Xanthorrhoea have no real trunk – just tightly packed leaves.
Grass trees are wonderfully odd. They fit no neat definition, and can live up to 600 years.
Sydney’s iconic beaches are not yet part of a marine park.
The New South Wales government has turned its back on plans to create sanctuary zones covering 2.4% of waters around Sydney, despite evidence that these 'no-take' areas are crucial for protecting fish.
Some sea creatures are displaced by the desalination plant, but others actually grow.
Pumping very salty water into the ocean has surprisingly little impact on marine life.
Cane toads are on the march, but new genetic research could slow them down.
New genetic knowledge about cane toads could give us the knowledge we need to throw some more roadblocks in front of this persistent invader as it marches across Australia.
The Derwent River Sea Star was only documented for 25 years before its extinction.
Blair Patulo, Museums Victoria
It's quite hard to tell when a sea creature is extinct – there's always hope it will turn up somewhere.
New Zealand’s emission reduction target for 2030 is to bring emissions to 30% below 2005 levels, and to be carbon neutral by 2050.
With consultation underway to improve the New Zealand emissions trading scheme, experts argue that a reserve price on emissions units could help rebuild confidence in low-emission investment.
Environmental water is not a luxury – it’s vital for river ecosystems and everyone who depends on them.
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Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has suggested changing the rules to allow 'environmental' water to be diverted to drought-hit farms. But the idea would be far less straightforward in practice.
The industry selling honey and bee products is booming.
The bee product industry is booming and in unregulated markets, there is a strong economic incentive to cheat. Self regulation combined with legal deterrence could help clean up the sticky mess.
Idiospermum is otherwise known as “idiot fruit” or ribbonwood.
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In a few idyllic parts of Queensland grows the idiot fruit, a tall tree with intricate flowers and some of the largest seeds in Australia.
Plastic bags, balloons, and rope fragments were among more than 100 pieces of plastic in the gut of a single turtle.
Autopsies of 1,000 turtles washed up on Australian beaches paint a grim picture of the impact of plastic debris. Even a single piece can be deadly, and on average 14 pieces equals a 50% fatality rate.
Smart meters promise lower bills, but could also reduce your privacy.
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Smart meters are being rolled out across Australia, offering the opportunity to share data with third parties who promise to help you find a cheaper deal. But this requires strong consumer protection.
Australia needs to think about the energy grid of the future.
'Energy security' isn't just about cheaper bills. We urgently need to design a modern, safe Australian grid.
A handy source of information about questions big and small.
Google search histories can be used to reveal how much the public knows about climate change in countries all over the world - and how ready they are to take action to guard against its effects.
Indian has a booming poultry market.
India doesn't eat much meat per capita, but that might be changing: it's the fastest-growing poultry market in the world.
The Mugga Lane Solar Farm in the ACT is part of a new wave of large-scale renewable energy projects.
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Australia could be getting half of its electricity from renewable energy by 2025, even without government subsidies for new wind and solar projects, according to a new analysis of energy industry trends.
Australia’s climate stance risks its standing on the world stage.
Climate policy is clearly a threat to the job security of Australian prime ministers, but it could upend our international diplomacy as well, with a string of key summits looming in coming months.
Myrmecocystus honeypot ants, showing the repletes, their abdomens swollen to store honey, above ordinary workers.
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Honey might be synonymous with bees, but they're not the only insects that come up with the goods.
Getting up close and personal can make you like sharks more, even if you already like them.
Sharks have a PR problem. But new research shows that shark ecotourism programs boost people's knowledge and attitudes towards shark conservation – even among those who are green-minded to begin with.
The closure of the Hazelwood mine has lessons for the future of coal in Australia.
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An international report has found there's no future for Australia's coal exports.
Australia’s energy emissions fell slightly due to renewable energy, but it’s not enough.
Australia is falling behind on its Paris targets, but we have many options for improvement.
Australia’s grain exports will suffer under climate change.
Climate change will change the dynamic for major food exporters like China and the US.
The GBR Foundation fills a gap in funding research that might be seen as too much of a risk by other agencies.
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Federal Labor has pledged to withdraw the A$443 million given to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. But the foundation's decisions are led by science, and free of undue influence, its chief scientist says.
Fake honey products have been found in Australia.
Australia's largest honey producer has been accused of selling fake honey. But what is fake honey – and why has it only been found now?
Melissa Price, the new Minister for the Environment, has a tough road ahead.
Splitting the energy and environment portfolios might sound like a backward step, but here's why it could work.
A wild dingo from the Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia.
The WA government has announced plans to reclassify dingoes as no different to wild dogs - paving the way for them to be culled at will. But dingoes are unique and deserve to be recognised as such.