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alien frog invasion wreaks havoc on natural habitat

Alien frog invasion wreaks havoc on natural habitat

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Indiscriminate feeding by an alien population of the carnivorous spotted-thighed frog – could severely affect the native biodiversity of southern Australia according to a new study by the University of South Australia. The invasive amphibian...
the leadbeater’s possum finally had its day in court. it may change the future of logging in australia

The Leadbeater’s possum finally had its day in court. It may change the future...

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Picture: Shuttlestock The Federal Court last week ruled that VicForests – a timber company owned by the Victorian government – breached environmental laws when they razed the habitat of the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum and the vulnerable greater glider. Environmentalists welcomed the...
there are 10 catastrophic threats facing humans right now, and coronavirus is only one of them

There are 10 catastrophic threats facing humans right now, and coronavirus is only one...

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Picture: DAN HIMBRECHTS/AAP Four months in, this year has already been a remarkable showcase for existential and catastrophic risk. A severe drought, devastating bushfires, hazardous smoke, towns running dry – these events all demonstrate the consequences of human-induced climate...
climate change could cause abrupt biodiversity losses this century

Climate change could cause abrupt biodiversity losses this century

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Picture: GettyImages The impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems are already evident. Poleward shifts in the geographic distributions of species, catastrophic forest fires and mass bleaching of coral reefs all bear the fingerprints of climate change. But what will the...

Meet Chimbu, the blue-eyed, bear-eared tree kangaroo. Your cuppa can help save his species

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Picture: Healesville Sanctuary, Author provided Tree kangaroos are so unusual that when Europeans first encountered them in Australia in 1872, they were sceptical. Who would believe a kangaroo could climb a tree? But the recent birth of Chimbu – a...
for decades, scientists puzzled over the plastic ‘missing’ from our oceans – but now it’s been found

For decades, scientists puzzled over the plastic ‘missing’ from our oceans – but now...

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Jennifer Lavers/AAP You’ve probably heard that our oceans have become a plastic soup. But in fact, of all the plastic that enters Earth’s oceans each year, just 1% has been observed floating on the surface. So...
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...

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

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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...
want to help save wildlife after the fires? you can do it in your own backyard

Want to help save wildlife after the fires? You can do it in your...

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Picture: Dean Ingwersen/Birdlife Australia/AAP People living in cities far from the unprecedented bushfires this summer may feel they can do little more to help beyond donating to organisations that support affected wildlife. But this is not necessarily...
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...