We asked six experts to nominate books that might help us avert environmental catastrophe. Here’s what they said.
Building houses better at withstanding the impacts of climate change is one way we can protect ourselves in the face of future catastrophic conditions.
Disaster victims in Australia can wait months or years for insurance payouts – or can’t afford the premiums at all. As climate change worsens, we need a radical rethink.
The IPCC’s latest climate report discusses how colonialism has shaped climate, a breakthrough for the climate justice movement.
Notwithstanding COVID, this political term has been framed by extreme events such as the Black Summer bushfires and floods – and it will show at the ballot box.
It is unreasonable to expect people to cope with all disasters – but it is reasonable to expect people to manage a certain level of risk.
Tasmania’s drying climate is seeing more bushfires ignited by lightning strikes. To protect the state’s World Heritage wilderness, we must use sustainable fire management practices.
Australia’s forests have controlled their own own flammability since Gondwana. We must respect this natural process.
There is a huge amount of legislation talking about ‘shared responsibility’ but it isn’t clear what this means or who needs to do what and when.
This score is a massive four points higher than the year prior. But as La Niña subsides, we’ll quickly feel the long-term warming trend again, with bushfires picking back up next season.
As disasters become more frequent under climate change, building back damaged electricity poles and wires seems maddeningly futile.
Indigenous fire management holds the key to a safer, more sustainable future on our flammable continent.
Disaster-affected communities form the backbone of any disaster response. But survivors are often underutilised in shaping plans for their community’s longer-term recovery and preparedness efforts.
Both affect the lungs. Both can have serious health consequences in vulnerable populations. Both can have long-term health consequences.
In this era of mega-fires, diverse strategies are urgently needed so we can safely live with fire.
Animals are surprisingly good at avoiding fire - but can they survive the unprecedented megafires we now face?
Climate change threatens the crucial storage of carbon in Aussie forests. Victoria’s national parks alone store almost 1 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.
Fires in arid Australia are extensive, largely unmanaged, often destructive and significantly under-reported.
A significant proportion of volunteer firefighters report devastating post traumatic stress and thoughts of suicide. We need to support them better.
Without changes, many birds will continue to decline or be lost altogether. But when conservation action is well resourced and implemented, we can turn the trend around.