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buzz off honey industry, our national parks shouldn’t be milked for money

Buzz off honey industry, our national parks shouldn’t be milked for money

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Picture: James Dorey, Author provided (No reuse) Among the vast number of native species damaged by the recent bushfire crisis, we must not forget native pollinators. These animals, mainly insects such as native bees, help sustain ecosystems by pollinating...
the burn legacy: why the science on hazard reduction is contested

The burn legacy: why the science on hazard reduction is contested

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Jason Edwards/PR handout image When it comes to reducing the extent of bushfires, scientists disagree on the best way to do it. Hazard-reduction burning (also known as “prescribed burning” or “controlled burning”) is controversial and,...
no food, no fuel, no phones: bushfires showed we’re only ever one step from system collapse

No food, no fuel, no phones: bushfires showed we’re only ever one step from...

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Bushfires reveal a story we need to hear. Picture: Australian Navy This summer’s bushfires were not just devastating events in themselves. More broadly, they highlighted the immense vulnerability of the systems which make our contemporary...
disaster hits small business in many ways. we need a national strategy to help them adapt

Disaster hits small business in many ways. We need a national strategy to help...

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The main street of Cobargo, NSW, Wednesday, January 1, 2020.  Sean Davey/AAP When the central business district of Lismore was flooded in 2017, every small business owner in the northern New South Wales town had a...
we have the vaccine for climate disinformation – let’s use it

We have the vaccine for climate disinformation – let’s use it

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Exposing people to likely disinformation campaigns about bushfire causes will help inoculate them. JASON O'BRIEN/AAP Australia’s recent bushfire crisis will be remembered for many things – not least, the tragic loss of life, property and landscape....
out of control, contained, safe? here’s what each bushfire status actually means

Out of control, contained, safe? Here’s what each bushfire status actually means

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We’re used to images of firefighters with hoses, but more of the firefighting effort goes to clearing vegetation than spraying with water. Dean Lewins/AAP In this record-breaking bushfire season, notifications from emergency managers have become a...
scientists hate to say ‘i told you so’. but australia, you were warned

Scientists hate to say ‘I told you so’. But Australia, you were warned

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Without a radical change of course on climate change, Australians Australians will struggle to survive on this continent, let alone thrive. AAP/Dave Hunt Those who say “I told you so” are rarely welcomed, yet I...
conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires – but we must not give up

Conservation scientists are grieving after the bushfires – but we must not give up

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Glossy black cockatoo populations on Kangaroo Island have been decimated. But a few precious survivors remain. Flickr That a billion animals may die as a result of this summer’s fires has horrified the world. For many conservation...
might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics australian needs?

Might the bushfire crisis be the turning point on climate politics Australian needs?

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The bushfire crisis is big enough to change the government’s emissions policy, but it swill need more. Shutterstock Countries have long periods in which policies change little, and only by increments. Occasionally there are turning points, when...
what employers need to know: the legal risk of asking staff to work in smokey air

What employers need to know: the legal risk of asking staff to work in...

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Canberra streets, January 5, 2020. Employers can’t ask employees to employees to turn up for work as normal without first asking some questions. Picture: Lukas Coch/AAP Amid thick bushfire smoke in cities including Canberra and...