How climate change will affect what we eat in 2050

Author: Marco Springmann
Date: 9th of March 2016
One of the most important consequences of climate change will be its effect on agriculture. A lot of research has focused on food scarcity as the world heats up, but the connection between agriculture and health goes beyond mere calories. The World Health Organisation’s Global Burden of Diseas...

Chasing ice: how ice cores shape our understanding of ancient climate.

Author: Tas van Ommen
Date: 9th of March 2016
It is just over 50 years since French scientist Claude Lorius dropped some glacier ice in his whisky and started a quest that continues today. Lorius was studying glaciers in Antarctica and wondered if the air bubbling out of some ice he had drilled that day might carry information from the past. T...

An environmentally just city works best for all in the end.

Author: Anitra Nelson
Date: 7th of March 2016
Melbourne’s population is expected to almost double by mid-century, overtaking Sydney as Australia’s biggest city. But all states are growing and the increases are concentrated in the capital cities. Along with adaptation, developing resilience and decarbonising buildings and other infrastru...

7 smarter ways to talk about climate change

Author: Amelia Urry
Source: Grist
Date: 12th Feb 2016
People are not very good at talking about climate change, not even climate activists — or so says Norwegian psychologist and economist Per Espen Stoknes. Understanding the science of climate change isn’t enough. We also need to understand the social science of how people react to certain message...

Anthropocene: Scientists argue for official recognition of ‘age of humans’

Author: S. Phillips
Source: The ABC
Date: 8 January 2016
Humans' impact on the earth has pushed the world into a new geological period which will be characterised by fossils of plastic, concrete and nuclear energy, scientists say. Like the dinosaurs of the Jurassic age, scientists say humans have also had an impact on the fossil record. In 2016, the Int...

Floating CSIRO robots destined for remote island waters off WA coast

Author: L. Gartry
Source: The ABC
Date: 5 January 2016
A team of Australian researchers is about to set sail for one of the most remote islands on Earth in a bid to release robots for climate research.  The team from the CSIRO is planning to launch floating robots near Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI), far off the West Australian coast, to mea...

A climate for change

Author: Matt England & Stefan Rahmstorf
Date: 20th November 2015
On the eve of international climate change talks in Paris, UNSW magazine sits down with UNSW’s Matt England and Potsdam University’s Stefan Rahmstorf to discuss the likelihood of a legally binding global agreement, climate change denial and the importance of staying positive. Stefan...

Quantifying the impact of climate change on extreme heat in australia

Author: Will Steffen
Date: 16 February, 2015
New ground-breaking scientific research in 2014 can now tell us just how much of an influence climate change has on a single heatwave or heat records. 1. Climate change is making Australia hotter. Hot days are happening more often while heatwaves are becoming hotter, longer and more frequent. Th...

24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope

On the 18th  of September, Cool Australia represented Australia as one of 24 global projects selected by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to highlight the best stories of hope and inspiration from around the world in a live-streamed, online multimedia broadcast inspiring climate change action.P...