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The Fed’s low-interest rate garden. Money shoots via www.shutterstock.com

How the Fed joined the fight against climate change

Ultra-low interest rates have made low-carbon projects like windmill farms more attractive than coal power plants. That will begin to change as the central bank lifts rates, hurting the green economy.
The Tropic of Capricorn sign in Namibia. Expansion of the tropics will have huge implications for people and nature. Shutterstock

Africa should be worried about the expanding tropics

The tropics are expanding at an unprecedented rate. This will have massive implications for societies, economies and the natural world.
Prime Minister Turnbull and Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg hold a press conference after ratifying the Paris Agreement in November 2016. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Ten years of backflips over emissions trading leave climate policy in the lurch

Ten years ago on Saturday Prime Minister John Howard announced the Coalition government would investigate an emissions trading scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Dry period in semi-arid central Australia. James Cleverly

Australia’s ‘great green boom’ of 2010-11 has been undone by drought

Extreme wet years are getting wetter and more common. This means Australia's terrestrial ecosystems will play a larger role in the global carbon cycle.
Climate change can cause higher pollen counts. Lukasz Szmigiel/Unsplash

Can we blame climate change for thunderstorm asthma?

Irrespective of whether climate change contributed to the thunderstorm in Melbourne last week, we can be sure Australia’s climate projections herald new risks to health that cannot be ignored.
US President-elect Donald Trump has displayed behaviour that will resonate with autocrats in Africa. William Philpott/Reuters

Trump’s leadership traits are bad news for democrats in Africa

Besides worries that Donald Trump might not make Africa a priority of his presidency, his temperament and views bode ill for democracy on the continent.
So many voices but who should you listen to in any debate on science matters? Shutterstock/coffeehuman

Whose word should you respect in any debate on science?

Modern science can be difficult or complex for one person to understand and verify, especially a non-scientist. So who should we believe when scientific evidence is met with denial?

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