Radioactively contaminated territory around the Mayak nuclear facility in Russia. Nikulina/Slapovskaya/Heinrich Boell Foundation Moscow

Risks of South Africa’s nuclear energy strategy

The nuclear deal South Africa signed with Russia is set to be massively expensive and comes with a fair amount of risks.
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To fight climate change, put seaweed in the mix

Tonight on the ABC's Catalyst, scientist Tim Flannery asks if seaweed can save the world. It's a bold claim for algae, but seaweed could play a key role in keeping climate change in check.
Plants and trees cool themselves and the surrounding environment like this building in Paris, France. Shutterstock

Growing more plants and trees can cut heat in cities

Greening cities have a huge impact. The trees go beyond just lowering temperatures. They help decrease the demand for indoor cooling like air-conditioners saving money.
Jerry Natanine, community leader and former mayor of Clyde River, at a news conference in Ottawa in July following the Supreme Court of Canada ruling that upheld Inuit treaty rights in the Arctic. His lawyer and co-author Nader Hasan stands behind him. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Lessons from Supreme Court decisions on Indigenous consultation

The Supreme Court of Canada's recent decisions on Clyde River and Chippewas contain key lessons to ensure that Indigenous rights are recognized and respected in the future.
A polar bear suns herself on an ice floe on Baffin Bay in Nunavut. (Shutterstock)

What next for Clyde River after Supreme Court win?

The Inuit town of Clyde River has won a long battle to stop Arctic seismic testing. The Supreme Court ruled the Inuit weren't adequately consulted. What does that mean for future consultations?
Still from An Inconvenient Truth (2006) (Handout)

Inconvenient truth about An Inconvenient Truth

Eleven years after its release, An Inconvenient Truth, the iconic climate documentary, has spawned a sequel. But did the original do more harm than good by polarizing Americans on climate change?
March for Science, Washington, D.C., April 29, 2017. Shutterstock.com

Why it’s hard to act to curb climate change

Why is it so hard to reach consensus about how to slow climate change? Multiple time lags get in the way: some make it hard to convey the risk, while others prolong the search for solutions.
Migrating humpback whales avoid loud, nearby sounds. BRAHSS

Oil and gas noise affects whales up to 3km away

Humpback whales are deterred from their migration routes by the noise of air guns used to survey the ocean floor for oil and gas deposits, a new study has found.
One of the impacts of climate change is an increase in the frequency of heavy rain events. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

The danger of Trump’s climate report rejection

The Trump administration's decision to dismiss or accept a government-prepared climate report will have life-or-death consequences, says a climate scientist involved in the previous report.
Having an antagonistic debate over climate change will not shed any more light on the fundamentals of climate science. Ivica Drusany/Shutterstock.com

Climate science should not be a cage match

Why assembling two teams to debate climate change is all about political spectacle and sowing doubt – and has nothing to do with actual climate science.
Tiny hairs cover the bodies of honeybees — including this one dusted in pollen — that allow them to detect molecular “fingerprints” similar to how home security sensors work. (Shutterstock)

How home security is like dancing honeybees

Bees and home security cameras use the same complex techniques to monitor their environments.
The price of rare coloured animals like the Golden Wildebeest have fluctuated wildly. Shutterstock

Game hunt dilemma: Profit or preservation?

Rare colour variants of hunted African species have been known for a long time. Trophy hunters seeking novelty might pay more to hunt these unusually coloured animals.
Science is a human approach to understanding the world. Nitirak Rakitiworakun/shutterstock

Climate change altered how I think of science

Science provides a useful way to explore and understand the natural world. But it also has a richness, diversity and creativity that is often overlooked.

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