Cartier Island marine reserve is part of a network that covers one-third of Australian waters.
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Marine parks need to cover large swathes of ocean, but they also need to cover the right areas if they are to deliver the best conservation. New research off Australia's northwest suggests how.
Britain’s industrial pioneers couldn’t have known how they would affect the climate.
The first signs that humans were warming the climate appeared much earlier in the northern hemisphere - way back in the 1830s. But now the trend is emerging all over the globe.
Nne-star-rated ‘Catalyst’ houses built to maximise passive solar principles were evaluated against seven control houses built to DHHS standards.
Emerging research challenges the idea that sustainable housing is unaffordable. It shows sustainability and good design can be affordable when analyses include social, health and wellbeing benefits.
Atmospheric, marine, environmental, biological and medical scientists join in calling for more focus on the damage being wrought by climate change.
Residents walk through rubble in central Italy.
Central Italy has been hit by a magnitude 6.2 earthquake, only seven years after a similar devastating quake in the region.
Antarctica’s ice sheets will continue to melt long after this century.
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If we accept that 2 degrees warming is dangerous this century, we have to accept it is dangerous beyond.
Australia’s treeless alps are vulnerable to the spread of woody shrubs.
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Climate change is happening faster than ecosystems can keep up with, so they'll need a hand from us.
Could gas play a bigger role in Australia’s power sector?
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The recent meeting of Australia's energy ministers had a major focus on gas in our power sector.
New water policies could cause even more harm to the already damaged Tukituki River.
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New Zealand’s economically driven approach to ecological decline risks entrenching environmental problems rather than solving them.
Scalloped hammerhead, a species that is listed as endanged by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
A recent shark licence buy-up in Australia is a great opportunity for fishers and conservation organisations to work together to maintain healthy ecosystems and fisheries.
Better, cleaner buildings could deliver a quarter of Australia’s greenhouse gas reductions.
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Energy upgrades to Australia's buildings could meet a quarter of our climate goals.
Republican candidate Donald Trump has promised to ‘cancel’ or ‘renegotiate’ the Paris Agreement.
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US involvement in the Paris Agreement depends on the president – so what happens when the president changes?
Honeybees aren’t the only wildlife affected by pesticides – wild bees and butterflies also feel the effect.
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Two new studies have linked controversial pesticides neonicotinoides to wild bee and butterfly declines.
It’s not easy to find wildlife in a country as vast as Australia.
Scientists are calling for your help this National Science Week to identify Australian wildlife.
Windbacks to solar subsidies may encourage larger systems.
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Many households in New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria will lose their subsidies for solar power this year.
Filipino fishers in the South China Sea.
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The South China Sea produces more than 10% of the world's fish – but the catch is increasingly under threat.
The Great Barrier Reef is already feeling the effects of climate change.
Limiting global warming to 1.5℃ already looks out of reach, so where do we go from here?
Check it out while you can.
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The ailing health of the Great Barrier Reef may be attracting more tourists, at least in the short term, with a survey showing many visitors were motivated to see it while they still have the chance.
Nauru’s parliament would have been rebuilt in Queensland, but with less power.
In the 1960s, with the phosphate boom over and Nauru's economy in ruins, Australia offered to move the entire nation to Queensland's Curtis Island. But with no sovereignty on offer, the deal collapsed.
Australia will likely have to close more coal power stations to meet climate targets.
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Australia's energy watchdog has warned that closing coal power stations could leave us vulnerable to supply problems. But not if we help take the pressure off the grid.
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef’s water quality finally has a hard dollar price on it.
A groundbreaking new economic study has found that investing A$8.2 billion would get us very close to hitting targets to cut water pollution into the Great Barrier Reef by 2025.
Increasing land clearing could leave Australia hotter and drier.
Here's another reason to stop land clearing: it's making Australia hotter and drier.
Galileo was right, but that doesn’t mean his fans are.
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One Nation Senator-elect Malcolm Roberts lauds Galileo as a hero who turned scientific consensus on its head. But the 'Galileo gambit' is just one weapon in the climate conspiracists' arsenal.
Snow leopards are just one of the species still threatened by hunting.
Climate change gets a lot of the spotlight when it comes to saving wildlife. But bigger threats remain.
The Pasha Bulker ran aground amid the full force of an East Coast Low back in 2007.
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Most people in Australia's southeast are familiar with the stormy weather known as East Coast Lows. But they might not realise how much scientific progress has been made in understanding them.