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Kookaburra named Thunder for sale in US


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

WWF Earth Hour

Earth Hour: Change the way we live


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

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

Big win in fight against extinction


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

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


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)

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

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

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.

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


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

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

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

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.

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


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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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


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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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?


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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our 20 most endangered mammals

endangered animals

Australia has the worst mammal extinction rate in the world with 20 animals in real danger of dying out. But you can help save them. Find out how.

Seed vault could one day feed the world

PREMIUM CONTENT - EMBARGOED FOR NEWS 360 STORY - NOT TO BE PUBLISHED BEFORE MARCH 3, 2018 Longyearbyen, Svalbard - The Svalbard Global Seed Vault marked its 10th anniversary on Monday the 26th Jan 2018. NordGen managing director, Lise Lykke Steffensen handles beans. Pic Ella Pellegrini

The Doomsday Vault near the North Pole is holding more than a million seeds to help feed the world in case we run out of food after a natural or man-made disaster

King Penguins at risk of dying out

Sydney's first colony of king penguins come to SeaLife Aquarium

King Penguin populations are at risk of dying out by the end of this century due to climate change. VIDEO

School lunches searched for fruit fly

The Queensland fruit fly.

Students are having their lunchboxes searched for infected fruit as Tasmania tries to rid the state of its unwanted fruit fly crisis

Fighting fires from the air at night

Fire approaches the Trollope family home at Labertouche in Gippsland. Helicopter Elvis arrives in the nick of time. Bushfires. Fires.

Fighting fires from the air at night will be tested for the first time in Australia this week. If successful, it will help firefighters tackle blazes early and save many lives

Turn your rubbish into electricity

Doc puts rubbish into the Back to the Future car for fuel

A new bioenergy plant in Adelaide will turn farm and household waste into electricity. And the idea came from a Hollywood movie.

Making dirty water clean to drink

Dr Seo with filtered water taken from Sydney Harbour

Australian scientists have discovered a new way to turn dirty water into clean drinking water using vegetable oil commonly used on the BBQ

Push to ban helium balloons


Victor Harbor Council in South Australia is the latest to consider banning helium balloons to help protect native and marine wildlife. Are you allowed to have them where you live?

Divers are wild about protecting sharks

Supplied Editorial Fwd: FW: photos

Study finds the more people interact with sharks in water the more they want to save them. VIDEO

Climate change could ruin holidays


Extreme weather events caused by climate change are expected to make Queensland holidays less attractive for tourists

Millions of maggots invade beaches

possible maggots at the beach

Beachgoers in Sydney have been shocked at the sight of millions of maggots washing up on the northern beaches

Scientists want global glitter ban

Glitter Makeup Artist

Environmental scientists want to take some of the sparkle out of the world with calls for a global glitter ban

Our cities could be too hot to live in

Monash University research has confirmed that people living in the city of Darwin are at risk from heatwaves. Darwin Resident mark Emmerford battles the heat.

Centuries-old heatwave records have fallen across Australia raising concerns cities like Darwin could soon be too hot to live in

20 years of weather in two minutes

NASA releases global video map. Picture: supplied

NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of our home planet. VIDEO

Kids teaching kids at conference

Kids Teach Kids.

Kids are turning the tables and taking on teaching duties for two days at a national conference in Melbourne. VIDEO

Plastic bag ban taking hold

Plastic bag ban

Taking your groceries home in plastic bags will soon be a thing of the past right across Australia

How did a great white end up in the pool?

shark in pool at fairy bower

A shark that beached itself at Sydney’s Manly Beach this week was released safely back into the wild yesterday. VIDEO

Day in the life of a wildlife ranger

WWF ranger Rohit Singh. Picture: supplied

Have you ever wondered what a wildlife ranger does with their day? VIDEO

Plant a tree to celebrate nature

National Tree Day

Families are being encouraged to plant a tree for National Tree Day this weekend and get back to nature

Plague of plastic

Coffs Harbour June 30th 2015 Marine Science University Student Kelsey Bannister shares the concerns of the greater Marine Science community of the alarming risk to marine life due to the huge numbers of plastic bottles washing up on North Coast New South Wales at beaches such as Wooli Beach. Please note - This photo taken near the Marine Sciene Centre, Charlesworth Bay Coffs Harbour. Photo Frank Redward

Bottled water may be convenient but takeaway water is costing the environment

Turning food scraps into energy

Scraps trials 06 June 2007. Leichhardt Council has distributed 600 kitchen top containers for people to empty their food scraps into as a trial for a new food waste disposal programme to reduce landfill and green house gas emmissions. Pictured is Carole Cooper a participant in the trials. Photo: Alan Place.

One Melbourne council plans to convert food waste, that would go to landfill, into power for our homes

Cats causing chaos

Council Cat Curfew

Local resident calling for cats to be kept on leashes to protect native animals

Is the world running out of water?

*** COPENHAGEN ENVIRONMENT PHOTO PACKAGE *** The dry riverbed of the Gan river, which flows into Poyang lake and is a major tributary of the Yangtze, as the river dries up near the Jiangxi capital of Nanchang, 05 December 2007, due to the drought that began in July. Water levels in Poyang Lake in Jiangxi province, China's largest fresh water lake, are nearing record lows as a drought exacerbates, causing severe water shortages for industrial and residential users. AFP PHOTO / CHINA OUT = GETTY OUT =

7.5 billion thirsty people and hunger for meat puts pressure on world’s water supply

Climate change refugees

Already endangered by the sea, the Isle de Jean Charles in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, is flooded after Hurricane Gustav.. Image shot 08/2008. Exact date unknown.

Residents in one US coastal town prepare to move as water inundates their homes

Rug up Australia, winter is here!

Rug up Australia, winter is here!

Dipping temperatures and snowy peaks mark the start of another Aussie winter

Remote island plagued by plastic

Remote island plagued by plastic

Henderson Island has been swamped with 38 million pieces of plastic, putting wildlife at risk. VIDEO

PM’s big power plan

PM’s big power plan

The huge Snowy Mountains electricity power plant will expand under a bold new project

Space images new weapon in fire fight

Space images new weapon in fire fight

LaTrobe University has been chosen as a vital link in a new space program that will help detect and fight bushfires.

When will Australia’s heatwave end?

When will Australia’s heatwave end?

We’ve had some hot nights in Victoria this week, but spare a thought for those in even hotter parts of the country.