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This startling picture of a volcanic eruption captured first prize in the competition Credit: FRANCISCO NEGRONI/PHOTO IS LIGHT/TNG

Volcanic eruption photo wins top prize

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A photo titled The Landscape of Fear and showing a volcano erupting within an incredible electrical storm has won first prize in a global photography contest. See some of our favourite photos

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 21: A leech slithers along the ground in Windsor on March 21, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. Evacuation warnings are in place for parts of Western Sydney as floodwaters continue to rise. (Photo by Jenny Evans/Getty Images)

Leeches invade NSW homes after floods

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The recent floods in NSW have brought more than just record rainfall – and bloodthirsty leeches are loving it

A picture released by Egypt's Suez Canal Authority on March 29, 2021, shows a man waving the Egyptian flag after Panama-flagged MV 'Ever Given' container ship was fully dislodged from the banks of the Suez. - The ship was refloated and the Suez Canal reopened, sparking relief almost a week after the huge container ship got stuck and blocked a major artery for global trade. Salvage crews have been working around the clock ever since the accident which has been blamed on high winds and poor visibility during a sandstorm. (Photo by - / SUEZ CANAL AUTHORITY / AFP)

Supermoon helps free stuck ship

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The stars, sun, Earth and moon all aligned in Egypt this week, with the year’s first supermoon bringing the high tide needed to shift the massive ship blocking the Suez Canal

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Surprise just-in-time find of tiny native fish

EMBARGO SUNDAY 28 MARCH: NO THE AUSTRALIAN/NO NEWS.COM/NO SKY NEWS - ONE TIME USE ONLY -  Southern Purple Spotted Gudgeon (Mogurnda adspersa) just captured in field is held by researcher Amy Russelll (from the North Catchment Managment Authorty before being measured and released back.
Captive (taken in-field) and under the supervision of researchers.
Reedy Lake, Kerang, Victoria, Australia.
November, 2020.  MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER:  DOUG GIMESY
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The future looks bright for the southern purple spotted gudgeon fish, a tiny native species twice declared regionally extinct and this time found in a lake just two days before it was to be drained

Of droughts and flooding rains

Mark Knight's flood cartoon. Picture: Mark Knight
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Australian poet Dorothea MacKellar surely nailed it when she wrote her classic poem My Country in 1904. Mark Knight reflects on how it sums up this land of amazing contrasts

Erupting volcano becomes tourist attraction

TOPSHOT - Sunday hikers look at the lava flowing from the erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano some 40 km west of the Icelandic capital Reykjavik, on March 21, 2021. - Weekend hikers took the opportunity Sunday to inspect the area where a volcano erupted in Iceland on March 19, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the capital Reykjavik, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said, as a red cloud lit up the night sky and a no-fly zone was established in the area. (Photo by Jeremie RICHARD / AFP)
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Thousands of curious onlookers are flocking to an erupting volcano in Iceland for a rare up-close look at its flowing red lava

‘Lunar ark’ plan to store species’ DNA on the Moon

A team of University of Arizona researchers has mapped out a plan for a "Lunar Ark" to store the DNA of 6.7 million species on the moon in case a disaster destroys life on Earth. Image: Jekan Thanga
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Scientists have mapped out a plan to store the DNA of 6.7 million species in a “lunar ark” on the Moon in case of a disaster on Earth

Photos to celebrate the spirit of adventure

Jason Gulley's underwater photo which took out the Frank Hurley Award
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A new photography competition named for famous Australian photographer, adventurer and explorer Frank Hurley has attracted more than 1200 entries from 26 countries

Great news in fight for handfish survival

Spotted handfish at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium. Picture: supplied
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Experts are one step closer to saving the critically endangered spotted handfish, a cartoon-like creature that only lives in Tasmania’s Derwent Estuary and looks like it walks on its hands

Explorer’s record setting dive to deepest point on Earth

Explorer Richard Garriott set the record for deepest dive when he dived at the Mariana Trench. For Kids News
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A multi-millionaire explorer has become the first person to travel to Earth’s four furthest extremes after diving almost 11,000m to the bottom of the Mariana Trench

Tassie devils back from the brink in the wild

**WARNING:UNDER EMBARGO UNTIL Monday 5th October at 2pm ** **EMBARGOED UNTIL OCTOBER 05 **  For the first time in 3,000 years, the Tasmanian devil is back in the wild on mainland Australia, an historic moment that is critical to rewild Australia, the country with the world’s worst mammal extinction rate. Aussie Ark, in partnership with Global Wildlife Conservation and WildArk, recently released 11 Tasmanian devils into a 400-hectare (nearly 1,000 acres) wildlife sanctuary on Barrington Tops. Actor power couple Elsa Pataky and Chris Hemsworth, who is a WildArk Ambassador, helped release some of the animals—including Lenny and Lisa—into their new home. Picture: Aussie Ark
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A deadly facial cancer has wiped out thousands of Tasmanian devils in the wild but a new study shows the future is looking brighter for the much-loved marsupial

Food waste a growing problem

10/9/14. Pooraka Primary School has installed brightly-coloured ibis-proof bins to stop the birds stealing rubbish and making a mess at the school - Elliott Waters - 9yrs (Walkley Heights) and Shayla Holloway - 7yrs (Clearview)
 Pic Keryn Stevens
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Will any of the food in your lunch box end up in the bin today? If so, you could be contributing to a 931 million ton global food waste problem

Possum babies Bib and Bub growing well

***HOLD EMBARGO FOR MARCH 1RST CHECK WITH DT PIC DESK BEFORE USE***, , DAILY TELEGRAPH - 23/2/21, Baby Eastern Pygmy Possums pictured with Dean Reid from The Australian Reptile Park on the Central Coast today. Picture: Sam Ruttyn
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Two orphaned eastern pygmy possums barely the size of a fingertip are thriving thanks to a human helping hand. The five-week-old babies are being cared for at the Australian Reptile Park

More plastics on the way out

Display of fresh plastic wrapped yellow, orange and red cherry tomatoes Stock photo for AgJournal's Twenty for the 2020s feature.
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Single-use plastic packaging, straws, plates, bowls, cutlery and cups will disappear under new plans to reduce waste that’s hurting our environment

Australia’s incredible women of influence

Australian Open tennis. 17/02/2021. Day 10.. Ash Barty vs Karolina Muchova on Rod Laver Arena.  Ash Barty during her 3 set loss    . Pic: Michael Klein
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March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day of celebration when all women are recognised for their achievements. Kids News profiles 10 incredible Australian women of influence

Aussie teens fight Government over climate change

Melbourne teen Anjali "Anj" Sharma, 16, is leading a class action lawsuit by eight Australian teens challenging the Federal Minister for the Environment, Susan Ley, to protect young people from climate change. Picture: Jake Nowakowski
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Melbourne teen Anjali Sharma is leading a landmark Federal Court class action lawsuit by eight young Australians to stop projects like the proposed Vickery coal mine extension in NSW

Orang-utans get helicopter ride back to the wild

The largest and arguably most successful great ape conservation program in the world, Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS) “rehab and release” program has forged a major breakthrough in the fight to save the endangered orangutans of Borneo.
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Five males, a mother with two babies and two other female critically endangered orang-utans have been released into the wild in the Indonesian part of Borneo island

Plastic Bag Store opens as plastics ban begins

New York artist Robin Frohardt in her Plastic Bag Store at Rundle
 Mall. Picture: Tony Lewis
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On March 1, South Australia will become the first state to ban single-use plastic, less than a week after the opening of a shop in Adelaide in which everything is made out of single-use plastic

Look out for fruit fly after La Nina summer

18/2/21. More than 1000 residents in Prospect and Stepney are being told to strip ripe fruit off their trees, to help stop the spread of fruit fly. PIRSA biosecurity officers in orange overalls are door-knocking offering residents assistance with the task - Joshua Dowsett and Saurin Barot   
Picture: Keryn Stevens
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Kids are banned from taking fruit to school and residents are being urged to strip their trees of fruit in two suburbs of Adelaide that are the latest locations battling fruit fly outbreaks

Calling all kids: our wildlife needs your help

Robert Irwin at his home at Australia Zoo. For Kids News
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Wildlife warrior Robert Irwin talks to Kids News about how kids can be community leaders in protecting the environment and wildlife and how every little thing we do helps

Humans have made the oceans very noisy

The Queen Mary 2 (QM2) arrives at Port Everglades in Florida on her maiden voyage 26 Jan 2004, as tug boats shoot water cannons to celebrate her arrival. AFP picRobert/Sullivan cruise liner ship ships shipping
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With rumbling ships, hammering oil drills and other big noises, humans have completely altered the underwater soundscape, in some cases deafening or disorienting whales and other animals

Young fire survivor pens poem about a day he’ll never forget

Year 5 student James Fielding has entered the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition. His poem recalls his fear as the Black Summer fires approached his home in Nowra South, NSW.
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Memories of the Black Summer fires come back every time James smells smoke. Read the moving poem he has entered in the Kids News Bushfire Poetry Competition

Clever solution to massive mask waste problem

A man wearing a face mask walks past a sign advertising masks in Melbourne on July 20, 2020. - Australia's second-biggest city will make it compulsory to wear a mask in public, authorities announced on July 19, as Melbourne steps up efforts to bring a coronavirus outbreak under control. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)
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Millions of disposable masks used and discarded during the pandemic could be recycled and enshrined forever into the country’s roads, Australian scientists have revealed

Bushfire Poetry Comp: have your poem published

Trent Dalton, is writing the forward for a book that is being produced by News Corp, Harper Collins and the National Bushfire Recovery Agency to commemorate one year since the Black Summer bushfires, on Thursday January 21st 2021 - Photo Steve Pohlner
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Best-selling author Trent Dalton wants kids to help him tell the story of the Black Summer bushfires — and maybe have their poem published in a special book

Hanging out with Smudge at Antarctica

Antarctic expeditioner Matthew Williams and his mate Smudge the Emperor Penguin at the Auster rookery. Pictures: Matthew Williams and Guy Edgar
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A curious emperor penguin nicknamed Smudge has made friends with an Australian Antarctic expeditioner undertaking the annual penguin census at the Auster and Taylor rookeries

Bushfire Poetry Comp: author Jackie French’s five rules for writing a poem

Children's author Jackie French., Picture: Kelly Sturgis, For Kids News
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Award-winning author Jackie French wants kids to discover the healing power of poetry. See her tips for writing a great poem

Seahorse dad gives birth

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is leading a unique breeding project designed to save the endangered White's Seahorse species. The baby sea horses will be released into an existing colony of seahorses at Clifton Gardens when they reach full maturity. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Rare footage has been captured of a male seahorse giving birth to dozens of offspring — yes, that’s right, a male having babies!

A year of wonderful news at our zoos

Female Koala, Annie, with bandaged paws, sitting amongst gum leaves, near vet clinic at Melbourne Zoo. Bushfire affected Koala. Picture: Zoos Victoria
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Zoos were closed for much of 2020 but the animals’ carers continued their important conservation work around Australia. Here are some of the year’s memorable moments

Kids News launches Bushfire Poetry Competition

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Share your experiences of last summer’s bushfires for a chance to have your poem published in a special book commemorating the Black Summer fires

Guardian dogs saving bandicoots from extinction

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Guardian dog at Skipton release site. Lying in grass looking at camera with sheep in background
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Two very special dogs have a very special job as guardians of some critically endangered eastern barred bandicoots just released into a conservation reserve in western Victoria

Hope from ‘extinct’ species rediscovered

his photos taken on Thursday, March 12, 2020 and provide by the Staatliche Naturwissenschftliche Sammlung Bayerns, SNSB, shows a Voeltzkow-Chameleon in Madagascar. Scientists say they have found an elusive chameleon species that was last spotted in Madagascar 100 years ago. Researchers from Madagascar and Germany said that they discovered several living specimens of Voeltzkow's chameleon during an expedition to the northwest of the African island nation. (SNSB/Frank Glaw via AP)
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Earth is going through its sixth mass extinction event but there are moments of hope when species such as Voeltzkow’s chameleon, once thought to have been lost forever, are found alive

‘Bat woman’ and other incredible wildlife pics

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Bat woman by Douglas Gimesy, Australia

Wildlife rescuer and carer Julie Malherbe takes a call to assist the next animal rescue while looking after three recently orphaned grey-headed flying-foxes. This megabat is native to Australia and is endemic to the southeastern forested areas, playing a vital role in seed dispersal and the pollination of more than 100 native species of flowering and fruit bearing trees. Sadly, the species is listed as vulnerable to extinction because of the destruction of foraging and roosting habitats and, more frequently, mass die-offs caused by heat-stress events.
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The Natural History Museum is inviting you to vote for your favourite among the finalist entries in this year’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year People’s Choice Award

Great Barrier Reef spawning shown on TV

Acropora tenuis colony of coral spawning on Great Barrier Reef during first day of summer 01/12/96. 
Queensland / Travel
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In an Australian first, the annual Great Barrier Reef spawning has been shown live on TV in the hope the event will bring the country together in awe and inspire people to help protect the reef

Snapshots capture happy quokkas

‘Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is’
MAXIM GORKY


Quokkas are the happiest creatures on Earth, according to Aussie animal photographer Alex Cearns.
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Quokkas are the happiest creatures on Earth, according to animal photographer Alex Cearns, who has captured the loveable marsupials on camera for a new picture book.

Great Barrier Reef outlook now ‘critical’

TOPSHOT - This undated handout photo released on April 20, 2016 by XL Catlin Seaview Survey shows a turtle swimming over bleached coral at Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef.  Australia's iconic Great Barrier Reef is suffering its worst coral bleaching ever recorded with 93 percent impacted, scientists said on April 20, 2016 as they revealed the phenomenon was also hitting the other side of the country. / AFP PHOTO / XL CATLIN SEAVIEW SURVEY / STR / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / XL CATLIN SEAVIEW SURVEY" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVES
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Climate change is increasingly damaging UN World Heritage sites including the Great Barrier Reef, a new report warns, while 2020 is on track to be the second hottest year on record

Rare baby earless dragons ready for visitors

One of the grasssland earless dragons at Melbourne Zoo. Picture: Zoos Victoria
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Keepers at Melbourne Zoo have proudly introduced to visitors some baby grassland earless dragons. It’s been 50 years since the last confirmed Victorian sighting of the species in the wild

Census to count every koala in bid to save species

Archer the Koala at Featherdale Wildlife Park. Picture: Dylan Robinson
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The Environment Minister unveiled a $2 million koala count as part of government’s commitment to protect the endangered species, while scientists call for threatened status for the platypus

Predator-proof fence to create native wildlife haven

Moonlit Sanctuary Pearcedale.

'Quinnie' the 2 year old female 'Spot Tailed Quoll' who was hand reared after being abandoned by its mother at 2 months of age. 'Quinnie' is one of the animals involved in the sanctuary's 'Conservation in Action' show.

Picture: Jason Sammon

Monday 20 June 2016
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A 10km fence will be built at a Victorian national park to protect endangered species from predatory pests

Room to improve Australia’s recycling efforts

Activist taking care of environment during sorting paper waste to proper recycling bin on terrace
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Australia is burying 67 million tonnes of garbage every year, equal to 2700kg for each person, a new report has found. That’s despite people saying they’re putting a lot of effort into recycling

Gene study finds two new glider species

MUST CREDIT WWF AND PHOTOGRAPHER. Greater glider in a patch of old growth forest south of Brisbane. The light greater glider and dark greater glider that are filmed separately sticking their heads out of the same hollow are a breeding pair. Picture: Josh Bowell
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Australian scientists have discovered two new species of one of our cutest and most-loved native animals, the greater glider. What we previously thought was one species is actually three

Gigantic iceberg on collision course with island

Adolescent elephant seals are exceptionally engaging subjects. Elephant seals are found on many subantarctic islands such as South Georgia, as well as along parts of the Argentine coast. While the island supports limited vegetation and terrestrial life (75 percent of the island is under snow and ice), marine life is abundant.
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An iceberg the size of a small country is floating toward the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, raising fears seal and penguin parents won’t be able to access food or get back to their young

Found! New reef taller than a skyscraper

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A new coral reef like an underwater mountain and taller than any building in Australia has been discovered in remote waters off Cape York, Queensland, its pinnacle about 40m below the surface

Fox without socks takes a liking to shoes

Looking to hunt down a feral pest before it takes a greater toll on our local wildlife.
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In a twist on the Dr Seuss story, a cunning fox is collecting shoes — but not socks — from front verandas in Adelaide, spreading them around the streets and hoarding them in its den

Drones helping secure a future for koalas

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 14: A female koala named 'Spinnaker Petal' is seen eating Eucalyptus in her pen at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital on September 14, 2020, in Port Macquarie, Australia. Established in 1973 the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has 150 volunteers, a specialised treatment room, intensive care unit and rehabilitation yards. The team were instrumental in treating bushfire affected koalas during what has become known as Australia's Black Summer, however, more common treatments are given for road accident trauma, dog attacks and disease, such as Chlamydia. 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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The World Wildlife Fund is using drones to drop eucalypt seeds on NSW forests burned in last summer’s bushfires in an effort to provide a future food source to help koala populations recover

Tree-hugging tiger photo wins wildlife award

Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners announced -  The embrace by Sergey Gorshkov, Russia
Winner 2020, Animals in their Environment, GRAND TITLE WINNER

With an expression of sheer ecstasy, a tigress hugs an ancient Manchurian fir, rubbing her cheek against bark to leave secretions from her scent glands. She is an Amur, or Siberian, tiger, here in the Land of the Leopard National Park, in the Russian Far East. The race – now regarded as the same subspecies as the Bengal tiger – is found only in this region, with a small number surviving over the border in China and possibly a few in North Korea. Hunted almost to extinction in the past century, the population is still threatened by poaching and logging, which also impacts their prey – mostly deer and wild boar, which are also hunted. But recent (unpublished) camera‑trap surveys indicate that greater protection may have resulted in a population of possibly 500–600 – an increase that it is hoped a future formal census may confirm. Low prey densities mean that tiger territories are huge. Sergey knew his chances were slim but was determined to take a picture of the totem animal of his Siberian homeland. Scouring the forest for signs, focusing on trees along regular routes where tigers might have left messages – scent, hairs, urine or scratch marks – he installed his first proper camera trap in January 2019, opposite this grand fir. But it was not until November that he achieved the picture he had planned for, of a magnificent tigress in her Siberian forest environment.  

Nikon Z-7 + 50mm f1.8 lens; 1/200 sec at f6.3; ISO 250; Cognisys camera-trap system.
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Judges called this photo of a Siberian tiger a “scene like no other” and declared it the overall winning entry in the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year competition. See all the winning photos

Citizen scientists’ photos needed for Reef census

Divers photograph coral as part of the Great Reef Census launch at Milln Reef off Cairns.  PICTURE: CITIZENS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
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A fleet of fishing and tourist boats, yachts and research ships with citizen scientists on board equipped with snorkels and cameras is completing a world-first study of the Great Barrier Reef

Wild devils return to mainland after 3000 years

This undated handout photo released by Aussie Ark on October 1, 2020 shows a Tasmanian devil walking in the wild in mainland Australia. - Tasmanian devils have been released into the wild on Australia's mainland 3,000 years after the feisty marsupials went extinct there, in what conservationists described on October 5 as a "historic" step. (Photo by Handout / Aussie Ark / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY Australia-environment-animal RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / Aussie Ark" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS --- NO ARCHIVES ---
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After what’s believed to be thousands of years, there are once again wild Tasmanian devils on the Australian mainland, with 26 reintroduced so far in the Barrington Tops National Park, NSW

Calling all birders for big citizen science event

Bird - Fairy Wren in Song
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It’s time for Australia’s largest citizen science event, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Last year, 88,000 people spotted almost 3.4 million birds in the annual avian survey. What birds can you see?

Bear back on duty for bushfire season

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Bear, the rescue and recovery dog as he searched for injured koalas in the wake of the Black Summer bushfires. Picture: Supplied/Foxtel
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This summer, Australian scientists will use a crew of sniffer dogs led by Bear, a border collie and Australian cattle dog cross, to find and rescue any koalas in danger from bushfires

What will you name the sea-lion pup?

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Taronga Zoo welcome the arrival of a female Australian Sea Lion pup born on July 29 to mum Nala, pictured getting used to the surroundings before being introduced to the public. Picture: Toby Zerna
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Zookeepers need your help to name a very special endangered Australian sea-lion pup who made her first public splash this week. Fewer than 25 pups are born in the wild each year

How do bees make honey?

Close-up of a honey bee for Cameron England SAWeekend story. Picture: iStock
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It’s spring! Plants everywhere are springing to life and flowering after winter. Bees are pretty excited, too, because flowers are vital for honey making. Kids News researched how bees make honey

Very rare ‘walking’ scorpion fish spotted on Reef

Scientists have viewed the deepest regions of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
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On an expedition by a robot to the depths of the Great Barrier Reef, scientists have found new species of black coral, sponges and a rare and awkward-looking “walking” scorpion fish

Tassie devil relative returns from extinction

nationally threatened mulgara  at Ethabuka Reserve. Brian Williams story.
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This tiny carnivorous marsupial was thought to be wiped out in NSW a century ago, but now scientists have reintroduce a small population of mulgaras back into the wild

Scientists solve mystery of giant melting glacier

Thwaites glacier is said to be 'the most vulnerable place in Antarctica' Credit: AFP
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Antarctica’s Thwaites Glacier — more than twice as big as Tasmania — is melting from below, putting it at risk of collapse. Scientists now know warm water flowing beneath it is to blame

Famous aquanaut plans undersea human habitat

Proteus artist's illustration side view
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Fabien Cousteau, grandson of the great oceanographer Jacques Cousteau, is building an underwater living and working space for humans to help us better understand oceans and climate change

Inside the shark tank at Sea Life Aquarium

BOND MELBOURNE : for Peter Rolfe story   ..  10/08/2011 NEWS: 10/08/2011 NEWS: Feeding time at the Melbourne Aquarium. Senior diver Kate McKay feeds Mitch the grey nurse shark. Pic. Jay Town Pic. Jay Town
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They might look scary but few sharks deserve their fearsome reputation, according to aquarist James Gilbert. In fact, some need our help to survive on National Threatened Species Day.

Nature’s fury and beauty captured in winning photos

7PM, 27TH AUGUST 2020 EMBARGO FOR ONLINE, EMBARGO FOR PRINT 28TH AUGUST 2020, PREMIUM NETWORK CONTENT, NO AUSTRALIAN, NO NEWS.COM, NO SKY, NO WEST AUS, *ONLY FOR NEWS CORP MASTHEAD PAPERS*,  Overall Winner (originally Landscape) Ben Blanche.
A fire caused by a lightning strike in Mount Barney National Park.
It slowly marched over the peak as it moved around the border area of Queensland and New South Wales.
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A snap of a Black Summer bushfire has been named Australia’s best nature photograph in a competition that celebrates the country’s wild side

How cold was it in the coldest part of the Ice Age?

Two mammoth in a field covered of snow, with some bushes and a few bisons. Blue sky with clouds in the background.
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Scientists have calculated just how cold it got on Earth during the coldest part of the last Ice Age, using ocean plankton fossils and climate models

World-first parachute jump from solar plane

TOPSHOT - Initiator of sun-powered stratospheric SolarStratos plane project Raphael Domjan jumps during a successful world record attempt by jumping with a parachute from a solar-powered plane on August 25, 2020 in Payerne, western Switzerland. - The SolarStratos, a sleek, white, two-seater aircraft with long wings, covered with 22 square metres (237 square feet) of solar panels is set to become the first manned solar plane to make a stratospheric flight, according to Raphael Domjan, who is behind the project. (Photo by LAURENT GILLIERON / AFP)
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Inventors working to one day fly a solar-powered plane to the edge of space have performed the first jump and free fall from an electric aircraft

Big welcome for endangered baby animals

Kala with her newborn infant gorilla. Picture: Bristol ZooSource:Supplied
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Zookeepers announce the arrival of a baby critically endangered western lowland gorilla, twin golden lion tamarins and a giant panda as big as a chocolate bar in a great week for conservation

Hope for gold at the end of the tunnel

preliminary work a kilometre underground in a Stawell gold mine in the search for the universe's elusive 'dark matter'. The yellow container is an emergency oxygen supply.Need to be credited "image courtesy Swinburne University".
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Victoria is on the verge of a second gold rush fuelled by gold’s high world price and modern mining methods, with hopes the precious metal will help the state recover after COVID-19

Coral recovery hope for Great Barrier Reef

Pictures for the AIMS Annual Summary Report on the Great Barrier Reef.
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The Great Barrier Reef is fighting back, with new research showing “encouraging” signs of coral growth in two-thirds of 86 monitored reefs

Animals with superpowers need your help

Finley (11) and Cohen (9) Howland playing the ANiMOZ Trading Card Game with Kinta the Quokka on August 11, 2020 at the Adelaide Zoo. Picture Matt Turner.
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Did you know that Australia’s critically endangered animals each have a superpower? Nominate your favourite animal to appear on a trading card that could help save them from extinction

Winning photos focus on wonders of science

2020 Beaker Street Science Photo Prize finalists. Tasmanian devil joeys being checked by researcher in mothers pouch.Picture: Heath Holden
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An image of tiny Tasmanian devil joeys inside their mother’s pouch is a finalist in a photo competition shining a light on the importance of science for National Science Week

World temperature record set at Death Valley

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 17: Visitors walk near a sign warning of extreme heat danger on August 17, 2020 in Death Valley National Park, California. The temperature reached 130 degrees at Death Valley National Park on August 16, hitting what may be the hottest temperature recorded on Earth since at least 1913, according to the National Weather Service. Park visitors have been warned, ‘Travel prepared to survive.’   Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY ==
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One of the hottest air temperatures recorded anywhere on Earth in at least a century, and possibly ever, was reached on Sunday afternoon at Death Valley in the US, where it soared to 54.4C

Seed bank saving rare native plants from bushfire threat

Seed Vault at Australian PlantBank. The Australian PlantBank is located at the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan and is the largest native seed bank in Australia and one of the largest in the world, helping to protect Australia’s precious 25,000 native plant species from the threats of extinction. The goal of PlantBank is to collect store and study viable seeds or live tissue specimens of all plant species in Australia.  Photo:The Australian PlantBank.
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The race is on to collect rare plant seeds and protect species from extinction at Australia’s own version of the “doomsday vault”. It’s one way science is helping our environment this National Science Week

Volcano on Pacific Ring of Fire erupts

TOPSHOT - Mount Sinabung spews thick ash and smoke into the sky in Karo, North Sumatra on August 10, 2020. (Photo by Anto Sembiring / AFP)
geography

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung has erupted, sending ash 5km into the sky. It’s the latest eruption along the 40,000km-long line of volcanoes, faults and trenches called the Pacific Ring of Fire

Penguin poop images from space reveal new Antarctic colonies

The smudges on the ice show the existence of an emperor penguin colony. Image taken from the European Commission’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite
animals

New satellite images of emperor penguin droppings have revealed a surprising number of colonies in Antarctica, where the flightless birds are under threat from global warming

Plastic waste found in seafood

Francisca Ribeiro and her team of UQ researchers discovers alarming levels of microplastic in seafood.
environment

Researchers have discovered alarming levels of microplastics in sardines, prawns, oysters and crabs

Australia’s famous tree-kangaroo becomes a dad

Nupela gave birth earlier this year on 4 February and her care team witnessed the baby crawl into the safety of mum’s pouch. Although a first-time mother, Nupela is a natural and her instincts see her regularly cleaning her pouch and grooming her little one who is growing fast. PHOTO CREDIT: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
animals

Makaia, an endangered Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo, made news as a tiny orphaned joey when he was kept alive in the pouch of another species. He’s now all grown up and has become a dad

Heatwave Harry? Naming the threat may save lives

TOPSHOT - A woman looks through the glass of the enclosure of a Polar bear as he cools off in the water at the zoo in Mulhouse on August 3, 2018, as parts of Europe continue to swelter in an ongoing heatwave.    / AFP PHOTO / SEBASTIEN BOZON
weather

Giving heatwaves names and strength ratings, as for cyclones, could help people in hot places such as Australia understand how dangerous they are, particularly as heatwaves worsen in future

Hole in dam wall saves epic eel journey

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environment

Eels in Tasmania can now swim through a hole drilled in a dam wall to help them begin their incredible 3000km migration north to breeding grounds in the Coral Sea around New Caledonia

Plan to save Australian honey bees

Generic image of a Australian native honey bee seen at Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, with news scientists have worked out how bees fly.
technology

New Aussie technology could halt one of the 21st century’s most troubling trends: the sudden decline in bee populations around the world

KFC plans to 3D print chicken nuggets

Want nerves with that? Picture: Thinkstock
science

A fast-food chicken chain is creating lab-grown meat made from stem cells to create a “meat for the future”, as a burger chain feeds cattle lemongrass to try to cut methane emissions

Bushfires threaten 49 Australian species

Embargoed for The Sunday Telegraph. Speak to the pictured desk before use.  Aussie Ark in the Barrington Tops is NSW’s largest independently owned and operated conservation organisation and is home to seven keystone species once found in the region. It's aim is to establish a robust insurance population of Australian threatened, native mammal species such as the Tasmanian devil, Eastern quoll and long-nosed potoroo, suitable for semi-wild release into large, predator proof fenced sanctuaries in the Barrington Tops, for eventual reintroduction to the wild.
animals

Scientists are just beginning to understand how the bushfires devastated populations of native animals. See the full list of species that are now – suddenly – under threat

‘Whisper-quiet’ hybrid jet design revealed

British inventors have unveiled a hybrid airplane that can be used for commercial passenger or cargo flights Credit: EAG
technology

Aeroplane designers are working on projects that could have us flying around in eco-friendly, almost-silent, battery-powered jets or sleek blended-wing aircraft like military stealth bombers

World’s pile of electronic waste grows

Recycled mobile phones - image courtesy of Mobile Muster
environment

Massive mountains of discarded TVs, phones and computers around the world grew to a record high in 2019, but in Australia, the precious resources in your old devices can be recycled

Calls to better protect world-famous giant cuttlefish site

Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation  off the coast of Whyalla in the Spencer Gulf  - picture Scott Portelli
animals

Pressure is mounting on the SA government to reverse a decision allowing fishing of giant cuttlefish in the Spencer Gulf, where they mass each year to spawn, the only place in the world this happens

Big buzz about Aussie bee drone invention

University of Adelaide mechanical engineering students, William Foster-Hall and James Cartwright with their proto type Pollination Drone Wednesday June 24,2020.Picture Mark Brake
technology

A team of mechanical engineering students in South Australia has invented a small drone that transfers pollen from plant to plant and that could one day replace bees

Huge outback station to become national park

This undated handout from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services released on June 27, 2020 shows a grey grasswren at Narriearra Station, a 153,415-hectare (379,000 acres) property in Australia's far northwest New South Wales. - A slice of Australian outback almost the size of greater London will be turned into a national park to help protect threatened species after authorities bought the land on June 27, 2020. (Photo by Jeff HARDY / NSW NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICES / AFP) / -----EDITORS NOTE --- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / NSW NATIONAL PARKS AND WILDLIFE SERVICES/JEFF HARDY " - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS  - NO ARCHIVE
environment

The NSW government has bought more than 1500 square kilometres of the state for a new national park to protect 25 threatened animal species and important habitat

Why don’t you sink in the Dead Sea?

ESCAPE:  Woman with sun hat holding and reading a newspaper while lying on back with crossed feet, floating in salty water of Dead Sea, Israel, Middle East.  Picture: Istock
explainers

Ask people what they know about the Dead Sea and most will tell you that it’s impossible to sink when you’re swimming in it, but not everyone knows why. Kids News did some research

Endangered dunnart found alive after fires

animals

A tiny, critically endangered marsupial has amazed conservationists on Kangaroo Island, after being spotted scampering in bushland destroyed in bushfires

Happy day as Bear the turtle swims home

Sea Life Sydney welcome three turtles to the Darling Harbour aquarium for the first time after the closure of Manly Sea Life Sanctuary. Green Sea Turtle Myrtle was rescued Sea Life in 2013 and has been fitted with metal plates to help her swim following a boat accident that left her with cracks in her shell. Supplied
animals

Carers at a Queensland aquarium waved a happy goodbye this week to a precious green sea turtle, who swam back to freedom after recovering in captivity from injury

The mystery of sea creatures’ snot palaces

This 2002 photo provided by the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute shows a close up view of a "giant larvacean" and its "inner house" - a mucus filter that the animal uses to collect food. The creature, usually three to ten centimeters (about one to four inches) in length, builds a huge mucous structure that functions as an elaborate feeding apparatus, guiding food particles into the animal's mouth. When the filters get clogged, the larvacean abandons them. The abandoned filters sink toward the seafloor, and become an important food source for other marine animals. (MBARI via AP)
science

Learning how sea creatures build the equivalent of five-story palaces in about an hour, made just with mucus from their heads, could help us build expanding homes on Earth, the Moon or Mars

Coral transplants to boost reef health

Emma Camp, Project area: Australia. Reef recovery: pioneering new hope for the world's fast-vanishing corals
environment

Divers are using the quiet pandemic period to grow and replant coral at popular tourist diving and snorkelling spots on the Great Barrier Reef.

Burnt koalas heal with Phillip Island penguins

Ranger Jess McKelson. For Kids News and Hibernation
environment

Phillip Island reopens on World Environment Day as Ranger Jess McKelson shares tales of bushfire koalas and little penguins

Young minds rise to the challenge

smart kid, thinker. iStock image. For Kids News Hibernation story on Westpac Youth Impact Challenge
humanities

They might be young but they’re thinking big. Find out how the Westpac Youth Impact Challenge is inspiring kid entrepreneurs who want to make the world a better place

Australia set for colder, wetter than average winter

A few spots of rain overnight and this morning may bring hope to some . Puddles at the Opera House .picture John Grainger
weather

Get your umbrella and winter woollies out. The Bureau of Meteorology is tipping plenty of rain and chilly days ahead but nights could be warmer.

Australian megafauna died out with climate change

Megafauna , Billabong scene
environment

Giant kangaroos, enormous crocodiles, massive wombats and a marsupial “lion” that lived 40,000 years ago in tropical Northern Australia died out because of climate change, a study has found

Big boost to birdwing butterflies in the wild

The Richmond Birdwing Butterfly.
animals

A successful captive breeding and release program of more than 500 Richmond birdwing butterflies means the species could soon be taken off the threatened species list

Climbers to remeasure height of Everest

In this May 16, 2020 aerial photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese surveyors hike toward a higher spot from the base camp on Mount Qomolangma at an altitude of 5,200 meters. The Chinese government-backed team plans to summit Mount Everest this week at a time when the world's tallest peak has been closed to commercial climbers. (Jigme Dorje/Xinhua via AP)
geography

A team of climbers is on its way to summit Mount Everest this week to measure whether it has grown as Earth’s tectonic plates move and try to end international disagreement on the subject

Isolation baby boom for Australian zoos

Tree Kangaroo joey Chimbu exploring with mum Mani
Healesville Sanctuary. Picture: Zoos Victoria
animals

While the world has been in lockdown, zoos around the country have been welcoming a wave of cute, cuddly and not so cuddly babies. Check them out.

Ball of cuteness and other winning nature photos

Mountain Hare Lepus timidus A confiding adult, high in the Cairngorms mountains, forms the shape of a ball as it grooms Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK
arts

A photo of a mountain hare in a snowstorm that took the photographer several freezing weeks to capture has won this year’s BigPicture international nature photography competition

Mystery of koala drinking habits solved

A supplied image obtained on Saturday, May 2, 2020, of a wild koala licking a tree after rain. A study published today in Ethology, led by a researcher from The University of Sydney, has captured koala drinking behaviour in the wild for the first time. (AAP Image/Supplied by The University of Sydney) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
animals

In a big win in the battle to save this species from extinction, scientists have observed koalas drinking in the wild for the first time, watching them lick rain running down tree trunks

Sea turtles thrive as humans stay off our beaches

ESCAPE:  Close-up of baby olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), also known as the Pacific ridley, on beach sand. Selective focus on baby turtle. Picture: Istock
animals

Sea turtles are nesting in record numbers across the world as humans stay inside to stop the spread of COVID-19. The turtles are thriving with crowd-free beaches and less pollution

Found! Antarctic frog fossils from warmer times

Dr Jodi Rowley with James Alcock
animals

Experts have discovered cold-blooded frogs once lived on a warm Antarctica 40 million years ago PLUS Australian scientists need your help for a frog-finding mission closer to home

Earth’s insect numbers shrink over 30 years

Funny laughing curly girl with a butterfly on his nose. Healthy smile with white teeth. Free breathing concept.
animals

New scientific research has shown the number of insects living on land has fallen dramatically in the past 30 years, putting the world’s ecosystems — and human lives — at risk

Koalas at risk as numbers halve in 20 years

Poppy is the daughter of the lovely Rusa, who is a wonderful mum but unfortunately isnÕt producing quite enough milk to support her growing baby.

To help Poppy along, she receives a milk feed twice a day from Keeper Karen (in this video) or our head vet, Dr. Galit.

Being little Miss Independent, Poppy likes to try and hold the syringe to feed herself. If it wasnÕt for Keeper Karen steadying the pace, she would eat way too much before she realises her tummy is full!
animals

Australia’s koala population has been cut in half in the past two decades, with conservationists warning our national icon is already extinct in some areas after devastating bushfires and drought

Painting clouds and other ideas to save our Reef

This undated handout photo received on April 6, 2020 from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, shows coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef. - Australia's Great Barrier Reef has suffered its most widespread coral bleaching on record, scientists said on April 7, 2020 in a dire warning about the threat posed by climate change to the world's largest living organism. James Cook University professor Terry Hughes said a comprehensive survey last month found record sea temperatures had caused the third mass bleaching of the 2,300-kilometre (1,400-mile) reef system in just five years. (Photo by Handout / JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA / AFP) / TO BE USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR AFP STORY AUSTRALIA-ENVIRONMENT-CLIMATE-REEF RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE /
environment

Action on climate change and ideas such as painting clouds with water and growing heat-tolerant coral are being considered to help the Great Barrier Reef be healthier in 30 years’ time

Procession of caterpillars sign of frosty time ahead

The procession of caterpillars. Picture: Still from video
animals

A 7m-long procession of caterpillars parading through Alice Springs is fascinating and touching them dangerous, but to the Arrernte people, it can be a sign of a harsh winter on the way