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Have you stopped wearing reusable fabric masks? Here's how to cut down waste without compromising your health

Fri, 2022-01-28 12:33
Just because we’re in a period of social change, doesn’t mean we have to lose momentum on sustainability. There are six things we can do right now to offset our daily waste from disposable masks. Aleasha McCallion, Strategic Projects Manager, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University Forbes McGain, Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne Kim Borg, Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia, Monash Sustainable Development Institute, Monash University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Meat and masculinity: why some men just can't stomach plant-based food

Fri, 2022-01-28 05:09
Many men see meat as a core part of their identity. That could pose a stumbling block for the newly popular plant-based meat sector. Dora Marinova, Professor of Sustainability, Curtin University Christopher Bryant, Research associate, University of Bath Diana Bogueva, Team Manager/ Adjunct Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Hearts, cells and mud: how biology helps humans re-imagine our cities in vexed times

Thu, 2022-01-27 14:48
Naturalistic thinking has long helped humanity grapple with complex urban predicaments. What role can it play today? Marco Amati, Associate Professor of International Planning, Centre for Urban Research, RMIT University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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'Life finds a way': here's how rainbowfish survive in Australia's scorching desert

Thu, 2022-01-27 05:02
As climate change worsens,ther findings highlight the importance of conserving natural river flows to enable freshwater species to respond and adapt. Catherine R. M. Attard, Lecturer in Molecular Ecology, Flinders University Chris Brauer, Postdoctoral Fellow Molecular Ecology Lab, Flinders University Jonathan Sandoval Castillo, Postdoctoral Fellow Molecular Ecology, Flinders University Louis Bernatchez, Professeur en biologie, Université Laval Luciano Beheregaray, Professor of Biodiversity Genomics, Flinders University Peter Unmack, Research Fellow, University of Canberra Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Some endangered species can no longer survive in the wild. So should we alter their genes?

Wed, 2022-01-26 05:03
The rapid rate of species declines means we should trial potential solutions before it’s too late. Tiffany Kosch, Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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What drove Perth's record-smashing heatwave – and why it's a taste of things to come

Tue, 2022-01-25 12:45
Climate models point to these extreme heatwaves becoming more frequent in southwest Australia – a region considered a climate change hotspot. Jatin Kala, Senior Lecturer and ARC DECRA felllow, Murdoch University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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COVID will dominate, but New Zealand will also have to face the 'triple planetary crisis' this year

Tue, 2022-01-25 11:46
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the agenda for 2022 includes key developments to tackle the connected crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. Nathan Cooper, Associate Professor of Law, University of Waikato Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Ancient knowledge is lost when a species disappears. It's time to let Indigenous people care for their country, their way

Tue, 2022-01-25 05:09
Rather than sitting in the back seat, Indigenous Australians must be up front in managing the recovery of Australia’s unique and precious environment. Teagan Goolmeer, PhD Candidate, The University of Melbourne Assoc Prof Bradley J. Moggridge, Associate Professor in Indigenous Water Science, University of Canberra Professor Stephen van Leeuwen, BHP / Curtin Indigenous Chair of Biodiversity & Environmental Science, Curtin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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How this little marsupial's poo nurtures urban gardens and bushland (and how you can help protect them)

Mon, 2022-01-24 12:52
Quenda are one of few remaining digging mammals in Australian urban bushlands, and fungi is their favourite food. Anna Hopkins, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Ecology, Edith Cowan University Natasha Tay, PhD Candidate, Murdoch University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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5 ways climate change boosts tsunami threat, from collapsing ice shelves to sea level rise

Mon, 2022-01-24 05:09
Climate change doesn’t just affect the atmosphere and the oceans, it affects the Earth’s crust as well. Jane Cunneen, Adjunct Research Fellow, Curtin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Dinosaur food and Hiroshima bomb survivors: maidenhair trees are 'living fossils' and your new favourite plant

Fri, 2022-01-21 05:04
Maidenhair trees, Ginkgo biloba, can live for over 1,000 years and grow 35m tall. While they’re beautiful to look at, they’re also notorious for their vomit-smelling seeds. Gregory Moore, Doctor of Botany, The University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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2021 was one of the hottest years on record – and it could also be the coldest we'll ever see again

Thu, 2022-01-20 10:07
2021 was the sixth hottest year on record, despite the cooling effect of back-to-back La Niñas. Let’s reflect on the year that was, and what we can expect for this year and beyond. Andrew King, Senior Lecturer in Climate Science, The University of Melbourne Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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How long to midnight? The Doomsday Clock measures more than nuclear risk – and it’s about to be reset again

Thu, 2022-01-20 04:59
The Doomsday Clock has never before been as close to midnight as it is now. There is scant hope of it winding back on its 75th anniversary. Jack Heinemann, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Canterbury Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Confusion, financial pressure, discomfort: older people can struggle with sustainable living, despite its obvious benefits

Thu, 2022-01-20 04:59
People living in sustainable dwellings may use less energy and water which leads to lower bills. But older people may suffer cognitive decline and struggle to use sustainable technology devices. Xin Hu, Lecturer, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Leaf oysters: the unsung heroes of estuaries are disappearing, and we know almost nothing about them

Wed, 2022-01-19 15:52
Leaf oysters can form reefs, produce mauve pearls, and reach the size of a dinner plate. They’ve been ignored for far too long. Kirsten Benkendorff, Associate Professor in Marine Biology, Southern Cross University Chamara Bethotage, PhD candidate, Southern Cross University Victoria Cole, Adjuct, Southern Cross University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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4 ways to stop Australia's surge in rooftop solar from destabilising electricity prices

Wed, 2022-01-19 05:07
Australia has one of the highest rooftop solar installation rates in the world, which is great news for our efforts to reduce emissions. But can the grid keep up? Christina Nikitopoulos, Associate professor, Finance Discipline Group, University of Technology Sydney Alan Rai, Adjunct professor, University of Technology Sydney Muthe Mwampashi, PhD Candidate, University of Technology Sydney Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Sportswashing: how mining and energy companies sponsor your favourite sports to help clean up their image

Tue, 2022-01-18 05:00
Companies may be using the positive impacts of sport to divert attention from their roles in furthering climate change. Robin Canniford, Department of Management & Marketing, The University of Melbourne Tim Hill, Lecturer in Marketing, University of Bath Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Sponges can survive low oxygen and warming waters. They could be the main reef organisms in the future

Tue, 2022-01-18 04:59
Sponges are ancient marine animals and have already shown robustness against stresses from climate change. New research now shows they can also tolerate low-oxygen conditions. James Bell, Professor of Marine Biology, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Rob McAllen, Professor of Marine Conservation, University College Cork Valerio Micaroni, PhD Candidate in Coastal and Marine Biology and Ecology, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Waves from the Tonga tsunami are still being felt in Australia – and even a 50cm surge could knock you off your feet

Mon, 2022-01-17 16:26
Australians tend to be fairly relaxed about the tsunami risk. But warnings from authorities to stay away from foreshore areas should not be ignored. Hannah Power, Associate Professor in Coastal and Marine Science, University of Newcastle Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Green hydrogen is coming - and these Australian regions are well placed to build our new export industry

Mon, 2022-01-17 04:56
There’s a lot of buzz around green hydrogen. But we need to get the groundwork right - and pick the best spots to produce it Steven Percy, Senior Research Fellow, Victorian Hydrogen Hub, Swinburne University of Technology Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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