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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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19 Jun 2019

We asked people to do climate change maths. Their answers depended on their politics

In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on the facts. But in the real world, we know that doesn’t happen often.

14 May 2019

How do we go on?

Scientists can teach us how to exist in the face of existential dread.

23 Apr 2019

Logged native forests mostly end up in landfill, not in buildings and furniture

It’s time to recognise logging for short-lived wood products is a poor use of native forests.

18 Apr 2019

Why climate change will dull autumn leaf displays

Recent temperature trends and extremes have changed the growing conditions experienced by trees and are placing autumn displays at risk.

15 Apr 2019

STEM is worth investing in, but Australia's major parties offer scant details on policy and funding

Evidence from around the world shows that public investment in STEM can advance a strong economy, a healthy population and a sustainable environment.

8 Apr 2019

Australia’s 2018 environmental scorecard: a dreadful year that demands action

Environmental news is rarely good. But even by those low standards, 2018 was especially bad.

4 Feb 2019

Damning royal commission report leaves no doubt that we all lose if the Murray-Darling Basin Plan fails

Evidence uncovered by the Royal Commission has shown systemic failures in the implementation of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

21 Jan 2019

Cotton and rice have an important place in the Murray Darling Basin

The situation is a little more complicated than it may appear.

21 Dec 2018

Elephants and economics: how to ensure we value wildlife properly

Ensuring the economic health of nations is one of the biggest tasks expected of governments. The elephant in the room has long been the health of the environmen

21 Dec 2018

For the first time we've looked at every threatened bird in Australia side-by-side

Glossy Black-Cockatoos used to be common on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island until possums started eating their eggs and chicks.

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