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Crop insurance is designed to help farmers weather disasters such as Hurricane Irma, which devastated many Florida citrus farms in 2017. AP Photo/Tamara Lush

Crop insurance is good for farmers, but not always for the environment

Crop insurance cushions farmers against natural disasters, but it also can lead them to overuse resources and reduce their incentive to adapt to climate change.
The Murrumbidgee River is one of several sites in the Murray-Darling Basin where improvements are being detected. CSIRO/Wikimedia Commons

It will take decades, but the Murray Darling Basin Plan is delivering environmental improvements

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan has been politically fraught and mired in scandal. But environmental monitoring suggests that the health of the rivers is indeed improving – even if it will take decades.
The warming of the outside of the ice cube happens faster than the warming of the inside, causing it to crack. Mai Lam/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Curious Kids: Why does ice make a cracking sound when water is poured on it?

Water is one of very few chemicals that is found as a liquid, solid and gas at any time on Earth. These three states of water help explain why ice makes a cracking sound when water is poured over it.
Which council has Australia’s best-tasting water? Arthur Chapman/Flickr

Why does some tap water taste weird?

Every year councils around Australia compete to prove they have the best-tasting tap water in the country.

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