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Australia Aims to End Species Extinctions — Can Its New Plan Succeed?

Australia Aims to End Species Extinctions — Can Its New Plan Succeed?

Australia has one of the highest rates of species extinctions in the world, but it has just announced an initiative to preserve 30% of the country’s land mass by 2030 in order to bring species extinctions down entirely to zero. Australia is home to many unique plants and animals, but increasing extreme weather events, including […]

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    Over 15 Million Bees Destroyed in Australia Amid Varroa Mite Outbreak

    Over 15 Million Bees Destroyed in Australia Amid Varroa Mite Outbreak

    In New South Wales, Australia, an outbreak of varroa mite parasites, also called varroa destructors which are deadly to honey bees, has led to the culling of over 15 million bees since the parasite was first detected on June 22. New South Wales’ Agriculture Minister Dugald Saunders said that bees in 1,533 hives have been […]

    Sydney Flooding Kills One, Forces Thousands From Their Homes

    Sydney Flooding Kills One, Forces Thousands From Their Homes

    At least one person has died and around 50,000 were warned they might need to flee their homes as Sydney, Australia, is experiencing its fourth major flood emergency in 16 to 18 months.  The flooding was caused by a storm that brought a year’s worth of rainfall to some areas in just three days, as […]

    More Than 100 Australian Birds Die in Suspected Poisoning

    More Than 100 Australian Birds Die in Suspected Poisoning

    When Kirsty Ramadan of the Bohollow Wildlife Shelter was called out to Barmah, near the border of Victoria and New South Wales in Australia, to help a sick bird, she was confronted with much more than she bargained for.  The report she heeded told her that there were five dead birds near the ailing long-billed […]

    How Urban Isolation Could Make Snakes More Vulnerable to Climate Change

    How Urban Isolation Could Make Snakes More Vulnerable to Climate Change

    Could urbanization make it harder for some animals to adapt to the climate crisis?  A study published in the journal PLOS ONE last year found that the populations of Western tiger snakes (Notechis scutatus occidentalis) that were the most cut off from others due to urbanization in and around Perth, Australia, had reduced genetic diversity, […]

    Australian Election Reflects Broad Support for Climate Action

    Australian Election Reflects Broad Support for Climate Action

    Three years ago, Australia was supposed to have its “climate change election.” Polls had predicted a win for Labor, which had promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 45 percent by 2030, and nearly two-thirds of Australians agreed that the climate crisis was a major problem that required action. Despite this, the conservative Liberal-National coalition […]