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A 20-year ‘mega-drought’ in Australia? Research suggests it’s happened before – and we should expect it again

Scientists examined computer simulations of Earth’s climate over the past 1,150 years. They found that given enough time, natural variability in Australian rainfall can produce “mega-droughts” lasting 20 years or more.

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Bushfire with sign and firefighter silouhetted
Fri, 18 Aug 2023

This new research examined the frequency of wildfires in parts of Victoria over the past 40 years. Scientists found that fire frequency is increasing in all ecosystems studied, but to varying extents.

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Dry scene
Tue, 15 Aug 2023

This new research explored using group therapy to create a safe space for scientists to share their feelings.

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Ozempic product
Wed, 09 Aug 2023

Time and again we return to the promise of a weight-loss drug, whether it’s a pill, injection, or tonic.

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Cyclone or hurricane from above
Tue, 08 Aug 2023

Our world has more heat in the oceans and atmosphere, which can supercharge cyclones. Humans have techniques to weaken storms, but they could have unexpected – or even dangerous – side effects.

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Wide river pictured at dusk with silhouetted trees and orange sunset in the background.
Tue, 18 Jul 2023

These are the five steps needed now to ensure the health of the river system and the people who depend on it.

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Statue of justice
Fri, 16 Jun 2023

When science evolves, we need better mechanisms for reviewing the legal decisions based on that science.

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Glacier mountain
Fri, 16 Jun 2023

In anticipation of the next big Apline Fault seismic event, geoscientists are working hard to understand more about the Alpine Fault in New Zealand.

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Stars and people
Wed, 07 Jun 2023

The Indigenous science and stories behind Mulligans Flat.

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Koala clings to tree
Mon, 05 Jun 2023

Now begins a long and difficult process to recover vast areas of forest after more than 50 years of clearfelling and other destructive logging practices. It’s a huge job, but it can be done. Here's an outline of what’s needed.

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