Environment

Sharks off Rio de Janeiro test positive for cocaine

Sharks off the coast of Brazil’s party city Rio de Janeiro have tested positive for cocaine.

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

On Friday 28 June, Aotearoa marks the third year of our newest public holiday, recognising Matariki, the Māori New Year.

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10 things you didn’t know about Jane Goodall

Dame Jane Goodall is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees. As well as her work studying and observing these primates, her 60-year-long career has spanned conservation, activism and mentorship.

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Why the kookaburra’s iconic laugh is at risk of being silenced

A combination of human-driven factors – climate change, bushfires and land clearing – is rapidly driving down kookaburra numbers.

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The total solar eclipse is a cosmic spectacle well worth the hype

Eclipse fever has gripped North America, where many people are talking, worrying — and obsessing — about the April 8 total solar eclipse.

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Landmark study reveals new ‘tree of life’ for all birds living today

After 10 years of work, the largest-ever study of bird genomes has produced a remarkably clear picture of the bird family tree.

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World’s first plantable cutlery sprouts onto the dining scene

You can now plant your fork and watch it grow.

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What washing machine settings can I use to make my clothes last longer?

How to keep your clothes in good shape? Check the labels and use the right washing machine settings.

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Where your favourite brand’s ethics rank on the annual ‘Chocolate Scorecard’

Each Easter we spend about $62 a head on chocolates, but the cost of buying unsustainable products can be far greater.

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7 ways to save water this World Water Day

March 22 marks World Water Day. In honour of this important day, here are seven strategies for reducing water waste.

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On a climate rollercoaster: how Australia’s environment fared in the world’s hottest year

Global climate records were shattered in 2023, from air and sea temperatures to sea-level rise and sea-ice extent. Scores of countries recorded their hottest year and numerous weather disasters occurred as climate change reared its head.

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New Penguin Colony Discovered in Antarctica

In a scientific breakthrough, Viking has announced the discovery of a previously unknown colony of chinstrap penguins on Diaz Rock, near Astrolabe Island, in Antarctica.

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Frozen in time: old paintings and new photographs reveal some NZ glaciers may soon be extinct

As the austral summer draws to a close, we are preparing to fly over the Southern Alps to survey glaciers. This annual flight supports the longest scientific study of Aotearoa New Zealand’s icescapes – and it shows that all of our glaciers have retreated since 1978.

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Last survivor of Hillary’s Everest summit says mountain is now too dirty, crowded

The last surviving member of Sir Edmund Hillary’s mountaineering expedition to conquer Mount Everest has spoken about the current conditions on the mountain.

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Our World’s Incredible Wildlife

United Nations World Wildlife Day (WWD) is celebrated each year on March 3rd.

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The ‘Wolf Moon’ will emerge tonight, the first full moon of the year

The Wolf Moon is a term used to describe the first full moon of the year.

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Mosquitoes can spread the flesh-eating Buruli ulcer. Here’s how you can protect yourself

Each year, more and more Victorians become sick with a flesh-eating bacteria known as Buruli ulcer. Last year, 363 people presented with the infection, the highest number since 2004.

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How do I use air conditioning efficiently? Is it better to blast it briefly, or just leave it on?

Despite so many people having air conditioning at home now, many are still unsure how to use it efficiently.

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Have you Watched Netflix’s Top 10 Series for 2023?

With over 800 million viewing minutes, there is no denying the number one spot for 2023. 

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Dr Jane Goodall returning Down Under for tour offering ‘Reasons for Hope’

Dr Jane Goodall is returning Down Under for a series of speaking engagements, sharing the tales and insights gleaned from a remarkable life and achievements focused on animal conservation.

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Iceland on High Alert for Volcanic Eruption – What we Know so far

The Reykjanes peninsula in south-west Iceland trembled with an intense swarm of earthquakes on the afternoon of Friday November 10.

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Pūteketeke Crowned Bird of the Century 2023.. with a Little Celebrity Interference

In a historic two-week battle of the birds, the Pūteketeke Australasian crested grebe has emerged victorious as the Bird of the Century for 2023.

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Surreal Moment Alaskan Outdoor Instructor Skates on Rare Ice Window

An Alaskan outdoor educator and ice rescue instructor recalled his experience skating on an unusual rink that was formed in the alpine lakes earlier this month.

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Saturn’s Rings will Disappear Shortly

NASA has confirmed the planet’s giant rings will disappear during rare equinox in 2025. 

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