Sydneysiders will be urged to consider using purified sewage for drinking water to help diversify supplies as the population grows and rainfall patterns shift under climate change.
The survival in the wild of the world’s biggest lizard, the Komodo dragon, is looking less certain as its suitable habitat shrinks because of climate change and human pressures outside its protected areas in Indonesia.
The findings, which include work by Australian researchers, are published on Tuesday in Nature Climate Change journal.
Australian scientists have challenged the latest UN-backed global warming report, saying it underestimated the likelihood major weather events driven by processes in the Pacific will become more extreme as the planet heats.
Attaching human blame to the world’s climate chaos has benefits from increasing political pressure to cut emissions to better predicting weather.
Environment Minister Matt Kean has his work cut out if he gets only tepid support from colleagues.
Scientists who once studied climate change as a future threat are now grappling with the immediacy of violently altered weather patterns.
The Amazon basin, one of the planet’s largest stores of carbon, is beginning to release more carbon-dioxide to the atmosphere than it absorbs as deforestation and fires spread, potentially accelerating global warming.
Southern Australia’s sharks and rays face mounting threats as warmer waters push more tropical species southwards and habitats change.
Indonesia has been identified as the country with the most land at risk to sea level rise, adding to the threats climate change will pose to Australia’s populous northern neighbour.