The new energy policy could potentially function to preserve black coal’s place in the energy mix.
AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts
The National Energy Guarantee proposal seems geared towards locking in the status quo rather than driving the much-needed energy transition.
Without help, Tasmania’s swift parrots could be wiped out within three generations.
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Tasmania's swift parrots are in trouble. Scientists are aiming to help them by keeping them safe from predators, but without better habitat protection, the species may go extinct.
Australia’s investment in community mental-health services is subordinate to our focus on care provided by public and private hospitals.
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Recently announced changes to private health insurance reinforce the primacy of hospitals for mental health issues. This is despite many inquiries recommending better community mental-health care.
Detail from Gerhard Richter’s Reader (804), 1994 Oil on canvas.
72 x 102cm.
Collection: San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, USA Purchase through the gifts of Mimi and Peter Haas and Helen and Charles Schwab, and the Accessions Committee Fund: Barbara and Gerson Bakar, Collectors Forum, Evelyn D. Haas, Elaine McKeon, Byron R. Meye
Gerhard Richter - one of the giants of post-war German art - is elusive, enigmatic and seemingly impossible to pin down. The first retrospective exhibition of his work in Australia is a brilliant and challenging event.
Would you pay more if you thought it would help?
Is Australia undervaluing its most valuable natural asset by only charging $6.50 a day to visit the Great Barrier Reef? And would it help if tourists were asked to pay more?
Leadbeater’s possum sightings are up – but that doesn’t mean the critically endangered species is recovering.
Increased sightings of endangered species doesn't mean it's recovering – but that's the argument being made by the native forest logging industry.
Mountain ash in the Victorian Central Highlands.
How do you determine the financial benefit of cutting a tree down, versus leaving it standing? Environmental accounting offers some insight.
Sydney is facing 50℃ summer days by 2040, new research says.
Future extreme heat is worse and coming sooner than you might think. Unless we mitigate and adapt we face increasing death rates.
Presidents Issoufou, Yayi, Deby and Buhari at a meeting of the Lake Chad Basin Commission, the body in charge of the lake replenishment project
The transnational project conceived 30 years ago to replenish the drying waters of Lake Chad finally seems poised to take off. But first, internal politics within member states must be overcome.
Petani Bali dengan latar Gunung Agung. Wilayah dengan aktivitas vulkanik yang tinggi adalah wilayah dengan lahan pertanian yang paling subur.
Abu vulkanik menciptakan gangguan bagi petani, karena dapat mengubur lahan pertanian dan merusak tanaman. Namun, dalam jangka panjang, abu akan menciptakan tanah yang paling subur di dunia.
Balinese farmers with Mount Agung in the background. Areas with high volcanic activity also have some of the world’s most fertile farmlands.
Volcanic ash can cause a nuisance to farmers, burying agricultural lands and damaging crops. But in the long term, this ash will create highly productive soil that can support huge populations.
On the prowl in the outback.
Hugh McGregor/Arid Recovery
For the first time, researchers have estimated the toll taken by feral and pet cats on Australia's bird life - and the numbers are high enough to push several species towards extinction.
A nuclear blast and runaway climate change could propel us into the Plutocene.
Imagine a world ravaged by the fallout from nuclear weapons and the runaway effects of climate change. Congratulations, you've just imagined the Plutocene, but let's hope it doesn't become a reality.
The price of new-build renewable energy is expected to fall significantly relative to new-build coal energy in coming years.
AAP Image/Lucy Hughes Jones
The price of renewable energy will fall significantly relative to new-build coal in coming decades, making an all-renewable electricity system more desirable, both economically and environmentally.
Sections of pipes are lined up ready for use in the construction of a coal seam gas pipeline.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has blamed gas exports for rising energy costs, breaking with a party room determined to find renewables guilty.
Depression doesn’t lead to heart disease, as some people suggest, but it’s a sign that you might be at risk of it.
If you're 45 or older and have depression, new research suggests you may need to ask for a heart check when you next see your doctor.
Warga dan wisatawan diimbau berada setidaknya enam kilometer dari Gunung Agung, di Karangasem, Bali.
Peringatan dikeluarkan untuk menghindari bahaya gunung berapi Indonesia menyusul serangkaian gempa bumi.
The travelling stock routes are a precious national resource.
Australia's iconic stock routes are now public land, used for everything from conservation to recreation. A government review may change that.
The imposition of steep duties on imported solar panel components could jeopardize thousands of jobs in the industry.
A trade spat could jack up the cost of going solar, killing jobs and obstructing efforts to do something about climate change.
Pumped hydro: all you really need is some reservoirs and a big hill.
AAP Image/Lukas Coch
Electricity storage is vital to the stability of a renewable energy grid. The world's favourite form of storage is pumped hydro – and researchers have located thousands of candidate sites.