• Climate change ramps up allergy threats

    Open Forum     |      December 6, 2018

    A rise in dangerous and even fatal asthma and other allergic attacks – as occurred in Melbourne’s deadly 2016 ‘thunderstorm asthma event’ – could be one of Australia’s biggest health challenges from climate change.

  • Australian inaction on climate change threatens citizen health

    Open Forum     |      December 1, 2018

    The Australian government’s policy inaction on climate change is threatening lives, according to a report in the Medical Journal of Australia.

  • We may have hit ‘peak livestock’ if we want to reach our climate goals

    Open Forum     |      November 28, 2018

    We need to admit we’ve hit ‘peak livestock’ and cut back on meat consumption to reduce carbon emissions, according to a Harvard expert.

  • Tracking the climate threat to Australian ecosystems

    Ary Hoffmann     |      November 27, 2018

    Evidence of the impact of climate change on our country’s distinct flora and fauna is beginning to emerge, and we’re running out of time to record and preserve our extraordinary biodiversity.

  • Preparing for our new extremes

    Greg Foliente     |      November 18, 2018

    Australia has a well-earned reputation for being a land of extremes – from cyclones to bushfires and floods to drought. This high variability can make it difficult to prepare for all eventualities. But scientists are gaining a better understanding of the likelihood and consequences of extreme events.

  • The ‘domino’ threat of global extinction

    Open Forum     |      November 16, 2018

    New research reveals the extinction of plant or animal species from extreme environmental change increases the risk of an ‘extinction domino effect’ that could affect and even end all life on Earth.

  • Australian experts call for more climate action

    Open Forum     |      October 29, 2018

    Twenty two eminent Australian scholars and health experts have signed a letter demanding the Federal Government phase out coal by 2050 following its rejection of a United Nations (UN) report warning that world has 12 years to limit a climate change catastrophe.

  • We have so many ways to pursue a healthy climate – it’s insane to wait any longer

    Peter Doherty     |      October 26, 2018

    Humanity faces a wide spectrum of “wicked” environmental challenges, from sustaining food production to providing clean water and maintaining wildlife diversity and the green environments that ensure the survival of complex life on Earth but there are many practical measures we can and should take now to start making things better.

  • The climate threat to cities past and present

    Open Forum     |      October 19, 2018

    The fall of Angkor has long puzzled historians, archaeologists and scientists, but now a University of Sydney research team is one step closer to discovering what led to the city’s demise — and it comes with a warning for modern urban communities.

  • What the past can tell us about the future of climate change

    Russell Drysdale     |      October 16, 2018

    For several millennia during the last interglacial period, temperatures were higher than pre-industrial levels. Given the dire forecasts of global warming’s impact, what can the historical record tell us about the future of our climate?

  • How are we doing on a ‘Green New Deal?’

    Edward Robinson     |      October 9, 2018

    As the IPCC publishes its new report on global warming of 1.5 degrees, we need a political and economic stock-take on the measures we’re taking to fight climate change.

  • Stronger winds could trigger rapid change in Southern Ocean

    Open Forum     |      October 5, 2018

    A new IMAS study has found that an increase in average wind speeds could lead to abrupt physical changes in the Southern Ocean, with significant implications for climate change.