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how the size and shape of dried leaves can turn small flames into colossal bushfires

How the size and shape of dried leaves can turn small flames into colossal...

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Image: Shuttlestock The 2020-21 fire season is well underway, and we’ve watched in horror as places like K'gari (Fraser Island) burn uncontrollably, threatening people and their homes and devastating the environment. To lessen the impact of fires,...
the paris agreement 5 years on: big coal exporters like australia face a reckoning

The Paris Agreement 5 years on: big coal exporters like Australia face a reckoning

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Picture: Shuttlestock On Saturday, more than 70 global leaders came together at the UN’s Climate Ambition Summit, marking the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was denied a speaking slot, in recognition of Australia’s...
these are the plastic items that most kill whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds

These are the plastic items that most kill whales, dolphins, turtles and seabirds

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Image:Shuttlestock How do we save whales and other marine animals from plastic in the ocean? Our new review shows reducing plastic pollution can prevent the deaths of beloved marine species. Over 700 marine species, including half of...
‘unjustifiable’: new report shows how the nation’s gas expansion puts australians in harm’s way

‘Unjustifiable’: new report shows how the nation’s gas expansion puts Australians in harm’s way

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Image: Shuttlestock Australia’s latest emissions data, released this week, contained one particularly startling, and unjustifiable, fact. Against all odds, in a year when emissions fell in almost every sector, Australia’s export gas industry still managed...
from hobart, to london, to dhaka: using cameras and ai to build an automatic litter detection system

From Hobart, to London, to Dhaka: using cameras and AI to build an automatic...

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Picture: Shuttlestock It’s estimated about two million tonnes of plastics enter the oceans from rivers each year. But our waterways aren’t just conveyor belts transporting land waste to the oceans: they also capture and retain litter. Currently,...
shutterstock drones, detection dogs, poo spotting: what’s the best way to conduct australia’s great koala count?

Shutterstock Drones, detection dogs, poo spotting: what’s the best way to conduct Australia’s Great...

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Picture: Shuttlestock Federal environment minister Sussan Ley this week announced A$2 million for a national audit of Australia’s koalas, as part of an A$18 million package to protect the vulnerable species. The funding might seem like a...
frequent extreme bushfires are our new reality. we need to learn how to live with smoke-filled air

Frequent extreme bushfires are our new reality. We need to learn how to live...

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Picture: Shuttlestock As fires ravaged large sections of the Australian bush last summer, cities and towns all along the coast were blanketed in toxic smoke. Air pollutants were measured at unheard of levels across the country. Hazardous air...
millions of face masks are being thrown away during covid-19. here’s how to choose the best one for the planet

Millions of face masks are being thrown away during COVID-19. Here’s how to choose...

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Image: Shuttlestock Face masks are part of our daily lives during the pandemic. Many are made from plastics and designed to be used just once, which means thousands of tonnes of extra waste going...
how much the budget undervalued conservation: 16 world heritage sites received less than sydney harbour

How much the budget undervalued conservation: 16 World Heritage sites received less than Sydney...

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Picture:Shuttlestock The proportion of Earth’s surface designated as “protected” has expanded over the past decade. But new findings show these areas have failed to improve the state of the environment, casting doubt on government...
china just stunned the world with its step-up on climate action – and the implications for australia may be huge

China just stunned the world with its step-up on climate action – and the...

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Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP China’s President Xi Jinping surprised the global community recently by committing his country to net-zero emissions by 2060. Prior to this announcement, the prospect of becoming “carbon neutral” barely rated a mention...