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Mountain lion P-22, who lives in Griffith Park, LA, US

Mountain lion gets world’s biggest wildlife bridge

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A famous Hollywood mountain lion is about to get a $128 million bridge to cross a freeway. And though he’s unlikely to cross it, it could help save his and many other species from extinction

Monument unveiled at site of Okjokull, Iceland's first glacier lost to climate change

Iceland’s funeral for its melted glacier

environment

With poetry, moments of silence and political speeches about the urgent need to fight climate change, Iceland bade goodbye to its first extinct glacier

Fire

Climate change: what it means for Australians

environment

More dust storms, more farming in Tasmania and a year-round bushfire season are just some of the predictions Australian scientists are making after the latest report on climate change

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Meet Tallow, Australia’s cutest koala joey

animals

A tiny, wide-eyed koala has been named Australia’s cutest koala joey. And now she’s out of her mother’s pouch, her important work as an ambassador for her species’ conservation really begins

Let’s go into the garden for stamp collecting month

Stamp Collecting month
environment

Worms, bees, birds, flowers and veggies are the stars of Australia’s stamp collecting month, when sustainable gardening and stamp collecting get together to grow something great

Climate activist Greta Thunberg sailing to America

Greta Thunberg
environment

The Swedish teenager who has inspired tens of thousands of students to protest for faster action against climate change is taking her message to America by boat

Tiger iceblocks and other heat hacks for a hot Earth

weather

Earth had its hottest June on record and it’s predicted July will be even hotter, with zookeepers resorting to feeding tigers dinner frozen into giant ice blocks, while NSW is put on bushfire alert

Plant a trillion trees to pause climate change

environment

On the eve of National Tree Day, new research suggests planting a trillion trees could achieve a 20-year pause in global warming and that we have the available land to do it

Fighting extinction with world’s longest cat fence

environment

Thirty endangered rufous hare-wallabies have been released in Australia’s Central Desert into a sanctuary created as part of a project building the world’s longest cat-proof fence

Plan to power Singapore with Australian sunshine

Silverton - Day 1
environment

Our hot Northern Territory sunshine could soon be farmed for electricity to power Singapore in an ambitious plan to make Australia a world leader in making renewable energy

Aussie teen inventor’s big chicken nugget plan

technology

A young Australian inventor plans to change the world one chicken nugget at a time, with one of the biggest food companies investing millions of dollars to help him develop his recipe

Queues of climbers spoil Uluru and parklands

Supplied Editorial Uluru
environment

A rush of tourists trying to climb Uluru before it is banned is causing traffic jams on the historic rock and polluting its surrounding parklands with rubbish and human waste

Freak summer hailstorm buries city in ice

After hot days, the icy storm provided a few hours of fun. Picture: AFP
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After several warm days with temperatures above 30C, residents of this Mexican city woke up to a winter wonderland and then set about trying to find their cars under all that ice

Huge freshwater aquifer discovered below ocean

SailGP New York - United States Boat Preview
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Scientists have discovered a lake under the ocean holding enough freshwater to fill 1 billion swimming pools, believed to be the biggest known undersea freshwater aquifer on Earth

Lions battle to become king of the pride

The lions were photographed in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Picture: Stephen Underwood
animals

With teeth gnashing and muscles rippling, two big Maasai lions wrestle in a dramatic fight for supremacy captured in a sequence of incredible images in Africa

Melting ice leaves sled dogs walking on water

weather

A photo of a pack of sled dogs appearing to walk on water in Greenland has shocked the world, showing the result of a massive ice melt on an unusually warm day last week

Adani coal mine given the green light

Coal production at one of the open fields
environment

After nine years, nine legal reviews and $3.7 billion to get it started, the controversial Adani megamine in Queensland has been given the green light to start construction

Lego’s big search for plant-based plastic

The 15 famous LEGO pine trees and several flower sets have been recreated and supersized to be 66 times bigger. The LEGO trees are now located at Dunningham Reserve, Coogee and marks the 50th anniversary of the LEGO brick in Australia. Picture: Brad Hunter
environment

Bricks made from corn were too soft and wheat-based bricks didn’t absorb colour evenly or have enough shine, but toymaker Lego is still trying to switch to plant-based plastic

‘Ice pirate’ plots to ‘steal’ a massive iceberg

Cierva Cove, Antarctica
environment

A cold, bold plan to tow a 113 million-tonne iceberg from Antarctica to South Africa for drinking water is all set to go ahead within months

World Environment Day: reasons to care about air

Heavy Smog Hits East China
environment

This year’s World Environment Day theme is air pollution, which is causing ill health and shortening the lives of millions. There are simple things we can all do to help clean up our air

Where is Migaloo, the famous white whale?

animals

As whale watching season begins in Australia, everyone is on the lookout for a very special white humpback whale who has been cruising the east coast every year for up to 30 years

Incredible nature photos are a call to action

arts

It’s a photography contest that aims to inspire the viewer to protect life on Earth and the winning entries are nothing short of breathtaking

Australia to get Eden Project at former coal mine

environment

The creators of the world’s biggest indoor rainforest have unveiled their plans to build a massive international eco-tourism attraction on mining wasteland in Australia

Our paradise islands polluted with plastic

environment

The world may be seriously underestimating the amount of plastic waste along its coastlines, according to researchers who studied Australia’s Cocos Islands

Diver breaks record with deepest submarine trip

In among the prawn-like creatures, diver Victor Vescovo also found pollution. Picture: Discovery Channel/Deep PlanetSource:Supplied
geography

Piles of lolly wrappers and other human-made rubbish marred the excitement of a record-breaking dive in a submarine to the bottom of the world’s deepest ocean

World-first ‘zero-waste’ flight takes off in Australia

(L-R) Qantas group executive for sustainability Andrew Parker, Qantas flight attendant Madeline Rowcliff and Qantas Domestic CEO Andrew David pose for a photograph with Qantas' new biodegradable packaging ahead of Qantas flight QF739 at Sydney Airport in Sydney, Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Qantas have trialed the world's first zero waste to landfill flight from Sydney to Adelaide in which all inflight products will be reused, recycled or disposed of via compost. (AAP Image/Bianca De Marchi) NO ARCHIVING
environment

Qantas embarked on its journey to become a greener airline this week, with every disposable item on board a Sydney to Adelaide flight to be composted, reused, or recycled

Extinction alert for one million species

TOPSHOT - Graffiti artwork, suspected to have been created by the British street artist Banksy, is pictured opposite the environmental protest group Extinction Rebellion's camp at Marble Arch in London on April 26, 2019. (Photo by ISABEL INFANTES / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY MENTION OF THE ARTIST UPON PUBLICATION - TO ILLUSTRATE THE EVENT AS SPECIFIED IN THE CAPTION
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Report says one million animal and plant species are at risk of becoming extinct because humans won’t put saving the Earth ahead of making money

Dam levels drop as big dry drags on

Water restrictions story... Melanie Prior Water Restriction Patrol Officer No.7 on the streets, Nth Shore, Sydney...Photo:Alan Pryke 7-2-04
environment

After little or no rain across much of Australia recently, water levels are going down in our capital city’s dams and more severe water restrictions look likely

Adopt A Farmer to ease drought pain

Drought - Queensland
humanities

Farmers, their families and animals across Australia are doing it tough with worsening drought conditions. Students can now Adopt A Farmer to lend a helping hand to those most in need

Kids News explainer: What is drought?

Dust storm in Junee NSW 5th of March 2019 Must credit @thepastyfarmer permission for use given. from source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BunkgrGA3bZ/
explainers

May is likely to be drier than average for most of eastern Australia, which is bad news for the large parts of the country in drought

Antarctica’s emperor penguins go missing

Emperor Penguins in Antarctica
animals

Scientists thought Antarctica’s Halley Bay would be a refuge from global warming for emperor penguins, but many breeding pairs are already missing

Baby koala saved in world-first operation

Hermit snuggling into Crumble. Picture: Lone Pine Sanctuary
animals

Hermit the joey koala has been saved by a vet and a surrogate koala mother named Crumble in a daring medical procedure at an Australian wildlife sanctuary

3D printer making recycled plastic fantastic

This is one of the prosthetic hands that will be 3D printed using waste plastic.
technology

An Australian hairdresser is turning plastic shampoo bottles into 3D-printed prosthetic limbs, helping repurpose waste and giving a hand to those who need one

Taking selfies with endangered mountain gorillas

This selfie received thousands of likes with many thanking the rangers for protecting the animals. Picture: FacebookSource:Supplied
animals

Anti-poaching rangers have shared a series of incredible and heartwarming snaps posing and relaxing with the magnificent gorillas they risk their lives to protect

Kookaburra named Thunder for sale in US

Supplied Wendy Davidson Kookaburra
animals

An Australian woman has found a lone kookaburra for sale in a cage in a US pet shop. Unfortunately, she’s not allowed to bring it home to its native habitat

Earth Hour: Change the way we live

WWF Earth Hour
environment

Join the global movement of hundreds of millions of people all turning off the lights as a way of working together to care for the environment

Big win in fight against extinction

Plains-wanderer chicks at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Picture: Zoos Victoria
animals

A heat lamp, a feather duster and lots of expert care has helped nine precious plains-wanderer chicks hatch and thrive, an important species-saving step

Australian ‘outback air’ for sale

Selling Canned Air to China
environment

Canned air from a remote, secret location in South Australia is for sale to anyone who wants to pay $24 for 10 minutes of breathing free of pollution

Lipstick-pink lake a hit for selfies

PINK LAKE
environment

People who love pink are flocking like flamingoes to take selfies in front of a lake in Melbourne dyed by a population explosion of algae

One girl starts global climate protest

Students take part in a march for the environment and the climate o, in Brussels, on February 21, 2019. - Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who has inspired pupils worldwide to boycott classes, urged the European Union on February 21, 2019 to double its ambition for greenhouse gas cuts. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)
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Students from more than 70 countries are planning to protest this Friday against inaction on climate change, led by Swedish schoolgirl Greta Thunberg

Solomon Islands battling oil spill

TOPSHOT - This undated handout provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of Australia on March 1, 2019 shows the oil spill from the MV Solomon Trader along the coastline of Rennell Island, some 240 kilometres south of the capital Honiara. - New Zealand joined an international effort on March 1 to limit damage from oil spilling out of the ship that ran aground near World Heritage-listed waters in the Solomon Islands almost a month ago. (Photo by Handout / DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE " - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
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A major oil spill in the Solomon Islands is moving towards the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Area, with fears of a looming environmental disaster

Hobart votes to ban single-use plastic

New plastic bylaw
environment

After an 8-4 vote by Hobart councillors, the city is set to become Australia’s first to ban single-use plastics including straws, sauce packets and cups

Australia’s record heat

SCORCHER: It's going to get hot in Mackay over the weekend, with a heatwave expected for the region.
weather

It’s been a blistering start to autumn with another heatwave across three states, just as we get through what has officially been the hottest summer on record

Snowy Hydro 2.0 starts now

Pm
environment

The PM has announced a massive expansion of the Snowy Hydro scheme to start within a week, promising cheaper and more reliable electricity

Aussie floating rubbish bin cleans up oceans

Today, the first two full-time Seabins have splashed down in Sydney – one in Darling Harbour and one in the Parramatta River. This comes less than a year after the Seabin Project first demoed its ingenious floating rubbish bins in Australian waters. To date, the Australian-invented Seabin has over 435 Seabins collecting waterway pollutants in ports, marinas and yacht clubs around the world but no permanent ones in Australia until now. Picture Supplied - Rocket K
environment

Two Australians sick of seeing rubbish in the ocean identified a problem: there were rubbish bins on land but not in the water. So they invented a solution

Rare baby otters pass first test

The Perth Zoo otter family now features nine individuals.Picture: Simon Santi
animals

Three rare otter pups have passed their first hands-on health checks by vets at Perth Zoo, a big milestone in the international program to save the species from extinction

Pandas may have to leave Australia

Update on Fu Ni
animals

Adelaide Zoo’s giant pandas Wang Wang and Fu Ni have failed to have a baby panda and will be sent back to China unless the Australian government steps in

Search for Shackleton’s ship abandoned

Historical antarctic images from Mercury files: Shackleton 1914 expedition. Frank Hurley's memorable photo of the Endurance being crushed by ice.
geography

Explorers have lost their hi-tech autonomous submarine under the ice in the Weddell Sea, forcing them to call off their search for Ernest Shackleton’s famous ship, Endurance

Our insects are in big trouble

Bugs
animals

The first major review of insect research has revealed the world’s insect populations are disappearing much faster than mammals, birds and reptiles

Ocean colours changing with global warming

An outbreak of blue-green algae is seen on the coastline of Qingdao, the host city for sailing events at the 2008 Olympic Games, in eastern China's Shandong province 24 Jun 2008. The Qingdao government has organized 400 boats and 3000 people to help remove the algae after Olympic organizers ordered a cleanup. Experts say the algae is a result of climate change, and recent heavy rains in southern China, according to the Xinhua news agency.
environment

Our blue oceans are turning bluer and our green oceans are turning greener as global warming changes the balance of Earth’s ecosystems

Murray cod to be trucked to safety

Jarod Lyon - Electrofishing
environment

After pictures of millions of dead fish shocked the world, the NSW government has begun a bold plan to catch trapped Darling River fish and truck them downstream

Little mammals our bushfire heroes

28/11/2001. Moonlight Sanctuary at Pearcedale. An Eastern Bettong stares out of its hole whilst its baby stays back.
animals

A new study of Tasmania’s forests found that the many small native animals that live there have a vital role to play in reducing the impact of bushfires

People and pets rescued from floodwaters

A supplied image obtained on Sunday, February 3, 2019, of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services crews responding to flood conditions in Townsville. Between 400 and 500 homes have been inundated in Townsville amid North Queensland's flood crisis. (AAP Image/Supplied by QFES) NO ARCHIVING
weather

Townsville’s mayor has urged the city’s residents to “hang tough” as the Army and emergency services personnel work hard to keep everyone safe after record rain in Queensland

Healthy coral found in big Barrier Reef hole

Great Barrier Reef blue hole off the coast of Mackay. Photo - Johnny Gaskell
environment

Marine biologists have dived deep into the biggest hole in the Great Barrier Reef and found a haven of healthy coral and a wealth of beautiful fish and other sea life

Predicting drought and bushfires from space

Twin GRACE-FO satellites will follow each other in orbit around the Earth, separated by about 220 km. Picture: NASA
environment

Australian researchers have moved their focus to space to learn more about how to foresee and manage future droughts and bushfires on Earth

World’s rarest shark spotted by fishermen

The flat bodied angel shark is one of the world's rarest sharks.
animals

One of the world’s rarest sharks, the flat-bodied angel shark, has been spotted off the coast of Wales by a group of fishermen

Honour for shark victim turned shark saviour

SA shark expert Rodney Fox and salmon shark fossil.
environment

Lifetime award given to shark victim turned shark saviour Rodney Fox, who overcame his fear of the ocean predators after almost dying in a vicious attack

Sir David Attenborough’s climate change warning

Blue Planet II
environment

The world’s most famous environmentalist has used his position on the “people’s chair” at the UN climate meeting to warn of disaster on a global scale unless leaders act to slow climate change

We have saved 1.5 billion plastic bags from landfill

Single Use Plastic in the Ocean Ecosystem Environment
environment

Australian shoppers have used 80 per cent fewer single-use plastic bags in the three months since Coles and Woolworths stopped giving them away, but there’s plenty more we can all do

Now is the time to learn about fire safety

Coolum Fire Day 2
safe kids

More than 130 dangerous bushfires are burning across Queensland, reminding everyone of the importance of knowing how to call for help and stay safe in case of fire

Ten million containers in under two weeks

Return and Earn flying success
environment

Australia’s newest container deposit scheme kicked off on November 1 with a massive 10 million bottles and cans collected in just 12 days, benefiting the community and the environment

Human poo study finds microplastics

Discarded plastic bag on a tropical coral reef
environment

Waste plastic has been found in human poo. Scientists can’t be sure how it got there or if it’s dangerous, but most people agree they’d rather not eat plastic. What can you do to help?

Carp control solution still a year away

Common carp. Photo: Biosecurity Queensland
environment

Cane toads aren’t Australia’s only introduced pest. Australia has a problem with carp, a species of fish that degrades river and creeks and makes life tough for native species

Large hole swallows part of Aussie beach

A supplied aerial image of a hole forming at Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach, Queensland, Monday, September 24, 2018. Another hole has swallowed part of a Queensland beach, not far from the spot where a similar hole engulfed vehicles and tents in 2015. (AAP Image/Supplied by Rainbow Beach Helicopters) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
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A large hole has appeared overnight and swallowed part of a popular Queensland beach at Inskip Point

Whale hunting ban win

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 12, 2018 a Humpback whale jumps in the surface of the Pacific Ocean at the Uramba Bahia Malaga National Natural Park in Colombia. - On September 10, 2018 pro- and anti-whaling nations gathered in Brazil for the week-long showdown, where the incoming chairman of the bitterly-divided International Whaling Commission (IWC) Joji Morishita said the crucial talks during the meeting could determine the future of whaling. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)
animals

Forty countries have voted to ban whale hunting around the world, but some countries are fighting to continue. How do you feel about whaling?

Rubbish trap to the rescue for oceans

Bali Rubbish
environment

One young inventor’s school project has led to an ambitious goal to clean the world’s oceans of plastic by 2050. The first stage is underway

Camels for Australian drought trial

Drought - Queensland
animals

Camels may be big and hungry, but they’re used to dry conditions and eat differently to cattle, so they could help care for drought-affected Australian farmland

UNESCO bid for ancient art gallery

Burrup peninsula
arts

The traditional owners of Australia’s largest rock art gallery have fought for years to have this sacred site protected. Finally, it will be nominated for UNESCO World Heritage listing

Rising temperatures in colour

Supplied Prof Ed Hawkins warming stripes climate change visualisations - Global
environment

It looks like a piece of art, but it’s a picture of Australia’s average temperatures and shows it really is getting hotter

Hurry up science, we need this

Middle aged man distracted by phone when ironing burns shirt
science

It’s important research that could help the planet and it could stop parents complaining about ironing

Eat school lunch to help cut food waste

Food Waste
environment

Woolworths stores have launched new Discovery Tours to help children learn about food waste and how to reduce it as well as encouraging kids to love fruit and vegetables

Council bans Christmas glow sticks

Girls playing with glow sticks banned by the council
civics

Single-use plastics are being banned around the world. One of the latest examples is on glow sticks at an Australian Christmas lights festival. Do you agree?

Denim jeans to repair knee joints

Deakin Institute for Frontier Materials researcher Dr Nolene Byrne with the with a sample of the denim-based aerogel. Picture: Donna Squire/ Supplied
health

In an incredible medical breakthrough, Australian scientists have found a way to repair knee joints with jeans, also helping to solve a big environmental problem

Reef survival gets stamp of approval

Australia Post stamp series Reef Safari.
environment

A new Great Barrier Reef stamp series from Australia Post aims to raise awareness of the fight to save our natural wonder while also celebrating Stamp Collecting Month

Penguin population collapses

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Last time scientists visited this island, it was crowded with around two million king penguins. Alarmingly, there aren’t many left but no one is sure what has happened

Screen time can be green time

Young woman on mountain top text messaging on mobile phone
environment

Research tells us we love technology and it’s nature that makes us feed good, but you don’t have to choose one or the other. How could you use your screen time in nature?

Record-breaking northern summer

A woman uses a portable fan to cool herself in Tokyo on July 24, 2018, as Japan suffers from a heatwave. An "unprecedented" heatwave in Japan has killed at least 65 people in one week, government officials said on July 24, with the weather agency now classifying the record-breaking weather as a "natural disaster." / AFP PHOTO / Martin BUREAU
weather

Australians are used to heatwaves and our gardens, houses, schools and clothes are designed to help us keep comfortable. When heat hits in cold places, it’s hard to keep cool

Massive iceberg sparks tsunami fears

In this Thursday, July 12, 2018 photo, a view of an Iceberg, near the village Innarsuit, on the northwestern Greenlandic coast. Scientists have watched an iceberg four miles long break off from a glacier. The iceberg is allegedly grounded on the sea floor. Residents in houses near the shore are prepared for an evacuation. (Karl Petersen/Ritzau Scanpix via AP)
weather

Large and frequent icebergs off the Greenland coast are making life difficult for residents. The latest iceberg is very big and could be very dangerous

Taj Mahal, a Wonder of the World, is turning green

One of the most famous buildings in the world and one of India's biggest drawcards - the Taj Mahal
environment

Indian judges have threatened to close the Taj Mahal, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, as it turns green, yellow and black because of environmental damage and neglect

Avoid illness: wash reusable bags

Aspergillus fumigatus
health

Single-use plastic bags are on their way out. But we need to remember to keep our reusable shopping bags clean, or risk serious illness

Turning plastic into something precious

Precious Plastic
environment

Australians are getting together in their backyards to turn the world’s plastic pollution into beautiful, valuable new things

Secret “dinosaur tree” experiment a success

Tourism Australia has launched a series of short films showcasing Australia's best nature experiences and wildlife. The Wildiaries National Landscapes Series is being launched in conjunction with Parks Australia. The National Landscapes program recognises places of great cultural, natural and spiritual significance including World Heritage-listed sites. Blue Mountains
science

Everyone thought this species was extinct and all we knew about it was from 200-million-year-old fossils. But an amazing discovery and a top-secret program mean the Wollemi pine will survive

Kids campaign to save orang-utan habitat

(FILES) In this file photo taken on August 4, 2016 shows an orphan orangutan baby playing in a tree during "jungle school" at the International Animal Rescue centre outside the city of Ketapang in West Kalimantan. The population of orangutans in Borneo has plummeted by more than half since 1999 -- nearly 150,000 of the apes -- largely due to chopping down forests for logging, paper, palm oil and mining, researchers said on February 15, 2018. Illegal hunting of the critically endangered apes is also a leading factor in their disappearance, said the study published in the journal Current Biology. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYO
environment

Australian children have shown their commitment to the environment, writing more than 50,000 letters to politicians to campaign for labelling of palm oil

African’s oldest, biggest baobab trees die

Baobab ducks
environment

An international study to find out how African baobab trees grow so big made an unexpected discovery: all the biggest and oldest trees died during the study

Antarctic ice melting faster than expected

Ice Floes © Rob Bryson/Australian Antarctic Division
environment

Scientists have discovered Antarctic ice is melting much faster than expected, leading to higher than predicted sea-level rises

Big dry hitting farmers hard

Tamworth Drought
weather

Assistance is badly needed as farmers battle another dry autumn, some enduring their seventh year of drought

People power builds Australia’s electric highway

Electric car charging station
environment

Tired of waiting for the government, electric-car owners of Australia have united to build a massive “electric highway” of charging stations right around the country

Study shows going vegan reduces impact on Earth

Set of hereford calves in the market Liniers, Argentina
environment

A landmark global study has revealed that becoming vegan is the one simple thing we can all do to massively reduce our impact on the planet. Would you be prepared to give up all animal products?

New baby chimp photos

HOLD - CONTACT BRISBANE PIC DESK - Mum, Leakey, with her four month-old baby, Capri, at Rockhampton Zoo yesterday. Capri is the first baby chimpanzee born in Queensland in forty years. Both have been attracting large numbers of visitors to the zoo.
animals

Rockhampton Zoo’s female chimp Leakey and her baby chimp girl are getting along well and Capri is going great guns, as new photos and video reveal

Food waste to become 100 million meals

Mix vegetables on rustic background.
environment

Coles supermarkets will greatly cut the amount of food waste going to landfill to make 100 million meals for the hungry

Feathered frenzy comes to town

Emus mobs in Peterborough, Lawrence Heath from the council with emus
animals

A usually sleepy town in South Australian is being overrun with visitors — of the feathered kind — as dry conditions make food and water scarce

Is a bigger Australia better?

Chopper
civics

As Queensland’s population hits five million, debate continues over whether a big, fast-growing Australia is best

High hopes for Aussie invention

A 50 year old turtle swims in the ocean past a plastic bag. Rubbish from humans can harm or kill marine life when polluting the water as some animals eat or become tangled in plastic.
science

UPDATED STORY Schoolgirl Angelina Arora’s new bioplastic invention has won her a scholarship to a US university

Big reef rescue on the way

ESCAPE: Clownfish, Great Barrier Reef, QLD. Picture: Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree
environment

The Federal Government has promised to spend half a billion dollars trying to save our damaged Great Barrier Reef. It’s the biggest ever environmental protection project.

Learning life lessons from a very old spider

This picture taken on January 1, 2016 and released by Curtin University on April 30, 2018 shows the world's oldest known spider which has died at the ripe old age of 43 after being monitored for years during a long-term population study in Perth, Australia. The trapdoor matriarch comfortably outlived the previous record holder, a 28-year-old tarantula found in Mexico, according to a study published in the Pacific Conservation Biology Journal. / AFP PHOTO / Curtin University / LEANDA MASON
animals

The world’s oldest spider, from Western Australia, has died aged 43. Scientists believe it can teach us a lot about how to live sustainably

Great Australian Bight world heritage bid

Cliffs coastline at Head of Great Australian Bight, SA. /South/Australia Picture: Supplied
environment

An ambitious bid will be launched today to have the Great Australian Bight listed on the World Heritage register to provide added protection against oil and gas drilling

Mice, rabbits and creepy crawlies invade homes

A close-up shot of a mouse on a white background
environment

Mice, rabbits, locusts and other creepy crawlies are invading our homes in huge numbers

Shocking find in dead whale’s stomach

Divers Swim with Sperm Whales
environment

Scientists have found 30kg of plastic inside a dead sperm whale’s stomach. It is just one of thousands of animals killed each year as our oceans become clogged with rubbish

This man didn’t put the bin out for two years

Waste warrior
environment

It’s been two years since waste warrior Justin Lang has put his rubbish bin out for collection. Find out how he reduces his waste

Greens want only electric cars by 2030

Electric Car
environment

Greens announce policy to ban petrol and diesel cars on Australian roads in favour of only electric vehicles by 2030