• 600 plant species at risk from frequent fires

    Open Forum     |      April 4, 2021

    Almost 600 Australian plant species are at heightened risk of extinction after the 2019-2020 Black Summer bushfires, new research reveals.

  • Green shoots of recovery

    Will Cornwell     |      March 18, 2021

    Community scientists have been photographing animals and plants in the months after the Black Summer fires. Each observation is a story of survival against the odds, or of tragedy.

  • Logging native forests fueled the summer bushfires

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2020

    The logging of native forests increases the risk and severity of fire and had a profound effect on the recent, catastrophic Australian bushfires, according to new research.

  • Using maths against the bushfires

    Adam Phelan     |      January 19, 2020

    UNSW Canberra extreme bushfire researcher and mathematical scientist, Professor Jason Sharples, has dedicated his career to understanding the complex behaviour of bushfires.

  • Out of the ashes

    Open Forum     |      January 18, 2020

    Rather than an untidy mess, fire-damaged trees and half burnt logs left behind by a fire are valuable habitat for recovering wildlife, according to a group of leading Australian environmental scientists.

  • Do we need a bushfire royal commission?

    Paul Barnes     |      January 17, 2020

    The prime minister has announced that the cabinet will consider a royal commission into aspects of the ongoing fire disaster once the bushfires are under control, so how might this be organised to ensure it produces results?

  • How bad is breathing bushfire smoke?

    Robyn Langham     |      January 16, 2020

    Once the smoke clears, and the immediate issues of infrastructure, jobs and lives are being rebuilt – there will be ongoing questions about the health impacts of urban populations breathing air heavy with bushfire smoke for weeks on end.

  • The fires expose celebrity faultlines

    Open Forum     |      January 15, 2020

    The connection of the bushfire disaster with climate change is also increasing scrutiny of celebrities and their endorsements.

  • Communities must band together against bushfires

    Open Forum     |      November 26, 2019

    As Australia confronts devastating bushfire conditions, people across the nation are doing all they can to ensure the safety of their homes, property and loved ones.

  • We’re not powerless in the face of bushfires

    Paul Read     |      November 15, 2019

    The fires devastating Australia – and other regions of the world – are a direct or indirect consequence of human actions, and so we also have the power to prevent them, if we choose to act.