End of the road? Why it might be time to ditch your car

Author: Anthony James
Date: 15/02/2017
The average car is stationary 96% of the time. That’s a fairly consistent finding around the world, including in Australia. A car is typically parked at home 80% of the time, parked elsewhere 16% of the time, and on the move just 4% of the time. And that doesn’t include the increasing time we sp...

From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish

Author: Susan Smillie
Date: 15/02/2017
It’s enough to make you cry over your moules frites. Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium recently calculated that shellfish lovers are eating up to 11,000 plastic fragments in their seafood each year. We absorb fewer than 1%, but they will still accumulate in the body over time. The findin...

What a relief that climate change doesn’t really exist

Author: Ross Gittins
Source: The Age
Date: 14/02/2017
As we've sweltered through this terrible summer – and lately, as bushfires have raged – what a comfort it's been to know that climate change doesn't exist and isn't happening. Or, if it is caused by humans burning fossil fuels for the past 200 years, let's say we've got a policy to deal with it...

‘Extraordinary’ levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench

Author: Damian Carrington
Date: 14/02/2017
Scientists have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet – the 10km deep Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean. Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contamin...

Why we’re all everyday climate change deniers

Author: Alice Bell
Date: 06/12/2016
After Donald Trump won last month’s US presidential election, hot takes speedily declared it game over for the planet. But as Al Gore said at the weekend, “despair is just another form of denial”. About this, he is entirely right. Now is not the time to cry into your graphs of melting Arctic s...

Humans causing climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces

Author: Melissa Davey
Date: 12/02/2017
For the first time, researchers have developed a mathematical equation to describe the impact of human activity on the earth, finding people are causing the climate to change 170 times faster than natural forces. The equation was developed in conjunction with Professor Will Steffen, a climate chang...

What you do on Sunday morning impacts the city you live in

Author: Bridie Smith
Source: The Age
Date: 21/02/2017
Human activity heats up cities to such an extent that on the weekends when we're having a sleep-in, the centre of town is measurably cooler. It's a different story at 9am on weekdays when work draws people into the CBD, according to research from Melbourne and Monash universities. "Everyone has a ...