Earth

  • Climate science on trial

    We talk to the expert witness in the recent Federal Court case that found a duty of care to prote...

    In late May, the Federal Court ruled that the Minister for Environment has a duty of care to shelter future generatio...

    Climate August 31, 2021
  • World Ocean Day wrap: five ocean stories

    Let’s celebrate World Ocean Day with five recent pieces of research about the ocean.

    Happy World Ocean Day! To celebrate, Cosmos is looking back over what we have written about our oceans and seas in th...

    Earth August 31, 2021
  • World Environment Day wrap: ecosystem restoration

    Five stories to read on preserving and rejuvenating our ecosystems.

    The theme of World Environment Day this year is “Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.” Ecosystem loss is catastrophic for th...

    Earth June 5, 2021
  • Video

    Rewilding: How to build a forest

    We interview Brett Krause about his reforestation projects on Queensland’s Cassowary Coast.

    Ahead of World Environment Day on Saturday, Cosmos spoke to Brett Krause – a self-described “forest builder” – about ...

    Earth June 4, 2021
  • Counting on maths to manage our oceans

    To understand how to preserve our diminishing natural marine resources, the next big thing we hav...

    As an undergraduate student wishing to major in zoology, botany and applied mathematics, I received a letter from the...

    Earth June 4, 2021
  • Magazine

    Time travel and tipping points

    Truly coming to grips with the vastness of geologic timescales isn’t easy, but it could be key to...

    by Lauren Fuge I’m hiking down a tributary of Arkaroola Creek, right in the middle of Cryogenian Period. Above me ...

    Earth June 3, 2021
  • Does nature have rights?

    Ahead of World Environment Day this Saturday, we explore the legal  ‘rights of nature’.

    In April this year, the Blue Mountains City Council, west of Sydney, became the first council in Australia to enshrin...

    Earth June 3, 2021
  • Oxygen declining in the world’s lakes

    Temperate freshwater lakes are seeing a drop in dissolved oxygen.

    The world’s lakes and oceans are filled with dissolved oxygen (O2), which aquatic species rely on to breathe. But res...

    Earth June 3, 2021
  • Turning the tables on reef recovery

    Fast-growing eco-engineers can regenerate reefs two decades faster than other corals.

    Table corals are big, flat reef engineers that can regenerate coral reefs on the Great Barrier Reef faster than any o...

    Earth June 2, 2021
  • Climate change causes one-third of heat-related deaths

    Huge proportion of global heat-related deaths already attributed to rising temperatures.

    The climate crisis is not a future problem – it is already here and affecting our health. In the biggest study of its...

    Climate June 1, 2021
  • Beer waste as a pesticide?

    Organic beer-manure product boosts yield and protects from parasites.

    Some pesticides can be harmful to humans, but beer may be an organic solution to that problem, suggests a study publi...

    Agriculture May 31, 2021
  • Conversation

    The guitar industry's hidden environmental problem — and the people trying to fix it

    Researchers spent six years on the road tracing guitar-making materials across five continents.

    By Chris Gibson, University of Wollongong and Andrew Warren, University of Wollongong Musicians are often concerne...

    Earth May 29, 2021
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