• The new argonauts

    Open Forum     |      September 14, 2021

    Named after the boat which Greek mythological hero Jason travelled on in search of the golden fleece, a new generation of Argo floats loaded with high-tech equipment are measuring ocean temperatures to depths of 2000 metres.

  • Climate activism requires a nuanced security response

    John Coyne     |      September 5, 2021

    Governments can ill afford to ignore climate protests or treat them in a heavy-handed manner. It’s time for genuine public discourse on this issue before the situation deteriorates and further erodes social cohesion.

  • Can the financial system survive climate change?

    Ian Dunlop     |      August 29, 2021

    One of the few bright spots in an otherwise dismal global response to the escalating climate crisis has been the preparedness of financial market regulators to force their regulated institutions to face up to the implications of climate risk.

  • Saving the oceans to save the Earth

    Open Forum     |      August 25, 2021

    In a UNSW Science Week event, Dr Ayana Elizabeth Johnson said the key to fighting the climate crisis is saving the oceans.

  • The heat is on

    Open Forum     |      August 21, 2021

    A two-part series on heat and health published in The Lancet warns that heat-related morbidity and mortality will likely increase without investment in evidence-based research and risk-management strategies.

  • Climate catastrophe

    Colin Chapman     |      August 15, 2021

    There is ample evidence global leaders at every level have failed to improve living conditions or to protect the planet. Few politicians care to face up to reality until it stares them in the face.

  • The fire this time

    Robert Glasser     |      August 13, 2021

    The IPCC report is both a sobering reminder of the scale of the challenge we face and an affirmation that the worst of the climate impacts can be avoided with rapid and more ambitious global action to reduce greenhouse gases and prepare for climate impacts.

  • The IPCC report amidst COVID-19 highlights why a dual health crisis response matters

    Georgia Brown     |      August 12, 2021

    The latest IPCC report on global warming underlines the need for emergency action. As with COVID-19, a society-wide response to climate change is a moral and health imperative just like measures to tackle the pandemic crisis. 

  • There’s still time to act on climate change

    Michael Grose     |      August 11, 2021

    The latest report on climate change from the IPCC is worrying, but redoubling our efforts to limit global warming as much as we can – whether or not we exceed the 1.5℃ goal – is what really matters.

  • One cold day doesn’t stop global warming

    Nerilie Abram     |      June 14, 2021

    A chilly winter spell doesn’t negate more than a century of global warming. We need the political leadership to set the world on a safer path. Ill-informed tweets by government senators won’t help.

  • Climate cooperation between China and the West may be a mirage

    David Uren     |      June 3, 2021

    Climate change has emerged as a rare zone of cooperation and civility between China and the West this year, but it remains to be seen if this will last through to, or beyond, the 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.

  • Ice, ice baby

    Open Forum     |      May 28, 2021

    Sea level rise due to melting ice could be halved by 2100 relative to current forecasts if the Paris Climate Agreement reaches its best case scenario, according to international researchers.