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The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

We know the climate changes as greenhouse gas concentrations rise, but the exact amount of expected warming remains uncertain.

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The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

We know the climate changes as greenhouse gas concentrations rise, but the exact amount of expected warming remains uncertain.

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17 Jul 2020

Australian cities are quiet during lockdown. Earthquake scientists are making the most of it

Our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically changed human activity all over the world. People are working from home, schools are closed in many places, travel is restricted, and in some cases only essential shops and businesses are open.

14 Jul 2020

Fire-ravaged Kangaroo Island is teeming with feral cats. It’s bad news for this little marsupial

The wild western end of the island, once a vast mallee woodland peppered with wildflowers and mobs of roaming roos, had been completely erased. An immense dune field covered with sharp blackened sticks now stretched beyond the horizon, to the sea, hollow and quiet.

10 Jul 2020

Intensive farming is eating up the Australian continent – but there's another way

It's painfully clear nature is buckling under the weight of farming's demands. There's another way – but it involves accepting nature's limits.

10 Jul 2020

Our field cameras melted in the bushfires. When we opened them, the results were startling

After the bushfires, we went looking for endangered corroboree frogs. Normally, they respond to our calls. But at some sites, the ponds were silent.

7 Jul 2020

How COVID-19 undermines sustainability

Amid the dire consequences of COVID-19, some consider the pandemic to the best news the environment has received in a long time.

6 Jul 2020

Why outer space matters in a post-pandemic world

Australia's space industry is booming despite the impact of coronavirus.

9 Jun 2020

We dug up Australian weather records back to 1838 and found snow is falling less often

Snow was once a regular feature of the southern Australian climate, but it has become less common because of climate change.

9 Jun 2020

Love the parasite you're with - the entertaining life of unwelcome guests from flea circuses to Aliens

In fiction and popular culture, parasitic characters appear as a metaphor for the threat and spread of disease.

21 May 2020

After the bushfires, we helped choose the animals and plants in most need. Here’s how we did it

No other event in our lifetimes has brought such sudden, drastic loss to Australia’s biodiversity as the last bushfire season. Governments, researchers and conservationists have committed to the long road to recovery. But in those vast burnt landscapes, where do we start?

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.

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