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Malcolm Turnbull and his colleagues have pointed $1 billion of the government’s existing green energy funding towards the Great Barrier Reef. AAP/Lukas Coch

PolicyCheck: What are the parties really offering to save the Great Barrier Reef?

The Coalition has ramped up the race to fund the Great Barrier Reef's protection. All three major parties have promised hundreds of millions of dollars, but where from, and what will they be spent on?
Birthing on country generally refers to an Aboriginal mother giving birth to her child on the lands of their ancestors. Skylines/Shutterstock

Why we need to support Aboriginal women’s choice to give birth on country

Where birthing on country is not offered, women leave their families weeks before birth. Or she can choose to give birth in her community without skilled birth attendants, which is risky.
Visits to Belize’s reefs have been climbing, despite them being listed as World Heritage in Danger since 2009. Elizabeth Albert/Wikimedia Commons

Does tourism really suffer at sites listed as World Heritage In Danger?

Australia's government has lobbied hard to avoid the Great Barrier Reef being described internationally as being in danger. But that publicity wouldn't necessarily hit tourism that hard anyway.
While politicians like Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce do the traditional photo-ops, fewer people than ever are taking on farming, which can no longer support vibrant rural and regional communities on its own. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Election 2016: the issues in non-metropolitan Australia

What are the issues facing rural and regional Australia? The challenges are many and varied – and only some have made the national political agenda – but these areas deserve better than neglect.
Avec sa nageoire caudale triangulaire et son beau chant mélancolique, le dugong serait à l’origine du mythe des sirènes conté par Homère dans l’« Odyssée ». Matthieu Juncker

Sauver le dugong de Nouvelle-Calédonie, mission possible !

Seul un millier de ces « vaches marines » broute aujourd’hui les fonds marins de l’archipel calédonien. Une série d’actions cherche à sauver l’espèce.
Professor Morgan Pratchett surveys bleached corals on Australia’s GBR. Cassy Thompson, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Coral Bleaching Taskforce: more than 1,000 km of the Great Barrier Reef has bleached

Bleaching has hit a huge swathe of the Great Barrier Reef, with many corals in the reef's remote northern reaches now expected to die as a result of warm waters linked to this summer's El Niño.
Major development banks are funding logging, mining and infrastructure projects that are having enormous impacts on nature. Here, forests are being razed along a newly constructed road in central Amazonia. William Laurance

Development banks threaten to unleash an infrastructure tsunami on the environment

Big new investors such as the Asian Infrastructure Development Bank are key players in a worldwide infrastructure, and that could be bad news for the environment.
Aboriginal groups need to play an active part in Aboriginal health to ensure we get it right. Dan Peled/AAP

How to reform primary health care to close the gap

How can primary health networks work closely with Aboriginal services to ensure health care is appropriate and culturally competent?

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