COP26 update: Where do we stand?

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) wraps up at the end of this week, with a raft of new commitments. Last week, world leaders made two major pledges to cut methane emissions and reduce deforestation by 2030, with Australia refusing to commit to the former. As the international conference comes to an end, where … Continue reading COP26 update: Where do we stand?

Tim Jarvis: The importance of trees

COVID-19 has had many consequences, not least of all in eclipsing Australia’s terrible ‘Black Summer’ fire season in the Australian public consciousness. Go back less than six months and the news was dominated by overwhelming images of forest fires indiscriminately destroying habitat, buildings and lives. COVID-19 is rightly our current concern. But as I write, … Continue reading Tim Jarvis: The importance of trees

Coffee and chocolate increase malaria risk

As we’re savouring a steaming cup of coffee with a mouth-watering chocolate, we might want to spare a thought for the public health cost these luxuries could impose on developing nations. Having linked deforestation to increased malaria transmission, researchers estimate that a fifth of this risk is driven by global demand for popular first world … Continue reading Coffee and chocolate increase malaria risk

Discovering how a local stream became less salty

  Dryland salinity is a devastating problem in Australian agriculture, causing ongoing environmental and economic problems. Flinders University researchers have now discovered that a stream in a deforested Adelaide Hills catchment shows a decreasing salinity trend over the past 28 years, pointing to possible long-term remediation of salt-affected land. The results from the river have … Continue reading Discovering how a local stream became less salty