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(FILES) In this file photo taken on May 13, 2020, Gary Stokes, founder of the environmental group Oceans Asia, poses with discarded face masks he found on a beach in the residential area of Discovery Bay on the outlying Lantau island in Hong Kong. - The surge in mask wearing during the coronavirus pandemic has thrown up a potent new threat to wildlife due to people thoughtlessly discarding the protective gear in massive quantities, environmentalists warn. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

Face mask litter a major problem

environment

Nearly two years since the pandemic began, the world is awash in discarded single-use face masks and this chief Covid protection poses a threat to wildlife and the environment

The golden bowerbird  in the Wet Tropics may be under threat as the climate changes. Peter Valentine photo

Bird sounds set for ARIA success

animals

Endangered Australian birds could knock pop songbirds from their perch, with an album of birdsong in the running to debut in the ARIA Top 10

Professor Peter Harrison inspecting coral IVF colonies at Heron Island lagoon, December 2020

Great Barrier Reef’s coral baby boom

environment

Corals born during an innovative IVF project have reached maturity in time for a reproductive rush at the Great Barrier Reef’s annual mass spawning event

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Seaweed for cows lowers climate cost

A cow at grazing wearing a methane measuring equipment
animals

Seaweed shows promise as an additive to cut the methane produced by dairy cows, a major source of greenhouse gas

Pygmy hippo birth, hip hip hooray!

KIDS NEWS Taronga Zoo welcomes a pygmy hippo. Picture: supplied
animals

With fewer than 3000 pygmy hippos estimated to be left in the wild, the birth of a waddling little calf at Taronga Zoo is certainly cause for big whoops of welcome

Tense time for Australian teens

Multi-ethnic group of upper elementary students in the classroom together.
health

Aussie teens spend too much time on screens, not enough time exercising or sleeping, and they’re worried about Covid and the environment, a new survey reveals

Saving Mawson’s remote Antarctic huts

A penguin walks past Mawson's Hut at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Mawson's Hut hadn't been entered for more than 12 months and was opened for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Douglas Mawson's landing. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING .    THE most significant monument from Australia’s Heroic age (that is what it is called...) of Antarctic exploration will be brought to Australia and be sent around NSW under a new program funded by the Turnbull government. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today announce the first funding for the contents of Mawson’s Hut to be preserved and brought to Australia. Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison was the base for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Australia’s greatest polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.
history

Extreme isolation on ice awaits a team tasked with preserving Sir Douglas Mawson’s 110 year old Antarctic timber huts

Wild horses to be reined in

Brumbies in the Kosciuszko National Park in Kiandra, NSW. Picture by Sean Davey.
animals

Brumby numbers will be slashed in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW under a plan to reduce environmental harms caused by wild horses

Hybrid coral could withstand heat

Flynn Reef, Point Break. Acropora releasing. Great Barrier Reef. Pic Gareth Phillips, Reef Teach.
environment

Coral that survived multiple mass bleaching events added to Great Barrier Reef’s mass spawning mix so heat-resilient hybrid could be born

Great white an underwater warhorse

ONE TIME WEB USE ONLY - FEES APPLY - CONTACT info@seadragonfilms.com.au FOR ANY OTHER USE***, Underwater cinematographer Dean Spraakman captured footage of a battered looking shark off the coast of the Neptune Islands in South Australia. Picture: Sea Dragon Films
animals

Stunning images of a heavily scarred great white shark suggest a battlefield lies beneath the surface of the ocean

Cold, wet summer Down Under

DAILY TELEGRAPH NOVEMBER 17, 2021. From left Cheyse Hoy, 6, brother Jaxon Hoy, 4, and friend Mack Acheson, 4, playing in the flood waters of the Lachlan River at the Forbes Iron Bridge Picture: Jonathan Ng
weather

Dreams of the perfect Aussie summer have been dashed as La Niña starts to lash eastern states with rain, wind and cold

Assassin spiders dodge death

Kangaroo Island fire. The view back towards Kingscote along the Playford Hwy. Picture: Brad Fleet
animals

Kangaroo Island assassin spiders have been found alive almost two years after bushfires were feared to have wiped them out

Eagle recovering after dramatic surgery

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 16th NOVEMBER 2021 - EMBARGOED - MUST TALK TO JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE USE.
Pictured is Dr Stephen Fearnside (centre) at SASH Animal Hospital at North Ryde in Sydney operating on an injured Wedge Tailed Eagle named Tuross. The Eagle was handed in to Wildlife Rescue South Coast after a property owner found the bird floundering on her property.
The diagnosis is a broken leg which the surgeons will fix with a rod and a plate. Tuross will then undertake rehabilitation until being released into the wild again.
Picture: Richard Dobson
animals

A wedge-tailed eagle is on the mend after surgeons successfully operated on his broken leg – but not before he managed to give rescuers a real run for their money

Russia admits space missile strike

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 07, 2011 this NASA handout image shows a close-up view of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-133 crew member on space shuttle Discovery after the station and shuttle began their post-undocking relative separation. - The United States said Monday it was investigating a "debris-generating event in outer space" after astronauts on the International Space Station were forced to prepare for a possible evacuation. (Photo by NASA / AFP)
space

Russia’s missile strike on one of its ageing satellites provokes outcry as debris causes concern for International Space Station

What is World Children’s Day all about?

KIDS NEWS World Children's Day UNICEF
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Celebrated November 20 each year, World Children’s Day is the ideal time to think about other children, their lives and challenges. Find out about World Children’s Day and its history

Schools shut as smog smothers Indian capital

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 5, 2021, commuters make their way along a street amid smoggy conditions in New Delhi. - Even as its capital was blanketed by toxic smog, India led the charge to weaken anti-coal pledges at the COP26 summit, with experts saying it is prioritising its economic growth over the planet's future. (Photo by Prakash SINGH / AFP) / TO GO WITH India-Environment-climate-coal,FOCUS by Abhaya SRIVASTAVA
environment

Authorities in the Indian capital of New Delhi have ordered the closure of schools and coal-burning power plants after air pollution reached more than 30 times the World Health Organisation’s recommended maximum

It’s out with the old, in with the new

Mark Knight cartoon on electric cars. For Kids News
environment

He had his doubts a few years back, but PM Scott Morrison is now charging into the electric vehicle era in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

Tiny puggle recovers at Taronga

Taronga Zoo keeper Liz McConnell is hand raising Weja the 75-day-old echidna puggle that was found orphaned in the far western NSW town of Weja. Liz and her team will raise the puggle to be released back into the wild when it gets to around 10 months old. Picture: Toby Zerna
animals

A perfect little puggle abandoned on a NSW property is loving life with its ‘surrogate mum’ at Taronga Wildlife Hospital

Antarctic penguin swims to New Zealand

KIDS NEWS  Pingu the intrepid Adelie penguin showed up south of Christchurch, about 3000km from his Antarctic home. Picture: Allanah Purdie, NZ Department of Conservation
animals

After his epic adventure from Antarctica to New Zealand’s South Island, Pingu the penguin is released for the return leg

Tiny frog species found in NSW

A new frog species has been discovered in Wollumbin National Park in northern New South Wales,The new species has been named Assa wollumbin sp.nov.
animals

A new species of ‘hip pocket’ frog discovered in NSW has been granted immediate habitat protection – its rare features including males that carry tadpoles in pouches

VIPs leave their mark on climate summit

Mark Knight cartoon on the end of climate summit
environment

The irony of world leaders and other VIPs arriving at a climate change conference in carbon-emitting jets is highlighted in Mark Knight’s latest cartoon for Kids News

Monster appetite of whales boosts ocean health

In this undated handout picture realeased on November 3, 2021 by Standford University humpback whale feeds on sand lance in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. - The Earth's largest whales may eat up to three times more than previously thought with crucial benefits for the ecosystems they inhabit, a study said on November 3, 2021. The largest creatures ever to live on Earth, baleen whales including blue whales, humpback whales and other species use filter feeding to consume krill and small fish. (Photo by Elliott Hazen / Standford University / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /  STANDFORD UNIVERSITY / Elliott Hazen" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Baleen whales are gigantic climate change crusaders, thanks to their huge hunger for krill – now they just need their own natural environment restored

Get our free Climate Change Education Kit

Kids News climate change education kit - website artwork
climate change

As the Glasgow summit gets the world talking ‘net zero 2050’, students can learn all about climate change – from the causes and impacts to what we’re doing to about it – in our new education kit

Aurora Australis puts on a stunning southern show

Aurora Australis photos taken on the 31/10/21 from Mt Bishop - Tidal River.
picture taken by Luke Rasmussen 0431 625918
environment

Keen photographers made the most of Aurora Australis in the night skies over Victoria – a rare, beautiful sight invisible to the naked eye

Ivory trade leads to tuskless elephants

Tuskless elephants in the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Source: ElephantVoices
animals

Humans have sped up evolution in Mozambique where ivory hunters have caused an increase in the proportion of female elephants born without tusks

Greenhouse gas levels hit record high

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 23, 2017 a Ford Bronco rests in floodwaters on February 22, 2017, in the Rock Springs area of San Jose, California. - Rising global temperature, rising sea levels, intensification of extreme events... The publication of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled on August 9. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP)
environment

The UN has issued a strong challenge to global leaders ahead of the COP26 summit, warning that greenhouse gas levels remain too high to meet temperature targets

Turn climate fears into positive actions

Little blond Girl Holding blue Recycling Bin
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Positive actions are a great way to combat concerns about climate change. Send us a video of what you’re doing to help tackle the climate problem

Fifth grader wins global photo prize

Vidyun R Hebbar, 10, from India, was named the Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 by Britain's Natural History Museum. For Kids News
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A 10-year-old boy from India has won a prestigious wildlife photography award. See his winning photo and other shots from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 competition

Greta comes to the rescue again

Mark Knight cartoon on Scott Morrison and climate change summit. For Kids News
environment

Young people are not only coming to the rescue of our climate but also our prime minister in the latest cartoon from Mark Knight

Lava flow makes Spanish island bigger

TOPSHOT - In this handout photograph taken and released by the Spanish Military Emergency Unit (UME) on October 16, 2021, members of the GIETMA (Technological and Environmental Emergencies Intervention Group) of the UME monitor the evolution of a new lava flow, following the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Canary island of La Palma. - There is no prospect of the volcanic eruption in Spain's Canary Islands ending "in the short or medium term", experts said on October 13, 2021 after three-and-a-half weeks of activity. (Photo by Luismi Ortiz / UME / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / LUISMI ORTIZ  / SPANISH MILITARY UNIT (UME) " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Satellite imagery shows molten rock has extended the size of La Palma’s western shore as volcanic eruptions continue

How rising sea levels could impact landmarks

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Climate Central have released a new study along with a set of visual materials about the long-term impacts of sea-level rise, including a collection of simulations and photo renderings of the impact of sea-level rise on iconic locations across the world.
Pictured Sydney Harbour after waters rise.
environment

Scientists have illustrated the possible impact of global warming in a series of digital images that show how rising sea levels could affect world landmarks including the Sydney Opera House 

Animal numbers up in Africa

African elephants walking in the Savannah, Mount Kilimanjaro on the background, southern Kenya, Africa
animals

The first wildlife census in Kenya has found an encouraging rise in the African elephant population after important gains in the ongoing fight against poachers

Drones to patrol beaches and bush

Little Ripper Lifesaver drones  flying simultaneously along the coast of Australia from the Gold Coast, Port Macquarie, Newcastle to Little Manly Point on Sydney Habour to show their versatility. A little Ripper drone flying at Burleigh Heads in front of pilots Joe Urli, Michael Povey, Will Harvey and Nige Austin. Picture Glenn Hampson
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A fleet of up to 1000 drones linked to a central command hub will be used to keep swimmers and wildlife safe along the east coast of Australia over summer

Fluffy clouds to help save Great Barrier Reef

Plume from sprayer jets Cloud Brightening project
environment

Cloud cover generated by a turbine is helping cool conditions and reduce coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef

Kid poets published in bushfire book

Lincoln Alderman, of Coolagolite near Cobargo in NSW, won the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition in the primary school category. His poem,  Sunrise on a Hill, will be part of a book commemorating the Black Summer bushfires.
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The winners of the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition have had their poems included in the book Fighting Spirit: A tribute to the bushfire-affected communities of Australia’s Black Summer

Thai taxis become bonnet and rooftop gardens

Vegetable gardens are seen on the roofs of vehicles of a taxi rental garage firm, whose cars are currently out of service due to the downturn in business as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Bangkok on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)
geography

Without tourist trade keeping taxi fares ticking over in the Thai capital, one Bangkok cab company has devised a novel solution to help feed its unemployed drivers

Lava slows after volcano erupts

A river of lava approaches houses as Mount Cumbre Vieja erupts in El Paso, spewing out columns of smoke, ash and lava as seen from Los Llanos de Aridane on the Canary island of La Palma on September 19, 2021. - The Cumbre Vieja volcano erupted on Spain's Canary Islands today spewing out lava, ash and a huge column of smoke after days of increased seismic activity, sparking evacuations of people living nearby, authorities said. Cumbre Vieja straddles a ridge in the south of La Palma island and has erupted twice in the 20th century, first in 1949 then again in 1971. (Photo by DESIREE MARTIN / AFP)
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Tourists and residents have been safely evacuated from affected areas of Spain’s Canary Islands after the region’s first volcanic eruption in 50 years

Baby seahorses check in to harbour hotels

More than 140 aquarium-bred baby White’s seahorses were released into the wild at two Sydney Harbour locations on September 9, 2021, as part of a SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium conservation breeding program to restore wild populations.
animals

Special underwater “hotels” have welcomed more than 140 new guests as part of a project to boost wild populations of White’s seahorses in Sydney Harbour

Bold plan to bring woolly mammoths back to life

An illustration of a family of Woolly Mammoths grazing on what is left of the grasses as winter approaches in this ice age scene.
animals

Scientists have announced an ambitious plan to bring woolly mammoths back from extinction after thousands of years

Coral atlas maps the world’s reefs

international collaboration – including UQ, National Geographic, Arizona State University, Vulcan Philanthropic and satellite company Planet – has now completed digital mapping all of the world’s shallow coral reefs for the first time ever.
environment

The Allen Coral Atlas delivers the first-ever detailed, digital map of global coral for conservationists and ocean lovers the world over

MooLoo to the rescue

This undated handout photo received on September 13, 2021 from the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology shows researcher Lindsay Matthews posing next to cows at a farm at an undisclosed location in New Zealand. - Matthews said that the idea of toilet training cows so their urine could be captured and treated first occurred to him when a radio host was interviewing him in 2007 and made a throwaway joke on the matter. (Photo by Handout / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY ----EDITORS NOTE ----RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE MANDATORY CREDIT " AFP PHOTO / RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR FARM ANIMAL BIOLOGY" NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Toddlers appreciate treats while toilet-training – and a new study has found calves like being rewarded for going in the right place too, clearing the path for lowering the climate cost of bovines

Young albatross makes epic journey to Australia

Albatross Black-browed albatross fitted with a tracking device. Photographed off Cape
Town, South Africa, 31 July 2021. The bird was one of 19 fitted with the
tracker in April 2021 at Bird Island, South Georgia, in the Southern
Atlantic Ocean in a project by the Natural Environment Research Council of
the British Antarctic Survey. Another of the 19 birds has been tracked
flying around the coast of Western Australia, the Great Australian Bight,
South Australia and eastern Victoria. *Thalassarchre melanophris. *Picture
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We can’t travel far at the moment, but there were no such restrictions on a young albatross that was tracked on a 36,000km round trip from its sub-Antarctic island home to South Australia

Space race continues on Mars

(FILES) In this file image released by NASA the drill hole from Perseverance’s second sample-collection attempt can be seen, in this composite of two images taken on September 1, 2021, by one of the rover’s navigation cameras. - NASA has confirmed that its Perseverance rover has succeeded in collecting its first rock sample on Mars. "I've got it!" the space agency tweeted in the early hours of September 6, 2021, alongside a photograph of a rock core slightly thicker than a pencil inside a sample tube. NASA said last week it thought it had accomplished the feat, but poorly-lit photographs taken by the rover meant that the team operating the mission were not certain whether the sample had stayed inside its tube. (Photo by Handout / various sources / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NASA/JPL-Caltech" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance has successfully collected a rock sample from the Red Planet, while China follows up its own Mars mission with a new prototype

New plan to save Aussie animals

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 27: A female koala and her young joey are seen moving along the ground following a general health check at the Australian Reptile Park on August 27, 2020 on the Central Coast in Sydney, Australia. Dean Reid, Head Mammal and Bird Keeper oversees the Australian Reptile Park's koala breeding program which currently has a record number of 38 koalas, including 9 joeys. A New South Wales parliamentary inquiry released in June 2020 has found that koalas will become extinct in the state before 2050 without urgent government intervention. Making 42 recommendations, the inquiry found that climate change is compounding the severity and impact of other threats, such as drought and bushfire, which is drastically impacting koala populations by affecting the quality of their food and habitat. The plight of the koala received global attention in the wake of Australia's devastating bushfire season which saw tens of thousands of animals killed around the country. While recent fires compounded the koala's loss of habitat, the future of the species in NSW is also threatened by continued logging, mining, land clearing, and urban development. Along with advising agencies work together to create a standard method for surveying koala populations, the inquiry also recommended setting aside protected habitat, the ruling out of further opening up of old-growth state forest for logging and the establishment of a well-resourced network of wildlife hospitals in key areas of the state staffed by suitably qualified personnel and veterinarians. The NSW Government has committed to a $44.7 million koala strategy, the largest financial commitment to protecting koalas in the state's history. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean marked Threatened Species Day by announcing a bold plan to end extinction fears for Australia’s best loved fauna and flora

Funny wildlife shots are something to smile about

The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards 2021 finalists. For Kids News. Must credit individual photographers and the awards.
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Don’t worry, be happy! That’s the message from this little guy, one of the finalists in this year’s Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards. What’s your favourite shot?

The hunt begins for sunken ships

Maritime Archaeologist Association of Victoria Divers John Corby and Jarom Deeks explore the wreck of the SS Glenelg near Lakes Entrance in Bass Strait. Picture: Steve Cartledge
history

Fishing fleets will hunt for hundreds of shipwrecks off the Victorian coast in a new push to preserve Australia’s maritime history

Fur seal is 25 and still going strong

A long nosed fur seal born on Maatsuyker Island has been spotted 25
 years later. Pic: supplied: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
animals

A long-nosed fur seal that was tagged in Tasmania as a pup has turned up in Victoria after 25 years, much later than he was expected to survive in the wild

Good moods from fresh foods

Healthy food for thought. Fresh fruit and vegetables consumed by early teens helps develop the brain apposed to unhealthy foods a study has found. Ella 11, goes to the top of the class when it comes to eating good food.                    Picture: David Caird
health

That yucky feeling after eating junk is your body telling you something – and now we know that foods high in sugar, fat and salt are harming your mental health too

Lockdown dives produce winning nature snap

MUST CREDIT SOUTH AUSTRALIA MUSEUM AND PHOTOGRAPHER

OVERALL WINNER - Scott Portelli
Leafy Seadragons hide in the thick kelp to camouflage themselves to avoid predators. The vibrant flamboyant adults blend perfectly with their surroundings. At night the backlighting on a Leafy seadragon accentuates their features and the delicate bodies that appear translucent.
Judges comments: A unique and striking image. The backlighting has transformed the seadragon from a tiny sea creature into the illusion of a mythical beast. Beautifully framed, the dragon emerges from the darkness, glowing with a sense of fire within.
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The 2021 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Scott Portelli formed a bond with this leafy seadragon after being stuck in South Australia during lockdown. Check out some of the competition’s top nature snaps

Whale mums tour coast with calves

Southern  right whales, photographed in Fowlers bay on the Great Australian Bight over the period 21st -23 August 2021. There are 20 mother and calf pairs in the area, the calving season is in full spring. MUST CREDIT: EP Cruises- Fowlers Bay Whale Tours,
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Mother Nature keeps delivering gifts through lockdowns and restrictions, lifting spirits coast to coast with these whale wanderers

China’s Mars rover keeps roaming

This illustration shows what the rover should look like on Mars Credit: CHINA NATIONAL SPACE ADMINISTRATION
space

After successfully completing its first 90-day program, China’s red planet rover Zhurong is fully charged and ready to keep rolling

Hotdogs land in hot water

A new study suggests that eating cheeseburgers can reduce your life expectancy by a few minutes each time. Pictured is Scout Parker, 2 and his brother Courtland, 4, enjoying a cheeseburger. Picture: David Swift
health

Ditching hotdogs and burgers from our diet could add up to extra time enjoying a healthy life, with a new study counting the minutes lost or gained from eating thousands of food items

Why making up stories is good for you

Archie Isaac, 11, with his mum Jenny Atkinson, at home in Manly Vale, today.
(Story about how kids should use old fashioned pen and paper to do writing as it helps develop their skills and boosts their creativity).

Picture: Justin Lloyd.
short story competition

Letting your imagination run wild is one of the best things about being a kid – and a great way to start your entry for the 2021 Kids News Short Story Competition

Giant panda delivers tiny cub

This handout photograph made available by Wildlife Reserves Singapore on August 15, 2021 shows female giant panda Jia Jia hodling her first panda cub, born on August 14, 2021 at an off-exhibit at River Safari in Singapore. (Photo by Handout / WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT “ AFP PHOTO / Wildlife Reserves Singapore” - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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Chinese giant panda Kai Kai has become a mum in Singapore after a seven year effort, giving birth to the country’s first ever cub

China’s wandering elephants head home

PU'ER, CHINA - AUGUST 07: A herd of wild Asian elephants strolls through a village at Ning'er Hani and Yi Autonomous County on August 7, 2021 in Pu'er, Yunnan Province of China. (Photo by Wang Zhengpeng/VCG via Getty Images)
animals

After an epic journey followed by millions of fans around the world, China’s weary herd of wandering elephants is homeward bound ahead of World Elephant Day

Global climate changing by degrees

This handout image obtained via the Nature Publishing website on April 24, 2018 shows melt ponds on the Arctic sea ice in the Central Arctic.   Sea ice traps large amounts of microplastics and transports them across the Arctic Ocean according to a study in Nature Communications this week. This finding demonstrates that sea ice can act as a temporary sink for microplastics, and confirms that large amounts may be released into the ocean as climate change leads to increased sea ice melting. / AFP PHOTO / Alfred Wegener Institut AND NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP / Stefan HENDRICKS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NATURE PUBLISHING / ALFRED WEGENER INSTITUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE
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Experts say the international effort to limit global warming by keeping temperature rises to two degrees by 2060 is under pressure

Smelly theory behind the origin of Earth’s oxygen

grand prismatic spring, yellowstone national park, wyoming, united states (44?26'n, 110?39'w). situated on a volcanic plateau straddling the states of montana, idaho, and wyoming, yellowstone is the oldest national park in the world. created in 1872, it covers 9,000 km2 and contains the world?s largest concentration of geothermic sites. grand prismatic spring, 112 m in diameter, is the park?s largest hot pool. the colour spectrum after which it is named is caused by the presence of cyanobacteria, which grow faster in the hot water at the centre of the basin than at the periphery where the temperature is lower. yellowstone national park receives an average of 3 million visitors per year.
science

A new study suggests that as our planet slowed and daylight grew longer, one very smelly bacteria soaked up the light and started producing the oxygen needed for life on Earth

Dumped food costing Aussies the Earth

Food Waste
environment

A new study has lifted the bin lid on how much food we’re throwing away, as researchers call on Australians to stop the waste and stop destroying the planet

Australian turtles in serious peril from plastics

Sea turtles often confuse plastic with their usual foods, causing them to ingest the man-made material. Picture: Paulo Oliveira
animals

A worrying new study has found that the vast majority of turtles found off the east and west coasts of Australia have swallowed plastics – with juveniles most at risk

Call to turn off engines to protect kids’ health

April 3, Concerns have been raised about children's safety at pick up and drop off times at Serpell Primary School with issues with traffic and parking congestion reaching breaking point. 
Picture: Stuart Milligan
health

Scientists have called for a ban on idling car engines during school pick-ups, warning the pollution is damaging children’s health

Ancient Egyptian shipwreck found in the Mediterranean Sea

2,200 year old shipwreck in Egypt. Picture: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
history

Buried beneath 5m of clay, archaeologists have made the incredible discovery of a 2200-year-old Egyptian shipwreck

Sydney’s clever cockatoos learn to open bin lids

KIDS NEWS: Canny cockatoos in Sydney star in a new scientific study showing off their sophisticated foraging skills. Picture: Dr Barbara Clump/Max Planck Institute.
animals

Sulphur-crested cockatoos have emerged as expert foragers, as a new international study tracks them opening bin lids all over Sydney using their tailor-made technique

Little Shop toys dumped in push to cut plastics

Coles Little Shop promotion.
Beau, 7 and Lola, 5 Colless from Palm Beach with Coles minis.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
environment

The popular Little Shop collectables have been permanently scrapped as Coles moves to reduce plastic waste and become more sustainable

Reef avoids ‘in danger’ listing for now

August 9: Scuba divers explore coral gardens teaming with fish life on Saxon Reef, part of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park off the coast of Cairns. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE
environment

The Great Barrier Reef will not immediately be added to the World Heritage Committee’s ‘in danger’ list but the government must show enough is being done to protect the natural wonder

How to kick off the Covid blues

Pictured at their home at Baulkham Hills in Sydney is Sharon Debevc with her two boys kids Mathew (12) and Danyel (14).
Sharon is a full time working mum juggling her job and homeschooling the kids.
Picture: Richard Dobson
health

The time has come to go easy on ourselves and each other – and there is still plenty of fun to set you free even while you are holed up at home

Evidence of regrowth on the Great Barrier Reef

Two Scuba Divers swimming over Colorful Tropical Coral Reef, with two Pacific Double-saddle Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ulietensis), Big Longnose Butterflyfish (Forcipiger longirostris), Blue-spot Butterflyfish (Chaetodon plebeius), and a Saddled Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ephippium),  Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, South Pacific Ocean, Australia.  (Digital Composite)
credit: Jeff Hunter/Tourism QLD

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The Great Barrier Reef has gone through an important period of recovery, spared the impact of heatwaves and tropical cyclones over the past year

Solar tags to save koalas from bushfires

WEEKEND NEWSPAPERS SPECIAL. PLEASE CONTACT WEEKEND PIC EDITOR JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING.   WWF is funding koala ear tags powered by a tiny solar panel the size of a 5c coin. When a fire approaches you can find the koalas and take them into care until it is safe to return them to the environment.  Takka the Koala with the solar ear tracker.
animals

Scientists are testing fitting koalas with mini solar panels that would allow them to be tracked and rescued from the path of bushfires

Aussie python celebrates World Snake Day

KIDS NEWS: Big Ronny the scrub python at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Picture: supplied.
animals

Big Ronny the scrub python is in lockdown in Sydney, but the whopper reptile will ‘shake it off’ by shedding his skin just in time for World Snake Day

NASA finds four ‘teenage’ exoplanets

KIDS NEWS Pictured is TOI 1807 b, the only known planet orbiting the TOI 1807 star and the youngest example yet found of an “ultra-short period planet”, according to experts. Picture: supplied.
space

Four new ‘teenage’ planets have been found beyond our solar system by a team of international astrophysicists including from the University of Southern Queensland

‘Extinct’ native mouse found living on WA island

Pseudomys fieldi, a native Australian mouse from Shark Bay in Western Australian, is shown to be the same species as the previously extinct Gould’s mouse (Pseudomys gouldii). Source: Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Photographer: Wayne Lawler. For Kids News
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The Gould’s mouse hasn’t been seen on the Australian mainland for more than 160 years but a surprise discovery has revealed it is still living on an island off the coast of Western Australia

New ‘Dragon Man’ species found

A handout photo obtained on June 25, 2021 from EurekAlert! shows an illustration of a portrait of Dragon Man. - Scientists announced Friday that a skull discovered in Northeast China represents a newly discovered human species they have named Homo longi or "Dragon Man," and the lineage may replace Neanderthals as our closest relatives. (Photo by CHUANG Zhao / EUREKALERT! / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /BYLINE " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO /EurekAlert ! / Chuang Zhao" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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The human species’ family tree has sprouted a new branch, with the discovery in China of the ‘Dragon Man’, thought by experts to be a nearer relative to Homo sapiens than Neanderthals

Meet Australia’s frog whisperer

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Professor Michael Mahony holds a Green and Golden Bell Frog as PhD candidate and research assistant Rebecca Sceto looks on inside a laboratory at the University of Newcastle, Australia, June 4, 2021. REUTERS/James Redmayne
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Professor Michael Mahony loves talking to frogs – and loves it even more when they talk back. But he fears his amphibian friends are at increasing risk of falling silent

Can ET see us from space?

ET character and child actor Henry Thomas in a scene from the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
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A new astronomical study has flipped the practice of looking out at our galaxy by asking who might be looking in

Lego turns plastic bottles into bricks

EXCLUSIVE: LEGO has released a prototype for its new sustainable brick made from recycled bottles.
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Australian children could soon be playing with Lego made from recycled plastic bottles as the toy giant looks to make its famous bricks better for the environment

How do astronauts clean clothes in space?

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker - wife of Adelaide’s own spacewalker Andy Thomas - departed for the International Space Station in November And took a Crows guernsey with her .  Picture: NASA
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Not even astronauts can avoid the housework forever, as NASA announces plans for a dirty laundry overhaul aboard the International Space Station

Great Barrier Reef headed for endangered list

The Far Northern Reefs of the Great Barrier Reef are still in excellent condition.
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The United Nations has recommended the Great Barrier Reef be listed as 'in danger' but the federal government is fighting the move

Red panda Roshani visits the vet

Roshani the Red Panda at Melbourne Zoo. At the age of 13, Roshani is is considered geriatric and needs regular old age health checks. For Kids News
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At the age of 13, Roshani the red panda is considered geriatric and just like humans she needs some special care as she gets older. Watch her recent health check-up at Melbourne Zoo

Astronauts install new solar panels in space

KIDS NEWS French astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency) works to complete the installation of a roll out solar array on the International Space Station, June 20, 2021. Picture: NASA.
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It's been a busy week in space as astronauts at the International Space Station install new solar panels and three Chinese astronauts step aboard China’s module for a historic three-month stay

From laps in dam to Paralympic dream

Australian Paralympic swimmer Colin Pearse has set up a lap lane in his parent's dam in northern Victoria to train while in COVID-19 lockdown.
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Teen swimmer Col Pearse was training in a dam on his family’s farm last year and has now been tapped for the Tokyo Paralympics team

Students test sea rubbish removal with robots

Westminster School Year 7 students Ashwin and Axel guide one of their prototype Sphero Bolt Driven Water Collection Devices watched by Anna and Aijay in the schools pool Thursday ,June,3,2021.Picture Mark Brake
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Year 7 students in SA have begun testing robotic rubbish collectors in the school pool, with their sights set on one day cleaning up waste-filled water worldwide

Raining spiders after Victorian floods

Longford Spiderweb Ballooning after flooding in the area. Picture: Lotje McDonald Photography (MUST CREDIT)
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Despite headlines of an ‘arachnid apocalypse’ and startling images of cobwebs blanketing country Victoria, locals and experts alike are mesmerised by the spiders’ ingenious survival technique

China’s wandering elephants become global stars

A migrating herd of elephants graze near Shuanghe Township, Jinning District of Kunming city in the Yunnan Province of southwestern China. Already famous at home, China's wandering elephants are now becoming international stars. Major global media, including satellite news stations, news papers and wire services are chronicling the herd's more-than year-long, 500 km trek from their home in a wildlife reserve in mountainous southwest Yunnan province to the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming. (Yunnan Forest Fire Brigade via AP
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After more than a year on the move, the antics of a Chinese herd of elephants are proving irresistible to social and world media

Huge new national park for outback NSW

An Australian Bustard which lives in the nature reserve on the 13,000 hectare Mt Pleasant cattle station between Collinsville and Bowen. Picture: Garlone Moulin
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Australia is set to get a new national park after the NSW government’s purchase of two sheep stations totalling 60,000ha near Broken Hill in western NSW

Radioactive rhino horns to the rescue?

Scientists in South Africa have injected radioactive material into the horns of two rhinos in a novel effort to save the species from poachers., James Larkin, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and an expert in radiation protection, said that the stable isotopes used were harmless and that he “doesn’t want to kill anyone” with the infusion: “We just want to use the natural reticence towards radioactive material to decrease demand for rhino horn and also make it easier , From sourcE:, https://www.facebook.com/Rhisotope/
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A radical – indeed radioactive – scientific solution has begun in South Africa to save the rhino species by deterring poachers

Teen climate warriors have their day in court

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- News Wire photos MAY 27 2021- (LR)  Laura Kirwan (17), Izzy Raj-Seppings (14), Ava Princi (17) and Liv Heaton posing for a photo out the front of the Federal law court on Phillip st in Sydney. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Adam Yip
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Aussie teenage climate activists have lost their court bid to stop a NSW mine expansion, but ‘duty of care’ ruling declared a win

How to make a pen pal with purpose

KIDS NEWS The Sunshine Initiative, b kinder day, Fly High Billie. Keith Petersen, Principal Junior School with Arndell Anglican College students who sent cards from Australia to Woodville Primary in the UK to cheer up the students there after a tough time through Covid-19. Picture: supplied.
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Children’s charity Fly High Billie invites Aussie kids to write to students in Covid hotspots abroad this B Kinder Day on June 22

Why some sounds drive us crazy

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Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK discover a link in brain processes that could help people who can’t stand certain sounds

Would you wash with snail slime soap?

French artisan Damien Desrocher is making soap from snail slime. For Kids News. Image: Reuters
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One French artisan believes snail slime has anti-ageing properties that make it perfect for his boutique beauty soap

New dinosaur named in Mexico

A new species of dinosaur called Tlatolophus galorum has been discovered in Mexico. Image from Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH)
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Eight years after the first of its fossilised remains were found in Mexico, palaeontologists confirm a new species of crested dinosaur

Earth’s scorching desert heat tops 80C

Sunset in Sonoran Desert, near Phoenix. Picture: iStock

Doc Holiday, escape
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Death Valley is no longer the hottest place on Earth, according to scientists who have found two even hotter places. We look at how Australia’s hottest places compare

Sharks use Earth’s magnetic field as GPS

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 26, 2012 a Bonnethead shark swims at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. - The Aquarium features a collection of over 11,000 animals representing over 500 different species. It focuses on the Pacific Ocean in three major permanent galleries, sunny Southern California and Baja, the frigid waters of the Northern Pacific and the colorful reefs of the Tropical Pacific.The non-profit Aquarium sees 1.5 million visitors a year and has a total staff of over 900 people including more than 300 employees and about 650 volunteers. (Photo by JOE KLAMAR / AFP)
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Researchers believe migrating sharks use the Earth’s magnetic field as a sort of natural GPS to help them navigate the world’s oceans

The Aussie landmark coins to flip over

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Hugo, seven, pictured in front of Sydney Opera House. Picture: Australia Post/David Swift.
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Australia Post’s new collectable coins feature some of Australia’s best loved landmarks. Find out which ones made the Great Aussie Coin Hunt along with some cool facts about the icons

Antarctic ice shelf calves massive iceberg

An enormous iceberg has calved from the western side of the Ronne Ice Shelf, lying in the Weddell Sea, in Antarctica. The iceberg, dubbed A-76, measures around 4320 sq km in size – currently making it the largest berg in the world.

Picture: ESA
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An iceberg 170km long, 25km wide and the largest of its kind in the world has broken off Antarctica. It formed as scientists reported the previous largest iceberg had broken up and melted

World Bee Day creates buzz

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Bees are seen on a honeycomb cell  at the BEE Lab hives at The University of Sydney on May 18, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. The BEE Lab researches the behaviour, ecology and evolution of bees combining work in both the lab and the field. Australian bee populations were decimated by the Black Summer bushfires at the end of 2019 and early 2020 with around 2.5 billion bees and 10,000 commercial beehives destroyed in New South Wales and Victoria alone. Increased rainfall over the last year, along with concerted efforts by Australian apiarists has seen bee populations recover in 2021. Australia has an estimated 2,000 species of native bee, along with the European honey bee, which according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries plays an important role in large-scale agricultural pollination services and provide beeswax and honey to the domestic and export market. With bee populations under significant threat globally from extreme climate events, destruction of natural habitat, intensive farming practices, pests and disease, World Bee Day on 20 May aims to increase awareness and highlight the significance of bees and other pollinators to ensure food security, biodiversity and maintain a healthy ecosystem. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
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We all know bees make honey, but their importance in Australia extends far beyond producing a beloved breakfast spread

Aussie coins encourage conservation in kids

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING - Pictured at home in Manly today is Iggy 10 and Atticus Jenkins 6, with Australia Posts Great Aussie Coin Hunt collectables. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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Zookeeper and bushfire survivor Chad Staples says showcasing native creatures in the Great Aussie Coin Hunt is “so important” for conservation awareness

Hank the cat worn out by mouse plague

Embargoed for Monday 17 May 2021. Amy Payten from Gulgong took this image of her 9 year old cat called Hank with a mouse sitting on it. Must Credit her daughter Holly Schink
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The mouse plague overrunning eastern Australia has tormented those in its path for so long even a usually energetic ginger cat called Hank no longer bothers to chase the pesky rodents

Trillions of Brood X cicadas about to hatch

A periodical cicada nymph clings to a tree branch on May 11, 2021 in Greenbelt, Maryland. - Some are waiting for their arrival with trepidation, others are curious what they might taste like: Americans are swapping tips on how best to weather the storm when billions of cicadas soon emerge after 17 years underground. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP)
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Cicadas are about to emerge from the soil in a hatch so big, noisy and incredible the whole world has been eagerly waiting for it to happen. Kids News researches whether this is as scary as it seems

NASA probe ‘touches the Sun’

An artist's impression of the Parker Solar Probe approaching the Sun. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has broken its own record as the fastest man-made object in history as its speed brings it closer and closer to the Sun.

Sherpa Kami summits Everest for record 25th time

In this photograph taken on May 2, 2021, Nepal's mountaineer Kami Rita Sherpa (3R) performs a ritual after an interview with AFP at the Everest base camp in the Mount Everest region of Solukhumbu district, as Sherpa on May 7 reached the summit of Mount Everest for the 25th time, breaking his own record for most summits of the highest mountain in the world. (Photo by Prakash MATHEMA / AFP)
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Nepalese Sherpa Kami Rita has set a new record for the most Everest ascents, reaching the summit of the world’s highest peak for the 25th time

World’s widest plane aces test flight

KIDS NEWS: The Stratolaunch Roc aircraft, a six-engine jet with the world's longest wingspan, completed its second tsr flight, Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Mojave, California. Picture: AP Photo/Matt Hartman.
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Two years after its first flight, the gigantic Stratolaunch aircraft took to the skies for a second time above the Mojave Desert in the US.