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Will 2018 be the year of climate action? Victorian London’s ‘Great Stink’ sewer crisis might tell us

As extreme weather events, like Hurricane Florence, become more common it is time to ask what it will take for the world to finally tackle climate change. Encouragingly, there may be a historical precedent: Victoria London’s handling of the ‘Great Stink’,where growth had turned the River Thames into an open sewer. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO In the late 19th century, the irrepressible Mark...

Human evolution: secrets of early ancestors could be unlocked by African rainforests

Image courtesy Oleg Znamenskiy/Shutterstock.com Think of rainforests and the picture is inevitably one of a dark and forbidding realm where life is abundant, yet alarmingly cryptic. Rather than the sense of space offered by long, iconic grassland vistas, distance is compressed into tangled webs of foliage, veiling both predators and prey. Diffuse and difficult to access proteins, carbohydrates and fats...

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

A handy source of information about questions big and small. TheDigitalWay/pixabay What do you do if you have a question? You probably Google it. According to Google Trends, in 2017 Australians were keen to know about tennis, Sophie Monk, fidget spinners and Bitcoin. But besides these arguably trivial queries, our Google searches also revealed our concerns about extreme weather events such as...

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

The closure of the Hazelwood mine has lessons for the future of coal in Australia. Global Warming Images/AAP Renewables are stealing the march over coal in Australia, and the international outlook is for lower coal demand. Today the international Coal Transitions project released its findings, based on global coal scenarios and detailed case studies by teams in China, India, South Africa, Australia,...

Make your Home Pest-free with Professional Pest Control

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Pest control is structured to be a solution that makes your home a safe, hygienic and pest-free place. All said and done, there are certain requirements to ensure the treatment process is carried out seamlessly, effectively, and lasts long. Although this depends on the expertise of the pest control company, the type of chemical treatments being used and the...

What is fake honey and why didn’t the official tests pick it up?

Fake honey products have been found in Australia.  hounddiggity/Flickr Australia has been rocked this week by reports that many products labelled as honey are actually fake or “adulterated” honey. Capilano, Australia’s largest honey producer, has been accused of selling products mixed with cheaper syrups. But Capilano has hit back, claiming the testing method is unreliable. So what is “fake” honey really...

Hothouse Earth: here’s what the science actually does – and doesn’t – say

The earth is heating do we know why?  Vadim Sadovski / shutterstock A new scientific paper proposing a scenario of unstoppable climate change has gone viral, thanks to its evocative description of a “Hothouse Earth”. Much of the media coverage suggests that we face an imminent and unavoidable extreme climate catastrophe. But as a climate scientist who has carried out similar research myself, I...

The renewable energy train is unstoppable. The NEG needs to get on board

What’s that on the horizon? Ah yes, renewable energy. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas On the face of it, the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), adopted as Coalition policy at a party room meeting yesterday, appears to promise the certainty that industry, consumers and experts have desperately sought for the past decade. But beware: there is a renewable energy train coming down the track that...

From devils to superheroes: our complicated relationship with bats

A “cloud” of Mexican freetail bats leaving their roost. Wikimedia Did you know that the collective noun for bats is a “cloud”, or that in the first scientific classification of mammals, bats were placed close to humans because, like us, they have two nipples? The book Bat, by Tessa Laird, is full of similar tidbits that you will want to share...

What’s wrong with big solar in cities? Nothing, if it’s done right

Residents near big solar projects are often concerned they cause glare and noise. Electrical and Mechanical Services Department Headquarters rooftop solar, Hong Kong/Wikimedia Commons Many of us are familiar with developments of big solar farms in rural and regional areas. These are often welcomed as a positive sign of our transition towards a low-carbon economy. But do large-scale solar installations have a place...

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