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The Adani coal mine has become a key issue for voters. Wes Mountain/The Conversation, CC BY-ND

State of the states: Adani, economics and personality politics

West Australian voters need convincing that the Coalition will be better than Labor at managing the economy. Meanwhile, the Queensland seat of Dickson has already descended into personality politics.
Orangutan Tapanuli yang sangat terancam dari Sumatra, Indonesia. Maxime Aliaga / Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme

Nasib hutan Indonesia ada di tangan pemenang pilpres

Bertanding kembalinya Jokowi mungkin membahayakan keanekaragaman hayati global, karena ia mengancam mengingkari moratorium pembukaan perkebunan kelapa sawit baru.
Keep up-to-date election campaign in each state. Shutterstock

Federal election 2019: state of the states

Keep up-to-date with how the federal election is playing out locally. Our State of the States series takes stock of the key issues, seats and policies affecting the vote in each of Australia's states.
Argentine ants are a fact of life in many parts of Australia, but can still potentially be banished from Norfolk Island. Davefoc/Wikimedia Commons

Invasive ants: federal budget takes aim but will it be a lethal shot?

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?
A medical abortion is induced with medication, while a surgical abortion is performed with instruments in a clinic or hospital operating theatre. JGA/Shutterstock

It’s time to lift the restrictions on medical abortion in Australia

The medical abortion drug mifepristone has been available in Australian for the past 13 years but it's still out of reach for many women who decide to terminate their pregnancy.
Marine Drive in Mumbai, viewed here from across Chowpatty Beach, is an ‘accidental’ planning legacy that’s now one of the most popular places in the city. Dirk Ott/Shutterstock

Healthy, happy and tropical – world’s fastest-growing cities demand our attention

When we plan a better future for an increasingly urbanised world, we need to be aware that more than half of all children now live in the tropics. That calls for solutions with a tropical character.
Without significant tree cover, dry and dusty landscapes can result. Don Driscoll

To reduce fire risk and meet climate targets, over 300 scientists call for stronger land clearing laws

A new petition is urging state and federal governments to rein in Australia's rampant land clearing, which worsens the risk of bushfires and threatens to undo the work of the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Gestational diabetes is diagnosed when women have elevated levels of sugar in their blood during pregnancy. But there’s no international threshold. freestocks.org

Are you at risk of being diagnosed with gestational diabetes? It depends on where you live

Sarah and Donna are 26 weeks pregnant and have the same blood sugar levels. But while Donna is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, Sarah is spared from the label. It comes down to where she lives.
A few days after baby molluscs come out from tiny eggs, they start building their shell layer after layer. Emily Nunnell/The Conversation NY-BD-CC

Curious Kids: how do shells get made?

Molluscs that have shells - like pipis, clams and oysters - have to build their own shell from scratch. And they keep building it their whole life, using chemicals from the sea and their own bodies.

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