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We can’t say yet if grid-breaking thunderstorms are getting worse – but we shouldn’t wait to find out

Extreme winds from thunderstorms have downed transmission towers from Victoria to Western Australia in recent years. What’s going on?
An aerial view of pools of brine that slowly evaporate, leaving behind lithium and other minerals, in the SQM mine in the San Pedro de Atacama desert, in northern Chile, on April 18, 2023. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The importance of critical minerals should not condone their extraction at all costs

The temptation to justify critical minerals mining at all costs is a dangerous fallacy. The social and environmental impacts of poorly mined critical minerals are dire.
Different climate policies will work in different places, communities and contexts, so new research that highlights the nuances could be a vital tool. Jacob_09/Shutterstock

How psychology can help people live more climate-friendly lives – lessons from around the world

Insight from one of the largest experiments ever conducted in climate change psychology sheds light on how people could make more effective decisions about their lifestyle and also wider policies.
A man pulls his kids behind an electric bicycle near the pier in Huntington Beach, Calif. Paul Bersebach/Orange County Register via Getty Images

E-bike incentives are a costly way to cut carbon emissions, but they also promote health, equity and cleaner air

Many incentive programs promote e-bike use, but they aren’t necessarily targeting the right people for the right reasons.
Many have argued the energy industry needs to change to reduce carbon emissions, but one concern that remains is the consequence this will have on economic prosperity. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Renewable energy innovation isn’t just good for the climate — it’s also good for the economy

Recent research about energy industry restructuring options for a green transition indicates that innovation in renewable energy positively influences GDP.
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When homes already hit 40°C inside, it’s better to draw on residents’ local know-how than plan for climate change from above

Western Sydney residents whose homes often get hotter inside than outside during heatwaves have learnt to be resourceful in adapting to the increasing heat.

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