What tipping points are telling us
Why we need to understand them and respond.
By Andrew Bernier, Arizona State University Lately, you may have heard someone say that we have reached a “tipping...
A barcode of Earth’s climatic past
66 million years of change uncovered from ocean sediments.
Climate scientists have compiled the first continuous, high-fidelity record of variations in Earth's climate extendin...
Wine with a touch of Eucalyptus?
Uncovering the science of Indigenous Australian fermentation.
Australian wine scientists are exploring the traditional practices Aboriginal people used to produce fermented bevera...
Bending the curve of biodiversity loss
Study highlights actions required for sustainability.
More terrific news for the natural world. Just published in the journal Nature, an international study led by Davi...
Renewed interest in weathered records
Bringing handwritten climate history into the digital age.
Each week Cosmos takes a look at projects and news about citizen science in Australia. This week, we report on a new ...
Reef ‘glue’ threatened by ocean acidification
Fossil record shows that vital crusts are getting weaker.
The scaffolds that help hold tropical reefs together are at risk from acidification due to increased carbon dioxide i...
Natural pest control is saving billions
Researchers assess the impact in Asia and the Pacific.
Biological control, where natural enemies keep insect pests at bay, is saving farmers in Asia and the Pacific billion...
The strongest ocean currents are heating up
Study highlights areas of intense warming.
Over the next 30 years, the intensity of heatwave events in some of the world’s strongest ocean currents is expected ...
The spread and impact of marine structures
Study quantifies human development in the oceans.
More than 32,000 square kilometres of the world’s marine environment has been modified by human construction and this...
The curious case of the wet meteorites
Scientists find rocky clues to why Earth has the water it has.
Scientists studying a rare type of meteorite have discovered that much of Earth’s water may have formed when our plan...
Antarctic ice shelves at risk of fracturing
Study says their disintegration could lead to sea-level rise.
The ice shelves ringing Antarctica are vulnerable if rising temperatures drive melt water into the numerous fractures...
Leaves long left alone have story to tell
Rare fossils may indicate patterns of future greening.
Scientists studying leaves from a 23-million-year-old New Zealand forest have linked high levels of atmospheric carbo...