Thousands of Queensland beachgoers have been stung by bluebottle jellyfish in recent months.
Better public awareness about Australian jellyfish is vital, especially as many Aussies head to the beach for likely the last time this Easter.
Finance minister Grant Robertson (left) and climate minister James Shaw address school children during a climate protest, promising that New Zealand will introduce zero carbon legislation this year.
The latest report on the state of New Zealand's environment delivers a forceful official statement on climate change impacts.
Very few people have ever had the patience to study how long garden snails live in the wild.
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It has been reported that at least one snail lived as many as 14 years in captivity. His name was George and he lived in Hawaii, in the United States.
Regional councils monitor water quality in streams and rivers.
Freshwater data in the latest report on the state of New Zealand's environment suggest improvements in water quality are possible but many gaps in understanding remain.
Easter eggs with coloured foil might look pretty at Easter, but it can contaminate your recycling if it’s not dealt with correctly.
Navigating Australia's recycling crisis is even harder during festive seasons. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.
Traditional owners are contesting the validity of Adani’s land use agreement.
An appeal to the full court of the Federal Court still stands in the way of Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine.
Electric vehicles and renewable energy must mine more responsibly.
More electric vehicles and renewable energy means more mining for resources. Unless industry adopts cleaner habits urgently, the environment faces more damage.
Autumnal displays may be dimmed in the future.
Record-breaking summer heat might mean trees delay and mute their autumn hues.
Yolks are a great source of vitamins, minerals, fats and proteins packaged up by the female animal for an embryo.
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A yolk allows a developing animal to stay in an egg longer, boosting its chance of survival. The downside is the mother has to work hard finding extra food so her body can create a nutritious yolk.
Nobuteru Taniguc drifting a Tesla Model S in Tokyo, Japan.
Electric motors are used in everything from utes to mining trucks – because they pack plenty of oomph.
Known sweat-collecting stingless bees, Tetragonula sp., from the bee family Apidae.
Bees might not be able to survive inside a person's eye, but they can be drawn to disgusting food sources.
Dr Michael Whitehead is campaigning to rename the Gimlet Gum to the Sexy Gum.
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The Instagram-able Eucalyptus salubris, better known as the Gimlet Gum, is well worth getting off the beaten track for.
Smart meters can help share the load of charging electric cars.
Concerns about the strain electric cars can put on the electricity grid are not unfounded, but there are some relatively simple fixes available.
There are plenty of economic reasons to change our gas-guzzling habits.
The transport sector is the fastest growing contributor of greenhouse gases. Electric vehicles are a cost-effective solution.
It’s not all doom and gloom – pathways to restore the health of our planet do exist.
The world is on the brink of creating irreversible damage to the environment if better policy isn't rolled out. Read the findings of the UN report.
The Melbourne vegan protests prompted a social media backlash.
Animal-rights protesters have grabbed headlines this week, but research shows antagonism is not always effective.
A report has found the causes of mass fish deaths in the Darling river.
Fish deaths at the lower Darling can happen again. Here's what we can do about it.
Wildebeest crossing the Mara River in Tanzania during their annual mass migration.
When people build fences across semi-arid landscapes we cut off vital paths to seasonal food and water.
In Australia you can have any tree you want, as long as it’s a eucalypt.
Eucalypts have been in Australia for 45 million years. But hundreds of species appeared more recently than previously thought.
Three words, so much mileage: Tony Abbott’s anti-carbon tax refrain has been a fixture on the policy landscape for years.
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We've been here before. In fact we've been going round in circles on climate policy for decades, while the temperature (of the debate, as well as the planet) climbs ever higher.
Swamp foxtail is prized in ornamental gardens across Australia.
Present in Asia and Australia, the origins of swamp foxtails have not always been clear. Genetic studies put uncertainties to rest.
Tasmania’s fires may have released mercury previously absorbed by trees.
Huon pines in Tasmania have locked up significant amounts of mercury pollution from the state's mining industrial history. And that can be released back to the atmosphere in bushfires.
Tigers have whisker hairs even on their front legs and chin!
Whiskers are not just ordinary hairs. They are thicker and go deeper into the tiger's skin and send messages to its brain about what is happening in the world around it.
Argentine ants are a fact of life in many parts of Australia, but can still potentially be banished from Norfolk Island.
Invasive pest ants cause billions of dollars worth of damage to crops, and threaten some of Australia's World Heritage rainforests. The federal budget has pledged nearly $30m on wiping them out – but how?
Feral cats are linked to the extinction of at least 20 Australian mammals.
Dingoes help conservation efforts by controlling the population of feral cats.