The largest river on Earth is invisible — and airborne

Author: Dan Kedmey
Source: TED
Date: 23rd of March 2016
On a typical sunny day in the Amazon, 20 billion metric tons of water flow upward through the trees and pour into the air, an invisible river that flows through the sky across a continent.  “This river of vapor that comes up from the forest and goes into the atmosphere is greater than the A...

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...

It takes a lot of water to feed us, but recycled water could help.

Author: Rachel Carey, Jennifer Sheridan and Seona Candy
Date: 7th of March 2016
 Australians eat a lot of water – the water that is used to produce our food. New findings from our Foodprint Melbourne study estimate that more than 475 litres of water is used to grow each person’s food every day. This is just the irrigation water used to grow our food. We consume much mo...

Don’t chuck that old mobile phone, there’s gold in there.

Author: Glen Corder
Date: 24th of Feb 2016
In Australia there are many more mobile services in use than there are people. The majority of Australians upgrade or exchange their mobile phones every 18 to 24 months, while an increasing number have owned their mobile for more than two years. The upshot is that there is around 22.5 million ...

Australia’s population hits 24 million people, ABS clock shows.

Author: Nathan Stitt
Source: ABC News
Date: Feb 17th of 2016
The number of people in Australia has surpassed 24 million for the first time, according to the Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) population clock. Australia by the numbers: When did the population reach 24 million?According to the ABS population clock, it reached 24 million about 12:50am (AEDT) ...

Not just bees: the buzz on our other vital insect helpers.

Author: Romina Rader, Manu Saunders and Saul Cunningham
Date: 26th of January
We hear a lot about bees and how important they are for growing our crops. Well, they are – and we should also be concerned about recent declines in bee populations and their health. But bees aren’t the only pollinators. Our recent global analysis has revealed that the “non-bee” insects a...

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...

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...