drought

Burnt tress after bushfires

Many plants are really good at withstanding bushfires, but the combination of drought, heatwaves and pest insects under climate change may push them to the brink.

Two stalagmites in Yonderup Cave, Yanchep, Western Australia

To look inside a stalagmite is to look back in time tens of thousands of years to see how the Earth’s climate patterns have shaped the world we live in today.

bushfires burning on the horizon at dusk on a farm

We know heatwaves and drought can turn bushfires into infernos, but the reasons why were poorly understood in science.

Murray-Darling basin during drought

To fully understand droughts, we need to answer the question: where does Australia’s rainfall come from? The answer isn't simple.

Gwydir River, part of the Murray-Darling Basin

A new UNSW study demands better transparency around the idiosyncratic water management rules governing water allocation in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Murray-Darling Basin in drought

Subsidised irrigators extracted up to 28 per cent more water than those who received no funds under a national Murray-Darling Basin irrigation efficiency program, a new study has found.

Australia from space

It's important to remember that most of this greening is due to growth of grasses, which respond more rapidly after rain.

Platypus might become extinct

New UNSW research calls for national action to minimise the risk of the platypus vanishing due to habitat destruction, dams and weirs.

warragamba dam wall

As reserves dwindle, we are becoming increasingly anxious that fresh water will not be reliably available for domestic use, says new UNSW research.

dead_tree_on_a_dusty_plain.jpg

Climate extremes are killing Australian trees, but we don't know where they're dying. Scientists are asking the public to use their phones to help.

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