algae may thrive as climate and oceans warm, study says.

Study reveals that climate change could dramatically alter fragile mountain habitats

How the world passed a carbon threshold and why it matters.

Renewables can’t deliver Paris climate goals.

Electricity costs: A new way they’ll surge in a warming world

Scientists argue current climate change models understate the problem

Do mild days fuel climate change scepticism?

Warming ponds could accelerate climate change

Study finds peculiar tie between warm climate, slow snowmelt.

Northern hemisphere sees in early spring due to global warming

Massive permafrost thaw documented in Canada, portends huge carbon release.

Global greening may soak up less carbon dioxide than projected

By 2030, half the world’s oceans could be reeling from climate change, scientists say.

Most people don’t know climate change is entirely human-made.

Earth’s oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating

Humans may learn to survive climate change.

Geoengineering: What is it, how does it work and is it good or bad?

A new study provides a solid evidence for global warming

Global carbon emissions flat despite economic growth, raising hopes of downward trend

How Americans think about climate change, in six maps.

Global energy CO2 emissions could be cut by 70 percent by 2050: IRENA.

Global warming is increasing rainfall rates

‘Moore’s law’ for carbon would defeat global warming

Future CO2 and climate warming potentially unprecedented in 420 million years

Fasten your seat belts: Climate change could increase air turbulence.

Intensifying sun and increased CO2 a ‘double-whammy’ for climate change.

Huge permafrost thaw can be limited by ambitious climate targets

Is there a narrative vacuum surrounding climate change?

Climate funds for world’s poorest slow to materialise.

Humans on the verge of causing Earth’s fastest climate change in 50m years.

The religious case for caring about climate change.

Climate change will fuel terrorism recruitment, report for German foreign office says

We just reached the 410 parts per million Co2 threshold

Global warming costs mount as heatwave hits Chile’s glaciers.

Global Warming Accounts for Tripling of Extreme West African Sahel Storms

Climate change: The Arctic as it is known today is almost certainly gone.

How would just 2 degrees of warming change the planet?

Negative emissions tech: can more trees, carbon capture or biochar solve our CO2 problem?

Climate change laws exceed 1,200 worldwide, finds LSE study

More errors identified in contrarian climate scientists’ temperature estimates

A climate solution that also lifts Indigenous rights.

Changing climate to wreak havoc on Mediterranean soils.

Climate stabilization: Planting trees cannot replace cutting CO2 emissions

Experts reject Bjørn Lomborg centre’s view that 2C warming target ‘not worth it’

New study finds the oceans are rising three times faster than they were during the 20th century.

More people heading to court to spur action on climate change, study finds.

Climate policies could boost economic growth by 5 percent, OECD says.

Supercritical CO2: the most important climate change solution you’ve never heard of

Changing climate could have devastating impact on forest carbon storage

Sky-high carbon tax needed to avoid climate catastrophe, say experts

Would you have kids, given climate change?

Climate change could make cities 8C hotter scientists

Scientists are testing a “vaccine” against climate change denial.

Another deadly consequence of climate change: The spread of dangerous diseases

Greenhouse gases database shows ‘relentless rise’

Climate change may be choking the ocean’s oxygen supply, study shows.

Where Climate Change Is Most Likely to Induce Food Violence

How much do you know about solving global warming?

Reasons to be cheerful, despite Trump withdrawing from the Paris Agreement

Climate change label leads to climate science acceptance

Rising seas could result in 2 billion refugees by 2100

Contributions to sea-level rise have increased by half since 1993, largely because of Greenland’s ice

Ozone layer recovery will be delayed by chemical leaks

These experts say we have until 2020 to get climate change under control. And they’re the optimists

Climate models over-estimated warming

Fighting climate change could trigger a massive financial crash

Hopes of mild climate change dashed by new research

2 new studies undermine climate denial arguments.

Why carbon pricing is losing popularity

Delhi could become as hot as Sharjah by 2100

This is how climate change will shift the world’s cities

Short answers to hard questions about climate change.

That climate hiatus: what’s really going on

Most comprehensive database on past global changes is online

Unabated climate change would reverse the development gains in Asia: Report

If You Fix This, You Fix a Big Piece of the Climate Puzzle

In Chile, many regard climate change as the greatest external threat.

How Y2K offers a lesson for fighting climate change.

All hell breaks loose as the tundra thaws

Allowable ‘carbon budget’ most likely overestimated

How the climate crisis could become a food crisis overnight.

Methane-Eating Microbes May Reduce Release of Gases as Antarctic Ice Sheets Melt

Earth likely to warm more than 2 degrees this century

Suicides of nearly 60,000 Indian farmers linked to climate change, study claims

Climate change set to increase air pollution deaths by hundreds of thousands by 2100

Germans, unlike Americans, more worried about climate change than war or terror.

Climate change to cause humid heatwaves that will kill even healthy people.

The nitrogen problem: Why global warming is making it worse.

How fossil fuel money made climate change denial the word of God.

2016 Was Another Warm Year, Report Confirms

Super-heatwaves of 55°C to emerge if global warming continues

The crazy climate records from 2016 you haven’t heard much about

Global warming ‘is causing the Alps to crumble.’

Study validates East Antarctic ice sheet to remain stable even if western ice sheet melts

Climate migrants might reach one billion by 2050.

Staying below 2 degrees is ‘possible and practical’ says RMI

‘Surprising’ results from Antarctic ocean warming study

Proper carbon tax could wipe billions from polluters’ profits

Here’s what happens when you try to replicate climate contrarian papers

Four radical plans to save civilization from climate change

Too much mansplaining in climate conversations?

Four little discussed ways that climate change could make hurricanes even worse.

Global warming poses grave threat to the Himalayas.

At least one-third of Asian glaciers will disappear

Cost of not adapting to climate change would be at least five times higher

New climate risk classification created to account for potential ‘existential’ threats–ncr091417.php

World hunger is on the rise again due to climate change and war

After 30 years of the Montreal Protocol, the ozone layer is gradually healing

Could we store carbon dioxide as liquid lakes under the sea?

Climate change is already making people sicker

Earth may be close to ‘threshold of catastrophe.’

Stark evidence: A warmer world is sparking more and bigger wildfires.

Can Hollywood movies about climate change make a difference?

The most powerful evidence climate scientists have of global warming.

Climate change creating food shortages across the Pacific, says support agency.

IMF tells rich nations that greater urgency needed on climate change

Study Reveals New Threat to the Ozone Layer

Climate change may accelerate infectious disease outbreaks

Geoengineering is not a quick fix for climate change, experts warn Trump

Sea level rise could flood 1.9 million US homes by 2100

Fighting poverty might make it harder to fight climate change

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

Climate change and the human mind: A noted psychiatrist weighs in.
Author Robert Jay Lifton has probed the psyches of barbaric Nazi doctors and Hiroshima survivors. Now, he is focusing on how people respond to the mounting evidence of climate change and is finding some reasons for hope.

Tropical forest reserves slow down global warming

Red Sea is warming faster than global average

New data gives hope for meeting the Paris climate targets

Future Volcanic Eruptions Could Cause More Climate Disruption

Emissions set to bust Paris deal by 30%

World greenhouse gas levels made unprecedented leap in 2016

New Greenland maps show more glaciers at risk–ngm110117.php

To close climate goals gap: drop coal, ramp up renewables fast, UN says

Fossil fuel companies undermining Paris agreement negotiations report

Climate change likely to be more deadly in poor African settlements

Seven ways you can help mitigate climate change

How climate change drives child marriage.

The seven megatrends that could beat global warming: ‘There is reason for hope’

27 Ways Heatwaves Can Kill

From the Everglades to Kilimanjaro, climate change is destroying world wonders

Experts warn of a ‘new era of mega-catastrophies’ driven by climate change

How climate change could lead to more wars in the 21st century

Artificially cooling planet ‘risky strategy,’ new research shows

Groundwater depletion could be significant source of atmospheric carbon dioxide

The world at 3 degrees: What it means for five cities

Plants churn out 11 times more CO2 than is released by human activity: study
While much focus is placed on human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, research from teams around the world suggests plants could be contributing up to 11 times as much.

Study: Global warming likely to make thunderstorms larger, more frequent
Summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says.

How carbon farming can help solve climate change

The global energy outlook and what it means for climate change

Research reveals China’s reversing emission flows

Could climate change affect people’s personalities?

7 surprises that climate change will throw us

If oceans stopped absorbing heat from climate change, life on land would average 122°F

Study Discovers Why Global Warming Will Accelerate As CO2 Levels Rise

El Niño might speed up climate change

Forest gumption: How scientists are tapping everything from drones to pruning shears to stem global warming

Study: Climate change might lower salaries

4 takeaways from a gathering of mayors on climate change

More-severe climate model predictions could be the most accurate: study

Global warming will weaken wind power, study predicts

How global warming fueled five extreme weather events

Clouds don’t act as a climate thermostat, and they’re not going to save us from global warming

2017 will be one of Earth’s hottest years on record, along with 2014, 2015, and 2016

The 4 ways we can hope to make some climate progress in 2018

2017 was a terrible year of climate disasters — and too many media outlets failed to tell the story—-and-too-many-media-outlets-failed-to-tell/218890


How far can technology go to stave off climate change?
David Biello Yale Environment 360

Bill McKibben’s battle plan for the planet’s climate crisis.
Bill McKibben Rolling Stone

A conservative case for climate action.
Martin S. Feldstein, Ted Halstead, N. Gregory Mankiw New York Times

Why climate change activism has failed (and how it can be saved)
Guy Rundle

Why the research into climate change in Africa is biased, and why it matters.
Cullen S. Hendrix Washington Post

Climate change is happening now here’s eight things we can do to adapt to it
Missy Stults

Why the world economy has to be carbon free by 2050.
Johan Rockström New York Times

How to fix the future: saving the planet from climate change requires action – now
David Suzuki and Ian Hannington

We need to get rid of carbon in the atmosphere, not just reduce emissions
Eelco Rohling, Australian National University

A closer look at how rich countries “outsource” their CO2 emissions to poorer ones.
Brad Plumer Vox
There are all sorts of interesting twists and nuances that make this more complicated than it seems.

Global warming activism is bad for the environment
Seath Holswich

Jesus wants me to care about global warming
Mick Pope

If we stopped emitting greenhouse gases right now, would we stop climate change?
Richard B. Rood University of Michigan

Stop scaring people about climate change. It doesn’t work.
Eric Holthaus Grist

Why aren’t politicians doing more on climate change? Maybe because they’re so old.
Sydney Sauer Vox

Neoliberalism has conned us into fighting climate change as individuals
Martin Lukacs

Climate change is killing us right now.
Emily Atkin New Republic

Fossil fuel industry should pay for rising sea level.
Serge Dedina San Diego Union-Tribune

The axis of climate evil.
Paul Krugman New York Times

Climate change did not “cause” Harvey, but it’s a huge part of the story.
David Roberts Vox

This is why we cannot rely on cities alone to tackle climate change
Brendan F.D. Barrett, RMIT University and Andrew DeWit, Rikkyo University

Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening.
Bill McKibben The Guardian

Science is a battle zone because it is revealing again and again that pro-corporate business as usual leads to a species-threatening catastrophe.
Naomi Klein The Intercept

Taking the long view: The ‘forever legacy’ of climate change.
Rob Wilder, Dan Kammen Yale Environment 360

The idea that climate scientists are in it for the cash has deep ideological roots
Graham Readfearn

The Christian case for tackling climate change
Bishop John Arnold and Bishop Martin Lind

Is it too late to save the world?
Jonathan Franzen

On climate change, there aren’t ‘two sides.’ So why do some feel otherwise?
Katharine Hayhoe

Don’t be complacent: climate change will ravage rich and poor alike
Patricia Scotland

Global climate action must be gender equal
Hilda Heine

Why meeting the Paris climate goals is an existential threat to fossil fuel industries
Henry Kelly, University of Michigan

The climate crisis? It’s capitalism, stupid
Benjamin Y. Fong

Winning Slowly Is the Same as Losing
Bill McKibben

Climate change cannot be mitigated without carbon capture
Akshat Rathi

The west can’t fix the climate crisis. Asia will have to do it
Chandran Nair

Arctic under attack: Why the world must ‘act now’
Lewis Pugh