Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

Drought-stricken farmers challenge Coalition's climate change stance in TV ad

‘We need to stick to the Paris agreement, we need to stop burning coal and we need to commit to more renewable energy,’ Longreach farmer says Longreach sheep and cattle farmer Jody Brown features in the new Australian Conservation Foundation ad about drought and climate change.

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

5 STEM Toys to Entertain and Enlighten Your Kids

Now the Crayola folks make a proper chemistry set with 16 out-of-the-box projects and 34 more that use household ­ingredients, from erupting volcanoes and glow worms to three types of slime.$25Styling by Kiki StevensThis article appears in the September issue.

5 Dangers of Flooding in Hurricane Florence

5 Dangers of Flooding in Hurricane Florence

Experts say you should never drive through fast-moving water.5 Dangers of Flooding in Hurricane Florence Experts provide the steps you can take to avoid them. Experts say you should never drive through fast-moving water.Drenching rains were inundating North Carolina on Friday as Hurricane Florence crawled inland at three miles an hour.

Give Sandra Oh the Emmy, but Killing Eve Deserved More Nominations

Give Sandra Oh the Emmy, but Killing Eve Deserved More Nominations

The competition may be tough, but if two separate episodes of both Ozark and Game of Thrones can get nominated, at least one of Killing Eve should've been able to eke its way in.But even more than the show’s directors, its supporting cast deserves far more recognition than it's getting.

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

Just a Few Pieces of Plastic Can Kill Sea Turtles

In some areas with high levels of plastic pollution, like the Mediterranean and the southern Atlantic Ocean, turtles are unable to avoid the debris, while in other areas it is less of a problem.“We know individual turtles are dying, but we don’t know yet whether enough turtles are dying to cause population decline, and that’s where we’re heading to now,” Dr. Hamann said.Jennifer Lynch, a research biologist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Hawaii, took issue with the way the study measured vulnerability to plastic.In her own research, she has seen animals that aren’t harmed after swallowing 300 pieces of plastic, so she doesn’t believe that 14 pieces pose such a high risk of death.

These 3 Hurricane Misconceptions Can Be Dangerous. Scientists Want to Clear Them Up.

These 3 Hurricane Misconceptions Can Be Dangerous. Scientists Want to Clear Them Up.

But experts know that not all residents will heed the warnings, and some say part of the reason is that storm forecasts and risks are inadequately communicated to the public.“There’s a big gap between the forecasts that are available within the weather community and in some cases the information that people receive and are able to use,” said Rebecca Morss, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo.The ‘cone of uncertainty’ is confusingA prime example of that perception gap is the familiar “cone of uncertainty” seen in hurricane tracking maps, which can be easily misread.“The cone is misunderstood,” said Jeff Masters, a meteorologist with the forecasting service Weather Underground.

Hurricane Florence Is Going to Slow Down. That’s Not Good.

Hurricane Florence Is Going to Slow Down. That’s Not Good.

“The large amount of rain that is going to come out of a tropical storm or hurricane anyway fell in the same place over a long period of time.”To analyze the changes in translation speeds, James Kossin, a climate scientist with the National Centers for Environmental Information at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, tapped into a global data set on past tropical storms.

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Carbon research grant “exceptional moment” for scientist

Leading the team is NIWA scientist Dr Sara Mikaloff-Fletcher, whose project builds on a pilot study using atmospheric data that uncovered a striking revelation about how much carbon was absorbed by New Zealand’s indigenous forests.

How Our Biological Clock Could Dictate Medical Treatments

How Our Biological Clock Could Dictate Medical Treatments

(The gold-standard test, the dim light melatonin onset assay, or DLMO for short, involves closely monitoring a patient's melatonin levels by sitting them in a dimly lit room and collecting their spit or blood every 30 minutes for a day or more.) And second, it's not always easy or practical to tell which therapies would benefit most from optimally timed administration.This week, researchers announced advances that confront both those issues: A simple blood test that researchers say could help infer a person's circadian rhythm, and a database of clock genes that encode targets for thousands of existing drugs.

Mercedes' Urbanetic Concept Is a Shape-Shifting Future Van

Mercedes' Urbanetic Concept Is a Shape-Shifting Future Van

B: They have a vague idea of what the future looks like and want to share, but aren’t ready to put real money or effort behind whatever wild plan they think might get them through it.The Vision Urbanetic, which Mercedes-Benz revealed this week, falls so firmly in the latter category, its creator doesn’t even call it a concept car.

Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns

Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns

Global hunger has reverted to levels last seen a decade ago, wiping out progress on improving people’s access to food and leaving one in nine people undernourished last year, with extreme weather a leading cause, the UN has warned.

New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

New Space Robots Will Fix Satellites, or Maybe Destroy Them

Because the technology now exists to build these satellite hackers, we're stuck in a quandary: If your enemy can launch such orbiters, and you don't match them, you run the risk of having your space infrastructure quietly slaughtered.NASA's peaceful program for satellites with these servicing capabilities is called Restore-L.

Everything You Should Do Before—And After—You Lose Your Phone

Everything You Should Do Before—And After—You Lose Your Phone

You can use both Find My Device and Find My iPhone to remotely wipe your smartphone too, however, which can help protect your data whether your handset has gone missing or been deliberately snatched.Protect the Lock ScreenThink about all the apps you're automatically signed into on your phone: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and Twitter, perhaps, plus your email accounts and maybe even a shopping account or two as well.

15 Best Tech & Gaming Deals: Switch, Fire HD, Roomba, PS4 DualShock

15 Best Tech & Gaming Deals: Switch, Fire HD, Roomba, PS4 DualShock

If your device can wirelessly charge with the Qi standard, use the code WIRELESSPAD at checkout to get the discount.Amazon Echo Show for $130 (Was $230).

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

5 Beat-Building Must-Haves for Your Home Music Studio

The free Noise app wirelessly connects you to hundreds of tones, and the Seaboard pairs with the other modules in the Blocks family of touch-sensitive sound shapers.$300Buy Now5.

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old Stone Drought Warning Resurfaces in Europe: 'When You See Me, Cry'

Old stones bearing ominous messages have resurfaced in a river in Central Europe, according to news reports. Over the course of centuries, Europeans marked low water levels during droughts by carving lines and dates into boulders along the Elbe River, which runs from the Czech Republic into Germany.

Local winds play a key role in some megafires – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Local winds play a key role in some megafires – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Although drought and overgrown forests are often blamed for major fires in the western United States, new research using unique NASA before-and-after data from a megafire site indicates that highly localized winds sometimes play a much larger role -- creating large, destructive fires even when regional winds are weak.

NASA finds Amazon drought leaves long legacy of damage – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA finds Amazon drought leaves long legacy of damage – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

A single season of drought in the Amazon rainforest can reduce the forest's carbon dioxide absorption for years after the rains return, according to a new study published in the journal Nature.

Severe storms show off their “plume-age” – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Severe storms show off their “plume-age” – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

"The plume pattern in the imagery instantly tells you without the need for radar or lightning observations or other information that these are the storms you really, really need to look out for," said Kris Bedka, an atmospheric scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.

NASA gets up close with Greenland's melting ice – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

NASA gets up close with Greenland's melting ice – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

With a new research plane and a new base to improve its chances of outsmarting Atlantic hurricanes, NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign takes to the sky this week for its third year of gathering data on how the ocean around Greenland is melting its glaciers.

'No real appetite': former farmers chief lashes ministers over climate link to drought

'No real appetite': former farmers chief lashes ministers over climate link to drought

As Scott Morrison and his special drought envoy, Barnaby Joyce, toured south-west Queensland on Tuesday, Finlay described the former deputy prime minister and agriculture minister as the last in a long line of ministers who had “no real appetite” for national drought policy in a changing climate.

Carmakers’ gaming of emissions tests ‘costing drivers billions’

Carmakers’ gaming of emissions tests ‘costing drivers billions’

Drivers in Europe have paid €150bn more on fuel than they would have if their vehicles had performed as well on-the-road as in official laboratory-based tests, according to a new report. Transport & Environment said the gaming could mean carmakers have to deliver just half the emissions reductions intended.

Houses claimed by the canal: life on Egypt's climate change frontline | Ruth Michaelson

Houses claimed by the canal: life on Egypt's climate change frontline | Ruth Michaelson

“The water is an excuse for the government to relocate people,” says Ali Abdel Rahman, a 63-year-old fisherman who sits inside the small blue-and-white-painted hut where he stores his fishing equipment.

Climate change making drought worse, farmers' federation chief says

Climate change making drought worse, farmers' federation chief says

The president of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, has declared that climate change is making drought worse in Australia and says tiptoeing around the subject does not do regional communities any good.

Winters much shorter than they once were, says NIWA

Winters much shorter than they once were, says NIWA

Dr Mullan defined a winter’s day as one in which the daily average temperature was less than a selected threshold and then compared the number of days this occurred for two 30-year periods, the first from 1909 to 1938 and the second from 1987 to 2016.

Five more days from the official hottest summer on record

Five more days from the official hottest summer on record

Over land, Dr Kidson noted that “in none of the four months November [1934] to February [1935] did any station in New Zealand record a mean temperature which was not above normal”.

Swamp kauri providing a window to the past for scientists

Swamp kauri providing a window to the past for scientists

Dr Andrew Lorrey says kauri is a special species - mature trees live from 600 to 1000 years “if left to their own devices” - and provide important insight into long-term change. Dr Lorrey says there is a concern that time periods could be lost if scientists are not told about swamp kauri excavation sites.

Scientists measure glaciers after record-beating summer

Scientists measure glaciers after record-beating summer

The five scientists on board the snowline flight – Andrew Lorrey and Trevor Chinn, together with Dr Huw Horgan, Dr Brian Anderson and PhD student Lauren Vargo from Victoria University, will take thousands of photos from different angles that will then be used to build 3D models of glaciers that can be compared year on year to give an accurate depiction of the volume of ice that has changed.

NZ snowline shrinks

NZ snowline shrinks

NIWA’s End of Summer Snowline team (Dr Andrew Lorrey, Andrew Willsman, Dr Trevor Chinn) and colleagues from Victoria University Wellington (Professor Andrew Mackintosh, Dr Brian Anderson, Dr Huw Horgan and PhD candidate Lauren Vargo) survey the snow and ice coverage from the air using fixed-wing aircraft.

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Technology can help Afghanistan better manage its natural disasters

Based on the hazard map, community members have now identified and proposed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures designed to mitigate the effects of specific natural hazards. Table 1: Combined community-proposed disaster risk mitigation measures in Guldara

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