The Environment

Bold solutions for global challenges

The Environment

Bold solutions for global challenges

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Public pressure must end the ivory trade in Australia
As rhino and elephant body parts are pulled from a legal Australian auction taking place today, conservationists hope a current Senate Inquiry will be the beginning of the end for our domestic ivory trade.

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Late bushfire season and extreme heat put pressure on resources
A longer fire season means less chance to reduce bushfire fuel load through hazard reduction, says natural hazards expert Andrew Gissing, putting a greater burden on resources.

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Cities need more rooftop gardens to balance urban sprawl
Green places are vital for improving our health and creating a sense of community. So how do we balance development with green space?

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From sea monsters to BFFs: the amazing mateship of sharks
Sharks loom large and menacingly in the Australian imagination but new research shows that, just like humans, sharks have friends.

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Wild Australian rice could be the key to feeding 11 billion people
Following nearly a decade of research, the discovery of a heat-tolerant protein in native rice is set to go live in field trials of genetically engineered wheat.

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Solving the problem of honey bee colony collapse
Microscopic tagging of individual bees has uncovered crucial new data which could help colonies survive and ultimately protect our fresh food supply.

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Coral diversity thrives through a game of rock paper scissors
New research reveals how coral competes for space and light on the Great Barrier Reef – it's a battle of toxic barbs and poison tentacles.

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Donna Houston on tackling the environmental challenges of life in future cities
What are the environmental challenges facing cities of the future? Geography and planning lecturer Dr Donna Houston predicts what life in large urban centres might look like in years to come.

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Astrophysicist Lee Spitler tackles the question of life in space
We journey to the final frontier with Dr Lee Spitler and discuss life among the stars and ask him to tackle the age-old question: are there extra-terrestrial lifeforms out there?

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Millions of microbes hitch a ride on tourists, spreading disease
Resistance genes and feral microbes are travelling vast distances through humans on aircraft and ballast water on ships criss-crossing the globe in unprecedented numbers.

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New centre leads pesticide-free fight against fruit fly
Fruit fly poses the number one threat to the nation's $8 billion fruit and vegetable industry. A new Macquarie University team is set to tackle the threat.

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Communication is key: Lesley Hughes and climate change
There's near academic consensus around the existence of climate change but less so around the tools to reduce it. Maybe communication is the best tool for tackling one of the greatest issues of our time.