An entire section of meat and poultry is left empty after panicked shoppers swept through in fear of the coronavirus at a grocery store in Burbank, Calif. on March 14, 2020.
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COVID-19 is showing us we must work collectively to put resilience alongside efficiency as the primary drivers for the systems we depend upon each and every day for food.
Concentrations of carbon dioxide are now 147% above pre-industrial levels, according to a definitive report by the World Meteorological Organisation released today.
Future extremes from the Indian Ocean will be acting on top of global warming, giving a double whammy effect, like the record-breaking heat and drought we saw in 2019.
An Amazon forest in Brazil’s Para state after deforestation and wildfires March 9, 2019. Unlike in some tropical forests, the animals of the Amazon are not adapted to survive fire.
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A new study finds 70% of Amazonian dung beetles were killed by the severe fire and droughts of 2015 to 2016. By spreading seeds and poop, dung beetles fertilize forests and aid regrowth of vegetation.
Five capital city water storages fell over summer, and some appear to be facing dramatic long-term declines. Late drenching rains fell on southeastern Australia, but some unlucky centres missed out.
The drought has pushed many trees to the brink, and whole stands are now dying. The ecological consequences are huge.
A woman takes part in an alternative summit of indigenous people during COP25.
Our research has brought us into contact with multiple communities whose lives are increasingly precarious thanks to climate change.
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Autumn may bring wetter-than-average conditions in parts of southern Australia, indicating a gradual easing of the drought in some areas.
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The absence of climate drivers – specifically, the Indian Ocean Dipole and La Niña – explains why Australia has gone so long without heavy rains.
It’s important to remember that most of this greening is due to growth of grasses, which respond more rapidly after rain.
Some parts of Australia have enjoyed excellent rainfall this year, but others have not. Drought relief is still slow and patchy.
A road destroyed by a landslide in West Pokot County, northwestern Kenya. November 23 2019.
The unusual weather can be attributed to the Indian Ocean Dipole. This is the difference in sea surface temperatures between the eastern and western tropical Indian Ocean.
If we’re not careful, water may not be clean enough or available when we need it.
The water that replenishes groundwater, rivers and lakes is under threat from climate change, pollution and aging infrastructure.
When we are imagining this time, next year, are we limiting our thinking to how we avoid the conditions we faced in this summer? Or are there bigger questions we can ask?
‘Futuring’ can help us survive the climate crisis. And guess what? You’re a futurist too.
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When think about this time next year, are we freaking out, or are we futuring?
Sport Australia wrote to McKenzie’s office before the election expressing concern it was being compromised by political interference.
Morrison’s hope for clear air for his messages is being stymied by the crisis around deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie, as more damaging information emerges against her in the sports rorts affair.
Indonesia’s power plants are vulnerable to climate-related events, such as floods and droughts.
Climate change affects power plants in Indonesia, eventually disrupting energy supply to consumers.
Leaving water out for wildlife is important during droughts and bushfires but if it’s not changed regularly it can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Temperatures are soaring and bushfires are decimating Australia’s wildlife. So how can we avoid creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes when putting water out for thirsty birds and animals?
Australia is a bushfire-prone nation. But several factors make this fire season worse than those past.
The latest bushfires cannot be compared to Ash Wednesday or Black Saturday. Our nation’s fire history is being rewritten.
High resolution satellite image of the Nile River’s delta.
Despite more rainfall, devastating hot and dry spells are projected to become more frequent in the Upper Nile basin in the future.
It’s the first time since overlapping records began that Australia experienced both its lowest rainfall and highest temperatures in the same year.
The Bureau of Meterology says persistent drought and record temperatures were a major driver of Australia’s fire activity, and the context for 2019 lies in the past three years of drought.