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Global Study Shows that Healthy Rivers Help Create Healthy Reefs

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reef1Global Study Shows that Healthy Rivers Help Create Healthy Reefs

Researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) and the CSIRO have conducted a global literature review examining how better land management in upstream catchments helps to protect coastal coral reefs from agricultural pollution. The research is published in the UK peer reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin today.

"Our research has shown that coral reefs will benefit from improved river and catchment management. By looking at examples where better managing agricultural pollution has improved coastal water quality worldwide, we now understand how better to protect coastal rivers and coral reefs," said AIMS Marine Ecologist, Dr Frederieke Kroon.
 

Bush Blitz steps up search for Australia's 'hidden' species

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bushBush Blitz steps up search for Australia's 'hidden' species

The world's first continent-scale nature discovery project, Bush Blitz, is being ramped up to broaden the search for Australia's least known plant and animal species.

Bush Blitz has been extended until 2017 thanks to $12 million in funding from the Australian Government and BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities, with each contributing $6 million.
 

How fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet

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pandaHow fussy pandas maintain a balanced bamboo diet

Pandas are famously fussy eaters, but new research suggests there is method to their madness, with the animals switching between different species and parts of bamboo plants to maintain a balanced diet and reproduce.

According to the research - led by academics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and co-authored by Professor David Raubenheimer from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre, Faculty of Veterinary Science and School of Biological Sciences - pandas migrate long distances to switch between the shoots and leaves of two different bamboo varieties.
 

Pilliga coal seam gas drilling approval a travesty

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wildernesslogoPilliga coal seam gas drilling approval a travesty

The approval by the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission of nine more exploration drills in the Pilliga Forest in the state's north-west is a travesty, the Wilderness Society said today.

"How can the Planning Assessment Commission approve drilling when Santos has not revealed any plans on how it will treat the toxic coal seam gas waste water, which has been the source of at least 20 spills in the Pilliga forest, including the contamination of an aquifer with uranium and other toxic heavy metals?" said Wilderness Society Newcastle campaigner Dr Geoff Evans.
 

Al Gore on Australia's Climate Policy

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algoreFormer US Vice President Al Gore on Australia's Climate Policy

"The decision to repeal Australia's nationwide price on carbon is, as I said last month, a disappointing step for a country that continues to experience the worsening consequences of the climate crisis.

Australia has been a longtime world leader in the effort to halt global warming.
 

Senators, now explain it to your grandkids

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acflogoSenators, now explain it to your grandkids

The Abbott Government and crossbench Senators who voted today to get rid of the carbon price have left Australia with no comprehensive scheme to cut the pollution that is causing global warming.

They will need to explain to their children and grandchildren why they voted this way, the Australian Conservation Foundation said.
 

Study finds planning crucial to cutting food waste

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vicmarketsStudy finds planning crucial to cutting food waste

When it comes to food waste, the humble householder is the biggest offender – throwing out an estimated 40 per cent of the food they buy.

That's the equivalent of two in every five bags of groceries - about 2.7 million tonnes of food - going straight into household bins each year.
 


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