The ancient cave paintings have only begun to tell us about the lives of the earliest people who lived in Australasia. The art is disappearing just as we are beginning to understand its significance.
A future of heat and strife or humanity’s finest hour – our response to climate change today will define the 21st century.
A holistic view of climate change risk considers climate hazards, exposure, vulnerability and the responses to these. It also takes into account how multiple risks interact.
Humanity can still limit global warming to 1.5°C this century. But political action will determine whether it actually does. Conflating the two questions amounts to dangerous, misplaced punditry.
Our research looked at deaths in Australia between 1968 and 2018. While more people tend to die in winter than summer, this gap is narrowing – and that's a worry.
For the first time, political will and global public opinion seem focused on profound climate action. This decade will be a decisive one.
The snail’s pace of action in this year's federal budget on climate is out of step with the urgency of the climate and income inequality crises.
Australia must treble its emissions reduction targets and reach net-zero emissions by 2035. Without this and other radical global action, the chance to hold warming to well below 2℃ will pass us by.
In a new study, we found that a third of Antarctica's ice shelves could collapse at 4°C of global warming.
Climate change has already made tropical oceans too hot for some marine species to survive. As they flee towards the poles, the implications for ecosystems and human livelihoods will be profound.
This is not an imaginary future dystopia. It's a scientific projection of Australia under 3℃ of global warming – a future we must both strenuously try to avoid, but also prepare for.
Discord and doubt are the last things the world needs at this critical moment.
We hear a lot about the Morrison government 'kicking the can down the road' on emissions reduction. New research reveals the precise burden that forces onto young Australians.
Growing weed indoors is not an environmentally friendly process. Climate controls create a lot of greenhouse gas emissions, and where the pot is produced has a huge influence on emission levels.
By continuing to privilege economic growth over environmental and social sustainability, we are taking huge risks with our future.
Groundwater was once thought to buffer streams from warming, but an inexpensive new technique shows streams fed by shallow groundwater may be just as susceptible as those without.
The global pandemic caused an unprecedented drop in global emissions. But this is likely to rebound as economies start to recover.
As our cities get hotter, rebuilding whole suburbs better suited to the heat is not an option. Instead, we can draw from the best examples of how to adapt neighbourhoods and behaviours.
Nearly 700 species of flightless mammal could be barred entry to cooler habitats due to national borders by 2070.
Cultures worldwide are awash with tales of great floods. What can they tell us about the reality of a wetter world?