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Thousands of satellites are polluting Australian skies, and threatening ancient Indigenous astronomy practices

The modern-day space race has led to thousands of satellites being scattered through Earth’s outer orbits. If left unchallenged, these companies risk overpopulating an already crowded space environment – potentially pushing dark skies to extinction.

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The modern-day space race has led to thousands of satellites being scattered through Earth’s outer orbits. If left unchallenged, these companies risk overpopulating an already crowded space environment – potentially pushing dark skies to extinction.

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21 Sep 2020

'Science is political': Scientific American has endorsed Joe Biden over Trump for president. Australia should take note

It’s now more critical than ever that the people who are actually knowledgeable about the world’s crises speak out and represent that knowledge in public.

27 Aug 2020

Need a mood lift? We’ve tracked 4 ways Australia’s environment has repaired itself in 2020

Researchers have collated measurements made by satellites, field sensors and people, to get a picture of the nature's recovery while we've been in lockdown.

12 Aug 2020

Scientists devised a cheap, ingenious trick to save this bird from a blood-sucking maggot – and it works brilliantly

Saving endangered species from extinction is a challenging job that requires creative, affordable and effective interventions. In a rare good news story for conservation, we came up with one such method.

10 Aug 2020

‘It is not easy’: how science and courage saved the stunning Australian Alps

From an effigy hanging from a noose to an angry opponent wielding scissors, those who've sought to protect the precious Australian Alps have always been up against it.

The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

23 Jul 2020

The climate won’t warm as much as we feared – but it will warm more than we hoped

We know the climate changes as greenhouse gas concentrations rise, but the exact amount of expected warming remains uncertain.

17 Jul 2020

Australian cities are quiet during lockdown. Earthquake scientists are making the most of it

Our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically changed human activity all over the world. People are working from home, schools are closed in many places, travel is restricted, and in some cases only essential shops and businesses are open.

14 Jul 2020

Fire-ravaged Kangaroo Island is teeming with feral cats. It’s bad news for this little marsupial

The wild western end of the island, once a vast mallee woodland peppered with wildflowers and mobs of roaming roos, had been completely erased. An immense dune field covered with sharp blackened sticks now stretched beyond the horizon, to the sea, hollow and quiet.

10 Jul 2020

Intensive farming is eating up the Australian continent – but there's another way

It's painfully clear nature is buckling under the weight of farming's demands. There's another way – but it involves accepting nature's limits.

10 Jul 2020

Our field cameras melted in the bushfires. When we opened them, the results were startling

After the bushfires, we went looking for endangered corroboree frogs. Normally, they respond to our calls. But at some sites, the ponds were silent.

7 Jul 2020

How COVID-19 undermines sustainability

Amid the dire consequences of COVID-19, some consider the pandemic to the best news the environment has received in a long time.

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