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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.

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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.

21 Dec 2018

Comic explainer: forest giants house thousands of animals (so why do we keep cutting them down?)

David Lindenmayer explains how these trees form, the role they play – and how very hard they are to replace.

26 Oct 2018

Leek orchids are beautiful, endangered and we have no idea how to grow them

My research involves trying to find the secret to propagating them – something we still don’t fully understand.

24 Oct 2018

We must look past short-term drought solutions and improve the land itself

Helping farmers improve the rivers, dams, native vegetation and trees on their land increases productivity and the resilience of the land to drought

17 Sep 2018

At its current rate, Australia is on track for 50% renewable electricity in 2025

The Australian renewable energy industry will install more than 10 gigawatts of new solar and wind power during 2018 and 2019.

22 Aug 2018

We're going to get a better detector: time for upgrades in the search for gravitational waves

It’s been a year since ripples from a colliding pair of dead stars tickled the gravitational wave detectors of the Advanced LIGO and Advanced Virgo facilities.

22 Aug 2018

The renewable energy train is unstoppable. The NEG needs to get on board

The National Energy Guarantee appears to promise the certainty that experts have desperately sought for. But beware: there is a renewable energy train coming.

14 Aug 2018

What to expect if you’re on holiday in Bali and there’s an earthquake

Many of us stare in the face of such disaster, and feel helpless. Learning what actually happens during an earthquake could help you feel better prepared.

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