Research & development > Environmental science

Rainforest trees have been dying faster since the '80s

22 June, 2022

Tropical trees in Australia's rainforests have been dying at double the previous rate since the 1980s, seemingly because of climate impacts.


Microplastics, severe deglaciation observed in Antarctica

17 June, 2022

A new study reveals microplastics in Antarctic snow, while another suggests two major glaciers may be losing ice faster than they have in the last 5000 years.


Super wheat can tolerate salty soils

09 June, 2022

By mutating the wheat seeds from Bangladesh's coastal fields, researchers were able to develop approximately 2000 lines of wheat.


Microplastics found in the world's most remote oceans

08 June, 2022

Analysis found microplastics were present in the vast majority of the waters sampled, even in very remote ocean areas of the Southern Hemisphere.


Is this ancient seagrass the world's largest plant?

03 June, 2022

Australian researchers have located what they believe is the largest plant on Earth — and they estimate it's at least 4500 years old.


Records broken for four climate change indicators

20 May, 2022

Four key climate change indicators — greenhouse gas concentrations, sea level rise, ocean heat and ocean acidification — set new records in 2021.


Researchers rediscover 'lost' coral and wildflower species

16 May, 2022

Researchers have discovered species of coral and wildflower that had been hidden for decades, with the latter thought to be extinct.


50:50 chance of reaching 1.5°C threshold in next five years

12 May, 2022

The chance of temporarily exceeding 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures has risen steadily since 2015, when it was close to zero.


Major breakthrough in estimating fossil fuel CO2 emissions

06 May, 2022

The estimate uses a new method for separating CO2 signals from land plants and fossil fuels in the atmosphere.


IPCC report pushes for halved emissions by 2030

07 April, 2022

Immediate and deep emissions reductions are required across all sectors in order to limit global warming to 1.5°C, the latest IPCC report says.


New digs for the National Herbarium of NSW

06 April, 2022 by Lauren Davis

Established in 1853, the herbarium has grown from an initial collection of around 1800 native plant specimens to over 1 million today.


Climate change is making oceans louder

05 April, 2022

In warmer water, soundwaves propagate faster and last longer before dying away.


Caribbean coral reefs have been warming for 100+ years

21 March, 2022

Region-wide, Caribbean coral reefs have been warming since 1915. However, in four of the eight sub-regions, warming began earlier.


Urgent action must be taken on climate change: IPCC report

02 March, 2022

Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature, according to the latest IPCC report.


2021 one of the seven warmest years on record: WMO

24 January, 2022

The average global temperature in 2021 was about 1.11°C above pre-industrial (1850–1900) levels.


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