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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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24 Jan 2020

Many of our plants and animals have adapted to fires, but now the fires are changing

The nature of our fires is changing rapidly, and the adaptation of our plants and animals won't be able to keep pace.

23 Jan 2020

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

Australian scientists warned the country could face a climate change-driven bushfire crisis by 2020. It arrived on schedule.

21 Jan 2020

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

"So many of us are wondering: have lives spent furthering conservation been wasted?"

Animal bones

20 Jan 2020

Bushfires left millions of animals dead. We should use them, not just bury them

Carcasses can play a positive role as landscapes recover from fire, providing rich nutrients for other native animal, microbial and plant species.

Bushfires

14 Jan 2020

Some say we've seen bushfires worse than this before. But they're ignoring a few key facts

Australia has a long history of bushfires. But several factors make eastern Australia’s recent crisis different to infamous bushfires in the past.

Dead bird on the ground after bushfire

13 Jan 2020

A season in hell: bushfires push at least 20 threatened species closer to extinction

We estimate most of the range and population of between 20 and 100 threatened species will have been burnt.

27 Nov 2019

Researchers allege native logging breaches that threaten the water we drink

The Victorian government’s logging business is cutting native forests on steep slopes, in an apparent rule breach that threatens water supplies.

The ANU Wood Library (Xylarium)

19 Nov 2019

When a tree dies, don't waste your breath. Rescue the wood to honour its memory

More concerning than the death of a tree is how we waste them afterwards.

2 Oct 2019

Australia is the runaway global leader in building new renewable energy

In Australia, renewable energy is growing at a per capita rate ten times faster than the world average.

9 Sep 2019

Timely intervention: how Doctor Who shapes public attitudes to science

Scientists and science fans love to discuss the science in Doctor Who.

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