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Australia wants to build a huge concrete runway in Antarctica. Here’s why that’s a bad idea

AAD Shaun Brooks, University of Tasmania and Julia Jabour, University of Tasmania The Conversation Australia wants to build a 2.7-kilometre concrete runway in Antarctica, the world’s biggest natural reserve. The plan, if approved, would have the largest footprint of any project in the continent’s history. The runway is part of an aerodrome to be constructed […]

July 19th

Where are they now? The stories of the 119 species still in danger after the Australia bushfires, and how to help

Before the summer bushfires destroyed vast expanses of habitat, Australia was already in the midst of a biodiversity crisis. Now, some threatened species have been reduced to a handful of individuals – and extinctions are a real possibility. By Anthea Batsakis, The Conversation and Wes Mountain, The Conversation This article is part of Flora, Fauna, […]

July 14th

Australia: Without urgent intervention, koalas face extinction in New South Wales

Koalas in the Australian state of New South Wales will be extinct before 2050 “without urgent government intervention,” a new report warns. The report, released Tuesday, is the result of a year-long parliamentary inquiry examining the state of the animal and their habitat. The multi-party committee tasked with the effort was led by Greens Member of the Legislative […]

Pass the shiraz, please: how the wine industry can adapt to climate change in Australia

Many Australians enjoy a glass of homegrown wine, and A$2.78 billion worth is exported each year. But hotter, drier conditions under climate change means there are big changes ahead for our wine producers. As climate scientists and science communicators, we’ve been working closely with the wine industry to understand the changing conditions for producing quality wine […]

June 20th

Greening our grey cities: here’s how green roofs and walls can flourish in Australia

Last week, we celebrated the first World Green Roof Day, drawing global attention to the well-documented environmental, economic and social benefits of green roofs. New ground-level green spaces are difficult to create in high-density urban areas. As a result, other forms of city greening – green roofs, green walls and vegetated facades – are increasingly […]

Australia listened to the science on coronavirus. Imagine if we did the same for coal mining

Australia’s relative success in stopping the spread of COVID-19 is largely due governments taking expert advice on a complex problem. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of decisions on projects that threaten the environment – most notably, Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. Our research published today in Nature Sustainability documents how state and federal governments repeatedly ignored […]

Australia: We can’t let coronavirus kill our cities. Here’s how we can save urban life

The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have reminded us of the vital role public space plays in supporting our physical and mental well-being. We need to move, to feel sunlight and fresh air, and to see, talk and even sing to other people. Lockdowns and “social distancing” have limited our participation in public life and public space. As […]

Australia: Cutting ‘green tape’ may be good politicking, but it’s bad policy. Here are 5 examples of regulation failure

Debate about how Australia will emerge from the coronavirus pandemic is heating up. As part of the economic recovery, business groups have renewed calls to cut “green tape” – environmental regulation that new projects, such as new mines, must follow. In response, federal environment minister Sussan Ley wants to introduce new legislation to cut green tape […]

Snowy 2.0 threatens to pollute the rivers of Australia and wipe out native fish

The federal government’s Snowy 2.0 energy venture is controversial for many reasons, but one has largely escaped public attention. The project threatens to devastate aquatic life by introducing predators and polluting important rivers. It may even push one fish species to extinction. Schopier/Wikimedia By John Harris, UNSW and Mark Lintermans, University of Canberra The Conversation […]

April 27th

If we can put a man on the Moon, we can save the Great Barrier Reef of Australia

Scientists recently confirmed the Great Barrier Reef suffered another serious bleaching event last summer – the third in five years. Dramatic intervention to save the natural wonder is clearly needed. First and foremost, this requires global greenhouse gas emissions to be slashed. But the right combination of technological and biological interventions, deployed with care at […]

April 25th

Unlike the US, Australia has truly excellent food security

The Coronavirus pandemic has taken Australia and the world by surprise. Coming after severe droughts in eastern Australia, concerns have been raised about Australian food security. The concerns are understandable, but they are misplaced. Despite temporary shortages of some food items in supermarkets caused by an unexpected surge in demand, Australia does not have a food security […]

April 20th