Harry Pearl

Contributor

Environment

The Ocean Conditions That Are Bleaching the Great Barrier Reef May Be the New Normal in 20 Years

A group of Australian researchers found that human-caused climate change made it 175 times more likely that the Great Barrier Reef would experience a bleaching event.
Harry Pearl
5.4.16
Environment

Ocean Sanctuary Threatens Maori Constitutional Rights, Say New Zealand Indigenous Leaders

Established last year, the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary is one of the world's largest, but indigenous groups are filing a legal challenge because they allege it violates their fishing rights.
Harry Pearl
4.28.16
VICE News

Australia's Largest Mining Project Moves Forward, Despite Weak Demand for Coal

The $17 billion mining project would produce 20 percent more emissions each year than New York City and require ocean dredging nearby the Great Barrier Reef.
Harry Pearl
4.18.16
Environment

These Aboriginal Groups Are Trying to Halt a Natural Gas Boom in Australia's Northern Territory

Some of the world's leading energy companies are poised to begin fracking for natural gas in Australia's Gulf of Carpentaria region — and aboriginal groups seek to stop them.
Harry Pearl
3.23.16
Tipping Point

Australia's Bushfire Season Gets Off to an Early — and Deadly — Start

Four people were killed just days before a government agency report was published warning that climate change will fuel longer and more intense bushfire seasons.
Harry Pearl
11.23.15
Tipping Point

Indonesia's Massive Fires Have Made Half a Million People Sick

An especially strong El Niño is intensifying fires in Borneo and Sumatra that are intentionally set to clear forests for palm oil, pulp paper, and timber plantations.
Harry Pearl
11.4.15
Environment

As Indonesia's Fires Rage Yet Again, Experts Call for a Long-Term Solution

Haze from the annual forest fires — deliberately set to clear land for agriculture — are causing massive amounts of pollution, sickening people, and endangering wildlife.
Harry Pearl
10.7.15
Environment

Slaughter of Sumatran Elephants Reaches New High

Conservationists have long been sounding alarms about the spike in elephant poaching in Africa, but killings in Sumatra were up 55 percent last year, helping to supply the illegal trade in ivory.
Harry Pearl
1.30.15