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Issue 196


Drought in store as El Niño's western cousin to grow stronger
Over the past few months, a lot of attention has been paid to the potentially strong El Niño event brewing in the Pacific Ocean. But there is also the potential for an emerging climate phenomenon in the Indian Ocean that could worsen the impacts of an El Niño, bringing drought to Australia and its neighbours.
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Pilbara shows how to save the most species per dollar
Across northern Australia, small native mammals are disappearing at an alarming rate, and other animals and plants are also in decline. One major problem is finding the best way to use funds to manage threats to disappearing plants and animals. In the Pilbara region of Western Australia, 15 per cent of the original mammal species have already disappeared, and more species stand to go if growing threats are left unchecked.
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Much loss and an uncertain future for Australia’s unique mammals
Australia's mammal fauna is the most distinctive of any continent. It includes many species and groups of remarkable antiquity. At the time of European settlement, many Australian mammal species were extraordinarily abundant, and many had pivotal ecological roles.
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Resilient cities more likely to bounce back from future shocks
Late last year, the US-based Rockefeller Foundation named Melbourne as one of 33 cities in the first wave of its 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge.
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Four mysteries of the Indian Ocean
Despite being the third largest ocean in the world, the Indian Ocean is one of the least explored marine environments. Covering around 20 per cent of the Earth's surface and spanning more than 73 million square kilometres, it's an important channel for over half the world's shipping.
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Why collect?
CSIRO is the custodian of many large biological collections – of insects, fish, seeds, plants, wildlife and algae – that contribute to national and international scientific knowledge. Why are specimen collections so important? Dr Jeff Leis, from the Australian Museum, explains.
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In Brief - Round-up of sustainability news

Wheat strains that will help keep food on the table
Indigenous enterprise helping stamp out yellow crazy ants
Call to better protect ‘the last wilderness on Earth'
Asia-Pacific hub to stimulate regional investment in clean energy
Report shows need to reinvigorate corporate social responsibility
Changing rainfall patterns influencing plant growth and fruit development
Transforming mining wastewater into rainwater
Re-examine assumptions for measuring biodiversity, study advises
Solar thermal trial breaks ‘supercritical’ record
Visit from cane toad cousin coincides with calls to strengthen biosecurity
More governments adopting controversial ‘triage’ approach to conservation
Deep sea fish in UK waters provide natural carbon capture and storage
Making it easier to Think.Eat.Save
Do current models underestimate true cost of climate change?
DNA may unlock the white shark’s secrets
Cutting emissions: even modest technologies reap big rewards

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