Australian social scientist and reef researcher Joshua Cinner looks for “bright spots,” or reefs that are doing better than expected, to glean lessons for building resilience in the world's reefs, which are suffering from bleaching events.
Cows are social creatures, and can become distressed when they are separated from their herd, or when they are taken away from their mothers too young. That’s why having individual voices may be particularly useful.
Unfortunately, animal die-offs of massive proportions are becoming more frequent. Global change — which includes human-caused changes in climate, land use, fire regimes and other things — may largely be to blame for the increased frequency and intensity of mass mortality events across all kinds of animals.
The University of Sydney ecologist Chris Dickman stunned people recently with his estimate that 480 million animals have been injured or killed in Australia's bushfires. A few weeks later, the fires have spread even farther, and he's updated the impact to include 1 billion animals.
The battle for influence in the sparsely populated Pacific matters because each of the tiny island states has a vote at international forums like the United Nations, and they also control vast swathes of resource-rich ocean.
There’s little doubt #MeToo is having an impact on the public conversation in Australia — as it is in the US and other countries. And, the complexity and specificity of different women’s experiences, especially nonwhite women, is showing itself to be a critical part of that conversation — particularly in light of the country’s recent colonial past and current racial inequality.
Australia has had a rash of wildfires caused by unseasonably hot and dry weather. Scientists say the risk of fires is growing with climate change, but the country's new prime minister says they're just a normal part of life down under.
Climate change will increasingly put food supplies at risk, while opening up some new areas to agriculture. That's the gist of a leaked new draft UN report on climate change impacts. Host Marco Werman talks about the frontiers of our changing food supply with report co-author David Lobell of Stanford University.
Imagine standing on an exposed steel girder of a bridge 440 feet above Sydney Harbour to get a spectacular view of sunrise over the Pacific. Phil Roach, a climb leader with BridgeClimb Sydney, takes tourists up for the bird's eye view a few times every day.
A flag is usually a symbol of national pride. But not necessarily in New Zealand, where voters will get to decide whether to ditch the design that dates to colonial times. And for some reason a Cadillac ad that lauds America's work ethic and paints Europeans as slackers just rubs some Europeans the wrong way. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
Early Thursday morning in Australia, officials revealed what was said to be the first good lead in recent days around missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But a day full of searching ended without a breakthrough, yet.
It took two years to find the flight data and cockpit voice recorders for an Air France jet that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean in 2009. In that tragedy, the crash site was found within two days of the accident. With Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, the search may be much harder.
Floods, wildfires, droughts and heat waves have struck Australia in recent years, leaving survivors traumatized. With more extreme weather predicted as the earth warms up, mental health experts are seeking ways to prepare the public emotionally.
Despite growing evidence that the earth's climate is changing, many people remain skeptical. This denialism is often seen as a political response to the issue, but some mental health experts in Australia say it can also be a beneficial coping mechanism.