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Koalas chilling out at Healesville Sanctuary
Healesville Sanctuary. Picture: Supplied

Australia’s environment report reveals ‘crisis’

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Extreme weather events are having a compounding effect on Australia’s native plant and animal species, as latest five-yearly report reveals the nation’s natural environment is struggling

"Ross the Croc" was snapped with a turtle on his back along the Ross River near Douglas Park on Sunday. Picture: Kane Wiblen

Turtle and croc strike up unlikely friendship

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A fearless turtle appears to have struck up an unlikely friendship with a crocodile in northeast Queensland, with locals snapping a picture of it riding on the croc’s back

US space agency NASA launched a commercial rocket from Arnhem Space Centre. Picture: Equatorial Launch Australia

NASA rocket launches from NT

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A NASA rocket lit up the skies above the Arnhem Space Centre at Sunday night’s launch, the first rocket to leave Australian soil in 26 years and the space agency’s first outside the USA

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La Nina’s over but don’t put your umbrella away yet

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As heavy rain lashed Bondi Beach Eloise Bekker (2) and her sister Felicity (4) were out exploring the suburb they are moving to soon with their parents Anthony and Alexandra.

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Just when we thought we had seen the end of the La Nina climate driver responsible for dumping all that rain, the weather bureau is warning it could be back for a third year in a row

Lion with mullet causes uproar at Chinese zoo

Hang Hang at Guangzhou Zoo in China, sports a unique mane. Zookeepers insist his golden locks were left limp and droopy by the 32C heat and 89% humidity. Hang Hang was snapped trawling around his enclosure with a fellow lion on May 29, and a caretaker said photos of the 'do attracted more visitors.', Picture: Supplied
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Even lions can have a bad hair day. Just ask Hang Hang. The big cat’s once glorious mane looks more like a mullet, with keepers blaming hot and humid weather

Great Barrier Reef’s summer of bleach grief

Coral bleaching on Stanley Reef, Great Barrier Reef, March 23 2022. Picture: Harriet Spark
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Cooler La Nina conditions over summer were not enough to stop mass bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef as the annual snapshot reveals 91 per cent of surveyed reefs show signs of stress

How to have a native animal Easter

360Commercial: Coles - Towards a Better Future. Aussie Ark has teamed up with Coles with a free e-book. Coles is matching each free download with $1 to support koala conservation and recovery.  Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner is pictured with Coles' Sam McLeod. and a furry friend. Picture: supplied.
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Australia’s beloved koala is now officially an endangered species – but families can help conservation efforts simply by downloading a free children’s book over Easter

Taxis jump queue to get queen bees to hives

New service to help Queen Bees survive travel -   pictured is Chico Hazik, Silver Top with beekeeper Craig Scott in Echuca - Supplied
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An exclusive new chauffeur service delivers VIP levels of comfort and security to a very small but vital customer base – queen bees in need of a ride as they relocate with their hives

Why do we have daylight saving?

a girl sets many clocks to daylight saving time
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As many Australians prepare to wind back their clocks to regular time this weekend, let’s take a look at where daylight saving came from and why some states have it and others don’t

Simultaneous heatwave at North and South Poles

Temperatures in the poles are skyrocketing.
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A weather event has seen temperatures jump at opposite ends of the globe despite the Arctic and Antarctic regions being in opposing seasons

Solar storm could bring light show

A coronal mass ejection. Photo Contributed
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The latest solar flare ejected from the sun could deliver a beautiful aurora light display … and possibly switch off the power

Two epic blobs below Earth’s surface

An artist’s impression of the collision between Earth and the object called Theia, resulting in the formation of the Moon over 4 billion years ago. CREDIT: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Beneath the surface of our planet lie two gigantic ‘rock blobs’ that are 100 times taller than Mount Everest and could be the remains of an alien world

Amazon could become treeless savanna

(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 22, 2021 Officials from Para State, northern Brazil, inspect a deforested area in the Amazon rain forest during surveillance in the municipality of Pacaja, 620 km from the capital Belem. - Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon set a new record for the month of February 2022, according to official data released on March 11, 2022, the latest sign of a surge in destruction under President Jair Bolsonaro. (Photo by EVARISTO SA / AFP)
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Lowering the Amazon Basin’s ability to withstand climate change and sustained deforestation would have worldwide impacts

Rain could last until August

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Pictured is flooding on Pittwater Road in North Manly today as Sydney is hit by another deluge of rain today. Picture: Tim Hunter.
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The east coast of Australia could be in for a wet, wet, wet autumn and winter as La Niña looks set to be here for the long haul

Nature and climate change make a destructive mix

Mark Knight cartoon on 'rain bomb' hitting NSW and Qld. For Kids News
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Mark Knight has captured the catastrophic force of the Queensland and NSW ‘rain bomb’ in his latest cartoon for Kids News

PM Scott Morrison has Covid-19

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Peter Dutton met with the national security committee of cabinet on Ukraine and the Australian floods, and then spoke to media at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra.
Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison will isolate for a week after developing a fever and testing positive to Covid-19, while it’s back to work for the Queen

Dealing with the world’s worries

Teen woman with headache holding her head in her living room during the day
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It’s normal to feel worried about all the bad news in the world right now. Childhood expert Dr Joe Tucci has some great tips for dealing with your feelings

Global warming threat to outdoor sport

Courier-Mail real estate, Home, advertising feature - Ausbuild - The Sanctuary at Warner.



Cropped portrait of cheerful little girl playing football with her family in the park on a sunny day. She is having fun while passing the ball. Family, kids and nature concept. Horizontal shot.
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The Australian way of life will have to change unless leaders take greater action now to address climate change

School’s out as Qld floods cause havoc

Bradman Avenue remains closed as residents prepare for more rain and heavy flooding to hit the Sunshine Coast. Making the most of it are Blake and Jack Emerson-Currell. Picture: Patrick Woods.
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A deadly eastern brown snake became an unlikely saviour to mice and frogs during severe flooding, as Queensland closed nearly 1000 schools and the storms headed south to northern NSW

See ya later alligator!

Alligator relocated after epic downpour at the Australian Reptile Park
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Keepers had to recapture a large alligator that tried to make his escape from a NSW wildlife park during flooding rain. WATCH THE VIDEO

How did Beijing get Olympics blue sky?

A general view shows the the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, ahead of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing on February 4, 2022. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
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Beijing’s smog is notorious. But the Chinese capital has enjoyed blue skies like this for much of the Winter Olympics. How did it do it?

Great Barrier Reef’s coral baby boom

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

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

Saving Mawson’s remote Antarctic huts

A penguin walks past Mawson's Hut at Commonwealth Bay, Antarctica, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. Mawson's Hut hadn't been entered for more than 12 months and was opened for the 100th anniversary celebrations of Douglas Mawson's landing. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING .    THE most significant monument from Australia’s Heroic age (that is what it is called...) of Antarctic exploration will be brought to Australia and be sent around NSW under a new program funded by the Turnbull government. Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg will today announce the first funding for the contents of Mawson’s Hut to be preserved and brought to Australia. Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison was the base for the Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911-14 led by Australia’s greatest polar explorer Sir Douglas Mawson.
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Extreme isolation on ice awaits a team tasked with preserving Sir Douglas Mawson’s 110 year old Antarctic timber huts

Cold, wet summer Down Under

DAILY TELEGRAPH NOVEMBER 17, 2021. From left Cheyse Hoy, 6, brother Jaxon Hoy, 4, and friend Mack Acheson, 4, playing in the flood waters of the Lachlan River at the Forbes Iron Bridge Picture: Jonathan Ng
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Dreams of the perfect Aussie summer have been dashed as La Niña starts to lash eastern states with rain, wind and cold

Assassin spiders dodge death

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

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

Aurora Australis puts on a stunning southern show

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

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

Jupiter’s gigantic storm captured in infra-red

KIDS NEWS: JUPITER: Jupiter’s banded appearance is created by the cloud-forming “weather layer.” This composite image shows views of Jupiter in (left to right) infrared and visible light taken by the Gemini North telescope and NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, respectively.
Credits: International Gemini Observatory/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/NASA/ESA, M.H. Wong and I. de Pater (UC Berkeley) et al.
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Spectacular infra-red images of Jupiter’s atmosphere taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft have been revealed as fresh data shows the Great Red Spot storm extends hundreds of kilometres below its clouds

Greenhouse gas levels hit record high

(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 23, 2017 a Ford Bronco rests in floodwaters on February 22, 2017, in the Rock Springs area of San Jose, California. - Rising global temperature, rising sea levels, intensification of extreme events... The publication of the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled on August 9. (Photo by NOAH BERGER / AFP)
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The UN has issued a strong challenge to global leaders ahead of the COP26 summit, warning that greenhouse gas levels remain too high to meet temperature targets

Lava flow makes Spanish island bigger

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

How rising sea levels could impact landmarks

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Climate Central have released a new study along with a set of visual materials about the long-term impacts of sea-level rise, including a collection of simulations and photo renderings of the impact of sea-level rise on iconic locations across the world.
Pictured Sydney Harbour after waters rise.
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Scientists have illustrated the possible impact of global warming in a series of digital images that show how rising sea levels could affect world landmarks including the Sydney Opera House 

Fluffy clouds to help save Great Barrier Reef

Plume from sprayer jets Cloud Brightening project
environment

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

Kid poets published in bushfire book

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

Thai taxis become bonnet and rooftop gardens

Vegetable gardens are seen on the roofs of vehicles of a taxi rental garage firm, whose cars are currently out of service due to the downturn in business as a result of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, in Bangkok on September 15, 2021. (Photo by Jack TAYLOR / AFP)
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Without tourist trade keeping taxi fares ticking over in the Thai capital, one Bangkok cab company has devised a novel solution to help feed its unemployed drivers

Lava slows after volcano erupts

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

Coral atlas maps the world’s reefs

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

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

New plan to save Aussie animals

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

The hunt begins for sunken ships

Maritime Archaeologist Association of Victoria Divers John Corby and Jarom Deeks explore the wreck of the SS Glenelg near Lakes Entrance in Bass Strait. Picture: Steve Cartledge
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Fishing fleets will hunt for hundreds of shipwrecks off the Victorian coast in a new push to preserve Australia’s maritime history

Global climate changing by degrees

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

Ancient Egyptian shipwreck found in the Mediterranean Sea

2,200 year old shipwreck in Egypt. Picture: Egypt Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
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Buried beneath 5m of clay, archaeologists have made the incredible discovery of a 2200-year-old Egyptian shipwreck

Evidence of regrowth on the Great Barrier Reef

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

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

Aussie python celebrates World Snake Day

KIDS NEWS: Big Ronny the scrub python at Wild Life Sydney Zoo. Picture: supplied.
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Big Ronny the scrub python is in lockdown in Sydney, but the whopper reptile will ‘shake it off’ by shedding his skin just in time for World Snake Day

Great Barrier Reef headed for endangered list

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

Astronauts install new solar panels in space

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

Students test sea rubbish removal with robots

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

Raining spiders after Victorian floods

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

Teen climate warriors have their day in court

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

Earth’s scorching desert heat tops 80C

Sunset in Sonoran Desert, near Phoenix. Picture: iStock

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

Antarctic ice shelf calves massive iceberg

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

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

World Bee Day creates buzz

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

We all know bees make honey, but their importance in Australia extends far beyond producing a beloved breakfast spread

Aussie coins encourage conservation in kids

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

Sherpa Kami summits Everest for record 25th time

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

Some good news for endangered Sumatran rhino

SUNDAY ESCAPE. WILDLIFE WISHLIST. Sumatran rhino. Picture: Taronga Conservation Society Australia
animals

With only an estimated 80 Sumatran rhinos left in the wild, the results of a new study deliver welcome hope for the survival of the species.

Weird fish makes comeback in Murray River

A lamprey fish close up. Picture: Department for Environment and Water South Australia
environment

Scientists have found a spooky-looking, bloodsucking, critically endangered native fish in record numbers in the Murray River system, which is great news for the environment and lamprey fish

Just three per cent of Earth untouched by humans

ESCAPE: Toucan, Peru - uniworld, peru, amazon, rainforest, nature, wildlife, animals, toucan, Bird. Picture: Uniworld
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A new scientific study has found as little as 3 per cent of the world’s land surfaces are still home to their full range of native species and remain unspoilt by human activity

Fitbits for Phillip Island penguins

Ever thought your other half wasn't pulling their weight in the parenting role? Well it appears that Little Penguins have the same issue! A new paper published in the International Society for Behavioural Ecology's journal, shows some individual penguins work harder than their partners to feed their chicks. The study is part of joint research between Australian and French scientists. According to one of the paper's authors, Phillip Island Nature Parks' Penguin Biologist, Dr Andre Chiaradia, the findings come as something of a surprise, as it was previously thought both parents contributed equally to raising chicks.
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Phillip Island’s little penguins are small but mighty adaptable, according to a new scientific study using custom-made ‘fitbits’.

Volcanic eruption photo wins top prize

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

Leeches invade NSW homes after floods

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)
animals

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

Supermoon helps free stuck ship

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)
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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

Boy in boat rescues people and pets from floods

WEEKEND TELEGRAPHS SPECIAL. MUST TALK WITH PIC ED JEFF DARMANIN BEFORE PUBLISHING.  NSW mid north coast flood disaster. 13 yr old Archie Cross back on the street in North Haven where a week ago he was in his tinny rescuing people from their homes.  Nathan Edwards
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Archie Cross has displayed courage beyond his 13 years, rescuing about 10 residents and a handful of pets from their flooded homes in NSW with his little fishing boat

Of droughts and flooding rains

Mark Knight's flood cartoon. Picture: Mark Knight
arts

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

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

American city turns off lights to save birds

PHILADELPHIA ..  for John Huxley story  ..   the city skyline with the Ben Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River
animals

A group in the US city of Philadelphia has started Lights Out Philly to try to reduce the number of confused birds dying during migration

Mount Etna’s spectacular volcanic eruption

CATANIA, ITALY FEBRUARY 21, 2021: Mount Etna erupts in Sicily sending plumes of ash and spewing lava into air - PHOTOGRAPH BY Marco Restivo / Barcroft Studios / Future Publishing (Photo credit should read Marco Restivo/Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
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Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano, has awed even experienced volcanologists, pumping out spectacular displays of lava, ash and volcanic rocks for more than a week

Make some noise Mars, we’re listening

This image provides a global "snapshot" of weather patterns across Mars. Here, bluish-white water ice clouds hang above the Tharsis volcanoes. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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A microphone on NASA’s Perseverance rover has recorded for the first time the sound of another planet. It’s hoped there will be more to hear from Mars soon as the rover gets to work

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

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. 
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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

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

During fire season, we are all in this together

Mark Knight Cartoon Herald Sun 30th Birthday special.
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Mark Knight chooses a favourite cartoon from 2020 and explains the process of starting with a news event, gathering ideas and working towards a drawing to tell even more of the story

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

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

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 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

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

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
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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

How the Martian ice age shaped the red planet

Ancient Mars may have been covered in a huge ice sheet Credit: NASA
space

Mars was once covered in ice sheets that carved out thousands of giant valleys in the same way as on Earth, challenging previous theories of Mars as a warm, wet planet covered in oceans

What does it feel like to touch a cloud?

READ: Delving into your dreams can be an eye-opener.
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You might already know how it feels to touch a cloud without realising it. We explain what a cloud is and why they sometimes turn into rain, snow and hail

Discovery of Earth-like habitable planet

An artist rendition released by the European Space Agency on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007 shows the main bodies of the solar system, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, the Earth, from left in foreground, Uranus, Neptune, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars, from left in background. The Moon, the Earth's natural satellite, is seen at right in foreground, as the relative size of the orbits of the planets is not respected. Nearby planet Venus is looking a bit more Earth-like with frequent bursts of lightning confirmed by a new European space probe. For nearly three decades, astronomers have said Venus probably had lightning, ever since a 1978 NASA probe showed signs of electrical activity in its atmosphere. But experts were not sure because of signal interference. (AP
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An exoplanet that orbits a star just like our Sun could be the most similar to Earth ever found, which has scientists thinking it could liveable.

Coral transplants to boost reef health

Emma Camp, Project area: Australia. Reef recovery: pioneering new hope for the world's fast-vanishing corals
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Divers are using the quiet pandemic period to grow and replant coral at popular tourist diving and snorkelling spots on the Great Barrier Reef.

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
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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.

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 /
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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

Mystery ‘Bonehenge’ woolly mammoth ring

Artist's impression of woolly mammoth
history

Archaeologists are uncovering a mysterious collection of mammoth bones arranged by our ancient Palaeolithic ancestors 20,000 years ago during the last Ice Age

Why do leaves change colour and fall in autumn?

HOLD FOR HERALD SUN. CONTACT PIC DESK BEFORE USING Sarah (10) and Charlotte (7) Williams enjoying the Autumn leaves in Honour Avenue, Macedon.
Picture: Jay Town
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The leaves on deciduous trees turn forests, parks and gardens a rainbow of yellows, oranges, reds and browns. Why do leaves change colour? And why do the trees let them fall?

Australia’s long, hot summers the new normal

HEATWAVE: NSW is predicted to experience a severe heatwave during a four-day Total Fire Ban up to December 21, 2019 and authorities warn people to be prepared..
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Our summers are now twice as long as our winters as climate change has increased temperatures since the middle of last century, according to a new study of Australian weather data

Aussie OJ and growers under threat

Various Australian orange juice brands - (l-r) bottles of Golden Circle, Crusta, Berri, Nippy's and Daily Juice.
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Australians may not be able to drink fresh orange juice in as little as five years if major retailers don’t pay growers more to make up for drought and rising water costs

Antarctica’s hottest day ever recorded

FILE - In this undated file photo, a lonely penguin appears in Antarctica during the southern hemisphere's summer season. The temperature in northern Antarctica hit nearly 65 degrees (18.3 degrees Celsius), a likely heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice, and penguins. The reading was taken Thursday, Feb. 5, 2020 at an Argentine research base and still needs to be verified by the World Meteorological Organization. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Jana, File)
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The temperature in northern Antarctica has hit 18.3C, thought to be a heat record on the continent best known for snow, ice and penguins

Flooding and evacuations as storm chaos hits NSW

The carpark at Narrabeen woolworths flooded due to heavy rain, Sydney. 9th February, 2020.
Picture by Damian Shaw
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Sydney has been plunged into chaos after the biggest rain event in 30 years sparked floods, home evacuations, traffic delays, power outages and landslides

Out-of-control bushfire burns one-fifth of ACT

The coastal area around Rainbow Flat was once again under threat.Firefighters fought intense fires to protest lives and property. Picture Gary Ramage
environment

A raging megablaze has burnt one-fifth of the Australian Capital Territory as out-of-control bushfires also continue to threaten homes in NSW and Victoria

First-ever close-up of the Sun

This is the highest-resolution image of the Sun ever taken. Credit: NSO/NSF/AURA
space

Scientists have released the first photographs of the Sun from the new solar telescope in Hawaii, showing churning plasma that looks like a sea of gold nuggets, each as big as France

Worms and mice at International Space Station

Astronauts working on the ISS. Picture: NASA
space

Astronauts on the International Space Station have taken delivery of super-muscled mice, pest-killing worms and a robot that can sense how the astronauts are feeling

Woman trapped in mountain of ‘cornflake’ algae

Kai, 13, Cruz, 10, Beau, 8 and Lola Colless, 5, playing in the mass of seaweed which washed up on Palm Beach. Photo: Brooke Colless
weather

Seaweed piled high on Queensland beaches has trapped at least one runner, who had to be rescued from the algae. While seaweed is not unusual, people have never seen so much at once

First Aussie reaches heart of Antarctica

** SPEAK TO COURIER MAIL PIC DESK *** ICEMAN: Gold Coast vet and adventurer Geoff Wilson who is going into a deep freezer to test his gear in preparation for a solo crossing of Antarctica to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.
Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
humanities

An adventurer from Queensland has become the first Australian to reach Antarctica’s Pole of Inaccessibility, just one leg of an epic journey to help men and women experiencing breast cancer

Australia on high fire alert

FIRE BAN: This weekend, a total fire ban is in place.
weather

A Code Red fire danger day has been declared in Victoria for the first time in 10 years as the entire country swelters through heatwave conditions and fires continue to burn

Record floods swamp historic Venice

TOPSHOT - A woman  crosses the flooded St. Mark's squareby St. Mark's Basilica after an exceptional overnight "Alta Acqua" high tide water level, early on November 13, 2019 in Venice. - Powerful rainstorms hit Italy on November 12, with the worst affected areas in the south and Venice, where there was widespread flooding. Within a cyclone that threatens the country, exceptional high water were rising in Venice, with the sirocco winds blowing northwards from the Adriatic sea against the lagoon’s outlets and preventing the water from flowing back into the sea. At 22:40pm the tide reached 183 cm, the second measure in history after the 198 cm of the 1966 flood. (Photo by Marco Bertorello / AFP)
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UNESCO World Heritage Site Venice is in a state of emergency after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the historic Italian city, with the mayor blaming climate change

Hell on earth as weather giants collide

Mark Knight cartoon on the bushfires in Queensland and NSW
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In our weekly series, award-winning cartoonist Mark Knight captures the helplessness of drought-affected Australian communities now caught in the path of catastrophic bushfires

Weary firefighters hailed as heroes

Firefighters work to contain a bushfire along Old Bar road in Old Bar, NSW, Saturday, November 9, 2019. Two people have been killed and seven others are missing in bushfires in NSW which have also destroyed at least 100 homes. (AAP Image/Darren Pateman) NO ARCHIVING
humanities

As several states prepare for increasing fire danger in coming days, we look at the incredible efforts of firefighters on the ground day and night 

Ice eggs cover beach in rare weather event

The extraordinary sight was captured on Hailuoto Island in Finland. Picture: Risto Mattila
weather

Ice eggs the size of footballs have engulfed an entire beach in Finland in a rare weather event that requires ice, wind, water and freezing temperatures

Australia’s most incredible weather photos

Australian Weather Calendar 2020
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Rainbows, aurora australis and massive, fluffy clouds that make you want to bounce on them star in the year’s best weather photos, as judged by the Bureau of Meteorology

Small town strikes it lucky in big dry

Holding a water rubber hose tube. Watering
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Tenterfield — battling drought and, recently, bushfires — has struck it lucky with the discovery of underground water only 126 days before the town’s supply was due to run dry

Australia’s critical water shortage

Calls for water infrastructure reform.
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Several NSW towns will run out of drinking water within weeks without rain. In the longer term, Australia needs to build more dams to supply our growing population