The Whanganui River: now a legal person.
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New Zealand's Whanganui River and the Ganga and Yamuna Rivers in India have been given the right to 'sue' over issues like pollution. The challenge now is to ensure these legal rights are enforced.
A degraded wetland in the Pilot Wilderness area, Kosciuszko National Park, is subject to increasing numbers of feral horses.
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A reliable water supply from Australia's mountain catchments depends on intact and functioning ecosystems.
Pollution and debris off the Sri Lankan coast.
A new documentary highlights the plight of marine animals living among the estimated 5 trillion pieces of plastic rubbish generated by humans.
Just think of it as a battery that can also take you to the shops.
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By boosting the demand for energy from the grid, electric cars could help create an incentive for more renewable energy investment, while smoothing over issues with supply and demand.
Soils play an important role in the nutritional value of our food.
We're in danger of losing the health benefits of soils faster than they are replaced.
Orange-bellied parrots are one of the species included in the government’s Threatened Species Prospectus.
The government's charity drive for threatened species shows it's unwilling to invest what's needed to prevent extinction.
The long view: energy policy needs to stay firmly focused on the horizon.
The current flurry of energy policy aims to make power cheaper and more reliable. But it will take more than that to meet vital longer-term goals like cutting carbon while keeping future prices low.
South Australia has the most wind energy in the country.
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The South Australian and federal governments' energy feud reached a peak this week, but just who is responsible?
Cultana, South Australia: scene of the nation’s next big hydro scheme?
A planned expansion to the Snowy Hydro scheme is grabbing headlines. But a new plan could build oceanfront hydro power in places without mountains - including South Australia.
An emissions cap could save Australians up to A$500 each year in fuel costs.
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The Australian government is considering a cap on car emissions, and the savings in fuel and health costs mean there's no reason to delay.
The Great Barrier Reef is bleaching again, in its first back-to-back mass bleaching event.
The Great Barrier Reef is bleaching again. Without greater action on climate change and water quality, its World Heritage status could be listed as "in danger".
Early in the morning and late in the evening is when shorebirds escape disturbance on the beaches on which their survival depends.
We aren’t just jostling with each other for beach space. Scuttling, waddling, hopping or flying away from beachgoers all around Australia, wildlife struggles to survive the daily disturbances.
SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis outlines his plan to make his state more energy-independent.
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South Australia has unveiled its keenly awaited energy plan, featuring battery storage, a state-owned gas power station, and a thumb of the nose to the federal electricity rules.
SA energy minister Tom Koutsantonis (left) and Premier Jay Weatherill have outlined their vision for the state’s electricity.
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South Australia is investing $550 million in a plan to improve the reliability of its electricity. But the side-effect is that the National Electricity Market will now be even harder to run.
Surprisingly, the places with the most competition have seen some of the biggest price rises.
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Electricity retailers need to make their prices and offers more transparent and easier for customers to understand, or risk having to submit to price regulation to drive down bills.
Mangroves have died along a 1,000km stretch of coastline in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
In early 2016 reports appeared that vast swathes of mangroves had died in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It now appears heat and drought were to blame.
No matter how hard we dig, the Earth’s resources are ultimately finite.
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Even supposedly "green" technologies such as renewable energy require materials, land and solar exposure and cannot grow indefinitely on this planet.
Climate Institute chief executive John Connor launching the Pollute-o-Meter in 2013.
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After 12 years, The Climate Institute is shutting down having failed to find financial backing for its brand of "centrist, pragmatic advocacy" on climate policy.
Certain traditional owners and conservation groups allied to stand against a planned gas hub in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
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Relations between Indigenous peoples and environmentalists can be productive for both parties, but they will always be unstable.
Citizen science projects are a way to contribute to science from your own backyard.
From birds to bees, the wildlife in your backyard can tell us important things about the health of our environment.
Protesters gather against the Roe 8 highway extension in Perth.
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With WA's election looming, Perth's battle over the Roe 8 highway extension brings other environmental issues to the fore.
Popular tourist destination Kuta beach in Bali, Indonesia, is regularly covered in waste, most of it plastic that washes ashore during the rainy season. This picture was taken on February 15, 2016.
Marine plastic pollution is a global problem. Bali's beaches present prime examples and an opportunity to study the socio-economic effects this has on coastal communities.
Peter Green joins the millions of Christmas Island red crabs in their migration.
Matt Smith speaks with La Trobe University's Peter Green about the Christmas Island red crab's battle with the recently introduced yellow crazy ant and how a parasitical wasp could be the key to its survival.
The human footprint on Australia’s environment is evident in areas such as land use change.
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The State of the Environment 2016 report shows that the main drivers of environmental change in Australia are land-use change, habitat destruction, invasive species and climate change.
Australia’s electricity grid is no longer fit for purpose.
Privatisation has failed to keep Australia's electricity cheap and reliable. Time to renationalise the grid.