Issue 284 – Facing the future

biodegradable straws

Do you know your biodegradable from your oxo-degradable plastics? We give you the rundown on plastic packaging alternatives and their eco credentials.

An artist's rendition of a green outdoor hub with trees between buildings

The urban greening movement is looking at ways to make our urban environment cooler, more comfortable and more socially connected. We spoke to CSIRO Interdisciplinary ecologist Dr Brenda Lin about best-practice urban greening.

Extreme events continue to challenge Australians under a changing climate. We explore the role of science in helping build our resilience as we prepare for future disasters and improve our response and recovery.

spiny lobster

An online tool called FishPath is paving the way for the sustainable management of fisheries worldwide.

Close up of two hornworts, one growing flat along the ground, the only spikey.

Thanks to high rainfall and the keen eyes of two citizen scientists, Australia has three newly recognised species of hornworts.

An aerial photo of an open cut mine.

Our new critical energy minerals report uses the Physical Stocks and Flows Framework tool to look at three EV battery metals (cobalt, lithium and nickel) under three different EV uptake scenarios.