Tech and tradition helping island’s koalas survive fire

10 July

Indigenous rangers are working to protect a Queensland island’s koalas from fire, one of the biggest threats facing the marsupial residents. Koala populations on Minjerribah, or North Stradbroke Island, are the only naturally occurring island...[Read More]

Why land burials of whales dig a big hole for the ocean

10 July

When whales strand or wash up dead on Australia’s picturesque beaches, authorities are left with a colossal mess to clean up. Typically the solution is to truck their hulking carcasses away and bury them. It’s costly and laborious work as West...[Read More]

Farmers ‘united’ in fight over live-sheep export ban

3 July

Farmers are vowing to continue to fight the Albanese government’s live-sheep export ban and accuse Labor of turning its back on Australian agriculture. Live sheep exports by sea will be banned from May 2028 after legislation passed the Senate on...[Read More]

‘Rock star of whale world’ likely still alive

3 July

The humpback highway has reopened for another year with hopes the “rock star of the whale world” will make an appearance. Queensland’s whale season has kicked off with 40,000 gentle giants expected to swim along the east coast between June and...[Read More]

Ban on live sheep exports clears lower house

26 June

A contentious ban on live sheep exports is set for a Senate showdown after laws ending the practice passed the lower house. The proposal would see the live sheep trade come to an end in Australia in May 2028, with affected farmers in WA to receive a...[Read More]

Ramp up targets to save reef, UNESCO tells Australia

26 June

A United Nations body has told Australia to ramp up its climate change targets and get serious about land clearing if it wants to save the Great Barrier Reef. Australia has been given another reprieve after UNESCO recommended the World...[Read More]

Coalition says nuclear power could enter grid by 2030s

20 June

Australian homes could be powered by nuclear energy by 2035 at the earliest under the coalition’s election plan. Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has unveiled details of his much-anticipated nuclear energy policy, which will put nuclear power plants...[Read More]

Reflections reveal climate risk to Murray-Darling Basin

19 June

The Murray-Darling Basin Plan needs flexibility to balance the water needs of people and the environment and to prepare for a drier future for Australia’s largest river system, a review has revealed. At the Murray-Darling Basin Authority’s River...[Read More]

Skills shortage could lead to food insecurity

12 June

There’s an urgent need to train more scientists in plant breeding to help maintain global food production levels, according to research from Australia’s national science agency. A lack of skilled scientists who specialise in plant breeding could...[Read More]

Energy tsars call for cohesion on ‘enormous transition’

12 June

Australia’s energy tsars have sounded a warning on staying the course on the power network’s decarbonisation, with sustained investment essential nationwide. “Doing nothing is not an option,” Australian Energy Market Operator chief executive...[Read More]

Energy storage sites earmarked to keep the lights on

5 June

Energy storage sites in NSW, Queensland and South Australia are poised to play a critical role in the national electricity market, a developer says. Rok Solid founder and chief executive Daniel Moroko pitched the 1.5 gigawatt portfolio of six prime...[Read More]

Strong pickings as agriculture in for ripe harvest

5 June

Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry production are on track to record their third-highest yield on record after a favourable winter and improved seasonal outlook. The gross value of the industries is expected to jump to $89.5 billion...[Read More]

Shoppers slash emissions by grabbing greener groceries

29 May

Climate-conscious consumers can help slash greenhouse gas emissions by 70 per cent through choosing more environmentally friendly groceries, according to an Australian study. Analysts calculated the projected emissions of more than 22,000 items...[Read More]

Push to crack open container scheme to boost recycling

29 May

Container deposit schemes should be expanded to include milk, wine and spirit bottles to prevent more waste ending up in waterways. A parliamentary inquiry examining plastic pollution has called for container deposit schemes to be harmonised across...[Read More]

‘Back to the future’ for carbon credit scheme

22 May

Changes to the carbon credit scheme will allow third-party stakeholders to come up with innovative ways to reduce emissions but critics say it could undermine the system. A new proponent-led process will allow projects and methods to be developed...[Read More]