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Research is not immune to climate change

Researchers are more accustomed to writing about climate change than adapting their work to it. But as climate change impacts on the research sector become more evident, rapid adaptation is needed.

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Fig. 1: Fire damage to ecological research sites.

Heath Milne.

Fig. 2: Damage to research infrastructure and equipment due to extreme weather events.

Steven Harwin, with permission from Arko Lucieer.


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We thank G. Ballard and colleagues at NSW Department of Primary Industries and the University of New England, S. Newman at the Australian National University, and S. Harwin and A. Lucieer at the University of Tasmania for sharing their photos with us. We also thank M. Germano and B. Verlie for assistance with background research.

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Rickards, L., Watson, J.E.M. Research is not immune to climate change. Nat. Clim. Chang. 10, 180–183 (2020).

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