• Saving Shark Bay

    Ana Martins Sequeira     |      February 14, 2019

    Safeguarding Shark Bay from the effects of climate change requires a coordinated research and management effort from government, local industry, academic institutions, not-for-profits and local Indigenous groups – before any irreversible ecosystem tipping points are reached.

  • Scotdesco steps up to combat climate change

    Gabriel Haros     |      February 13, 2019

    A national climate action summit to highlight the work of the Scotdesco Aboriginal Community in a successful soil carbon project at Bookabie should attract the support of the nation’s politicians and help revitalise the climate change debate.

  • The grass is only greener when the rain falls in spring

    Open Forum     |      February 12, 2019

    It has long been assumed there would be at least one significant benefit to rising carbon dioxide levels – extra growth in the world’s grasslands – but other factors have to align for this to happen.

  • Urban sprawl and climate change are increasing fire dangers

    Janet Stanley     |      February 10, 2019

    Action has been taken to improve people’s safety in the event of bushfires, but two key risk factors – urban sprawl and climate change – aren’t being addressed.

  • Fire, drought and flooding rain: it’s time for national action on climate change

    Tony Press     |      February 8, 2019

    Australia can’t afford to waste resources on disparate, uncoordinated activities in climate, weather and climate change research and development. The biggest challenge is to make sure that our national efforts align, combine and complement each other—the sum must be greater than the parts.

  • How to make a finch extinct

    Open Forum     |      February 7, 2019

    An endangered Queensland bird is at risk of extinction because environmental legislation is failing to protect its habitat, according to a University of Queensland-led study.

  • Learning the lessons from bushfires – again and again and again

    Kevin Tolhurst     |      February 6, 2019

    There have been more than 50 formal inquiries into bushfire management in south-eastern Australia since 1939, but what lessons have we learned?

  • “Bright words” can find common ground in environmental negotiations

    Scott Slovic     |      February 5, 2019

    We cannot create what we cannot imagine, and to imagine we need stories and words to tell them. Storytelling is a communication strategy that helps the tellers and the audience to find common ground on contentious environmental issues.

  • Small patches of habitat help nature hang on

    Open Forum     |      January 30, 2019

    Your neighbourhood’s last patch of remnant bushland could be playing a much bigger role in conserving biodiversity than you think, according to new research.

  • It’s time the Nullarbor caves had world heritage status

    Jon Woodhead     |      January 29, 2019

    Australia’s Nullarbor caves are a precious time machine to millions of years ago, and crucial to understanding our future climate. So, why aren’t they World Heritage listed?

  • The stubborn high-pressure system behind this record heatwave

    Steve Turton     |      January 29, 2019

    If you think the weather this month has been like Groundhog Day (albeit much hotter), you’d probably be right! Much like a stuck record, weather systems seem to have stalled over most of the country, so just what is going on?

  • Studying the air in Antarctica

    Nerissa Hannink     |      January 28, 2019

    Antarctica’s pristine air and waters – and a unique shipboard laboratory – are helping researchers investigate the effects of climate change and pollution on the atmosphere.