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Ocean temperatures set heat records, raising fresh concerns for marine life

Ocean temperatures set heat records, raising fresh concerns for marine life

Warmer oceans will create more intense weather systems, such as storms and tropical cyclones, while greenhouse gases will have an impact on acidity levels in seas, scientists say.

  • by Laura Chung

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What makes Australia’s creatures so unique

What makes Australia’s creatures so unique

Today on Please Explain, journalist Mike Foley talks to Rachel Clun about the strange animals Down Under.

  • by Rachel Clun
Chemical concerns after mass bee kill

Chemical concerns after mass bee kill

Geelong beekeeper John Edmonds used to take his bee hives up to the Sunraysia region on the Murray river every winter to help pollinate the almond farms.

  • by Cara Waters
‘This is our story’: the Indigenous land managers bringing life back to the state’s south-west

‘This is our story’: the Indigenous land managers bringing life back to the state’s south-west

Storms are regular in the region, as are floods and droughts. The harsh conditions are not for everyone, but for Nari Nari man Jamie Woods and Ngiyampaa man Mark Schneider, managing the property is the best job there is.

  • by Laura Chung and Brook Mitchell
Floodwaters bring outback property back to life
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Floodwaters bring outback property back to life

Ibis and ducks are among those circling flooded paddocks, while water runs through once-empty river channels at Gayini, an 88,000 hectare property in the state's southwest, fueling the region’s regeneration.

Bird numbers unlikely to fully recover despite drought-breaking rains and floods
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Bird numbers unlikely to fully recover despite drought-breaking rains and floods

The Gayini wetlands are experiencing small increases in bird numbers following heavy rains and floods. But its bird populations have been consistently declining over the past 40 years.

  • by Laura Chung and Brook Mitchell
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‘No incentive’: Former environment watchdog boss accuses state of tanking offsets market

‘No incentive’: Former environment watchdog boss accuses state of tanking offsets market

The NSW Ombudsman is also investigating a claim the government was offering to buy biodiversity credits for significantly less than their market value.

  • by Angus Thompson
‘Canary in coal mine’: Bogong moth added to world’s most threatened species

‘Canary in coal mine’: Bogong moth added to world’s most threatened species

The International Union for Conservation of Nature released its Red List of globally threatened species on Friday, which included the bogong moth and the grey-headed flying fox.

  • by Laura Chung
Uncovered: the mysterious journey of the short-finned eel

Uncovered: the mysterious journey of the short-finned eel

It’s the first time anywhere in the world that an eel migration has been tracked from the freshwater river, where they spend years maturing, to the oceans, where they go to spawn and die.

  • by Miki Perkins
Is it time for photographers to dump the cute and get more political?

Is it time for photographers to dump the cute and get more political?

Scott Portelli has gone to the end of the world to get shots of animals under threat. Should more photographers do the same?

  • by Julie Power
Victoria’s once-common plants and animals in serious decline

Victoria’s once-common plants and animals in serious decline

Climate change and land clearing are placing the state’s native plants and animals under significant pressure, an inquiry has found.

  • by Miki Perkins