The parliamentary climate is not always conducive to smart decisions.
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Scientific problems require evidence-led solutions. A new proposal to create a federal environmental decision-making body would take some of the politics out of climate policy.
A supercell thunderstorm in the US state of Oklahoma.
The amount of atmospheric energy available to thunderstorms will increase in response to climate change, putting the tropics and subtropics at risk of being lashed with more intense storms.
Nowhere to hide? With 2℃ of global warming, the stifling heat of January 2013 would be the norm for Australia.
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Global warming of 2℃, the higher of the two Paris targets, would see current record-breaking temperatures become the norm in the future, potentially bringing heatwaves to both land and sea.
The tropical Pacific has a large say in how fast the world warms.
If the Pacific Ocean enters an 'El Tio' phase, it could speed the world towards 1.5 degrees of global warming, one of the crucial benchmarks of the Paris Climate Agreement.
CSIRO’s decision a decade ago to merge its marine and atmospheric research set the stage for a national climate research plan.
CSIRO was instrumental in creating a unified plan for all of Australia's climate research. The latest round of cuts would see that collaboration fall apart.
Simpler climate models could help more people understand the processes behind the predictions.
Climate models are complicated - and necessarily so if they are to recreate our complex world. But a new, simpler climate model aims to take some of the mystery out of the art of climate modelling.
Maurice Newman, AC, is chair of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council.
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Maurice Newman's implication that discrepancies resulting from the recent climate fluctuation somehow invalidates climate models is incorrect.
Good climate models can predict and help us respond to weather events.
Climate and weather models have come far in recent decades, and Australia has one of the best.
Models that accurately capture Pacific temperature patterns are best at reproducing short-term global trends.
Climate models can recreate the slowdown in global warming since 1998, as long as they correctly factor in crucial variables…
To no one’s great surprise.
The state of the British summer has always been a constant source of fascination and irritation, if only for its fickle nature. Now the latest prediction is for more heavy summer downpours. Our study…
Britain’s warm, wet winter brought floods and misery to many living across southern England, with large parts of Somerset lying underwater for months. When in January rainfall was double the expected average…
Engineer on the prowl between the big black boxes.
University of Edinburgh
A new supercomputer, called ARCHER, has recently been launched. ARCHER is a Cray XC30, funded by EPSRC and NERC. It is more than three times more powerful than its predecessor, HECToR, and is hosted by…
Is this a sunset, or sunrise, for fracking?
While the prime minister has shown unequivocal support for exploiting Britain’s shale gas reserves, stating the country should “go all out for shale gas”, more cautious voices point to possible effects…
As CO2 levels in the atmosphere increase, so too does the earth’s sensitivity to the gas, according to new research conducted…
Intensifying El El Nino thanks to climate change will see lower rainfall over Australia.
Compiled in collaboration with Australian Science Media Centre. New research by the Bureau of Meteorology - published shows…
We’re going to see more record-breaking heatwaves, and sooner than you might think.
We have some idea of what the future may look like under climate change, and now, thanks to new research, we have a better…
Recent global climate models (GCMs) indicate large uncertainty as to whether the recent wetting trend in most of the Pilbara…
Cracks appearing in the permafrost signal that a thaw is coming.
Arctic sea ice is retreating, with projections suggesting that the summer months will be substantially ice-free within the next few years. Nations are waking up to the possibilities for shipping and resource…
Improvements in newer climate models have resulted in larger
uncertainties in future climate projections. Are climate models flawed and
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
The first climate models were built on fundamental laws of physics and chemistry and designed to study the climate system. Now, the use of climate models is heated ground in the public discussion of our…
The Blue Marble: who’s pulling the strings here?
It seems somewhat eccentric if not a little absurd to suggest that a planet is a living thing. Earth has life on it, but it’s not a biological organism. Any theory or argument which concludes that the…