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Activists surround Shell Oil rig in Seattle’s Elliot Bay to protest Arctic drilling plans. Daniella Beccaria/Flickr

Offshore drilling: why it makes economic sense to wait

Offshore drilling debates boil down to "Drill, baby, drill" versus "spill, baby, spill." But economists say the right question is when we know enough to drill safely – and often that means waiting.
Spiny water flea (Bythotrephes longimanus). Jake R. Walsh

Tiny flea reveals the devastating costs of invasive species

Invasive species cause some $120 billion in damages across North America yearly -- and that's just direct costs. A study of one species in one Wisconsin lake indicates the real toll is much higher.
QUT researcher Kerrie Mengersen with hardware used to capture Amazon footage. Vanessa Hunter/Flickr

Virtual reality brings new dimension to conservation

Virtual reality is enabling researchers to get first hand experience of remote environments, helping them make better decisions about their conservation.
Australian defence ranges, such as Shoalwater Bay, cover some 3 million hectares of the country. DVIDSHUB/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons

Defence white paper shows Australian forces must safeguard nature too

Australia's defence forces manage huge swathes of land which are home to valuable ecosystems. The new defence white paper finally acknowledges the importance of looking after them.

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