Category Archives: environment and conservation

Can we “science away” palm oil?

Credit: Permaculture (magazine) Yes, we can. Activist groups have been campaigning against palm oil for decades. What is less known though is that science has also been quietly working away, trying to find solutions to the myriad of issues that … Continue reading

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The Australian Housing Crisis: Possum Edition

Just like Australians looking to get into the property market, possums are facing their own unique housing problems. Possums rely on large tree-hollows to make their homes, but these hollows can take over 100 years to form.  Combine this with … Continue reading

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A new solution to acid mine drainage

If your tap water looked like this, would you drink it? No? Then you may be surprised to hear that water like this exists in many places across Australia. The reason the water looks so unhealthy is because it has … Continue reading

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Don’t have a cow, man: Ditching dairy, beef and lamb aids in global transition to sustainability

Time to put down your meat pie and double caramel mocha decaf frappuccino – unless you ordered it on soy. New research out of Chalmers university in Sweden suggests giving up beef and dairy will allow the energy system to … Continue reading

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It’s getting hot in here… So what does this mean for the ocean?

One day, in the not-so-distant future, the movie Finding Nemo may be seen as an incredibly inaccurate portrayal of life under the sea. And it’s not because of the talking fish. With climate change heating up our oceans and creating … Continue reading

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Bottoms up! Melting the dark side of Antarctic ice shelves

Antarctic ice shelves are nature’s buttresses against sea level rise that would devastate our coastal civilisations. New research provides a clearer picture of how climate change will speed up melting of ice shelves from underneath. Antarctica’s land area is almost … Continue reading

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A recipe for old leaves

Just how valuable are your garden scraps? Every year, nearly half of our organic waste gets thrown to landfill, when all of it could be used for other things.  Local councils are slowly introducing collection schemes for people’s leaves, grass … Continue reading

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Look out Harry – invisibility cloaks don’t work on Tassie devils anymore

Or at least, not on six very important Tasmanian devils. A study published in Biology Letters last October studied 52 wild devils, and found six who possessed never-before-seen antibodies against the deadly devil facial tumour disease, or DFTD for short. … Continue reading

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Eye of the Storm: Climate Change and the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is dying. One of Australia’s most spectacular natural wonders is being devastated by the impact of climate change. Scientists, governments and the media have drawn attention to human induced mass coral bleaching and ocean acidification but … Continue reading

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In support of shark deterring technology

Shark attacks have been increasing in Australia in the last two decades, scientists put this down to more people in the water, which boosts the likelihood of encountering a shark. Even though shark attacks are still extremely rare, something about … Continue reading

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