Cats Are Making Australia's Bushfire Tragedy Even Worse

Cats Are Making Australia's Bushfire Tragedy Even Worse

Yet another study found feral cats are highly attracted to areas that burned recently and tend to avoid ones three months or older, perhaps because vegetation has begun to grow back by that time, or they’ve simply obliterated the prey species there.

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

The ongoing Australian fire season has released more than 350 million metric tons of CO2 so far, with fires expected to keep burning over the next two months.

Watch Australia's Wildfires Spawn Massive Smoky Thunderclouds

Watch Australia's Wildfires Spawn Massive Smoky Thunderclouds

As the mass climbs higher, the smoky air cools and forms into a pyrocumulonimbus cloud, a soup of water and smoke particles towering miles into the sky.

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

And just as fast-moving flames swallowed up Paradise in 2018 , fires are moving so quickly, they’re overwhelming whole Australian towns.

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

If our body clocks are out of sync with our waking—and working—hours, shouldn’t we be tweaking our office hours to help improve our mood?“If our body clock is saying it wants us to wake up at 9:00, because it's a dark winter's day, but we're getting ourselves up at 7:00—then we are missing out on a complete sleep phase,” says Greg Murray, professor of psychology at Swinburne University, Australia.

Bird Country: Saving the Riverina’s Last Wild Wetlands

Bird Country: Saving the Riverina’s Last Wild Wetlands

This swamp and the adjoining lands contain some of the last large wetlands in drought-prone New South Wales, making it a critical lifeline for water birds, like straw-necked ibis, yellow-billed spoonbill, and Australian pelicans.

Trump Can Now Exit the Paris Accord. It's Still a Bad Idea

Trump Can Now Exit the Paris Accord. It's Still a Bad Idea

Rob Jackson, who documents greenhouse gas emissions as chair of the Global Carbon Project, worries that Trump’s move sends a bad signal to wobbly countries like Brazil and Australia that have had a hard time meeting stated climate goals.

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Gary Richards, founder of OneRoom, a company that offers livestreaming services to funeral directors in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US, says he’s noticed that many of the families that use his service are recent immigrants from the Philippines, Vietnam, or India, who are looking for a way to connect with family and friends from back home.

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

When aerial photographer Joshua Smith flew over the Simpson Desert for the first time four years ago, on his way to visit a friend in a remote town, he couldn't stop snapping.

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Caused by psittacine circovirus — also called beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) — this disease is most common in parrot and cockatoo species from both the Old World (Australia, Africa) but can affect parrots from the Americas.

How President Herbert Hoover Helped Save the Koala

How President Herbert Hoover Helped Save the Koala

For example, South Australia passed koala protection laws in 1912, the same year they went functionally extinct. Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales Eight years later, in 1927, the Queensland government allowed a final one-month open season on koalas.

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Taiwan's decision follows Australia's announcement last year that it will ban the country's carriers from buying equipment for next-generation 5G networks from Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies over fears of government ties.

The Subversive, Delectable Fun of Troye Sivan's New Video

The Subversive, Delectable Fun of Troye Sivan's New Video

The Subversive, Delectable Fun of Troye Sivan's New Video The Australian pop singer's “Lucky Strike” is all about politics and walls and borders and displacement—and love.

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

All of Australia's intelligence allies—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, known collectively as the Five Eyes—have spent decades lobbying for these mechanisms."The debate about simplifying lawful access to encrypted communication carries a considerable risk of regulations spilling to other countries," says Lukasz Olejnik, a security and privacy researcher and member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group.

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far

There was one hacker, however, who lucked into a mother lode of 360 dev kits and whose eagerness to profit off his good fortune would help Pokora ascend to the top of the Xbox scene.Meet the cast of characters behind the Xbox Underground.Gifted Canadian hacker and the brains of the Xbox Underground.Programmer who made millions by tricking FIFA Soccer into minting virtual coins.Australian teenage hacker who turned reckless as the FBI closed in.Pokora's friend in Delaware, arrested in 2010 for trying to steal a game's source code.Abruptly vanished from the Xbox hacking scene, causing widespread paranoia.Owner of a hacked modem that he used to help the Xbox Underground steal software.III.

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Northern Australia’s torrential wet-season rains carve 10-meter-deep gullies into the landscape, washing an estimated 17 million tonnes of sediment each year into the rivers and, eventually, out onto the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Tourism boards from Australia to Tahiti like to boast about their beaches, many proclaiming to have the whitest sands in the world. Glauconite beach sand from France. But not all black sand is volcanic… sometimes it can be formed from other minerals.

The Beauty and Danger of Australia's Salt Lakes

The Beauty and Danger of Australia's Salt Lakes

Photographer Leah Kennedy documented the region's resulting salt lakes in her series Salis.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeGet Lost in Australia's Vast Salt Lake With These Dreamy PhotosDoug BierendPhotos of Lakes Turn Psychedelic After Soaking in Their WatersAarian MarshallHow to Derail a Runaway Train (and Save Australia)The salt lakes predate human settlement, but over the past hundred years so-called "secondary salinization" has made the lakes’ natural chemistry even more extreme.

Australian Magpies Are the Real Angry Birds

Australian Magpies Are the Real Angry Birds

But nowhere is the “swooping season” as scary as in Australia, where cyclists and pedestrians alike live in sheer terror of one very angry bird: the Australian magpie.

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.

Australia on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs

Australia on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs

NDEVR Environmental figures for the year up to the end of June 2018 show Australia’s emissions were the highest on record when unreliable data from the land use and forestry sectors was excluded.

Transport emissions continue to rise as Australia lags behind other nations

Transport emissions continue to rise as Australia lags behind other nations

Stock said the government had already done the work required to “put these greenhouse gas emissions standards in place for vehicles and bring Australia in line with 80% of the global car market”.

Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

Hurricane, Typhoon or Cyclone? Same Storm, Different Name

This week, Southeast Asia and southern China are bracing for Super Typhoon Mangkhut.Cyclones in the Indian Ocean are classified according to two intensity scales depending on where they are, with names like “very intense tropical cyclone” and “super cyclonic storm.” Australia rates cyclones from categories 1 to 5.So why the three different words?

How much does it cost to power an electric car around Australia? $150

How much does it cost to power an electric car around Australia? $150

Wilson, 70, a retired farmer from near Biloela in central Queensland, had planned the trip of a lifetime with her husband, Rod. One impulsive evening in mid-2016 they went online and, sight-unseen, bought a Tesla S75 electric car for the journey.

Climate poll shows Morrison politically vulnerable as more voters back action

Climate poll shows Morrison politically vulnerable as more voters back action

A growing number of Australians are concerned about the impact of climate change, and more than half of a survey of 1,756 voters believe the Morrison government needs to stay in the Paris agreement, despite Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US.

Morrison says he has not been told of any Liberal party leadership 'bullies'

Morrison says he has not been told of any Liberal party leadership 'bullies'

While Gichuhi suggested clearly last week that she had been bullied – a suggestion that was validated implicitly by the minister for women, Kelly O’Dwyer, who said government MPs had been intimidated – Morrison told the ABC on Tuesday night the South Australian senator “told me very plainly that she was not bullied by anybody here in Canberra” during the leadership contest.

Paris climate deal doesn't stop us building new coal plants, Canavan says

Paris climate deal doesn't stop us building new coal plants, Canavan says

Australia does not need to quit the Paris climate agreement because our commitments are non-binding, and new coal plants can continue to be constructed, according to the resources minister, Matt Canavan.

Australia’s authority in Pacific 'being eroded by refusal to address climate change'

Australia’s authority in Pacific 'being eroded by refusal to address climate change'

Dr Bill Hare, managing director of Climate Analytics and a lead author on the IPCC fourth assessment report, told Guardian Australia that Pacific leaders were growing increasingly disenchanted with Australia’s refusal to commit to cutting carbon emissions, even as their nations faced massive economic, physical and social disruption, even existential threat.

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

Coal does not have an economic future in Australia

Our research on Australian coal transition – based on contributions by researchers at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne – looks into the prospects for coal use in Australia and for exports, and the experiences with local transition in the case of the Hazelwood power station closure.

Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum: leader

Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum: leader

The communique made it clear that it was only “leaders of forum island countries” – a term that a forum spokesperson confirmed denoted all forum member countries other than Australia and New Zealand – who called on the US to return to the Paris agreement on climate change.

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