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We may be underestimating just how bad carbon-belching SUVs are for the climate – and for our health

We may be underestimating just how bad carbon-belching SUVs are for the climate – and for our health

Australia’s love for fuel-hungry and fuel-inefficient SUVs is hampering our ability to bring transport emissions down. SUVs make up half of all new car sales last year, a National Transport Commission report revealed this week – up from a quarter of all sales a decade ago. As a result, the carbon emitted by all new cars sold […] … learn more→

What is The Line, the 170km-long mirrored metropolis Saudi Arabia is building in the desert?

What is The Line, the 170km-long mirrored metropolis Saudi Arabia is building in the desert?

As climate change rapidly advances, many Middle Eastern states are aiming to make the transition from carbon-based economies to alternatives that attract people from around the world – for tourism, business, work or to live. One such example is a development known as NEOM, to be built in Saudi Arabia. A key part of the plan is “The Line”, a […] … learn more→

The most important cryptocurrency event in years is about to begin – and the biggest windfall goes to the planet

The most important cryptocurrency event in years is about to begin – and the biggest windfall goes to the planet

Amid the continuous noise about cryptocurrencies, it’s often hard to pick out what really matters. However this month, if all goes to plan, the energy-hungry digital sector will undergo its biggest shake-up in years. Ethereum, the world’s second largest cryptocurrency, is tomorrow expected to start a technology changeover which, once complete, should cause its carbon emissions to plummet […] … learn more→

‘Impressive rafting skills’: the 8-million-year old origin story of how rodents colonised Australia

‘Impressive rafting skills’: the 8-million-year old origin story of how rodents colonised Australia

A single, pregnant rodent floating on driftwood across the treacherous waters between Asia and New Guinea 8.5 million years ago may be behind the eventual colonisation of native rodents in Australia, our new research suggests. Today, Australia has more than 60 species of native rodents found nowhere else in the world. When you count their close relatives […] … learn more→

This is Australia’s most important report on the environment’s deteriorating health. We present its grim findings

This is Australia’s most important report on the environment’s deteriorating health. We present its grim findings

Climate change is exacerbating pressures on every Australian ecosystem and Australia now has more foreign plant species than native, according to the highly anticipated State of the Environment Report released today. The report also found the number of listed threatened species rose 8% since 2016 and more extinctions are expected in the next decades. The […] … learn more→

How do we teach young people about climate change? We can start with this comic

How do we teach young people about climate change? We can start with this comic

We know young people are “angry, frustrated and scared” about climate change. And they want to do more to stop it. However, the school system is not set up to help them address their concerns and learn the information they seek. There are no explicit mentions of climate change in the Australian primary school curriculum […] … learn more→

How well does the new Australian Curriculum prepare young people for climate change?

How well does the new Australian Curriculum prepare young people for climate change?

You’d be forgiven for not having heard about the long-awaited new Australian Curriculum, which was released with little fanfare in the midst of the election campaign. But this update to the national curriculum (9.0), for foundation to year 12 students, is hugely significant. It will guide the education of young Australians for the next six years, […] … learn more→

Five ways the new sustainability and climate change strategy for schools in England doesn’t match up to what young people actually want

Five ways the new sustainability and climate change strategy for schools in England doesn’t match up to what young people actually want

The UK government has introduced a new sustainability and climate change strategy for schools. However, our research shows that it does not go far enough to meet what young people and teachers want. Last year, together with colleagues, we conducted research with over 200 teachers, teacher educators (the people who train teachers) and young people aged 16-18 from the […] … learn more→