Environment + Energy – Analysis and Comment

Larry Marshall is right that the question of global warming has been answered. But there are many more climate questions to answer. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

CSIRO boss’s failed logic over climate science could waste billions in taxes

CSIRO's climate scientists haven't "finished" just because climate change is real. Without their expertise, we could waste billions on drought or flood planning that's not backed by the latest science.
A reported 350 jobs will be cut from CSIRO’s staff. David McClenaghan/CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons

CSIRO is poised to slash climate research jobs – experts react

CSIRO is set to cut dozens of jobs from its climate research units, as part of a wider series of job losses to be formally announced today.
Rural southern Australia has been drying out over the past several decades. Pictured here, Burra in South Australia. David Jones

Hasta la vista El Niño – but don’t hold out for ‘normal’ weather just yet

Australia is the land of drought of flooding rains, driven by events such as El Nino. But despite this variability, some parts of Australia are clearly drying out.
The urban landscape is complex and ever-changing in cities such as Perth, but digital aerial photography can now monitor even the smallest changes. Wikimedia Commons

The planner’s new best friend: we can now track land-use changes on a scale of centimetres

Constant, complex changes in cities and mine sites are hard to monitor. Drawing on digital aerial photography, it's now possible to track land-use and vegetation changes in areas as small as 10-20cm.