Tag Archive | Australia

Could this be the future of Zoos?

Unzoos are a way for visitors to view wild animals and become immersed in their natural habitat. They encourage wild animals to interact with visitors.  One of the first zoos to enter this territory is the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo in Taranna Australia (here) . This is an interesting concept to see as more and more zoos move away from cages, adopting naturalistic enclosures. This Unzoo takes it one step further moving towards an environment designed around the animals, rather than the visitors.

Is this the future of zoos? Read more about “The Unzoo Alternative” here

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“Human effects on Earth are 170 times greater than natural forces: Study”

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/02/13/Human-effects-on-Earth-are-170-times-greater-than-natural-forces-Study/6211486996449/?nll=1

Scientists at the Australian National University have come up with a simple equation to calculate the impact of human forces on planet Earth. The numbers suggests humans are accelerating climate change by a factor 170 times greater than natural forces.

“Revealed: first mammal species wiped out by human-induced climate change”

The Bramble Cay melomys has become extinct, Australian scientists say.

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Human-caused climate change appears to have driven the Great Barrier Reef’s only endemic mammal species into the history books, with the Bramble Cay melomys, a small rodent that lives on a tiny island in the eastern Torres Strait, being completely wiped-out from its only known location.

It is also the first recorded extinction of a mammal anywhere in the world thought to be primarily due to human-caused climate change.

“Record-Breaking Hot Ocean Temperatures Are Frying The Great Barrier Reef”

In total 93 percent of the reefs have been affected by coral bleaching -- many severely.

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The Great Barrier Reef’s coral is dying, and it may never be the same again.

Last month, as historically high ocean temperatures bathed the waters around the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian government raised the coral bleaching threat to the highest level possible.

“Fish near angling hotspots are more clever, avoid capture”

http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2016/04/21/Fish-near-angling-hotspots-are-more-clever-avoid-capture/2691461243354/?nll=1

New research out of the University of Queensland confirms what many fishermen likely already suspected — the fish near angling hotspots are smarter.

“River Flows Drop As Carbon Dioxide Creates Thirstier Plants”

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Rising carbon dioxide concentrations are causing vegetation across large parts of Australia to grow more quickly, in turn consuming more water and reducing flows into river basins.

“Fish which walks out of water and breathes on land for six days ‘could spell major disaster’ for wildlife in Australia”

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A bizarre and seemingly super-powered fish which can walk out of water and breathe on land for up to six days could spell a ‘major disaster’ for wildlife, scientists have warned.

The aggressive climbing perch, which has lungs as well as gills, has been discovered in northern Australia.

“Australia Scraps Carbon Price as Abbott Meets Election Vow”

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-17/australia-scraps-carbon-price-as-abbott-meets-election-pledge.html

Australia’s Senate voted to scrap the nation’s price on carbon, fulfilling a key election pledge by Prime Minister Tony Abbott and leaving the nation without an approved mechanism to tackle emissions.

 

“White Roads Could Help Reduce Urban Temperatures”

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The Cool Change Cities Project, which has begun testing a lighter-pigment road surface in Sydney, Australia. This whiter road could drop temperatures in packed urban areas by 7°C, or about 44°F, a tremendous drop in places like Sydney that are experiencing record high summer temperatures.

“Australia to investigate renewable energy target”

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http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2014/02/18/Australia-to-investigate-renewable-energy-target/UPI-24691392742944/

The Australian government is reviewing the country’s renewable energy target, which calls for 20 percent of Australia’s electricity to be generated by clean energy sources by 2020.

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The interests of the mining industry are not served by aggressive emissions reduction targets.