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The window for staving off the worst of climate change is wider than we thought, but still pretty narrow. Tatiana Grozetskaya/Shutterstock.com

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible

It's still possible to hit the more ambitious of the two Paris global warming goals, according to a new estimate of the global carbon budget. But it sure won't be easy, and we need to start now.
The Joides Resolution. Tim Fulton

Explorers probe hidden continent of Zealandia

We have better maps of the moon than Earth's newest continent, Zealandia. That's about to change as an international expedition probes the vast undersea plateau of continental crust.
Researchers have reviewed evidence for wildlife disturbance and current drone policies and found that the law is playing catch-up with emerging technology. Pip Wallace

Drones and wildlife – working to co-exist

The drone market is booming, with some unwanted consequences for wildlife. A new study argues that threatened species might need extra protections.
Snapper is one of the fish under New Zealand’s Quota Management system. from www.shutterstock.com

New Zealand’s fisheries quota management system: on an undeserved pedestal

New Zealand’s fisheries are considered among the best managed in the world, but this perception doesn't match the facts.
Hailed as “Mother of the Emperor”, Danelis goes to Constantinople to meet with Emperor Basil I. From wikimedia

A Byzantine ancestor to same-sex marriage?

The medieval Byzantine Empire might hold some lessons about tolerance and same-sex marriage.
Can we trust a robot that makes decisions with real-world consequences? from www.shutterstock.com

How to make robots that we can trust

We are witnessing dramatic advances in the deployment of autonomous systems, but are we designing robots that can be trusted?
The analysis of large amounts of ice from Antarctica’s Taylor Valley has helped scientists to tease apart the natural and human-made sources of the potent greenhouse gas methane. Hinrich Schaefer

Antarctic ice reveals that fossil fuel extraction leaks more methane than thought

Analysis of 12,000-year-old Antarctic ice reveals that methane leaks from fossil fuel extraction play a larger role than previously thought.
Former US Vice President and Chair of the Climate Reality Project Al Gore and Victoria’s climate and energy minister Lily D'Ambrosio (right) ride on a tram after speaking at the climate conference in Melbourne. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Costly signals needed to deliver inconvenient truth

Taking inspiration from the spread of world religions, Quentin Atkinson and Shaun Hendy argue scientists need to do more to signal commitment to ideas they want to spread.

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