• Don’t hide behind the smokescreen

    Open Forum     |      February 4, 2020

    More than 250 active scientists with expertise in climate, fire and meteorology have signed a statement that calls on our leaders to urgently reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and engage constructively in international agreements to reduce total global emissions to net-zero by 2050.

  • An open letter on the Australian bushfires

    Steven Sherwood     |      January 30, 2020

    Eighty of Australia’s top scientists have written an open letter to the Australian public and politicians, urging action on carbon emissions following this year’s horrendous bushfire season.

  • We can’t say we weren’t warned

    Will Steffen     |      January 24, 2020

    Scientists have, clearly and respectfully, warned about the risks to Australia of a rapidly heating climate – including more extreme heat, coastal flooding and more dangerous bushfire conditions. Perhaps now the politicians will listen.

  • Time to cool down our language on climate change?

    Gitanjali Bedi     |      January 23, 2020

    The language used in the climate change debate is hotting up, but more emotive terms may backfire by creating a false sense of accomplishment, or wearying the public with ‘crisis fatigue.

  • Did an Australian asteroid impact end the Earth’s big thaw?

    Open Forum     |      January 23, 2020

    Curtin University scientists have discovered that an asteroid strike at Yarrabubba, in outback Western Australia coincided with the end of a global deep freeze known as a Snowball Earth 2.2 billion years ago.

  • Australia must adapt to a new climate reality

    Mike Scrafton     |      January 22, 2020

    Dealing with the impacts of global warming must not become sidelined by narrowly defining it as a national security issue. Nibbling at the edges of the global warming phenomenon will not suffice.

  • The fires demand a strategic response to climate change

    Michael Thomas     |      January 19, 2020

    The bushfires which swept across Eastern Australia offered a glimpse of a dystopian future and demand a strategic response from the Federal government.

  • BlackRock is the canary in the coalmine

    John Quiggin     |      January 18, 2020

    The government’s case for doing nothing about climate change has been the “economy-wrecking” costs of serious action, but as investments associated with coal become toxic, inaction will cause even greater economic harm.

  • What’s the future of global warming?

    Andrew King     |      January 12, 2020

    The global average temperature has already risen by more than 1°C as a result of mankind’s greenhouse gas emissions, so what does the future hold?

  • Bushfires may be only the beginning

    Neville Nicholls     |      January 6, 2020

    Public attention on the disastrous bushfire crisis in Australia will continue for weeks to come, but as we direct resources to coping and recovery, additional weather and climate challenges may be looming.

  • 9 things being wrecked by climate change

    Rod Lamberts     |      December 31, 2019

    The warnings have been there for decades but still there are those who deny it. So perhaps it’s timely to look at how climate change is affecting you, by wrecking some of the things you love.

  • Going carbon neutral by 2050

    Open Forum     |      December 28, 2019

    If we’re serious about lowering emissions and improving air quality, we need to get serious about powering the world with wind, water and solar energy by 2050.