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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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Bushfires

14 Jan 2020

Some say we've seen bushfires worse than this before. But they're ignoring a few key facts

Australia has a long history of bushfires. But several factors make eastern Australia’s recent crisis different to infamous bushfires in the past.

Dead bird on the ground after bushfire

13 Jan 2020

A season in hell: bushfires push at least 20 threatened species closer to extinction

We estimate most of the range and population of between 20 and 100 threatened species will have been burnt.

27 Nov 2019

Researchers allege native logging breaches that threaten the water we drink

The Victorian government’s logging business is cutting native forests on steep slopes, in an apparent rule breach that threatens water supplies.

The ANU Wood Library (Xylarium)

19 Nov 2019

When a tree dies, don't waste your breath. Rescue the wood to honour its memory

More concerning than the death of a tree is how we waste them afterwards.

2 Oct 2019

Australia is the runaway global leader in building new renewable energy

In Australia, renewable energy is growing at a per capita rate ten times faster than the world average.

9 Sep 2019

Timely intervention: how Doctor Who shapes public attitudes to science

Scientists and science fans love to discuss the science in Doctor Who.

9 Sep 2019

Science fiction as a potent policy tool

Despite concerns about using stories in policy, science fiction has a deep impact on policy debates and public understanding.

9 Sep 2019

How we discovered the climate problem

By connecting climate change to its material impact on the world, scientists have transformed an observation into a policy problem.

29 Aug 2019

We asked dads in STEM: how do you manage parenthood AND a career?

How often are fathers asked to justify having both a family AND a career?

12 Aug 2019

If we want liveable cities in 2060 we'll have to work together to transform urban systems

But what will the liveability of our cities be like in 40 years’ time?

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