Day: December 8, 2019

Fix Earth’s climate crisis instead of dreaming of other planets, urges Nobel prize-winning astronomer

Humanity should focus its attention on solving the climate crisis instead of farfetched and unrealistic notions of escaping Earth for unspoiled planets, a scientist who won this year’s Nobel Prize winners has said. Swiss astronomer Didier Queloz, who shared the prestigious 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics for his role in discovering planets orbiting distant suns,…

The World Solved the Ozone Problem. It Can Solve Climate Change.

Nearly 50 years ago, three chemists named Mario Molina, Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen found evidence that chlorofluorocarbons, chemicals known as CFCs and released from aerosol sprays, were weakening the ozone layer that functions as the earth’s natural sunscreen protecting humans, animals and plants from harmful radiation.The discovery made big news and rattled the public.…

Next decade is crucial in combating declining ocean oxygen levels which could ‘jeopardise humankind’

Next decade is crucial in combating declining ocean oxygen levels which are threatening sealife and could ‘jeopardise humankind’, experts warnStudy was carried out by the International Union for the Conservation of NatureFindings were presented in Madrid at the global UN Climate Change conferenceClimate change and pollution were named as the main causes of oxygen lossBy…

Area ‘twice the size of ACT’ to be conserved for south-east Qld’s vulnerable koalas

Posted December 08, 2019 16:09:39 There will be no new developments within 570,000 hectares of a ‘koala priority area’ in south-east Queensland, according to a new draft strategy announced by the State Government. Key points:The South East Queensland Koala Conservation Strategy 2019-24 identifies 570,000 hectares of koala habitat for protectionHabitat loss is a major contributor…

Marine life under threat from plummeting oxygen levels

The loss of oxygen from the ocean due to climate change risks “dire effects” on sea life, fisheries and coastal communities, a global conservation body has said. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said that around 700 sites had been identified globally with low oxygen levels – up from only 45 in…