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Getting to the core of climate history

PhD researcher Jess Hargreaves digs out coral skeletons to understand how rainfall patterns in the South-East Indian Ocean region have changed over time.

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Divers underwater extracting coral core samples

PhD researcher Jess Hargreaves digs out coral skeletons to understand how rainfall patterns in the South-East Indian Ocean region have changed over time.

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Aerial shot of a large dam

Analysis and opinion | 28 Sep 2021

The hydropower industry is talking the talk. But fine words won’t save our last wild rivers

Technologies to harness the power of water are touted as crucial for a low-emissions future. But over many decades, the hydropower industry has caused serious damage to the environment and people’s lives.

A bird on a tree branch

Analysis and opinion | 17 Sep 2021

Destroying vegetation along fences and roads could worsen our extinction crisis, yet the NSW government just allowed it

Many native species can all be found in vegetation along fences and roadsides outside formal conservation areas. And yet, the NSW government last week made it legal for rural landholders to clear vegetation on their properties, up to 25 metres from their property boundaries, without approval.

Landscape in the sunset, with wind turbines visible

Analysis and opinion | 10 Sep 2021

A promising new dawn is ours for the taking, so let’s stop counting the coal Australia must leave in the ground

How do we advance Australia’s economic future outside high-emissions industries? And how can we seize the opportunities presented by the declines of coal, and then gas, rather than watching the economy go underwater as we try to stem an unstoppable tide?

Fallen trees on a forest floor.

Analysis and opinion | 3 Sep 2021

Decaying forest wood releases a whopping 10.9 billion tonnes of carbon each year. This will increase under climate change

As deadwood decomposes it contributes to the ecosystem’s cycle of nutrients, which is important for plant growth. It also releases carbon: what are the implications for climate change?

Media release, News | 2 Sep 2021

Deadwood releasing 10.9 gigatons of carbon every year

Decaying wood releases around 10.9 gigatons of carbon worldwide every year, according to a new study by an international team of scientists.

Analysis and opinion | 24 Aug 2021

Land of opportunity: more sustainable Australian farming would protect our lucrative exports (and the planet)

Business and governments across the world are embedding carbon abatement considerations into their trade negotiations and relationships. As an industry dependent on exporting, Australian agriculture must be ready to adjust to a more carbon-conscious trading future.

Two galahs in a eucalypt hollow

Research story | 23 Aug 2021

Get up close and personal with a local tree this lockdown

PhD student Cara Parsons is calling for citizen scientists to collect data on mature eucalypts as part of her research into the dangers of falling branches.

David Lindenmayer stands in front of a car with a forest in the background

Media release | 16 Aug 2021

Logging increases risk of severe fire

Logged forests near regional and rural towns and settlements are at increased risk of increased fire severity, new research from The Australian National University (ANU) shows.

News | 10 Aug 2021

Global temperatures likely to rise in next decade

The world may warm by 1.5 degrees Celsius by the early 2030s, a climate change expert from The Australian National University (ANU) warns.

Analysis and opinion | 10 Aug 2021

This is the most sobering report card yet on climate change and Earth’s future. Here’s what you need to know

Earth has warmed 1.09℃ since pre-industrial times and many changes such as sea-level rise and glacier melt are now virtually irreversible, according to the most sobering report yet by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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