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Stars, songlines and quoll spots: a Ngunnawal Night Tour at Mulligans Flat

The Indigenous science and stories behind Mulligans Flat.

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Murray River
Fri, 21 Apr 2023

The state and federal governments' Murray-Darling Basin Plan was intended to preserve environmental flows while allocating set volumes of water to farmers. But it’s not working properly.

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Thu, 30 Mar 2023

New research, published today in the journal Nature, projects a slowing of the Antarctic overturning circulation and deep ocean warming over the next few decades. This could change our climate and marine environment in profound and potentially irreversible ways.

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A mangrove in a landscape and a waterbird at dusk
Tue, 28 Mar 2023

A new report card on Australia’s environment reveals 2022 was a bumper year for our rivers and vegetation – but it wasn’t enough to reverse the long-term decline in plant and animal species.

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Bushfire with sign and firefighter silouhetted
Tue, 21 Mar 2023

The world is in deep trouble on climate change, but if we really put our shoulder to the wheel we can turn things around. Loosely, that’s the essence of today’s report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

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Orange bellied parrot juveniles in a calico bag
Tue, 14 Mar 2023

Captive breeding of threatened species for release into the wild is an important conservation tool. But where threats to wild populations remain unresolved, this tool may not guarantee population recovery in the long term.

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Logging truck on road by rainforest
Mon, 06 Mar 2023

As we accelerate plans to protect more Australian habitat, we must watch for problems. Land with high conservation value must be prioritised for protection.

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Outdoor music festival
Wed, 01 Mar 2023

Queensland will become the second Australian jurisdiction to offer pill testing. This is likely to reduce the risk of people overdosing on both unexpected and high potency substances, as well as reducing illness and death from harmful additives and mixtures.

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Tall trees from below
Thu, 23 Feb 2023

Despite widespread land clearing, Australia still supports some of the biggest trees in the world, but we are at risk of losing them.

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Cat outdoors
Tue, 21 Feb 2023

On average, each roaming, hunting pet cat in Australia kills 40 native reptiles, 38 native birds and 32 native mammals per year.

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