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222 scientists say cascading crises are the biggest threat to the well-being of future generations

222 scientists say cascading crises are the biggest threat to the well-being of future...

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Image: Shutterstock The bushfires raging across Australia this summer have sharpened the focus on how climate change affects human health. This season bushfires have already claimed more than 30 human lives, and many people have grappled...
electric car sales tripled last year. here’s what we can do to keep them growing

Electric car sales tripled last year. Here’s what we can do to keep them...

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Image:Jens Kalaene / AAP A total of 6718 electric vehicles were sold in Australia in 2019. That’s three times as many as in 2018, but it’s still small beer. More than a million fossil-fueled light vehicles (including SUVs and...
no food, no fuel, no phones: bushfires showed we’re only ever one step from system collapse

No food, no fuel, no phones: bushfires showed we’re only ever one step from...

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Bushfires reveal a story we need to hear. Picture: Australian Navy This summer’s bushfires were not just devastating events in themselves. More broadly, they highlighted the immense vulnerability of the systems which make our contemporary...
disaster hits small business in many ways. we need a national strategy to help them adapt

Disaster hits small business in many ways. We need a national strategy to help...

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The main street of Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  Sean Davey/AAP When the central business district of Lismore was flooded in 2017, every small business owner in the northern New South Wales town had a...
we have the vaccine for climate disinformation – let’s use it

We have the vaccine for climate disinformation – let’s use it

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Exposing people to likely disinformation campaigns about bushfire causes will help inoculate them. JASON O'BRIEN/AAP Australia’s recent bushfire crisis will be remembered for many things – not least, the tragic loss of life, property and landscape....
as cities grow, the internet of things can help us get on top of the waste crisis

As cities grow, the Internet of Things can help us get on top of...

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Melbourne is one Australian city that’s moving to improve its waste management and reduce its reliance on trucks to collect waste. TK Kurikawa/Shutterstock Total global waste is expected to double from nearly 2 billion tonnes...
humans are good at thinking their way out of problems – but climate change is outfoxing us

Humans are good at thinking their way out of problems – but climate change...

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In some areas of human activity such as farming, we are exhausting our capacity to adapt to climate change. Daniel Mariuz/AAP There is growing evidence that Earth’s systems are heading towards climate “tipping points” beyond which change becomes...
out of control, contained, safe? here’s what each bushfire status actually means

Out of control, contained, safe? Here’s what each bushfire status actually means

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We’re used to images of firefighters with hoses, but more of the firefighting effort goes to clearing vegetation than spraying with water. Dean Lewins/AAP In this record-breaking bushfire season, notifications from emergency managers have become a...
scientists hate to say ‘i told you so’. but australia, you were warned

Scientists hate to say ‘I told you so’. But Australia, you were warned

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Without a radical change of course on climate change, Australians Australians will struggle to survive on this continent, let alone thrive. AAP/Dave Hunt Those who say “I told you so” are rarely welcomed, yet I...
conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires – but we must not give up

Conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires – but we must not give up

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Glossy black cockatoo populations on Kangaroo Island have been decimated. But a few precious survivors remain. Flickr That a billion animals may die as a result of this summer’s fires has horrified the world. For many conservation...