This is not an imaginary future dystopia. It's a scientific projection of Australia under 3℃ of global warming – a future we must both strenuously try to avoid, but also prepare for.
New research shows nature started its long road to recovery in 2020 – especially in NSW and Victoria. But overall conditions across large swathes of the country remain poor.
As bushfires become larger under climate change, the area exposed to intense and severe fires is likely to increase.
Evacuation and relief centres are often the first place disaster-affected people go, and should provide a minimum standard of living and care. But this standard is not always met.
Community scientists have been photographing animals and plants in the months after the Black Summer fires. Each observation is a story of survival against the odds, or of tragedy.
We know heatwaves and drought can turn bushfires into infernos, but the reasons why were poorly understood in science.
What if we had a system, like Medicare, where costly fire prevention measures were subsidised?
Australia's invertebrates have an ancient lineage and a fascinating evolution. Get up close with macrophotography to discover tiny, unique animals you've probably never seen before.
Airborne data like this is usually available only to industry and government agencies and researchers — rarely to the public.
A major new research paper reveals which species are most at risk from changing fire regimes around the world.
The royal commission made welcome and necessary recommendations around helping wildlife after hazards. But it's not enough to focus only on response.
Smoke from the Black Summer fires likely caused more than 400 deaths. A national set of air quality categories is long overdue.
The bushfire royal commission handed down its final report last week, but stopped short of recommending a national town planning policy.
Australia is still grappling with the devastation wrought by the bushfires earlier this year. The Royal Commission's final report marks the first step in the country's disaster adaptation journey.
After the Black Summer bushfires, heavy rains extinguished many fires but turned high quality water in our rivers to sludge. This is how we better prepare for next time.
Ahead of National Science Week, Chief Scientist Alan Finkel reflects on the growing value of citizen science, emphasising the need for more collaboration as we deal with an evolving climate.
New research has found the window of opportunity for hazard reduction burns won’t actually get smaller, but instead change seasons.
Six months ago fires ravaged Australia, exacerbating our already dire biodiversity crisis. These are the animals and plants still suffering 6 months on.
Last summer, Australia's wildlife burned in one of our country's worst bushfires. So what's become of animal and plant survivors in the months since?
It was June last year when the first bushfires started in what became known as the Black Summer that claimed lives and destroyed homes.