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drought and climate change were the kindling, and now the east coast is ablaze

Drought and climate change were the kindling, and now the east coast is ablaze

Multiple large, intense fires are stretching from Australia’s coast to the tablelands and parts of the interior. AAP Image/Supplied, JPSS Last week saw an unprecedented outbreak of large, intense fires stretching from the mid-north coast...
11,000 scientists warn: climate change isn’t just about temperature

11,000 scientists warn: climate change isn’t just about temperature

Land clearing, cattle populations and carbon emissions stand alongside temperature as important measures of climate change. Picture: DAN PELED/AAP Exactly 40 years ago yesterday, a small group of scientists met at the world’s first climate...
the science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear

The science of drought is complex but the message on climate change is clear

Detecting human fingerprints on complex events like droughts is not straightforward. AAP Image/Dan Peled The issue of whether Australia’s current drought is caused by climate change has been seized on by some media commentators, with...
the blinky bill effect: when gum trees are cut down, where do the koalas go?

The Blinky Bill effect: when gum trees are cut down, where do the koalas...

After gum trees are cut down, the koalas that lived in them must take a hike. Esther Wong, Author provided (No reuse) In the past two decades there has been an unprecedented increase in the area...
stop shaming and start empowering: advertisers must rethink their plastic waste message

Stop shaming and start empowering: advertisers must rethink their plastic waste message

A woman sorts plastic bottles at a workshop in Hanoi. The world is being overwhelmed by plastic waste, and companies should do more to address it. EPA/LUONG THAI LINH Discussion of the environment is embedded...
water may soon lap at the door, but still some homeowners don’t want to rock the boat

Water may soon lap at the door, but still some homeowners don’t want to...

Storm-damaged beachfront homes along Pittwater Road at Collaroy on the northern beaches of Sydney in June 2016. Dean Lewins/AAP It is becoming increasingly possible that sea-level rise of a metre or more will occur this...
to bolster our fragile road and rail system we need to add a ‘micro-mobility’ network

To bolster our fragile road and rail system we need to add a ‘micro-mobility’...

In cities like Copenhagen that have good infrastructure for cycling.it’s an established commuting option alongside road and rail. Wikimedia Commons We all know the feeling. You’re on your way to an important appointment when...
penny whetton: a pioneering climate scientist skilled in the art of life

Penny Whetton: A pioneering climate scientist skilled in the art of life

Penny Whetton, right, addressing a March for Science rally. Her death last month shocked and saddened colleagues. Supplied by family Last month we lost Dr Penny Whetton - one of the world’s most respected climate scientists...
cats are not scared off by dingoes. we must find another way to protect native animals

Cats are not scared off by dingoes. We must find another way to protect...

New research suggests feral cats can probably outsmart dingoes. Wikimedia/AAP Feral cats are wreaking havoc on our native wildlife, eating more than a billion animals across Australia every year. But managing feral cats and...
we can’t drought-proof australia, and trying is a fool’s errand

We can’t drought-proof Australia, and trying is a fool’s errand

The push to ‘drought-proof’ Australia is dangerous nonsense.  AAP Image/Mick Tsikas There is a phrase in the novel East of Eden that springs to mind every time politicians speak of “drought-proofing” Australia: And it never failed that...