Australia’s energy market has a logjam,
The likelihood of half of Victoria being plunged into blackout are low – but the question reveals growing tension between the energy market and its regulators.
Six months after huge floods swept Queensland we can start to appreciate the huge effect they had on native species.
Populism focuses on charismatic individuals. Environmentalism is all about collective action on collective solutions. How do they come together?
New Zealand is small and generates a tiny fraction of global greenhouse gas emissions, but investment in cutting emissions is important and could influence other, larger countries.
State renewable energy targets have been driving energy investment in Australia. 'Where and when' the generation and transmission build occurs varies substantially under a national approach.
Human-driven land clearing and climate change are sending plants extinct at a rapid rate, risking a devastating biodiversity crash.
A warming climate will affect the way waves hit over 50% of the world's coastlines, increasing erosion and the risk of flooding.
The Haiyan Typhoon disaster is a cautionary case for climate adaptation and mitigation because it demonstrates the seductiveness of survival myths.
The blotched butterfly orchid (Sarcochilus weinthalii) looks fairly unremarkable when it’s not flowering, generally resembling the far more common orange blossom orchid. But when it flowers, it is exquisite…
There are plenty of barriers, but if we really want to we can feed the world on plant protein (largely from legumes).
New research shows that ocean and air temperatures both contributed to the melting of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf in the past, but melting from below by a warming ocean became more important over time.
Millions of dollars are being spent on trying to eradicate fire ants from Australia. But that might not be the only way to deal with the invasive pest.
Contemporary mining disasters echo the devastation caused by Victoria's gold fields. Victorians campaigned for some of the world's first laws against industrial pollution.
Australia needs a viable domestic recycling industry – here's the current state of play.
Plants live off carbon dioxide, but a higher level of the greenhouse gas in the air doesn't necessarily lead to more biomass production.
Black rats are originally from India and brown rats are originally from China.
Cold fronts swept south-eastern Australia, bringing snow and freezing temperatures. While snow is expected to decrease with climate change, cold snaps are likely to keep coming.
In the wake of decades of violence, ex-guerrillas in Colombia are making conservation part of the path to peace.
The world needs to move towards sustainable agriculture – but what is that, exactly? Australia urgently needs coherent policy.
A group of scientists want a new Geneva Convention to safeguard the environment during wars and conflicts. We already have such rules, but they're inadequate, inconsistent and unclear.
The world has no hope of reaching the goals of the Paris Agreement without seriously reducing emissions from agriculture, forestry and land clearing.
We don't know enough about the carbon footprint of vegan foods, and that needs to change.
Four wind farm operators must face the federal court over allegations they failed their basic responsibilities during the 2016 South Australian blackout.
On the outskirts of Darwin, small insects are gobbled up by strange plants. Enter the world of the bladderwort.
Do you have a question about climate change? This collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre gives you the chance to ask – and we'll provide expert answers.
Forget eyecatching headlines about planting millions of new trees – natural mature forests are far better at storing carbon.
There's precious little business case for nuclear power in Australia, but we could start with the end product: storing radioactive waste.
The reported number of deaths of people campaigning to protect the environment has tripled over a 15 year period.
Environmental protections in Australia are built on assumptions about where animals live – and it's harming our wildlife.
Hitting the Paris targets will go a long way to securing Melbourne's water supply against future pressure.
Australia's recycling woes belong to everyone, from households to government to business. It's time to stop pointing fingers and get to work on a solution.
New Zealand has proposed new fuel standards, along with a consumer rebates for cleaner cars – paid for by higher costs for high-polluting cars – to cut its rising transport emissions.
The Monaro grasslands are a tiny surviving fraction of the native grasslands that once grew across the Southern Tablelands.
An exhaustive search involving 44,000 field staff, 318,000 habitat surveys and nearly 35 million photos has revealed India's tiger population is on the rise.
Irrigators get too much water from the Barwon-Darling even when river levels are critically low, according to a NSW government review.
Albany pitcher plants are more closely related to cabbages and roses than any other carnivorous plant.
Corals, mangroves and seagrass habitats have been affected by extreme weather events, and some may never recover.
Thirty tree species make up more than half of Australia's urban forests. Some won't survive climate change, so cities must plant a more diverse mix of the right species to preserve their tree cover.
The clearest picture yet of the past 2,000 years of global temperatures has shown warming in the last 50-odd years is unprecedented in the last two millennia.
Proposed rules for managing energy demand could potentially lower prices and reduce blackout risk, but there are reasons to be skeptical.
Many rural town water supplies cannot weather even a single year of drought. This is a failure of planning and funding on a grand scale.
Cats and humans have different ways of communicating and sometimes that can lead to problems.
Scientists introduced credible climate change to the world in 1979, but it's taken decades for their message to sink in.
Lions don't generally have armies of hyenas, but not every aspect of The Lion King is inaccurate.
Waterwheel plants use snap up mosquito larvae, tiny fish and even tadpoles in freshwater wetlands around the world – including remote parts of north Australia.
An update of the IUCN Red List attempts to map the real extent of global biodiversity loss.
A small surcharge on dog food could massively improve conservation for Australia's native dingos and wild dogs.
A proposal for 270m tall wind turbines on Robbins Island has ruffled some feathers – but here's why towering turbines are here to stay.
Adani's request for the names of individual scientists reviewing their groundwater management plan has chilling implications for scientific independence.
Clownfish eggs exposed to artificial light completely fail to hatch, highlighting the growing problem of light pollution.
The endangered Australasian bittern offers a way past the 'farmers vs environmentalist' debate in the Murray-Darling basin.
The NSW government has announced plans to remove feral deer from its list of official game animals. With careful monitoring, the resulting free-for-all could help curb their booming numbers.
Red gums connect the continental fringes of Australia with its arid heart, marching along waterways.
Some 58 metres of sea level rise is locked up in Antartica's ice sheets, and it's melting faster than expected.
Humans and dogs have lived together for thousands of years, but we may be forgetting how to co-exist peacefully.
Fewer than 1,000 Siamese crocodiles exist, but can captive crocs survive again in the wild?
Australia doesn't want to deal with its own recycling waste, so why do we think other countries should do it for us?
This year's national conference of the Australian Marine Science Association is a plastic-free zone, as marine scientists aim to reduce the environmental burden of throwaway plastic.
New Zealand has one of the world's largest ocean territories, but the marine environment is at risk from climate change, pollution and fishing.
Australian houses are not designed and built for the realities of climate change
Iran has announced it will breach the limits on uranium enrichment agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal, after the US turned its back on the agreement. What does that mean for Iran's nuclear program?
A federal program to help the Murray-Darling environment accidentally lowered water levels – but not as much as previous reports had feared.
We need to understand what a swallow's nest is really for – and it is not mainly for sleeping.
Seagrass may look unassuming, but healthy oceans depend on the huge meadows that grow in temperate and tropical waters.
In 1887 Queensland’s chief weatherman Clement Wragge began naming tropical cyclones, using names from the Greek alphabet, fabulous beasts and politicians who annoyed him.
Vanuatu has banned them outright, while many Chinese families use just one every 24 hours. So why are Australians still sending millions of dirty nappies to landfill every single day?
Tiny fairy wasps are so small they can lay their eggs inside other insects eggs, but they punch above their weight when it comes to keeping pests down.
Media Files: Washington Post weather editor Jason Samenow on how weather coverage is evolving – and building audience growth.
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The Washington Post's weather editor explains how digital media changed the way we connect to the weather, and why it's wrong for weather editors to leave climate change out of the discussion.
Strictly enforced no-take marine areas benefit everyone, from the fish to fishers.
When we build marinas, ports, jetties and coastal defences we introduce hard structures that weren’t there before, and which reduce the amount of sunlight hitting the water.