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Yes, it’s rocket science: Australia needs eyes in space to monitor our tinderbox landscape

As climate change worsens, bushfires are likely to become more intense and frequent. We must find new ways of managing bushfires to prevent catastrophic events. Satellite data can help in this task.

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As climate change worsens, bushfires are likely to become more intense and frequent. We must find new ways of managing bushfires to prevent catastrophic events. Satellite data can help in this task.

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Person in labcoat reading documents on screen

20 May 2020

Researchers use 'pre-prints' to share coronavirus results quickly. But that can backfire

What is a pre-print and how should we be using them?

The parched Murray Darling

20 May 2020

It's official: expert review rejects NSW plan to let seawater flow into the Murray River

A major independent review has confirmed freshwater flows are vital to maintaining the health of the Murray River’s lower lakes.

14 May 2020

One cat, one year, 110 native animals: lock up your pet, it’s a killing machine

We know feral cats are an enormous problem for wildlife, but pet cats are wreaking havoc too.

Mother with two kids trying to work at desk.

7 May 2020

Isaac Newton invented calculus in self-isolation during the Great Plague. He didn't have kids to look after

The COVID-19 pandemic offers the opportunity for a fundamental rethink of what we consider normal. One of these areas is academia.

Ecologist, Kate Grarock.

18 Apr 2020

Nature is my happy place and I watched it burn. Now I need nature more than ever.

How does it feel when your 'happy place' is razed in the summer fires? And where do you go to from there?

5 big environment stories you probably missed while you’ve been watching coronavirus

8 Apr 2020

5 big environment stories you probably missed while you’ve been watching coronavirus

The climate crisis has been ticking along in the background. Here's what you've missed.

Asteroid headed towards Earth.

7 Apr 2020

While we fixate on coronavirus, Earth is hurtling towards a catastrophe worse than the dinosaur extinction

Earth is heading for another mass extinction – and human activity is to blame.

If you’re worried about bushfires but want to keep your leafy garden, follow these tips

6 Apr 2020

If you’re worried about bushfires but want to keep your leafy garden, follow these tips

ANU fire and vegetation experts provide tips on maintaining a garden, while keeping your home safer from bushfires.

We should listen to coronavirus experts, but local wisdom counts too

3 Apr 2020

We should listen to coronavirus experts, but local wisdom counts too

Alongside traditional kinds of expertise, “real time” expertise and leadership at the local scale will be invaluable in coming weeks and months.

Scientist in the lab.

24 Mar 2020

Why our unis are essential to beating COVID-19

Society is relying on its universities and medical research institutes to develop vaccines, tests and public health measures to combat COVID-19.

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