The Environment


More wild weather on the way
The wild conditions across Sydney on Wednesday – followed by a hot weekend – are becoming far more common as the climate continues to change.
Drivers risk death when driving into flood water: new study
As torrential rain and flash flooding hit NSW on Wednesday, drivers were warned again it is never safe to enter flood waters - as Macquarie research has shown, a slight error of judgement can be the difference between life and death.
What causes a dust storm?
The extraordinary weather that caused dust storms across NSW in November was triggered by a large, swirling low pressure system characterised by strong winds and thunderstorms.
Leading Lights: Cities need more rooftop gardens
Distinguished Professor Michelle Leishman is Head of Macquarie University's Department of Biological Sciences, leader of the Green Cities Project, board member of the Royal Botanic Gardens, and all-around hero of the garden. Discussing the 'Living
Sulawesi's earthquake and tsunami provide key insights into catastrophe response
Disaster researchers, who are keeping a close watch on the situation in Indonesia, highlight the gaps Australia has in its ability to handle a catastrophic event here.
Sydney's biggest green roof welcomes researchers and community gardeners
Through a partnership with Macquarie, a 1920s coal depot has been transformed into a community garden, science lab and outdoor classroom, with more plans afoot.
How minerals will help shift Australia to renewable energy
Macquarie researchers are building a model of the lithosphere beneath the Australian continent to find the critical minerals and metals we need to shift to renewable energy and to drive technology like smartphones and computers.
Introducing the five-minute pet
Yes, we love our dogs and cats, but there’s a whole world of wild animals out there that can enrich our daily lives, too, if we let them.
What is a lunar eclipse?
Astrophysicist Professor Richard de Grijs explains exactly what happens during a lunar eclipse like the rare spectacle that occured on July 28.
What is ephemeral art?
Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences Michael Gillings explains.
Public pressure must end the ivory trade in Australia
As rhino and elephant body parts are pulled from a legal Australian auction taking place today, conservationists hope a current Senate Inquiry will be the beginning of the end for our domestic ivory trade.
Late bushfire season and extreme heat put pressure on resources
A longer fire season means less chance to reduce bushfire fuel load through hazard reduction, says natural hazards expert Andrew Gissing, putting a greater burden on resources.