Tim Highley

Getting ready for climate change is about people, not spreadsheets. Let’s use our imaginations

Getting ready for climate change is about people, not spreadsheets. Let’s use our imaginations

Measures in this week’s federal budget to help Australians withstand and adapt to climate change are sorely needed, after years of cuts in this policy area. The Morrison government has funded a raft of initiatives, including A$600 million to establish a National Recovery and Resilience Agency and A$210 million for the Australian Climate Service . …

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Engineers have built machines to scrub CO₂ from the air. But will it halt climate change?

Engineers have built machines to scrub CO₂ from the air. But will it halt climate change?

On Wednesday this week, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was measured at at 415 parts per million (ppm). The level is the highest in human history , and is growing each year. Amid all the focus on emissions reduction, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says it will not be enough …

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The Morrison government subsidising dirty fuel amid the climate crisis beggars belief

The Morrison government subsidising dirty fuel amid the climate crisis beggars belief

The announcement this week by energy minister Angus Taylor that he’s putting together a major package to prop up oil refineries to preserve dirty fuel supplies to one of the dirtiest car fleets on the planet simply beggars belief. This week we’ve seen king tides and storms hitting Australia’s eastern coastline, changing the face of …

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Coronavirus and climate: Australia's chance to shift to green energy

Coronavirus and climate: Australia’s chance to shift to green energy

The fires generated unprecedented demands for climate action in Australia The Covid-19 pandemic is a “huge opportunity” to fast-track Australia’s shift towards more renewable energy, climate scientists have told the BBC. Australia’s recent bushfires made climate change the country’s most pressing issue . But scientists say that momentum risks being lost because of the virus. …

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Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where's the action?

Climate change talk has been around for 30 years. Where’s the action?

My moment of realisation about the seriousness of climate change came 25 years ago. I expected governments to act. (Getty Images: Neil Overy/Gallo Images) I can’t tell you what I was doing on June 23, 1988, though I can take a guess. I was a week or so from finishing my journalism course and — …

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Just how hot will it get this century? Latest climate models suggest it could be worse than we thought

Just how hot will it get this century? Latest climate models suggest it could be worse than we thought

Climate scientists use mathematical models to project the Earth’s future under a warming world, but a group of the latest models have included unexpectedly high values for a measure called “climate sensitivity”. Climate sensitivity refers to the relationship between changes in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and warming. The high values are an unwelcome surprise. …

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Australia's climate future to evolve as economy is rebuilt

Australia’s climate future to evolve as economy is rebuilt

Just a few months ago there had been growing consensus among scientists, activists, economists and even investors that 2020 would be pivotal in the fight to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. Around the world global warming had become manifest in the intensity of fires and floods, droughts and storms, prompting politicians to …

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Climate grief: How we mourn a changing planet

Climate grief: How we mourn a changing planet

The enormous transformations to our planet from climate change can have powerful effects on our emotions, making us grieve for what is lost. Climate grief comes in many forms. There is the bereavement-like grief and trauma when a climate change-enhanced “natural disaster” hits you or your close ones. Think of people in the Amazon basin …

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Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable

Analysis shows climate finance not reaching most vulnerable

People in some of the world’s poorest countries are receiving as little as $1 each a year to help them cope with the impacts of the climate crisis, despite rich countries’ promises to provide assistance. Climate finance is intended to help developing countries cut greenhouse gases and protect their people from the consequences of climate …

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Climate change: Australian summers 'twice as long as winters'

Climate change: Australian summers ‘twice as long as winters’

Australia’s summers have become twice as long as its winters amid increasing temperatures driven by climate change, according to new weather data analysis. The Australia Institute found that summer across most of the country over the past 20 years was about a month longer than in the mid-20th century, while winters had become shorter. Between …

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