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Houses on a flooded street

Climate-fuelled disasters: warning people is good, but stopping the disaster is best. Here are 4 possible ways to do it

Climate change is driving a worldwide increase in extreme events. The latest State of the Climate report confirms the risks of disasters are rising in Australia.

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Wed, 23 Nov 2022

On November 21 2022 an earthquake near the Indonesian city of Cianjur in West Java caused at least 268 deaths and damaged 22,000 buildings. This event should serve as a wake-up call to improve building practices in Indonesia, because we know it’s not a question of if but when.

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Burnt landscape
Tue, 01 Nov 2022

Our new research demonstrates how the scale of the 2019/2020 bushfire disaster blew out due to legislation introduced in the 1970s, which was based on idea that nature should be left to grow freely without human intervention.

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River landscape
Fri, 28 Oct 2022

In our land of drought and flooding rains, better water management should feature in every federal budget. Thankfully, the budget handed down by Treasurer Jim Chalmers on Tuesday delivers it.

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Person barbecuing
Mon, 24 Oct 2022

The atmospheric concentrations of methane are now almost triple pre-industrial levels, and rising swiftly. Cutting it back would significantly help limit climate change.

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A bag of white powder
Fri, 21 Oct 2022

The identification of new psychoactive substances – drugs made to resemble established illicit drugs – presents a major challenge when pill-testing.

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River with reflections of trees
Thu, 20 Oct 2022

Getting meaningful environmental measures into the wellbeing budget won’t be easy. And tokenism won’t do.

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Hydro system
Tue, 04 Oct 2022

Queensland’s ambitious new plan involves shifting from a coal-dominated electricity grid to 80% renewables within 13 years, using 22 gigawatts of new wind and solar. The plan relies on two massive new pumped hydro developments to store electricity, including the biggest proposed in the world.

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Collage of two images showing people meeting the Prince of Wales
Tue, 13 Sep 2022

In 2008, Nerilie Abram was a climate scientist working on ice cores at the British Antarctic Survey in Cambridge. On one memorable day, Prince Charles visited the facility – and Nerilie was tasked with giving him a tour.

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A hand in a lab holding a mobile phone showing a Facebook post about kangaroos
Mon, 12 Sep 2022

People on social media have a lot of strong feelings about the money spent on science research. It is all a big misunderstanding?

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