Climate

  • Conversation

    2021 was one of the hottest years on record

    And it could also be the coldest we’ll ever see again.

    Well, it’s official: 2021 was one of the planet’s seven hottest years since records began, the World Meteorological O...

    Features January 21, 2022
  • What happens if the permafrost disappears?

    If the Arctic permafrost melts, the results could be catastrophic.

    如果电弧tic permafrost melts? Carbon levels are rising, and things are starting to look a lot worse. ...

    Climate January 19, 2022
  • Bushfire eye in the sky

    The climate crisis is making bushfire fighting harder and more dangerous. A South Australian star...

    Bushfires are getting hotter. They’re getting faster. Traditional firefighting techniques are under pressure. So the ...

    Climate January 7, 2022
  • The staggering impact of air pollution

    It causes nearly 2 million asthma cases, and a similar number of excess deaths, per year.

    New research in The Lancet has provided more grim estimates for the impact of air pollution. It may be causing an add...

    Climate January 6, 2022
  • Melting Arctic ice and US wildfires are linked

    Research into the connection between diminishing polar sea ice and western US wildfires shows tha...

    Melting sea ice in the Arctic is helping to fuel western US wildfires, scientists say. The odd-seeming link was di...

    Climate January 5, 2022
  • A Christmas Tree-t: Our 9 favourite tree stories of 2021

    On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a new way of scanning trees.

    Since the 16th century, we have been bringing trees into our homes around the Christmas period and decorating them wi...

    Plants December 25, 2021
  • Pandemic weather: The effect of COVID-19 on lightning

    Has there been anything positive about the pandemic? Perhaps…

    In a finding with implications for everything from climate change to the future of wildfires, researchers from the US...

    Climate December 17, 2021
  • Explainer

    How does carbon capture and storage work?

    One approach to the control of carbon emissions.

    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) When a coal, oil or gas plant burns fuel to create electricity, a major by-product i...

    Climate December 15, 2021
  • Recyclable Australian batteries hoping to change the solar market

    The graphene-based batteries are 100% recyclable.

    Renewable energy – and rooftop solar in particular – needs effective batteries to keep growing. The current gold stan...

    Energy December 14, 2021
  • How do tornadoes form?

    They are quick and devastating – but what’s the science behind them?

    Recently, more than 30 tornadoes ripped across six US states, including Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi...

    Climate December 13, 2021
  • Can any species win from climate change?

    Changes in killer whale hunting patterns raise important questions about winners and losers in ou...

    When it comes to climate change, scientists are finding that killer whales may be nature’s equivalent of rich Western...

    Marine life December 10, 2021
  • The fluctuating fortunes of La Niña

    The La Niña weather cycle is here for another year. What does that mean for our grain harvest?

    The sky is blue, it’s hot but not too hot, and there’s a gentle breeze in the air. It’s perfect harvest weather. “...

    Agriculture December 10, 2021
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