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Browse: Roaring Cave Reveals How Climate Changed History Browse: Flaws Identified in Government's Direct Action Carbon Plan
Browse: Extreme Fires to Increase Browse: Fossils Help Determine Ocean’s Role in Last Ice Age
Browse: Australia Loses Vital Rain as Climate Change Shifts Winds Browse: Sea Levels Are Rising Faster
Browse: Ancient Microbes Contributing to Climate Change Browse: Climate Change to Overpower Future Pauses in Warming
Browse: Plankton Chemistry Points to Future Carbon Cycle Issues Browse: The Human Cost of Carbon Offset Projects
Browse: No Warming Hiatus Observed
Extremely hot temperatures over land have dramatically and unequivocally increased.
Browse: New Climate Change Projections for Australia
Feature: Climate Records Reveal North–South Divide
The first comprehensive reconstruction of the Southern Hemisphere’s temperature over the past millennium reveals that Northern Hemisphere warm and cool periods were not global. But what about late 20th century warming?
Browse: Coral Cores Reveal Increasing Severity of Climate Events
Cores taken from the most southerly reefs off the coast of Western Australia have provided a 215-year history of sea levels, sea surface temperatures and ocean currents.
Browse: Sea Levels to Reach Pliocene Levels Browse: Seaweed-Free Beaches Predicted as Oceans Warm
Browse: Corals Reveal Pacific Cycles
The pattern of ocean temperatures known as the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) has been detected in corals from the mouth of Queensland’s Fitzroy River.
Browse: Arctic Sea-Ice Shrinking while Antarctic Sea-Ice Grows
Browse: Ozone-Depleting Chemical on the Rise Browse: Plant Respiration of CO2 Underestimated by up to 30%
Browse: Changing Antarctic Winds Create New Sea Level Threat Browse: WA Cyclone Led to Black Saturday Bushfires
Cyclones on the opposite side of the continent can increase the intensity of heat waves over South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania, but only when they occur in a particular zone, a paper in Geophysical Research Letters has revealed.
Feature: Warmer Does Not Mean Drier
A warmer climate causes grasslands to dry out faster, but a new study has found that more efficient water use by plants in response to rising CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere could completely offset the drying effect caused by warming.
Feature: Fooling Nemo
Clownfish use their sense of smell to warn them of the presence of predators, but the pH conditions expected as a result of climate change fool them into swimming towards impending danger.
© Yukon Government, Art by George "Rinaldino" Teichmann
Feature: Frozen in Time: What Caused the Extinction of the Ice Age Megafauna?
A new study of ancient DNA preserved in permafrost has revealed that Ice Age megafauna varied considerably in their ability to survive climate change and the spread of humans.
Feature: Sugar’s Role in Climate Change
Marine plankton account for up to 40% of carbon absorbed by all living things, but their growth is limited in half of the world’s oceans by iron bioavailability. New research has found that marine plankton can produce sugars that improve iron bioavailability – and hence plankton growth.
Kevin Trenberth
Feature: In the Firing Line of a Hot Debate
Kevin Trenberth is finding the signal of global warming in extreme weather events while dodging the abuse of those who wish to silence him.
Feature: Engineering the Climate
As global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions continues to stall, can engineering the climate provide a feasible solution to climate change?
Feature: The Two Degree Dilemma
We’ve agreed to limit the rise in global temperature to 2°C, but how will we do it?
Feature: Can Sea Turtles Cope with Climate Change?
Rising temperatures due to climate change are skewing gender ratios among turtles and increasing the mortality rate of hatchlings. Can they adapt?
Feature: Gassy Continents Balance the Carbon Budget
Carbon accumulated in the Earth’s upper mantle over billions of years may be 130 times more significant in controlling the climate than previously thought.
Browse: Carbon Storage Passes the Test
CO2 successfully contained underground in south-western Victoria.
Browse: The East’s Big Dry
Rainfall in eastern Australia over the past 90 years is less than for the previous seven centuries, Australian Antarctic Division scientists have concluded following the discovery of an unexpected rainfall proxy.
Browse: Ocean Acidification Worse than Thought
When it comes to carbon dioxide’s effects on the acidity of the oceans we need to fear extreme events rather than the average, a study published in Global Change Biology has warned.
Browse: Record Summer a Sign of Things to Come
The record-breaking heat waves of last summer and autumn were not isolated incidents. Dr Sarah Perkins of the Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of NSW has revealed a trend towards periods of unseasonably warm weather.
Browse: Climate Consensus Is Real
A study of the abstracts of 12,000 peer reviewed papers on climate change has found that 97% of those expressing a position on the causes of climate change attributed it to human activity.
Browse: Climate Uncertainty Reduced
A new way of estimating the uncertainty of the Earth’s average temperature for the rest of this century anticipates warming very similar to predictions by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) while narrowing the uncertainty.
Browse: Human Cause of Angry Summer
We can be more than 90% confident that human activity was involved in the “angry summer” of 2012–13, according to Dr Sophie Lewis of the University of Melbourne.
Browse: Climate Models Backed Browse: Regional Weather Extremes Explained
Browse: The Tennis Is Hotting Up Browse: Ancient Climate Seesaw
Browse: Increasing Cost of Natural Hazards as Climate Changes Browse: Corals a Major Source of Climate Gas at Low Tide
Browse: Extreme Weather Dumps sub-Antarctic Kelp Rafts on New Zealand Browse: Climate Change Threatens Māori Plant Use and Knowledge
Browse: Coal Power Stations Disrupt Regional Rainfall conSCIENCE: Are We Ready for the Next Drought?
After two La Niña summers, our level of concern about water security is inversely proportional to the water levels in our dams.
conSCIENCE: Calculating Carbon
Research supports a new approach to counting net CO2 emissions.
conSCIENCE: Shaping Climate Attitudes
People are more likely to support climate change mitigation when they are first confronted with the local adaptations that will be required.
conSCIENCE: The Warming War
There is a legal basis for the United Nations Security Council to declare climate change as a threat to international peace and security.
Eco Logic: The Inequity in Climate Change
The countries responsible for most greenhouse emissions incur the least impacts whereas those least responsible bear the greatest cost. How unfair is that?
Eco Logic: Planning for an Expanding Ice-Free Antarctica
Climate change will increase the amount of ice-free land in Antarctica by 25% this century.
Expert Opinion: Gas Drilling Affects Animal Health
US scientists have documented cases of animal health problems they believe have possible links to gas drilling.
Expert Opinion: National Greenhouse Accounts Released
The latest National Greenhouse Accounts, which compare Australia’s emissions to our Kyoto Protocol obligations, show that Australia’s carbon pollution is currently tracking at 104% of 1990 levels. Australia’s Kyoto Protocol target is to limit emissions to 108% of 1990 levels, on average, over the period from 2008–12.
Expert Opinion: State of the Climate 2011 Report – Experts Respond
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a large global report on the state of the climate in July. The report involved 11 Australian scientists, and focused on extreme weather events and the strong La Niña that brought wet conditions to many parts of the world.
Expert Opinion: IPCC Report on Climate Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability
Australian, UK and NZ experts respond to the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's summary report for policy-makers.
Expert Opinion: IPCC Report on Climate Adaptation and Mitigation
Experts respond to the release of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Summary for Policymakers on “mitigating climate change, and the underlying technical, economic and institutional requirements”.
Expert Opinion: 2015 Likely to Be Hottest Year on Record
2015 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
Expert Opinion: Climate Deal Signed in Paris
After two weeks of negotiating, the representatives of more than 190 nations have settled on a agreed plan to tackle climate change.
Expert Opinion: Annual Climate Statement: 2015 Was a Hot Year
The Bureau of Meteorology has released its Annual Climate Statement for 2015.
Expert Opinion: Ozone Levels Still Decreasing Away from Poles
While ozone levels in the upper atmosphere near the poles have been recovering, new research has found that the bottom part of the ozone layer at more populated latitudes is not recovering.
Expert Opinion: The Biodiversity Benefits of Limiting Warming to 1.5°C
Global temperatures are on track to rise by 3.2°C by 2100. A new study estimates that if this occurs, 26% of vertebrates, 49% of insects and 44% of plants would be unable to survive in about half of the areas they currently inhabit, compared with just 4% of vertebrates, 6% of insects and 8% of plants if warming is limited to 1.5°C.
Lowe Tech: Plimer’s climate change book for kids underestimates science education
Ian Plimer says kids are being taught activism, not science.
Lowe Tech: Thirty Year Warning
CSIRO predicted the increasing severity of cyclones 30 years ago.
Lowe Tech: Global Climate Report Underscores Australian Inaction
The upcoming Federal election has produced a spectrum of responses to curb climate change.
Quandary: The Bioethics of Geoengineering
Ethical guidelines are urgent when considering high-risk technologies to avert the climate crisis.
Up Close: Counting the coast: Modeling the oceans of a warming planet
Climate modeler Dr Kathy McInnes describes what mathematical modeling can tell us about the effects of rising sea levels and extreme weather events on our coastlines.
Up Front: CSIRO's Ideology Is Questionable
The decision to dismantle CSIRO's climate research underlines a shift in priorities from support of broad societal needs towards a focus on wealth generation.
Notice Board: Volunteer divers needed to survey Great Barrier Reef coral and help assess climate change impacts
Research will review how the reef is recovering from recent cyclones and how such extreme physical stress on the reef systems influence coral disease outbreaks.
Notice Board: Smartphone climate change app opens to public
Citizens can now contribute to climate change tracking for scientists by using their smartphones.
Notice Board: Seafarers can help track effects of climate change
Seafarers are being encouraged to take part in a unique global study, using a mobile phone app to record the effects of climate change.
Online Feature: State of the Climate 2012
The Bureau of Meteorology and CSIRO have released an updated summary of Australia’s long term climate trends.
Online Feature: 2013 shaping up to be one of Australia's hottest years on record
The last 10 months have been abnormally warm across Australia and we’ve seen a notable lack of unusually cold weather this winter. Are we heading for the hottest year on record?
Online Feature: Climate change is at a record pace
Climate change occurring 10 times faster than at any time in past 65 million years.
Online Feature: IPCC report sets a conservative carbon budget
The evidence for the continued warming of the planet is overwhelming, according to the IPCC's latest report.
Online Feature: New results from inside the ozone hole
NASA scientists have revealed the inner workings of the ozone hole that forms annually over Antarctica and found that declining chlorine in the stratosphere has not yet caused a recovery of the ozone hole.
Online Feature: An insider's story of the global attack on climate science
The conclusion of a 4-year saga has cast light on the tactics employed by the climate denial lobby.
Online Feature: IPCC: emissions cuts are about ethics as well as economics
The dramatic cuts in emissions needed to limit global warming to 2°C raise not just technical and economic challenges but also profound questions of ethics and values.
Online Feature: 99.999% certainty humans are driving global warming: new study
CSIRO finds there is less than 1 chance in 100,000 that global average temperature over the past 60 years would have been as high without human-caused greenhouse gas emissions
Online Feature: It's official: 2015 was the hottest year ever recorded Online Feature: Fossil fuel growth centre harks back to old ideas about climate costs
Online Feature: CSIRO must ensure climate science is maintained Browse: Warming Microbes May Shrink Southern Ocean Carbon Sink
Browse: Costs of Paris Agreement outweighed by health savings