Environment

How to find the Matariki star cluster: best times and locations

On Friday 24 June, Aotearoa marks the first public holiday recognising Matariki, the Māori New Year.

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One in five of the world’s reptiles are threatened with extinction: new research

Scientists say turtles faced imminent danger of going extinct. 

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Sir David Attenborough honoured as ‘Champion of the Earth’ by UN

The pioneering broadcaster and naturalist has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the United Nations. 

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‘A viable path to halving global emissions by 2030’: Key findings in the IPCC report

IPCC says the tools to stop catastrophic climate change are in our hands. Four scientists explain how to use them.

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New research suggests there is no safe level of air pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) has established guidelines on air pollution levels which are used around the world to set standards and measure air quality.

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Ukraine’s zoos: what is happening to all the animals?

Details are starting to emerge on how Ukraine’s zoos are coping with the war. Some of the animals including lions, tigers and wild cats have been rehomed to zoos in Poland but this is just not going to be possible for many species.

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IWD: OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn shares moving message on breaking the gender bias

OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn doesn’t just rescue food to feed people in need: she inspires. If she can make a difference, each of us can, and together we can change the world for the better.

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Mass starvation, extinctions, disasters: climate change report warns of ‘irreversible’ impacts

This article is written by Mark Howden, director at ANU Institute for Climate, Energy and Disaster Solutions at Australian National University; Joy Pereira, professor at the National University of Malaysia and Roberto Sánchez, professor at Colegio de la Frontera Norte. 

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Each Antarctic tourist effectively melts 83 tonnes of snow, says new research

As human activity in Antarctica increases, so will the accompanying effects, writes Matthew Harris, PhD Researcher of Climate Science at Keele University. 

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Are you guilty of wishcycling? Two waste experts explain

Wishcycling is putting something in the recycling bin and hoping it will be recycled, even if there is little evidence to confirm this assumption.

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Back so soon, La Niña? Here’s why we’re copping two soggy summers in a row

Last month was Australia’s wettest November on record, and summer in Queensland and parts of New South Wales is also expected to be soggy for the second consecutive year. So why is our summer parade being rained on yet again?

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Fossil spine suggests ancient human relative walked like us, but climbed like an ape

Around two million years ago an ancient human relative, Australopithecus sediba, lived in what is today South Africa, nearby a cave called Malapa that’s a part of the Cradle of Humankind. Until recently, it was not clear how much the species spent climbing in trees and walking on two legs on the ground.

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Microplastics aren’t just a problem for the ocean – they’re in our soils too

One of the environmental legacies of Covid-19 may well be vast amounts of plastic pollution. Since the beginning of the pandemic, scientists have warned of the long-term threat of littering face masks and other PPE into the environment.

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Antarctic penguin lands on New Zealand shores after 3,000km journey

The Adélie penguin is affectionally known as ‘Pingu’ to locals.

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Five adorable lion cubs join Taronga Zoo’s pride

Five African lion cubs – three females and two males – have made their public debut at Sydney’s Taronga zoo.

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Endangered bat takes home the 2021 Bird of the Year title

The controversial bat nominee has nabbed the title of 2021 Bird of the Year.

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UN declares access to a clean environment a human right

The U.N. Human Rights Council has recognised access to a clean and healthy environment as a fundamental right, formally adding its weight to the global fight against climate change and its devastating consequences.

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Jane Goodall: ‘We’ve got to rethink our relationship with the natural world’

It’s been over 60 years since a young Jane Goodall arrived in Africa to study chimpanzees. Today, the world-renowned primatologist is enthusiastic about new thinking aroundthe environment and full of hope for the future of the planet we all inhabit.

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OzHarvest launches ‘Use It Up’ campaign to tackle household food waste

This International Food Loss & Waste Day, OzHarvest is launching a new campaign to tackle the 2.5 million tonnes of food wasted from Australian homes every year.

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A photographer and writer go eye to eye with the world’s great apes

In this extract from The Science of Hope, Dr Wiebke Finkler tells the fascinating story behind the great apes.

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Scientists discover recordings of ‘talking’ duck

The scientists say the duck seems to have picked up an Australian accent.

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Rare kiwi chick born on first day of spring in Franz Josef

The team at the West Coast Wildlife Centre are celebrating the arrival of a Rowi kiwi on the first day of spring.

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Previously unknown four-legged whale species found in Egypt

Scientists said they had discovered the 43 million‮-‬year-old‮ ‬fossil of a previously unknown amphibious four-legged whale species in Egypt that helps trace the transition of whales from land to sea.

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Meet the guardians of the grapes at this award-winning Central Otago winery

Amisfield is deeply dedicated to honouring the history of the land, acting as protectors of the grapes as they move from vine to bottle to become wines of great taste and character. This year every single grape picked at the estate was completely organic, marking a major milestone in their award-winning story.

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