From more accurate climate modelling to the prospect of truly creative computers, the brain’s use of noise has a lot to teach us.
Water Lilies by Claude Monet (1919).
Why modern science needs more Claude Monets.
Biometeorologists study the impact that the weather and climate has on plants, animals and people.
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Climatologists study data over a long time to understand weather patterns and what causes them. Biometeorologists explore the impact that the weather and climate have on people, plants and animals.
Scott Morrison, who was embraced as a bro by Donald Trump, now seeks to become one of Joe Biden’s besties, writes Michelle Grattan
Australia can take great strides forward in climate policy and action. A reactionary, incremental approach to adaptation will fall short. Now is the time to think big.
The possibility of accurate predictions will aid planning adaptation for severe weather conditions
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With research that offers new insights, there is increased hope for improved climate predictions and better preparation for severe weather conditions.
May 7, 2020
Robert (Bob) Scholes, University of the Witwatersrand; Albertus J. Smit, University of the Western Cape; Francois Alwyn Engelbrecht, University of the Witwatersrand; Guy Franklin Midgley, Stellenbosch University; Jennifer Fitchett, University of the Witwatersrand; Neville Sweijd, Applied Centre for Climate and Earth Systems Science; Pedro M.S. Monteiro, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, and Pravesh Debba, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
The science to policy process that was developed to guide climate mitigation decisions can be applied to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, without having to be reinvented.
Ashurbanipal, last major ruler of the Assyrian Empire, couldn’t outrun the effects of climate change.
What caused the rise and then collapse 2,600 years ago of this vast empire centered on Mesopotamia? Clues from a cave in northern Iraq point to abrupt climate change.
Heavy snow in Washington, DC, is an example of “weather” - not “climate”.
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At a very simple level, “weather” refers to day-to-day conditions. “Climate” describes the average over many years.
March for Science in Portland, Oregon, April 22, 2017.
The March for Science on April 14 and Earth Day on April 22 are likely to generate big crowds demonstrating against Trump administration policies. Here are some issues they’ll be marching about.
Some information on the climate has been obscured.
Despite scientists’ initial concerns, federal climate change data sets are still available. But other documents and web pages have changed over the last year.
MiMA: an open source way to model the climate.
The creation of climate models with open source code, available for anyone to use, has improved scientific collaboration and helped research get more efficient.
Farmers don’t get efficient information on weather changes, improving data can change this.
Information to weather changes is often unavailable to Africa’s farmers and even if it does exist, the quality is poor or inaccessible to those who need it most.
Both sea ice and government data are disappearing.
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Activists today are racing to save climate records from the Trump administration. Secret archives were a powerful way to fight hostile political climates throughout history – from the Nazis to the Islamic State.
Senator Jacqui Lambie, speaking on Q&A.
During a Q&A discussion about climate change, Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie said it was four degrees hotter 110,000 years ago. Is that right?
Re-analysed data shows that Australia has indeed been hotter over the past 30 years than any time in the preceding millennium.
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Australasia’s warming in recent decades is unprecedented in the past millennium. But a mistake in the paper reporting this finding took four years to fix, and was viciously attacked by bloggers.
The investment risk from climate change is larger than the sub-prime collapse.
This risk of climate-exposed investments dwarfs that of the sub-prime crisis.
CSIRO has contributed to surprising discoveries in climate science. Pictured here is the research ship RV Investigator.
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CSIRO’s climate science has contributed a number of important, and unexpected, findings.
A reported 350 jobs will be cut from CSIRO’s staff.
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CSIRO is set to cut dozens of jobs from its climate research units, as part of a wider series of job losses to be formally announced today.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
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Former PM’s business advisor Maurice Newman recently claimed that satellite temperature data tell a different story to data collected on the ground. He’s right - but that’s how it’s meant to be.