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Mountain biking seems harmless but can damage soil and scare wildlife. Pixabay

Trails on trial: which human uses are OK for protected areas?

National parks and nature reserves are vital for conservation, but are also great places for recreation. Balancing the two is tricky, but it can be done if we realise parks are not just playgrounds.
Idiospermum is otherwise known as “idiot fruit” or ribbonwood. via Wikimedia Commons

It’s hard to spread the idiot fruit

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.
In refusing to strike out Smith’s claim, the court has accepted that it is arguable police could owe a common law duty of care to specific victims of domestic violence to protect them from preventable harm. AAP/James Ross

Court opens door to domestic violence victim to sue police for negligence

A Victorian woman claims police were negligent in failing to prevent breaches of protection orders against her ex-partner – a case that may open up new legal avenues in domestic violence cases.
Le trafic de cornes de rhinocéros est l’une des menaces principales qui pèse sur cette espèce. Markjohnson1234/Pixabay

Des rhinocéros en Australie ? Une idée pas si folle

Pour aider à sauvegarder les populations de rhinocéros, pourquoi ne pas accueillir ces animaux dans de grands parcs en Australie ?
Successive governments have seen the Great Barrier Reef not just as a scientific wonder, but as a channel to further economic development. Superjoseph/Shutterstock.com

Politicised science on the Great Barrier Reef? It’s been that way for more than a century

The $444 million awarded to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation has been criticised as a politically calculated move. But governments have been asking what the reef can do for them ever since colonial times.
Some fish fared better than others amid the extreme temperatures of the 2016 heatwave. Rick Stuart-Smith/Reef Life Survey

The 2016 Great Barrier Reef heatwave caused widespread changes to fish populations

The 2016 heatwave that caused mass bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef didn't just kill corals - it also significantly changed the makeup of fish communities that call these reefs home.
Australia could sustain wild rhinos, but should it try? Renaud Fulconis/International Rhino Foundation

The case for introducing rhinos to Australia

Would you pay to see rhinos in Australia's savannas or forests? It's not as crazy as it sounds – and could help save collapsing rhino populations.
Silent Evolution by Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor makes sculptures and sinks them beneath the sea to create artificial reefs. © Jason deCaires Taylor

The science and art of reef restoration

Not everything humans put in the ocean is garbage. From walls of tyres to sunken sculptures, reef restoration is both a science and an art.
Australia’s deep history was uncovered at Lake Mungo.

Fifty years ago, at Lake Mungo, the true scale of Aboriginal Australians’ epic story was revealed

On the golden jubilee of the discovery of Mungo Lady's 40,000-year-old remains, we can reflect on Aboriginal Australia's vast history, which predates the arrival of Homo sapiens in both Europe and America.
Matahari terbenam tampak melintasi Port Warrender ke Dataran Tinggi Mitchell di pantai Kimberley. Itu ada di daerah Wunambal Gaambera. Mark Jones Films (dengan izin)

Cara sampai ke Australia … lebih dari 50.000 tahun lalu

Manusia pertama yang sampai ke Australia mungkin menavigasi lautan unuk menyeberang hingga barat laut pesisir benua tersebut lebih dari 50.000 tahun lalu.
Planning and design for healthy, liveable communities in the Australian tropics can involve quite different considerations from those that apply down south. Silvia Tavares

Making a global agenda work locally for healthy, sustainable living in tropical Australia

There's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all plan for sustainable, healthy urban living. Urban diaries help identify what works – and doesn't work – for tropical cities like Cairns or Townsville.
Crowdfunded campaigns to save the orange-bellied parrot are a rare ray of hope. Fatih Sam

Crowdfunded campaigns are conserving the Earth’s environment

When environmental needs outstrip government funds, people power steps up.

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