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It’s a tactic humans have tried time and again thanks to its apparent simplicity: Dislike a pest? Enlist something that will eat it. On Monday, Australia’s environment ministry announced a new investment of more than $450,000 in U.S. dollars for two years of research into just such a scheme, aimed ...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
Helen Davidson         As climate change pushes marine species towards cooler waters, and the fishing industry expands around the globe, the tropics are emptying out, a leading fisheries expert has warned. The federal government is expected to release its new management pla...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Australia and other nations must be held to account for obligations they have made to protect World Heritage sites such as the Great Barrier Reef, legal groups say. US-based Earthjustice and Environmental Justice Australia on Thursday unveiled legal analysis in Paris that they said demons...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
The longest and most widespread coral bleaching event on record has reached reefs near at least 38 countries and island groups, according to the latest report from NOAA's Coral Reef Watch and other research. Parts of many coral reefs have died, becoming ghostly underwater graveyards. They ...
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Posted by on in Animals
A changing climate means that by 2070 koalas may no longer call large parts of inland Australia home, researchers have found. Using a detailed ecological model, the University of Melbourne study shows hotter temperatures and altered rainfall patterns will make it much more difficult for koalas to...
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Posted by on in Animals
The institute’s report said 333 minke whales were captured, including pregnant females. Japan’s actions are in defiance of international criticism and despite a 2014 UN legal decision that ruled so-called scientific whaling activity in the Southern Ocean was a front for commercial hunts. The ...
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Posted by on in General Environment
What is Earth Hour? Earth Hour is a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet, and is organised by WWF. Engaging a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues, Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Si...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Australia's Environment Minister Greg Hunt has pledged to end the extinction of native mammal species by 2020, with a focus on culprits such as feral cats. Hunt said Australia had the worst rate of mammal loss in the world and the nation's "greatest failure" in environmental policy was protecting t...
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Posted by on in Fishing
In a major win for sharks and their advocates, Australia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended Western Australia (WA) end its controversial shark killing program. After a series of fatal attacks, WA's government proposed a new program in an effort to keep beachgoers safe that invo...
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Posted by on in Air Quality
The prospects of Australia having a carbon tax are now virtually zero following the Victorian state election according to John Roskam, the executive director of the free market think tank, Institute of Public Affairs. 'Rising electricity prices were a huge factor in the campaign, and a major reason...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
For the second year in a row, the World Heritage Committee has told Australia to better protect the Great Barrier Reef and address threats from port development, dredging and dumping. “The World Heritage Committee has resisted intense pressure from the Australian and Queensland Governments to w...
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Posted by on in General Environment
Lord Howe Island World Heritage Site, Australia Background Lord Howe Island is an irregularly crescent-shaped volcanic remnant in the Southwest Pacific Ocean. Two thirds of the island is a Permanent Park Preserve and the surrounding waters a Marine Park since 1998. Lord Howe is one of the "cleanes...
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Posted by on in Climate Change
At the Australian Bat Clinic in Queensland, 15 baby flying foxes (bats) were lined up and ready to be fed Thursday. They were brought there to get out of the extreme heat, which has killed hundreds of thousands of bats. Temperatures across much of the U.S. are, as forecast, finally starting to get ...
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Posted by on in Fossil Fuels
Coal mining companies in Australia have been enjoying the good life in recent years, making millions of dollars from feeding the seemingly insatiable energy appetites of Asia's tiger economies - particularly that of China. But a new report by the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Two American fighter jets dropped four unarmed bombs into Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park last week when a training exercise went wrong, the U.S. Navy said, angering environmentalists. The two AV-8B Harrier jets launched from aircraft carrier USS Bonhomme Richard each jettisoned an inert...
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Posted by on in Wildlife Conservation
Japan has told the United Nation's highest court that Australia's anti-whaling stance is part of a "civilising mission and moral crusade" that is totally out of place in the modern world. Tokyo did not hold back in its opening submission to the 16 judges of the international court of...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
Coral Reefs around the world are under attack due to human activities. Deforestation, overfishing, global warming, climate change, warmer waters, and the decrease in water PH are destroying this beautiful marine world.   An entire ecosystem lives beneath the water’s surface. Sea Anemones live...
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Posted by on in Earth Violators
Ad dumped as Nine gives Greenpeace the bird The Nine Network has been accused by Greenpeace of buckling under pressure from the beverage industry for the last-minute yanking of an ad promoting recycling from its Friday night football coverage. A 45-second version of the ad on YouTube has been amon...
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Posted by on in Ocean/Seas/Coastlines
  Australia created the world's largest network of marine national parks on Friday, protecting an area of ocean the size of Western Europe in a move which will prevent oil and gas exploration and commercial fishing in the most sensitive areas. Environment Minister Tony Burke said the decisi...
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Posted by on in Fishing
by David Wroe The controversial super trawler Margiris could be fishing in Australian waters within days after being given the green light by the Environment Minister, Tony Burke, although it will face strict conditions to protect ocean life. The 142-metre Dutch-owned trawler, which arrived in A...
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