GIVING ELECTRIC CARS SOME VROOM!!!
Australia may be slow to catch up, but around the world car manufacturers are shifting to electric vehicles and many governments are encouraging the move away from fossil fuel-burners to a cleaner drive. The only problem is that electric cars can be deadly quiet, especially for pedestrians, so they may soon come with their own sound track.
THE RISE OF COVID LITTER
Most of us have probably seen more than the occasional discarded face mask, and a study into COVID-related litter has exposed the full extent of a very modern problem. The global study has found an 80-fold increase in mask litter, but there’s more COVID-connected debris than that, even if Australia is doing better than other countries.
CLIMATE CHANGE PUSHING FOOD CHAINS & HABITATS OUT OF KILTER
Climate change is not only harming the habitats of many animals, it is forcing other creatures to go to places they’ve never been before. As a result, food chains are being impacted by the arrival of new predators.
THE AIR THAT WE BREATHE – AND KEEPING TABS ON IT
If there’s one thing we’ve learnt during the pandemic, it’s that air quality can be key to our health – whether it’s in a quarantine hotel or our own home. As part of its ‘Next Big Thing’ series, COSMOS science magazine hears from an Aussie chemistry professor who is looking to develop a phone alert system that will let us know when we’ve strayed into dangerous territory.