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photos from the field: australia is full of lizards so i went bush to find out why

Photos from the field: Australia is full of lizards so I went bush to...

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A lace monitor (Varanus varius) Kristian Bell,  Author provided Though it may not be as famous a stereotype as shrimps on the barbie, deadly snakes or Vegemite, Australia is renowned in certain scientific circles for being...
environment minister sussan ley faces a critical test: will she let a mine destroy koala breeding grounds?

Environment Minister Sussan Ley faces a critical test: will she let a mine destroy...

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Picture: AAP Image/Mick Tsikas In the next few weeks, federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley will decide whether to approve a New South Wales quarry expansion that will destroy critical koala breeding grounds. The case, involving the...
australia wants to build a huge concrete runway in antarctica. here’s why that’s a bad idea

Australia wants to build a huge concrete runway in Antarctica. Here’s why that’s a...

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Picture: AAD Australia wants to build a 2.7-kilometre concrete runway in Antarctica, the world’s biggest natural reserve. The plan, if approved, would have the largest footprint of any project in the continent’s history. The runway is part of an...
summer bushfires: how are the plant and animal survivors 6 months on? we mapped their recovery

Summer bushfires: how are the plant and animal survivors 6 months on? We mapped...

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State Government of Victoria/Agriculture, Water and the Environment Australia roared into 2020 as a land on fire. The human and property loss was staggering, but the damage to nature was equally hard to fathom....
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...