• Nitrous oxide emissions up 40% in 40 years

    Open Forum     |      June 13, 2024

    Emissions of Nitrous Oxide, one of the three key greenhouse gases, have increased 40% over the last 40 years. N₂O can remain in the atmosphere for more than 100 years and it is also an ozone-depleting substance.

  • A plea for progress on climate change

    Open Forum     |      June 12, 2024

    Australia’s slow and uneven progress towards reducing the emissions which drive climate change should prompt the nation’s leaders to adopt a bipartisan approach in the future.

  • Carbon crunching

    Open Forum     |      June 6, 2024

    New research is unlocking the secret powers of cyanobacteria and could produce new crop strains which pull more carbon from the atmosphere, reducing CO2 levels while increasing yields.

  • Companies face greater climate disclosures

    Pamela Hanrahan     |      May 27, 2024

    Regulators, investors and climate advocates could soon be able to monitor the impact large businesses have on the environment under new accountability laws.

  • The end of the ice

    Annie Foppert     |      April 27, 2024

    In 1897, the former whaling ship RV Belgica left Antwerp in Belgium on first voyage of what would become known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. As so many ships before, it became trapped in polar ice, at a location which is now open water.

  • Encouraging regional climate cooperation

    Open Forum     |      April 22, 2024

    The Indo-Pacific is facing a steep climate change challenge and Australia’s strong education sector seems ready to do more in the fight.

  • Centigrade cartography

    Open Forum     |      April 13, 2024

    Advocacy groups have welcomed the release of the Federal Government’s announcement of a heat mapping tool to assist affected communities deal with the worst of extreme heat.

  • Oxfam calls for climate action

    Open Forum     |      March 2, 2024

    The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-Australia Special Summit commences this week in Melbourne and Oxfam is calling for the Australian government and other world leaders attending to ramp up ambition to tackle the climate crisis in the region.

  • The heat is on

    Open Forum     |      February 29, 2024

    Temperatures in Sydney are tipped to reach 35 degrees today, and Australia’s Climate Council is warning that the nation’s capitals will endure twice as many days over 35 as they used to unless effective action is taken on global warming.

  • That was the weather that was

    Open Forum     |      February 13, 2024

    The Bureau of Meteorology’s Annual Climate Statement says that 2023 was Australia’s equal eighth-warmest year on record, with a large number of extreme events and increasing uncertainty over the future.

  • The heat is on

    Open Forum     |      January 11, 2024

    Record heat across the world profoundly impacted the global water cycle in 2023, contributing to severe storms, floods, megadroughts and bushfires, according to new research from The Australian National University.

  • Long hot summer

    Open Forum     |      November 30, 2023

    2023 will claim the title as the warmest year ever recorded, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Its provisional State of the Global Climate report shows global temperatures are 1.4 degrees above pre-industrial levels, carbon dioxide levels are up 50% and the sea level rise from 2013-2022 is more than twice the rate recorded from 1993-2002.