Research & development > Environmental science

'Blueprint' to stabilise the Earth's climate released

24 September, 2020

Scientists have produced what they claim is the first comprehensive global-scale analysis of terrestrial areas essential for biodiversity and climate resilience.


Sea ice changes hold clues to controlling CO2 levels

04 September, 2020

Sea ice across the Southern Ocean played a crucial role in controlling atmospheric carbon dioxide levels during times of past climate change.


New international carbon dating standard

17 August, 2020

Radiocarbon dating is set to become more accurate after an international team of scientists recalculated the technique for assessing the age of historical events and objects.


Glacier melt linked to human greenhouse gas emissions: study

06 August, 2020

Australian and New Zealand scientists have shown a strong link between human greenhouse gas emissions and the increased melting of glaciers.


Slow warming of the deep ocean not good news

07 July, 2020

The world's deep oceans are warming at a slower rate than the surface, but it's still not good news for deep-sea creatures.


Australian fossil reveals ancient plant species

19 June, 2020

Fresh examination of an Australian fossil has revealed evidence of a newly discovered plant species that existed more than 359 million years ago.


Probiotics found to boost coral survival

16 June, 2020

Feeding coral a dose of good bacteria increases their overall health and tolerance to stresses related to climate change, such as rising water temperatures.


Australia's mountains are still growing

22 May, 2020

Parts of the Eastern Highlands of Victoria may be as young as five million years old — not 90 million years old as previously thought.


Speeding up the development of pulse seeds

01 April, 2020

Researchers have created a new technique that speeds up the development of seeds, producing better quality and more abundant pulse crops as a result.


Building blocks for life on Earth arrived later than we thought

19 March, 2020

A large proportion of the elements that are essential to the formation of oceans and life — such as water, carbon and nitrogen — only came to Earth very late in its history.


Fossil methane emissions higher than previously estimated

21 February, 2020

An international team of researchers has found that methane emissions from human fossil sources are at least 25% higher than previously estimated.


Nature-inspired textiles remove oil from water

05 February, 2020

Researchers have developed a new technology for removing oil from water sources, creating textiles with surface properties that passively skim off the oil and move it into a floating container.


Confirmed: climate change increases bushfire risk

16 January, 2020

Over 50 different studies show links between human-induced climate change and increased frequency or severity of fire weather.


Call to stop suppression of conservation science

05 December, 2019

The Ecological Society of Australia is calling for governments, universities and industry to stop the censorship and suppression of science and scientists.


World's scientists declare a climate emergency

07 November, 2019

Scientists warn that "untold human suffering" is unavoidable without deep and lasting shifts in human activities that contribute to greenhouse gas emissions and other factors related to climate change.


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