Environment

This is what it looks like instead. The local community around Dunlop Station

Royal Commission uncovers ‘epic’ failure

July 3, 2019

It’s not often the words “maladministration” and “unlawful” are used to describe the activities of government authorities, but the words seem barely adequate to describe the findings of a royal commission into the Murray-Darling river system. The commission has delivered a damning assessment into what some have described as an “epic” failure to manage Australia’s […]

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A NASA image of cyclones veronica and Trevor as they both circled over Northern Australia. Picture: NASA.

90pc of state to see ‘substantial’ rain

June 11, 2019

  The rain gauge at Roebourne in the Pilbara filled up fast last night as Tropical Cyclone Veronica stormed down the Pilbara coast. Between 8.30pm Monday and 5am Tuesday, more than 300mm fell — that’s the area’s annual rainfall in less than one day. But the big wet is not confined to the east coast […]

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The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is a not-profit company funded by companies including BHP and Rio Tinto. Picture: William West/AFP

Concerns growing over ‘developing scandal’

May 27, 2019

ON THE surface, a huge $444 million grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation was a big win for the preservation of one of Australia’s most precious landmarks. But alarm bells are going off for some in the industry as more details of the deal come to light. The grant, announced in a joint media […]

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Scientists have long speculated that massive volcanic outbursts triggered the ancient extinction event. Picture: Supplied

Why Earth could be heading for ‘true catastrophe’

February 11, 2019

Scientists think they’ve figured out the falling dominoes that led to Earth’s largest mass extinction and worry that human-caused climate change puts the planet on a vaguely similar path. Some 250 million years ago, about 90 per cent of sea life and 70 per cent of land life went extinct in what is now called […]

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Landclearing leaves koalas without habitat and food.

This picture drives home the threats facing koalas, which face extinction

January 26, 2019

This picture highlights the bleak future for koalas, which face the escalating threat of extinction in New South Wales thanks to record levels of landclearing. Taken recently in Monaltrie in the state’s northeast, it shows four koalas clinging to an almost bare tree, starving and with no suitable habitat to shelter within. The area is […]

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The glacier dome of sleeping giant volcano Katla which last erupted in 1918. Picture: Etienne De Malglaive/Getty Images

Scientists blowing up over claims of imminent volcano eruption

December 7, 2018

Katla, a volcano in southern Iceland, hasn’t had a major eruption since 1918.Source:Getty Images REPORTS predicting the imminent eruption of a “highly hazardous” volcano in Iceland have been slammed by scientists as premature and “highly exaggerated”. The story was originally published by UK news outlet The Sunday Times and focused on recent airborne measurements taken […]

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A Japan Coast Guard vessel patrols the Northern Territories east of the ‘disappeared’ islet. Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

It’s not easy to lose an entire island. What happened, Japan?

November 12, 2018

  A TINY island off the coast of northern Japan has disappeared.     The uninhabited islet, called Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, was believed to be located about 500 metres from a village called Sarufutsu, near Hokkaido.       One of the small, uninhabited Japanese islands, Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, has vanished completely. (Jesper Rautell Balle/Wikimedia)Source:Supplied […]

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