Ironically, meeting global targets to preserve a proportion of the world’s forest could weaken motivation to protect the rest of it.
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It’s now five years since the International Year of Biodiversity, and nearly 15% of Earth’s land surface is protected in parks and reserves. By 2020, we should reach the agreed global target of 17%. This…
Whale sharks were one of the warm water species to move south during the 2010-2011 marine heatwave.
While eastern Australia trembles in the face of an El Niño, Western Australia's oceans could finally see relief from devastating marine heatwaves.
Every year millions of birds migrate between Australia and the northern Hemisphere.
Five million shorebirds migrate between Australia and the northern hemisphere, threatened by habitat destruction, and rising seas. How can we protect this natural marvel?
Rising sea levels are one of the clearest and most widespread manifestations of climate change.
Since 1993, satellites have been used as well as tidal gauges to monitor sea level. A new calibration of this satellite record now shows that the rise in sea level is gathering pace.
Protecting your privacy when your data collected for one use might have a secondary use for other researchers.
Researchers are tapping into some of the massive amounts data collected these days, which could include information about you. But how do they protect your privacy?
The threat of an El Niño has not gone away for Australia.
This last year we were preparing for an El Niño. But then it all just fizzled out. So what happened? And could this be the year?
Bright ideas are needed if Australia is to remain competitive.
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Australia needs to take risks and think clever if the country is to stay competitive in a global market.
The Argo ocean profiling floats are part of a year-round monitoring network for the world’s oceans.
In 1985, when CSIRO's marine labs were launched, a seven-day weather forecast was little better than chance. Now, thanks to advances in our understanding of the oceans, our predictions are far better.
True Australians: hard workers, quiet achievers and generally underappreciated labourers.
Insects are largely hidden from view or maligned unfairly, but they make a tremendous contribution to the Australian economy.
Bushfires such as this one in Western Australia can be hard to predict.
Bushfires can be deadly and destroy homes and properties. But knowing where they are likely to spread next can help emergency services.
Wheat ready for harvest in New South Wales. But how to increase production using the same areas of land?
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The world's population is set to double by the end of the century. But there is only so much land available for food production.
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.
Koalas are one of the threatened species that could benefit from carbon farming.
With bids open today for the government's Emissions Reduction Fund, experts explain how storing carbon can be a win for wildlife too.
Climate models show Sydney could get drier or wetter. Which scenario do we choose when making decisions?
Depending on what model you use, climate change could make Sydney a little bit warmer, much hotter, wetter, or drier. Which one should we use? When it comes to planning for climate change, it's important to look at all the possible futures.
Under a high emissions scenario, Melbourne’s climate could end up more like Dubbo’s in New South Wales.
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Melbourne to Adelaide, Sydney to Brisbane: climate change could move the climate of Australia's towns and cities, as revealed by a new website.
Water from coal seam gas mining would be treated at a reverse osmosis plant before being re-injected into the ground.
The Queensland government wants companies to use waste water from coal seam gas extraction for useful purposes such as recharging aquifers. New CSIRO research shows that, with careful monitoring, it can be done.
Rain: you can tell when rain is coming just by the smell.
Are you one of those people who can smell when the rain is coming? Ever wondered then what you're actually smelling?
Observations from space have shown the world overall is getting greener despite deforestation and drought.
A new investigation of satellite records reveals that the Earth is getting greener, despite ongoing deforestation in Indonesia and South America.
Not all science demonstrations will appeal to all people.
Most science communication appeals to those who already love science. It's harder, but important, to reach out to the disengaged too.
For the first time, the February monthly average carbon dioxide levels at the Mauna Loa Observatory have passed 400ppm.
We have hit a new milestone in carbon dioxide levels: the average for February topped 400ppm. It's the first time this has happened in the northern winter, when levels are typically lower than in summer.