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Australian government’s framework for national climate change priorities for the next decade.


Risks from Climate Change to Indigenous Communities in the Tropical North of Australia (scoping study)


Australian Broadcasting Corporation portal to news on climate change


Climate Change and the End of Australia

(Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone, October 3, 2011)

Arctic Warming Unlocking A Fabled Waterway

(Jackie Northam, National Public Radio, August 15, 2011) First in a six-part series examining what’s at stake, who stands to win and lose, and how Arctic warming and melting sea ice could alter the global dynamic.

Arctic Melts Faster Than IPCC’s Forecasts

(Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle, June 17, 2011)

Arctic Ice Melt Could Pause in Coming Decades

(National Science Foundation, August 11, 2011)

Arctic Shortcut Beckons Shippers as Ice Thaws

(New York Times, September 10, 2009, by Andrew E. Kramer and Andrew C. Revkin)

Ships Take to Arctic Ocean as Sea Ice Melts: Journey Times between Europe and China Can Be Reduced by Half

(MSNBC, September 28, 2010) Includes a video, “Melting Arctic Ocean.”

Global Climate Change Indicators (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Climatic Data Center)

Hot Spots Where Heatwaves Could Pose Greater Health Risk

(ScienceDaily, June 12, 2010) Heatwaves could especially pose an increased health risk this century in Southern European river valleys and along the Mediterranean coast, a study by two scientists from ETH Zurich has revealed.

Melting Ice Caps Open Up Arctic for ‘White Gold Rush’

(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 4, 2011) As rising temperatures expose more land for exploration, prospectors are rushing to the far north in the hope of carving out a new mineral frontier.

Thawing Arctic Opens Up New Shipping Routes on the ‘Roof of the World’

(Terry Macalister, The Guardian, July 5, 2011) An increasing amount of seaborne traffic is moving along a new Siberian coastal route, cutting journey time and boosting trade prospects.

Arctic Report Card: Update for 2010




Saving Australia’s Biodiversity

(John Pickrell, Australian Geographic, June 29, 2011) Rather than rushing to rescue individual species, scientists are using broad-scale solutions to save our wildlife.

Australia’s Coral Sea “Biodiversity Hotspot”

(The Independent, August 23, 2011) Reports on a new study that looked at biodiversity in the Coral Sea, off Australia’s northeast coast.

Impact of Global Warming on Biodiversity

(Australian Academy of Science, October 2005) Discusses potential consequences of global warming on Australia’s biodiversity.

Australia’s Biodiversity: A Summary

(The Wilderness Society, September 7, 2003) Asserts that Australia, the only country in the world which spans an entire continent and its biota, has an unparalleled opportunity for conserving a significant part of the world’s biodiversity.

Biodiversity Crashing Australia-wide

(ABC News, June 10, 2009) Discusses current state of biodiversity in Australia and future strategies.

Australia’s Biodiversity and Climate Change

(Department of Climate Change, 2009) A strategic assessment of the vulnerability of Australia’s biodiversity to climate change.




Great Barrier Reef to Be Visited by Google Earth

(Peter Simpson, The Telegraph, February 23, 2012)

WWF Says Reef Too Fragile for Dredge Spoil

(Lauren Day and Kirsty Nancarrow, ABC News, February 28, 2012)

Australia Plans Huge Marine Reserve in Coral Sea

(BBC News, November 25, 2011)

Australia’s Coral Sea “Biodiversity Hotspot”

(The Independent, August 23, 2011)

The Great Barrier Reef: Will It Still Be Great Next Century

(Louise Goggin, 2002)

Kingdom of Coral

(Douglas H. Chadwick, National Geographic, nd)



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