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Bitterns boom in rice bays

The largest population of Australasian Bitterns ever recorded has been found in Riverina rice crops, highlighting the potential role of rice growing – an industry often under fire for high water use – in waterbird conservation.

Michele Sabto     25-Aug-2014

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Explainer: the RV Investigator's role in marine science
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We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our deepest oceans, and only 12 per cent of the ocean floor within Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone has so far been mapped.
Toni Moate     22-Dec-2014
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Can farmers live with dingoes?
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ECOS has been exploring the ecological value of dingoes and other apex predators within ecosystems, as part of a wider debate about whether such predators should be culled or conserved in areas where they come into conflict with humans and human property. Now we ask, is it possible for dingoes and livestock grazing to co-exist?
Michele Sabto     22-Dec-2014
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How flesh-eaters helped shape our ecosystems
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Australian carnivores exhibit a remarkable diversity, from the small antechinuses found in rainforest trees, to goannas living in the heat of the central and western deserts. Each plays a vital role in our ecosystems, keeping other predators and herbivores under check and exerting ecological pressure from the top down.
15-Dec-2014
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‘Primary’ forests? Yes, there is a difference – and we need them more than ever
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What often gets lost in the public debate about forests is the fact that they are not all the same. This is not just a rhetorical point. The world's ‘primary' forests – those barely touched by industrial human activity – naturally sequester and store vast amounts of carbon from the atmosphere; are home to species found nowhere else; are a source of abundant freshwater; and provide sustainable livelihoods for forest-dwelling Indigenous communities.
Brendan Mackey     15-Dec-2014
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Listening to the land
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Imagine yourself in the middle of the rainforest. Close your eyes. What do you hear? Perhaps the rustling of ground birds scratching around in the leaf litter, the sudden whip of a whipbird, the machine gun rattle of Lewin's honeyeater, the swish of the high canopy as the wind passes overhead.
May-Le Ng     12-Dec-2014
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Australia should export more ideas and fewer greenhouse emissions
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As climate negotiators meet at the United Nations' Lima summit, which comes hot on the heels of the landmark US-China climate deal, there is a renewed focus on how the world can move to a lower-emissions future.
Alex Wonhas     08-Dec-2014
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Urbanisation brings animals and diseases closer to home
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Our world is becoming increasingly urbanised. In 1950, just 30 per cent of the world's population lived in urban areas. This number is now over 50 per cent and rising. Among urbanisation's many environmental challenges is the increased risk of pathogen transmission.
Cadhla Firth and Kurt Zuelke     02-Dec-2014
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Megadosing the environment? How toxic waste from drug manufacture can create problems
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We've all heard about the pollution of our waterways from drug and cosmetic residues in our sewage and wastewater. But what about the waste discharged from pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities, especially the growing number of factories in places like India and China?
Rachel Sullivan     02-Dec-2014
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