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...

Past, present, future: how human evolution and climate are linked.

Author: Andrew Glikson
Date: 8th of June 2016
Over the past year, carbon dioxide (CO₂) levels in the atmosphere have risen faster than any period in the past 55 million years. That’s the finding of my study published in Global Change Biology. From April 2015 to April 2016, CO₂ levels rose by 4.6 parts per million (ppm), reaching a level ...

Dying Steppe

Author: NATHAN VANDERKLIPPE
Date: 18th of May 2016
Mongolia’s grasslands have sustained the nomadic people whose long history of raising livestock is legendary. But climate change, urbanization and bureaucracy are threatening the very existence of their herder culture, Nathan VanderKlippe reports Gantumur rides a stocky white horse out onto the s...

Climate deniers are smart enough not to bet against Bill Nye.

Author: Kate Yoder
Source: Grist
Date: 18th of May 2016
No one’s surprised that last month was the hottest April on record. And, it turns out, not even climate change deniers would bet against it. In April, Bill Nye bet two prominent climate change deniers $20,000 each that this year will be among the top 10 warmest years recorded and our current deca...

The things people ask about the scientific consensus on climate change

Author: John Cook
Date: 16th of May 2016
It’s been almost a month since the paper I co-authored on the synthesis of research into the scientific consensus on climate change was published. Surveying the many studies into scientific agreement, we found that more than 90% of climate scientists agree that humans are causing global warming. ...

Sea-level rise has claimed five whole islands in the Pacific: first scientific evidence.

Author: Simon Albert, Alistair Grinham, Badin Gibbes, Javier Leon, John Church
Date: 11th of May 2016
Sea-level rise, erosion and coastal flooding are some of the greatest challenges facing humanity from climate change. Recently at least five reef islands in the remote Solomon Islands have been lost completely to sea-level rise and coastal erosion, and a further six islands have been severely erode...

Environmental score card shows Australia is once again in decline.

Author: David Summers and Albert Van Dijk
Date: 11th of May 2016
After some unusually wet years, our landscape and ecosystems have once again returned to poorer conditions that were last experienced during the Millennium Drought. That is the main conclusion of Australia’s Environment in 2015 – an environmental score card and accompanying data explorer that w...