Climate

  • How clean is the Hunter Valley air?

    What’s the truth behind the NSW air-quality stoush between past and serving politicians?

    The air quality in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley has made news this week, with serving and former politicians accusi...

    Climate April 11, 2021
  • Reef-wrecking numbers: What will a 3°C rise in global temperature do ?

    Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is in strife if global temperatures rise by 1.5°C. If they rise by...

    Both the continent Australia and its inhabitants are well accustomed to extreme weather and climate events.  In th...

    Climate March 31, 2021
  • The climate crisis Australia our children could inherit

    Top climate scientists urge action to avoid the dire consequences of a 3°C warmer world.

    The variable origin story of the expression “may you live in interesting times” is something of a metaphor for the cl...

    Climate March 31, 2021
  • How to use climate models

    The complicated work involved in predicting the losses from climate change.

    The Australian Academy of Science’s new report, The risks to Australia of a 3°C warmer world, has grim predictions fo...

    Climate March 31, 2021
  • Conversation

    Yes, Australia is a land of flooding rains. But climate change could be making it worse

    As Australia floods, a climate scientist warns that recent events are symptomatic of the worsenin...

    By Joelle Gergis, Senior Lecturer in Climate Science, Australian National University. Over the past three years, I...

    Climate March 24, 2021
  • Focus

    Cosmos Q&A: NSW flooding

    What’s causing the floods, and how do we manage future natural disasters in a changing climate?

    NSW is currently experiencing severe flooding events, after a weekend of heavy rainfall saw flood and evacuation warn...

    Climate March 22, 2021
  • Greenland’s lost and found forest

    Misplaced core sample shows plant bounty, but it’s not good news.

    In a bizarre story of lost and found, scientists have unraveled Greenland's secret – It really might have been forest...

    Climate March 16, 2021
  • When glaciers melt, carbon rises

    Melting glaciers contribute to a carbon feedback loop.

    In the face of rising temperatures, water from glaciers may be both a bane and a boon for rivers, as the melting cont...

    Climate March 16, 2021
  • Flash-flood phenomena found

    New research describes how heavy precipitation happens in dry areas.

    New research has explained the drivers of extreme precipitation events around the globe. Extreme precipitation eve...

    Climate March 9, 2021
  • 1.5° danger line

    Only by meeting the Paris Agreement will tropical regions remain liveable.

    Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could prevent the tropics from become too hot to inhabit, say Princeto...

    Climate March 9, 2021
  • Carbon storage stars

    Mangrove forests get top sequestering marks.

    Mangrove forests could be the key to reducing carbon, according to a new study. Researchers studying mangrove for...

    Plants February 25, 2021
  • What killed the megafauna?

    Research suggests extreme climates, not humans, wiped them out.

    Human activities and population growth have wrought much destruction to life on Earth. But when it comes to megafauna...

    Animals February 17, 2021
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