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Friday, April 3, 2020

Why tiny ants have invaded your house, and what to do about it

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Picture: Shuttlecock It’s nigh on impossible to calculate with accuracy how many ants are on Earth, but estimates put the number at about ten billion billion. And sometimes, it can feel like a good proportion of those...
it’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded

It’s official: the last five years were the warmest ever recorded

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Picture: Peter Rae/AAP The World Meteorological Organisation yesterday published a definitive climate report card showing concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to rise, and the last five years were the warmest on record. The Statement on the State...
restricting underage access to porn and gambling sites: a good idea, but technically tricky

Restricting underage access to porn and gambling sites: a good idea, but technically tricky

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Australia should work towards adopting a mandatory age-verification system for gambling and pornography websites, according to a recommendation from the federal parliamentary cross-party committee on social and legal issues. The recommendation follows the committee’s inquiry findings, released...

A rare natural phenomenon brings severe drought to Australia. Climate change is making it...

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Picture: Shuttlecock Weather-wise, 2019 was a crazy way to end a decade. Fires spread through much of southeast Australia, fuelled by dry vegetation from the ongoing drought and fanned by hot, windy fire weather. On the...
six most essential things to consider before buying a personal computer

SIX MOST ESSENTIAL THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A PERSONAL COMPUTER

Buying a personal computer is a challenging decision to make. It is a significant investment that will cost you a sizable amount of money. It requires diligent research, so you have a more robust...
entire hillsides of trees turned brown this summer. is it the start of ecosystem collapse?

Entire hillsides of trees turned brown this summer. Is it the start of ecosystem...

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Picture: Rachael Nolan, CC BY-NC The drought in eastern Australia was a significant driver of this season’s unprecedented bushfires. But it also caused another, less well known environmental calamity this summer: entire hillsides of trees turned from green to...
after a summer of extremes, here’s what to expect this autumn

After a summer of extremes, here’s what to expect this autumn

Picture: Dan Peled/AAP/Dave Hunt The past Australian summer was a season of two contrasting halves. So did the midsummer weather change make a dent in the drought, and is it likely to continue through autumn? The...
b&bs for birds and bees: transform your garden or balcony into a wildlife haven

B&Bs for birds and bees: transform your garden or balcony into a wildlife haven

Graphic by: Wes Mountain/The Conversation Just like humans, animals like living near coastal plains and waterways. In fact, cities such as Sydney and Melbourne are “biodiversity hotspots” – boasting fresh water, varied topographies and relatively rich soil to sustain...
the world may lose half its sandy beaches by 2100. it’s not too late to save most of them

The world may lose half its sandy beaches by 2100. It’s not too late...

Image: Shuttlecock For many coastal regions, sea-level rise is a looming crisis threatening our coastal society, livelihoods and coastal ecosystems. A new study, published in Nature Climate Change, has reported the world will lose almost half...

Logging is due to start in fire-ravaged forests this week. It’s the last thing...

Picture: Sean Davey/AAP New South Wales’ Forestry Corporation will this week start “selective timber harvesting” from two state forests ravaged by bushfire on the state’s south coast. The state-owned company says the operations will be “strictly managed” and...