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Mysterious clouds could offer new clues on dark matter

The hunt for gravitational waves, ripples in space and time caused by major cosmic cataclysms, could help solve one of the Universe's other burning mysteries - boson clouds and whether they are a leading contender for dark matter.

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The hunt for gravitational waves, ripples in space and time caused by major cosmic cataclysms, could help solve one of the Universe's other burning mysteries - boson clouds and whether they are a leading contender for dark matter.

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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).

Analysis and opinion | 10 Aug 2021

Climate change has already hit Australia. Unless we act now, a hotter, drier and more dangerous future awaits, IPCC warns

Australia is experiencing widespread, rapid climate change not seen for thousands of years and may warm by 4℃ or more this century, according to a highly anticipated report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Analysis and opinion | 9 Aug 2021

Yes, a few climate models give unexpected predictions – but the technology remains a powerful tool

The much-awaited new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is due later today. Ahead of the release, debate has erupted about the computer models at the very heart of global climate projections.

Close up of black crow in tree.

News | 23 Jul 2021

DNA helps solve riddle of how clever crows craft tools

A clever piece of detective work by an international team has helped solved the mystery of which plants a population of crows on New Caledonia use to craft tools.

Research story | 13 Jul 2021

‘Environmental accounting’ could revolutionise nature conservation, but Australia has squandered its potential

Let’s say a new irrigation scheme is proposed and all the land it’ll take up needs to be cleared — trees felled, soil upturned, and habitats destroyed. Water will also have to be allocated. Would the economic gain of the scheme outweigh the damage to the environment?