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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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10 Mar 2020

Sure, save furry animals after the bushfires – but our river creatures are suffering too

After the bushfires, donations flooded in for our iconic mammals. But there’s a risk the government and public responses will not see the fish for the koalas.

3 Mar 2020

Logging is due to start in fire-ravaged forests this week. It's the last thing our wildlife needs

New South Wales’ Forestry Corporation will this week start “selective timber harvesting” from two state forests ravaged by bushfire on the state’s south coast.

26 Feb 2020

Labor’s climate policy is too little, too late. We must run faster to win the race

Will Steffen says that adopting a target of net-zero emissions by 2050 is a big step in the right direction, but the policy is too little, too late.

26 Feb 2020

We won’t have fusion generators in five years. But the holy grail of clean energy may still be on its way

How far away we are from harnessing the energy that powers the sun and stars?

5 Feb 2020

Universities are key to meeting our climate change challenge

Universities are key to meeting our climate change challenge

28 Jan 2020

Fire almost wiped out rare species in the Australian Alps. Feral horses are finishing the job

Populations of wildlife that the bushfires haven't already wiped out are threatened by thousands of feral horses trampling the land.

24 Jan 2020

Many of our plants and animals have adapted to fires, but now the fires are changing

The nature of our fires is changing rapidly, and the adaptation of our plants and animals won't be able to keep pace.

23 Jan 2020

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

Australian scientists warned the country could face a climate change-driven bushfire crisis by 2020. It arrived on schedule.

21 Jan 2020

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

"So many of us are wondering: have lives spent furthering conservation been wasted?"

Animal bones

20 Jan 2020

Bushfires left millions of animals dead. We should use them, not just bury them

Carcasses can play a positive role as landscapes recover from fire, providing rich nutrients for other native animal, microbial and plant species.

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