• The new frontier of climate action

    Paul Rogers     |      January 7, 2019

    Compared to the sheer scale of the problem of climate disruption, the prospects of systemic change look remote but integrating individual activity can offer hope for real change.

  • The global big dry

    Wilson da Silva     |      January 4, 2019

    Much of Australia has suffered drought in recent months, and global water supplies also shrinking, even as the amount of rainfall is on the rise. The culprit? The drying of soils due to climate change.

  • Climate change could turn our brown land green

    Open Forum     |      December 30, 2018

    Climate change may not create the dry brown land of current predictions and may instead revegetate marginal land, as higher levels of carbon dioxide allow plants to use water more efficiently.

  • State of the Climate 2018 underlines the warming trend

    Open Forum     |      December 23, 2018

    More frequent extreme heat events and marine heatwaves, an increase in extreme fire weather, and declining rainfall in the southeast and southwest are detailed in the latest State of the Climate report released by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

  • 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.