Solace seeking in the Southern Ocean
Australian team looking for answers in marine snow.
Australian researchers are on a 45-day mission to capture the most detailed picture yet of how marine life in the Sou...
Fire and rain and the smoke that lingers
Scientists highlight the impact of huge pyrocumulonimbus clouds.
Wildfire-driven thunderstorms, such as those created in Australia a year ago, produce lingering impacts that may affe...
We’ve made more than the Earth has grown
Anthropogenic mass now exceeds living biomass, study finds.
Among its other dubious distinctions, the year 2020 marks the approximate tipping point between anthropogenic mass an...
How COVID-19 looks from above
Satellites show ‘dramatic’ changes during lockdown.
Scientists studying satellite images of the Earth have identified changes linked to COVID-19 lockdowns that may shed ...
Shining a light on ecosystem services
Study highlights benefits, declines and ways forward.
Humans rely on nature’s rich bounty for a vast array of services, from pollination, water, food, soil and air quality...
Can crystals tell us about volcanoes?
Scientists learn more from Kilauea’s debris.
Tiny crystals could provide new insights into past volcanic eruptions and help predict future ones, according to a ne...
Not just drifting by
Risky crossing likely a migration choice.
Whether ancient humans made sea crossings by choice or by chance is a common topic of debate among historians. In ...
Not great news for the Great Barrier Reef
Global authority lists its health as critical.
By Jon Day and Scott Heron, James Cook University The Great Barrier Reef is now in “critical” condition and the he...
Continents ‘prone to destruction’ in infancy
Geologists model the origin of the cratonic mantle.
Digging deep into the planet’s past, Australian geologists have discovered why no trace remains of the continents for...
Using forests to fight global warming
Analysis offers direction for policy and resource priorities.
The cost of leveraging nature’s precious trees to help buffer the planet from global warming could amount to nearly U...
How to pick the best microalgae
New system assesses potential for biofuel production.
The fuel of the future may be produced by microalgae – but which microalgae? We know these microorganisms use sunl...
Does that reef smell good?
Chemicals in gases may be an indicator of coral health.
Gassy corals make a happy reef, it seems, but these gases may be lost if the water gets too hot. Animals release g...