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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? Shutterstock

‘Futuring’ can help us survive the climate crisis. And guess what? You’re a futurist too

‘Futuring’ can help us survive the climate crisis. And guess what? You’re a futurist too. The Conversation, CC BY14.1 MB (download)
When think about this time next year, are we freaking out, or are we futuring?
Industrial activities like mining, fossil fuel combustion, and cement production release mercury into the environment. Shutterstock

Plants safely store toxic mercury. Bushfires and climate change bring it back into our environment

Plants can store mercury and keep it from contaminating waterways, air and soils. Unfortunately, that mercury is released when plants burn.
When bushfires break out anywhere across Australia, a new national bushfire defence force – like army reservists – could be deployed. AAP/DFES Lewis van Bommel

Australia needs a national fire inquiry – these are the 3 key areas it should deliver in

There is a real risk a national inquiry could get bogged down in politics, or not lead to real change. But we need more federal action on bushfires. Our old approaches are broken.
Prescribed burning in thinned silver top ash forest. Forest thinning should be one way we tackle fire management and forest resilience, but we need more research to understand the best way to go about it. Chris Weston

Forest thinning is controversial, but it shouldn’t be ruled out for managing bushfires

Forest thinning is a good way to lower the risk of fire, but there are potential downsides.

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