We still don’t know enough about questions such as where the tipping points are for Arctic ice melt.
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The Paris agreement has given us some solid targets to aim for in terms of limiting global warming. But that in turn begs a whole range of new scientific questions.
Leatherwood flowers give Tasmanian honey its unique taste.
Tasmania's bushfires have hurt not only the state's forests, but also the honey industry that depends on access to the region's unique trees.
Plastic fragments found in dissected fish.
Algalita Marine Research and Education
Dave West from the environmental group Boomerang Alliance told Fairfax that if you've got an average seafood diet in Australia, you're probably ingesting about 11,000 plastic pieces a year. Is that right?
The Great Barrier Reef is made up of thousands of individual reefs.
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Ocean acidification will hurt some parts of the Great Barrier Reef more than others.
Black-headed flying fox (right) among a grey-headed colony.
Bats can carry some of the deadliest diseases known to affect humans and yet they don't seem to get sick. So what can we learn from a bat's immune system?
Imagine if all these people were gathering valuable data for public benefit?
If we can solve the privacy issues, placing trackers on people and the things we make can teach us a great deal about ourselves and the world around us.
People with neurological disorders sometimes need to practise speech daily.
Researchers at CSIRO and University of Queensland have developed an app called Harlie that is designed to chat with humans.
Homebuyers respond well to green features such as solar panels, rather than stats and figures.
Homebuyers want energy-efficient homes. The challenge is to present the relevant information in a way that taps into the typical house-hunter's mindset.
Indigenous Australians continue to manage fire in a way that reduces the risk to property and people.
AAP Image/Peter Eve
Every year homes are lost in bushfires. But what if we build our houses to withstand fire?
Clearing mulga woodland in Queensland to open up land for cattle during drought.
We're going to have to adapt to climate change, but some of the options on the table could do more harm than good if they destroy the ecosystems that protect us.
Fires are increasing: time to prepare.
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New data analysis shows bushfires have increased by 40% in the past five years.
The urban landscape is complex and ever-changing in cities such as Perth, but digital aerial photography can now monitor even the smallest changes.
Constant, complex changes in cities and mine sites are hard to monitor. Drawing on digital aerial photography, it's now possible to track land-use and vegetation changes in areas as small as 10-20cm.
The land may be dry, but Western Australia’s waters are full of life.
The Great Barrier Reef might get all the attention, but what about our western coral reefs? Warmer waters and human impacts mean these reefs are in trouble.
A hoverfly on a sunflower.
Next time you reach for the honey, spare a thought for the other vital insects that pollinate our crops.
CSIRO’s Compact Array telescope under the Milky Way.
Astronomers think they may have found evidence within our galaxy of some of the missing matter thought to make up our universe.
Record global temperatures, driven by El Nino, contributed to devastating fires in Australia.
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2015 was the world's hottest year ever by a long shot. But what drove the record temperatures, and what role did climate change play?
116 houses were lost at Wye River in Victoria, but nobody was killed.
AAP Image/Julian Smith
The Christmas Day fires that struck the Victorian town of Wye River are an example of how to get emergency responses right.
Why do mosquitoes not suffer from the infections they pass on?
There's something about mosquitoes that means they don't get sick from the infections they carry. So can we turn that function off, genetically?
Some of the most common painful stingers in the Australian bush are bulldog ants of the genus
Bees, wasps and ants – a group known as Hymenoptera – can claim the title of deadliest insects. How did they evolve to be so painful?
The blue-ringed octopus is just one of many venomous creatures found in Australian waters.
From stingers to swans, Australia's oceans are full of (potentially) deadly wildlife.