Online game for schools – solve the world’s water problems.

I’d just like take a quick moment of your time to tell you that Curtin University is proud to announce that it is once again the Australian organiser for participation in the UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge. We’d love to welcome you and your students to Eco Challenge for 2016. You can get a sneak peak of […]

Science denial can be treated like a virus.

Inoculating against science denial John Cook, The University of Queensland Science denial has real, societal consequences. Denial of the link between HIV and AIDS led to more than 330,000 premature deaths in South Africa. Denial of the link between smoking and cancer has caused millions of premature deaths. Thanks to vaccination denial, preventable diseases are […]

Is it the end of the world as we know it….?

Humanity is in the existential danger zone, study confirms By James Dyke, University of Southampton The Earth’s climate has always changed. All species eventually become extinct. But a new study has brought into sharp relief the fact that humans have, in the context of geological timescales, produced near instantaneous planetary-scale disruption. We are sowing the […]

12 ways to deal with a climate change denier – the BBQ guide

12 ways to deal with a climate change denier – the BBQ guide By Will J Grant, Australian National University and Rod Lamberts, Australian National University The end of the year is nigh and it’s a time for Christmas and New Year parties and gatherings. In the southern hemisphere that means barbecues and beaches. In […]

Economic growth needs to be very different to support climate action.

To get climate change under control, our growth fetish must go By Christopher Wright, University of Sydney The recent US-China climate announcement is a significant development in humanity’s equivocal response to the climate crisis. Despite over four decades of political engagement with climate change, tangible action has remained limited to rhetorical flourishes by politicians against […]

Climate Change in K-12 Education

Our kids need to learn about climate change By Libby Tudball, Monash University The conclusions published by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week provide a wake-up call about the importance of teaching kids about sustainability. The IPCC’s dire warnings are based on new evidence just released on the impact of […]

Future forecasting: landscape architects might save the world

Future forecasting: landscape architects might save the world By Naomi Stead, The University of Queensland I predict we’re going to hear a lot more from landscape architects in the coming years. There has long been a misunderstanding about what they actually do – “something about gardens” being a common response. But the diversity and scale […]

EcoChallenge 2015 – Water and Sustainability Game for schools

“Water and sanitation problems have reached boiling point: children are dying unnecessarily at the rate of 20 jumbo jets crashing every single day.” Ravi Narayanan UNEP DHI Eco Challenge 2015 October 2014 – March 2015 Tell your teacher friends and colleagues We hope you will all be spreading the word and will be helping to […]

Human hands are all over Australia’s hottest ever year

By Sophie Lewis, Australian National University and Sarah Perkins 2013 was Australia’s hottest year on record, but how much of that was due to human-caused climate change? Today scientists publish five research papers that reveal the extent of human influence on Australia’s extreme climate conditions in 2013. The papers are published in the latest issue […]

Mining coup in Queensland removes public objection rights

By Chris McGrath, The University of Queensland The Queensland government has recently removed long-standing public rights to object to mines. In shades of the Bjelke-Petersen era, Queensland mines minister Andrew Cripps made fundamental changes one minute before the bill was passed by the Parliament at 11:57pm, just shy of midnight. The changes broke promises that […]