Science & Environment

GDF, regulators cop coal mine blast

Inquiry report says stakeholders failed community, calls for 20-year health study.

No, the Bureau of Meteorology is not fiddling its weather data

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Australia is a leader in the complex data-adjustment techniques needed to correct historical temperature records and our bureau's overall changes have, in fact, tended towards less warming.

A marine economy takes a dive as acidity rises

An economic-social study has warned of dire effects from increasing acidification off Alaska's coast, with its economy likely to be one of the first and worst hit by ocean changes.

Historic wildfires burn through Canada's cold northwest

Sub-Arctic forests blazes are contributing to wildfire activity more than six times Canada's recent average, with boreal forests heating up after a record summer.

Existing fossil-fuel plants could exceed carbon budget

US research finds power plants to surpass two-degree emissions limit.

An Atlantic alternative to deep ocean warming?

Scientists say the slowing rate of surface warming is caused by heat being transferred deep into the oceans. But a new report says the dominant heat sink is not the Pacific, with implications for the surface 'hiatus'.

Don't dismiss a 2014 'super' El Nino just yet

While the odds still favour an El Nino, could it quickly become a super El Nino like in 1982? The recent changes in temperature make it more likely, but we’ll have to keep watching to know for sure.

We mustn't waste water while taking action on climate

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Some activities aimed at tackling greenhouse emissions, such as tree-planting, can consume large amounts of water. In dry Australia, we should be focused on reducing both carbon and water footprints.

July checks in as 4th warmest on record

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Average global temperatures were 0.67 degrees above the 20th century average last month, the US National Climatic Data Center says, while other bodies also reported record levels.

What I learned from debating science with trolls

Maurice Newman's recent contribution to global warming commentary harnesses some of the favourite tactics of internet cranks, who rely on distorted expert opinion and broken logic.

Revolutionary perovskite solar cells could be a game changer, but questions remain

Application of the hybrid organic-inorganic material has been developing at a staggering rate in the laboratory, but commercialisation will present hurdles.

Palmer to host climate summit after G20

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PUP leader plans self-styled conference at Palmer Coolum Resort.

Chief scientist cautions Newman on 'theories'

PM's adviser should provide credible evidence for 'global cooling' article: Chubb.

Is Maurice Newman a nutter or a genius?

Tony Abbott's business adviser Maurice Newman believes we must beef up our military to prepare for war driven not by global warming but global cooling. Could he just be a genius who, in addition to being an investment banker, is rather handy at atmospheric science?

Australia’s Chief Scientist is rightfully cranky

While his global compatriots look to the future Ian Chubb is stuck with the thankless task of trying to convince the government that studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics is a good idea.

Reef condition is 'poor', and probably worse than healthcheck suggests

We've heard this week that climate change is still the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef, which faces a devastating loss of corals. But the health update was probably a generous portrait of the situation.

Appeals to the climate consensus can give the wrong impression

When it comes to arguing about climate science, it would be better to play the science, not the scientists.

Climate change 'biggest threat to reef'

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Report says warmer ocean currents to remain threat to Queensland icon 'for decades'.

Piketty, climate change and discounting our future

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Thomas Piketty's writings on wealth inequality have been a publishing phenomenon, but his thoughts on climate change and public capital are just as useful.

Kerry makes ocean plea in Sydney

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Protect's world's seas from overfishing, climate, urges chief diplomat.