Around 20% of Australians are not insured against disasters, and even a quarter of those who do may be under-covered.
AAP Image/Jason Webster
As the fire season returns, insurance claims against disasters will only increase. But new research suggests that under-insurance is a major problem facing many Australian households.
The fire season is well underway in southern Australia.
AAP Image/Carolyn Sainty
Australians are still underprepared for bushfires. And with fire seasons getting longer thanks to climate change we need to look at why people are still dying in fires, and what you can do to get prepared.
Australia’s environment protection laws only protect endangered species or ones in national parks.
The government is set to restrict green groups' right to challenge environmental approvals in court. But the law isn't doing its job in protecting Australia's plants and animals anyway.
Adélie Penguins struggle to reach their nesting sites if there’s too much ice in the way.
Despite their image as cold-loving creatures, Adélie penguins could be winners from climate change.
Tesla has already gone beyond demonstrating its self-driving car to having such a vehicle travel across the United States.
Unlike a driver, the way a self-driving car responds to emergencies is programmed –decided in advance. We need to sort out the legal questions of responsibility this raises, and soon.
Many marine reptiles like this nothosaur went extinct at the end of the Triassic, one of five major mass extinction events on Earth.
A fall in vital trace elements in our oceans could be one of the driving forces behind a number of mass extinction events during Earth's history.
Japan’s scientific research program, JARPA II, was found contrary to international law in 2014.
Japan has effectively removed any legal challenges to its controversial whaling program, revealing a flaw in international law.
This common lionfish (
Pterois volitans) was sighted more than 200km further south than expected down the NSW coast by 14-year-old scuba diver Georgia Poyner. It’s one of almost 40 verified observations she has submitted to Redmap.
We know the warming seas are forcing some marine life to new waters, but we don't know much about how fast and how far they are moving. But now you can help scientists find the answers with Redmap.
Eating kangaroos is sustainable.
Kangaroo image from www.shutterstock.com
Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. But are Australia's world-famous roos really at risk?
Energy drinks are often promoted alongside extreme sports, video games and youth-centric activities such as lifesaving.
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Given the heightened risk of harm, governments should ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under the age of 18 years old.
Malcolm Turnbull’s relaxed and natural demeanour comes as a relief after Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard, except they were once like that too.
Australians have seen their recent prime ministers lose the very qualities as communicators that took them to the top. Malcolm Turnbull's challenge is to avoid succumbing to the same fate.
Back to the old team: the Liberals returned to Malcolm Turnbull, seeing him as a better fit for prime minister once Tony Abbott’s limitations were laid bare.
The partyroom, not the people, decides the leadership, and if the leader lacks the skill set the role demands at the time, the party rarely hesitates to change the leader.
Females outnumber males at university, so should we be aiming to balance that out?
Targeting an increase in male student enrolments could lead to increased enrolments from high socioeconomic status students.
Many people simply didn’t see China’s correction coming.
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Fears of a currency war have not come to fruition in Asia, making Asia's current market woes look even more like the effects of contagion.
The Great Southern Reef is unique, beautiful and contributes significantly to Australia’s culture and economy. However, few of us realise the magnitude and value of this gem right at our doorstep.
T. Wernberg 2002
The Great Southern Reef covers 71,000 square km and contributes more than A$10 billion to Australia's economy each year.
Protesters at the restart of Japan’s Sendai 1 reactor.
AAP Image/NEWZULU/MUNESUKE YAMAMOTO
The restart of Japan's nuclear reactors is good news for climate change. But there are still large psychological barriers to overcome.
While Adam Goodes is the public face of the debate, almost any Indigenous Australian can speak of the day-by-day experience of a lack of respect for who they are.
For at least some Australians, it seems that Indigenous culture is acceptable only as an object of consumption for tourists visiting the remote north.
The cycles of nutrients into the oceans following the building of mountains may have been a prime driver of evolutionary change.
John Long, Flinders University
The rise and fall of the essential elements for life could have influenced the way life evolved over many millions of years.
Plants in South Africa’s Western Cape area have tremendous variation in their sensitivity to drought.
Understanding how different species are likely to respond to drought is crucial to accurately predicting the impact of future climate change on plant communities.
The real answer to what the economy might look like in 30-50 years is that none of us really know.
As Australia leaves the old economy behind, the word we must embrace for the new is "nimble".