Cages full of hand reared yellow fever mosquitoes await research (or possibly release)
Cameron Webb, NSW Health Pathology/University of Sydney
Upscaling the success of emerging mosquito control technologies relies on automating the rearing and release of millions of mosquitoes. Australia is to become the testing ground for a novel strategy.
Australia’s oceans are heating up.
The new State of the Climate report outlines Australia's rising temperatures and its regional rainfall declines - and the trends that are locked in for the coming few decades due to greenhouse emissions.
Australian wind energy has been under a cloud for much of its decades-long history.
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Skirmishes over funding for renewable energy research are just the latest battle in a saga that stretches back to the early 1980s – years before the public became widely aware of the climate threat.
Galileo was right, but that doesn’t mean his fans are.
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One Nation Senator-elect Malcolm Roberts lauds Galileo as a hero who turned scientific consensus on its head. But the 'Galileo gambit' is just one weapon in the climate conspiracists' arsenal.
Public funding is vital for programs like CSIRO’s research vessel RV Investigator, which is too expensive for universities to run.
Science Minister Greg Hunt's call for CSIRO to do a U-turn on climate research is a welcome move after months of criticism, at home and abroad, of the agency's previous direction.
Time to take a different road?
The world's use of finite resources continues to rise as global development continues. Can we help poorer nations raise their standard of living without exhausting all of our raw materials?
Geoff Hill and Trevor Pearcey in 1952 with the CSIR Mk1, the world’s first computer to make music.
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It might not sound like the best music in the world, but Australia was the first by a matter of months at playing a tune on a computer.
The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world.
You can't just buy a radio telescope receiver off the shelf. So CSIRO has been hard at work building receivers for the world's largest telescopes using the very latest technology.
CSIRO has received significant cuts to its budget over the past several years.
How does Australia fare in science and research funding? Where have recent cuts been made? This infographic shows the state of science funding in Australia.
Ancient air bubbles preserved in Antarctic ice.
The Ellsworth Mountains Project
What gaps have the CSIRO cuts left in climate research?
CSIRO has the know-how to develop commercial-scale green energy, with a clear plan and enough money.
The Coalition has asked CSIRO to develop a "roadmap" towards commercialised clean energy. It's a good idea as long as the plan is clear, and there's enough money behind it.
CSIRO’s Birdsville station is one of several in Australia that monitors aerosols in our skies.
A leading NASA scientist has asked CSIRO to stay in its global network that monitors atmospheric dust and pollution. The data are vital to understand the effects on weather and climate.
Tasmania’s Cape Grim monitoring station passed a crucial carbon dioxide threshold this month.
Bureau of Meteorology
Atmospheric carbon dioxide measurements at Tasmania's Cape Grim and Antarctica's Casy Station have now officially passed 400 parts per million and are likely to stay above that for decades to come.
CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall has announced a new climate research centre.
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The CSIRO will create a new climate research centre in Hobart with 40 climate scientists.
Are we there yet?
A fast rail link between Sydney and Melbourne was first proposed in 1984. So why haven't we done it yet?
CSIRO chief executive Larry Marshall fronts senate estimates in February.
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A proposal for the Bureau of Meteorology to take on CSIRO climate scientists is a good idea - but CSIRO needs to make sure nothing is lost.
Australians are some of the worst wasters in the developed world.
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Australia still rests too heavily on its luck, and not enough on its brains.
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.
We don’t have to know exactly how high the sea might rise to start doing something about it.
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Cuts to CSIRO climate jobs will see a reduction in effort on monitoring and measuring climate change, and an increase in efforts to do something about it. That's the most politically-sensible option.
Fires are increasing: time to prepare.
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New data analysis shows bushfires have increased by 40% in the past five years.