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Managed retreat of settlements remains a tough call even as homes flood and coasts erode

Today's risks will be tomorrow's normal. That means tough decisions have to be made about human settlements having to retreat from areas most at risk, whether from floods or bushfires.

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Today's risks will be tomorrow's normal. That means tough decisions have to be made about human settlements having to retreat from areas most at risk, whether from floods or bushfires.

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26 Mar 2021

Yes, Australia is a land of flooding rains. But climate change could be making it worse

The NSW floods are a textbook example of the theoretical impacts we can expect on Australian rainfall as climate change continues.

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5 Mar 2021

Fires bring home climate-driven urgency of rethinking where we live – and how

The unprecedented intensity of two summers of bushfires, first in the east and then in the west, offered harsh lessons for Australians. One is that some settlements must retreat from high-risk areas.

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10 Feb 2021

Australia must control its killer cat problem. A major new report explains how, but doesn’t go far enough

Cats kill a staggering 1.7 billion native animals each year, and threaten at least 120 species with extinction. Five experts analyse a parliamentary report on the problem.

18 Jan 2021

3 reasons to study science communication beyond the West

All cultures have communicated their knowledge in diverse and marvellous ways throughout time. Failing to see the significance of this is racist and lazy.

9 Dec 2020

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft is about to drop a chunk of asteroid in the Australian outback

Scientists hope samples of asteroid Ryugu may reveal traces of the chemical ingredients that formed life on Earth.

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1 Dec 2020

Ancient Earth had a thick, toxic atmosphere like Venus – until it cooled off and became liveable

Unlike our hellish neighbour Venus, Earth was far enough from the Sun for liquid water to form and create a more hospitable environment for life.

24 Nov 2020

Ancient sponges or just algae? New research overturns chemical evidence for the earliest animals

Ancient fatty molecules, once believed to be traces of some of the first animals to live on Earth, may have been produced by algae instead.

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10 Nov 2020

Radioactive: new Marie Curie biopic inspires, but resonates uneasily for women in science

Marie Curie overcame innumerable obstacles, and in the process has become a role model. But does the latest film version of her life do her story justice?

9 Nov 2020

Science communication is more important than ever. Here are 3 lessons from around the world on what makes it work

Science communication succeeds when it takes community knowledge seriously, works with other belief systems, and expects researchers to contribute to society.

22 Oct 2020

How do we know statistics can be trusted? We talked to the humans behind the numbers to find out

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much modern societies are governed by statistics. Despite their objective appearance, these numbers gain their strength from very human relationships.

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