We’ve run out of elections to waste this is the last chance to make a difference on climate change | Bill McKibben

Weve wasted three decades since scientists first raised the warning Im no expert on Australian politics I dont know all the cross-currents that will determine this weeks balloting. But I do know a fair amount about the climate crisis, having written the first book on the subject back in 1989. So I can say with confidence that if Australians want to play a serious role in fixing the greatest challenge weve ever faced, this may be about the last election where people retain enough leverage to make a real difference. Global warming, after all, is a math problem: how quickly can we reverse the flow of carbon into the atmosphere? The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in its report last …

Deadly skin-eating fungal disease wipes out 90 amphibian species in 50 years

Study reveals extent of chytrid fungus and how devastating it has been for frog, toad and salamander species worldwide A deadly disease that wiped out global populations of amphibians led to the decline of 500 species in the past 50 years, including 90 extinctions, scientists say. A global research effort, led by the Australian National University, has for the first time quantified the worldwide impact of chytridiomycosis, or chytrid fungus, a fungal disease that eats away at the skin of amphibians. The disease was first discovered in 1998 by researchers at James Cook University in Queensland investigating the cause of mysterious, mass amphibian deaths. Chytridiomycosis is caused by two fungal species, both of which are likely to have originated in …

Murdering Gully: settlers killed 35 in Aboriginal camp, and threw bodies into the water

One of the few survivors told the assistant protector of Aborigines the white men came on horseback and began firing One day at dawn in early 1839, Frederick Taylor and a number of other armed white men rode on horseback into a sleeping camp of Aboriginal people near present-day Terang in Victorias western district. Most of the people encamped on the banks of Mount Emu Creek were of the Tarnbeere gundidj clan, members of the Djargurd wurrung language group. The settlers killed about 35 of the roughly 50 people in the camp, and threw the bodies into the water. After the massacre, a survivor by the name of Karn had begun to pull the bodies of his friends and relatives …