Australia Continues Oil-Spill Search Near Great Barrier Reef

Bloomberg: Maritime authorities will continue searching an area near Australia’s Great Barrier Reef where patches of oily water have been detected, after an aircraft Saturday failed to locate any material trace of oil. Shoreline searches are being conducted and a helicopter will fly over the area south of Townsville looking for a possible spill, Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads said Saturday in an e-mailed statement. While samples of the sheen have been taken for analysis, no on-water...

Australia on alert for potential oil spill off Great Barrier Reef

Guardian: Australian authorities remain on alert for a potential oil spill in waters around the Great Barrier Reef despite finding little sign of a reported kilometre-long slick off the north Queensland coast. Maritime safety authorities in Queensland confirmed that small patches of oily water were seen in waters south of Townsville where a fisherman had earlier reported seeing a slick close to 1km long. Aircraft from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority will renew the search for evidence of the oil...

Passage California climate change bill could set global example

LA Times: When Gov. Jerry Brown visits the Vatican this week for an international conference, he'll be carrying a resolution from state lawmakers supporting Pope Francis' recent encyclical on climate change. He's hoping the Legislature will send an even stronger message later this year by passing new environmental rules aimed at helping California slash greenhouse-gas emissions over the next few decades. Approval of the legislation, intended to enact goals outlined by the governor this year, would bolster...

Australia: Reef oil spill: Oil spill off Great Barrier Reef

Brisbane Times: Early reports suggest the Great Barrier Reef spill is about 18 nautical miles NNE of Cape Upstart.

Scientists warn of bad outlook for future ski seasons as climate change affects snowfall

Australian Broadcasting Corporation: Recent snowfalls at ski fields in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains may have been good news for holidaymakers, but studies have shown there might be disappointment ahead for snow lovers in the long term. Skiers and other snow lovers have faced a torrid time in the Australian alpine region lately with hardly any natural snow to enjoy since the start of July. While the latest snowfall looks good for both tourists and tourism, recent studies on climate change have highlighted that things may...

California Freeway Firefighting Efforts Hampered By Drones

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One in five Australians don’t believe climate change

Independent: Nearly one in five Australians do not believe in climate change, making the country the most sceptical about environmental issues in the world, according to a recent study. 17 per cent of Australians disbelieved in climate change, followed by 15 per cent of people in Norway, 13 per cent in New Zealand and 12 per cent of Americans, found research conducted by the University of Tasmania. The research, published in the journal Global Environment Change, surveyed nearly 20,000 people in 14 industrialised...

Come hell or high water: The disaster scenario that is South Florida

Globe and Mail: Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is a strange-looking beast. Its south runway, unveiled last September as part of a $2-billion expansion project, rests like an overpass atop six lanes of highway traffic. Across the road, facing the vast turquoise sweep of the Atlantic Ocean, is Port Everglades – home to some of the largest cruise ships on Earth. Between them, the bustling terminals handle a significant portion of the human cargo that fuels Florida’s $70-billion-a-year tourism machine....

Coal miners struggle survive in industry battered by layoffs and bankruptcy

New York Times: There is pain across the nation’s coal fields, but here in West Virginia, the disruption is particularly acute. Mines are closing almost every month. Sawmills that provide wooden support beams for the tunnels are laying off workers, and diners are putting up signs asking their customers to pray for the miners. The coal industry, long the heart that pumped the economy here, is in deep trouble, buffeted by power plants switching to cheap natural gas, crippling debt, mounting foreign competition and...

As species adapt to a warming climate, ecosystems change

Environmental News Network: If it seems like you're pulling more bass than trout out of Ontario's lakes this summer, you probably are. Blame it on the ripple effect of climate change and warming temperatures. Birds migrate earlier, flowers bloom faster, and fish move to newly warmed waters putting local species at risk. To mitigate the trend and support conservation efforts, scientists at the University of Toronto (U of T) are sharing a way to predict which plants or animals may be vulnerable to the arrival of a new species....