Tag Archive | Australia

“Bushfires Release Over Half Australia’s Annual Carbon Emissions”

Firefighters tend to burning property caused by bushfires in Bargo on Dec.  21.


The unprecedented bushfires devastating swathes of Australia have already pumped out more than half of the country’s annual carbon dioxide emissions in another setback to the fight against climate change.

Fires blighting New South Wales and Queensland have emitted a combined 306 million tons of carbon dioxide since Aug. 1, which is more than half of Australia’s total greenhouse gas footprint last year, according to Niels Andela, an assistant research scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and collaborator with the Global Fire Emissions Database. That compares with the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service’s estimate of 270 million tons in just over four months.

“The Case For Introducing Rhinos To Australia”


Rhinos in Australia might seem like an insane proposition – after all, we’ve had historically bad luck with introduced species. But on reflection it’s not quite as crazy as it sounds.

“Great Barrier Reef Gets $379 Million Boost After Coral Dies Off”


The Great Barrier Reef is being given a A$500 million ($379 million) boost by Australia in the battle to save the world’s largest living structure as it faces mounting challenges such as climate change, agricultural runoff and a coral-eating starfish.

“Eastern quoll reintroduced to mainland Australia”

An eastern quoll is seen in the wild with a GPS tracking device


A species of marsupial, the eastern quoll, has returned to the wild in mainland Australia for the first time in about half a century.

“Great Barrier Reef: rising temperatures turning green sea turtles female”

A green sea turtle


Rising temperatures are turning almost all green sea turtles in a Great Barrier Reefpopulation female, new research has found.

The scientific paper warned the skewed ratio could threaten the population’s future.

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

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


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.


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.


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”


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