Not everyone trusts that science will bring benefits to society.
In Australia, the next government will need to meet the challenge of refreshing the social licence between science, government and the many and diverse communities that make up our nation.
Attenborougharion rubicundus is one of more than a dozen species named after the legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
Simon Grove/Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
Scientists have been naming species after well-known people since the 18th century, often in a bid for publicity. But the issue deserves attention – 400,000 Australian species are yet to be described.
Predicting rainfall in the Murray-Darling Basin is a crucial job, the new report’s authors say.
Australia is not investing enough in climate monitoring capabilities, potentially leaving farmers and other vulnerable communities high and dry when trying to access crucial weather information.
Australian Academy of Science’s Shine Dome was designed to reflect the inquiring and innovative nature of science.
Adi Chopra DJI/Australian Academy of Science
Tuberculosis, antibiotic drug development, photons and colloid science feature in the 2017 Science at the Shine Dome honorific awards.
Gene drives could prove useful for controlling mosquitoes which spread diseases like malaria, dengue and zika virus.
A broad process of communication and consultation should be initiated before gene drives are applied to control pests and diseases in Australia.
Part of the coal loading facility at Kooragang Island, NSW.
The Academy says it will withdraw “millions of dollars” from investments in environmentally sensitive activities, primarily in energy and mining companies.
Australia has a long history of first class science.
Willem van Aken/CSIRO
Australian scientists are listened to by government and business, but must do more to ensure their advice and work contributes to a stronger future for Australia.
Drought-reduced crop yields could threaten food supply in Australia.
The Australian Academy of Science has warned that sick, older, poor and isolated Australians are at most risk from the health impacts of climate effects such as drought, fires, floods and heatwaves.
Water in Western Australia is one of the Academy’s examples of where climate is having an impact, and where communities are already adapting.
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The Australian Academy of Sciences today released the new The Science of Climate Change: Questions and Answers. This is an extensively revised update of a similar publication in 2010. Its stated purpose…