Category: The Planet

Sorry to disappoint climate deniers, but coronavirus makes the low-carbon transition more urgent

The coronavirus slowdown provides an opportunity to reset the economy to address climate change.

/ April 5, 2020

While we fixate on coronavirus, Earth is hurtling towards a catastrophe worse than the dinosaur extinction

The risks to nature from man-made global warming – and the imperative to act – are clear.

/ April 2, 2020

Arctic climate change – it’s recent carbon emissions we should fear, not ancient methane ‘time bombs’

The wet and low-lying East Siberian Arctic is likely to be a major methane source in the coming decades.

/ April 2, 2020

As ships move north with climate change, their noise scares Arctic cod away

Arctic cod are key prey for seals, whales and seabirds. What happens when ship noise drives them away?

/ April 1, 2020

Coronavirus is a wake-up call: our war with the environment is leading to pandemics

COVID-19 is the latest new infectious disease arising from our collision with nature.

/ March 30, 2020

Anatomy of a heatwave: how Antarctica recorded a 20.75°C day last month

The heatwave highlights the connectedness of our climate systems: from the monsoon tropics to the southernmost continent.

/ March 30, 2020

I studied what happens to reef fish after coral bleaching. What I saw still makes me nauseous

From a scientific perspective, the results are fascinating and world-first. From a personal perspective, what I saw will stay with me for a long time.

/ March 27, 2020

Here’s what the coronavirus pandemic can teach us about tackling climate change

The coronavirus is devastating, but failing to tackle climate change because of the pandemic only compounds the tragedy.

/ March 26, 2020

New ways of ‘being together apart’ can work for us and the planet long after coronavirus crisis passes

Travelling to conferences and meetings has become a way of life for many of us – and has driven up emissions. Now COVID-19, not climate change, is forcing us to explore and develop alternatives.

/ March 26, 2020

Hotter weather brings more stress, depression and other mental health problems

In a rapidly warming world, temperature increases are a challenge to mental well-being. A group of economists quantified the relationship.

/ March 25, 2020

Our social identity shapes how we feel about the Adani mine – and it makes the energy wars worse

New research shows how deeply entrenched "us" and "them" attitudes make it much harder to make a fair energy transition.

/ March 24, 2020

Coronavirus and the economy: We need green stimulus not fossil fuel bailouts

Governments can staunch the current economic collapse without returning to the status quo.

/ March 24, 2020

Buildings grown by bacteria — new research is finding ways to turn cells into mini-factories for materials

Researchers are turning microbes into microscopic construction crews by altering their DNA to make them produce building materials. The work could lead to more sustainable buildings.

/ March 23, 2020

Coronavirus spotlights the link between clean water and health

Water is essential for health, economic well-being and social equity, but too many people around the world still don't have access to clean drinking water and sanitation.

/ March 20, 2020

After another hot summer, here are 6 ways to cool our cities in future

Half-a-dozen strategies are effective for cooling urban areas. Used in combination, these strategies can drop the temperature even more.

/ March 19, 2020

Coronavirus response proves the world can act on climate change

The policy response to COVID-19 has been dramatic, unlike the response to climate change, for several reasons. But it shows there's hope for real action on climate change.

/ March 19, 2020

How to spot bogus science stories and read the news like a scientist

From coronavirus to climate change, it's easy to be misled by some reporting.

/ March 18, 2020

How to talk to someone you believe is misinformed about the coronavirus

It's common to encounter people who are misinformed, but don't know it yet. What's the best way to talk to someone else about what they think is true?

/ March 17, 2020

How changes brought on by coronavirus could help tackle climate change

A move towards working from home, less air travel and prudent stimulus spending could flatten emissions growth in the longer term.

/ March 16, 2020

Coronavirus: The perils of our ‘just enough, just in time’ food system

COVID-19 is showing us we must work collectively to put resilience alongside efficiency as the primary drivers for the systems we depend upon each and every day for food.

/ March 16, 2020