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David Fogarty started as a science writer in 1986 while still at university in Canberra, Australia, where he studied life sciences and communications. Some of his first stories were on climate change, back then still an emerging issue.

He’s since worked on newspapers in Australia, London and Hong Kong and worked for Reuters for 19 years, maintaining a passion for the environment and climate change. He was Reuters’ climate change correspondent for Asia from 2008-12 and now runs a specialist media consultancy in Singapore. He still writes stories about climate science and rainforests.

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You Might Have Just Bought an Illegally Cut Piece of the Rainforest

(0) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:36 PM

If you've just been shopping at the supermarket or hardware store, chances are you've brought a little bit of tropical rainforest home with you. And chances are some of it was illegally cleared.

That's because the goods you bought contain everyday commodities exported from tropical forest countries,...

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Why Your Company Should Buy Carbon Offsets

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 1:26 PM

Most of us want to do something good for the environment. An easy way is to spend a few dollars buying carbon offsets, perhaps to make us feel less guilty about that long-haul flight we're planning.

Turns out those offsets could be more valuable than we thought.

A...

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The Overlooked Group of Climate Change Fighters

(0) Comments | Posted August 1, 2014 | 10:06 AM

There are a group of people often overlooked in the fight against climate change and they can be one of our greatest allies as we figure out how to limit the damage from extreme weather, rising seas and threats to food security.

They are the millions of indigenous people who...

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New Coal Mine Construction Is a Giant Step Back For Australia

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 2:28 PM

For Australia, coal remains king. The nation, one of the world's top coal exporters, approved construction of the country's largest coal mine Monday.

Environmentalists say the decision is a major setback for efforts to fight climate change and further tarnishes the government's global image.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt gave...

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The Hefty Price We're All Paying For Deforestation in Indonesia

(1) Comments | Posted June 30, 2014 | 1:48 PM

Indonesia is losing some of the world's most diverse rainforests at a rate far greater than previously thought, a study released on Monday shows, despite the government's deforestation moratorium and pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, shows that...

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Australia Opts for Climate "Bribery" to Cut Emissions

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 5:51 PM

In Australia, fighting climate change is set to take a new direction. Bribery.

Just as parents might bribe a child with a sweet to eat their greens or to perform a chore, the Australian government is offering big polluters billions of dollars to cut emissions. Ordinary Australians will be paying...

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Fighting Climate Change is Now Less Gloomy, More Optimistic... Even Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 7:20 PM

Suddenly, the debate over climate change seems less shrill and a little bit more reasonable.

Two things have changed the debate: The IPCC and the weather.

Scientists have just got a lot better in explaining climate change in a more understandable, less frightening way. The risks, options and opportunities seem...

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Going Up in Smoke: Why You Should Care About Indonesia's Fires

(1) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Sumatra's forests are on fire again, less than a year after blazes burned large areas and covered Singapore and parts of Malaysia in thick smoke.

While the fires in Indonesia might seem far away for many people, they are everyone's problem. Many of the blazes are on deep peat...

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More Grief for the Reef as Australia Backs Huge Coal Port

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 3:01 PM

An Australian government authority approved on Friday the dumping of three-million cubic metres of dredging spoil within the Great Barrier Reef marine park off Queensland's coast.

In so doing, it cleared the final hurdle for the planned expansion of a major coal port at Abbot Point south...

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Typhoons Are Only Getting More Powerful as the Planet Warms

(1) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 12:22 PM

The intensity of tropical cyclones striking East Asia has sharply increased over the past 30 years and major cities and ports such as Shanghai in China could face a greater threat from more powerful storms in future, a study published on Thursday shows.

The study by South Korean...

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What the Past Can Teach Us About the Future of Climate Change

(2) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 4:55 PM

High on the icy, windswept plateau of East Antarctica an international team of scientists is about to assemble a time machine. First stop: back to the era when Christ was born.

If all goes well, the Australian-led team hopes to eventually retrace one-million years of atmospheric history by drilling deep...

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