The last ice age tells us why we need to care about a 2℃ change in temperature

Author: Alan N Williams, Chris Turney, Haidee Cadd and more
Date: February 25, 2020
The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that without a substantial decrease in our use of fossil fuels, we are on track for a global average increase of 2℃ in the next few decades, with extremes of between 3 to 6℃ at higher latitudes. But 2℃ doesn’...

The burn legacy: why the science on hazard reduction is contested

Author: Kevin Tolhurst
Date: February 20, 2020
When it comes to reducing the extent of bushfires, scientists disagree on the best way to do it. Hazard-reduction burning (also known as “prescribed burning” or “controlled burning”) is controversial and, depending on the scientific paper, it’s shown to either be effective or not work a...

Australia can stop greenhouse gas emissions by 2050: here’s how

Author: Anna Skarbek
Date: 7/7/15
To avoid dangerous climate change there is a finite amount of greenhouse gas emissions, in particular CO2, that we can add to the atmosphere – our global carbon budget. If we use our budget wisely, we have until about 2050 to transition to zero net emissions. But how do we get there? For Australi...

We can be a carbon-neutral nation by 2050, if we just get on with it

Author: Anna Skarbek, Anna Malos
Date: 4/3/19
This is part of a major series called Advancing Australia, in which leading academics examine the key issues facing Australia in the lead-up to the 2019 federal election and beyond. Read the other pieces in the series here. Strong action on climate change is vital if Australia is to thrive in the f...

Climate change is killing off Earth’s little creatures

Author: Bill Laurance
Date: 12/02/19
Climate change gets blamed for a lot of things these days: inundating small islands, fueling catastrophic fires, amping-up hurricanes and smashing Arctic sea ice. But a global review of insect research has found another casualty: 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. It co...

The role of climate change in eastern Australia’s wild storms.

Author: Acacia Pepler
Date: 8th of June
Australia’s east coast is recovering from a weekend of wild winds, waves and flooding, caused by a weather pattern known as an East Coast Low. Tragically, several people have died in flooding. Parts of New South Wales have received more than 400mm of rain since Friday morning. Some places such as...