Monthly Archives: April 2015

Study uses satellite data to map vast continental-scale loss of habitat and farms to fracking

The rapid expansion of oil and gas developments has caused the loss of more than three million hectares of farmland and wildlife habitat across the United States and Canada, according to a study by the University of Montana. It’s the … Continue reading

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Australia’s top Antarctic science director Tony Fleming moves on after four years

Dr Tony Fleming, the director of the Australian Antarctic Division, has resigned and will leave in early August. In a brief statement on 24 April, federal environment minister  Greg Hunt refers to the departure as a “retirement”, but an AAD … Continue reading

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Do not disturb – study shows Hawaii’s spinner dolphins need sheltered bays to rest

Hawaii’s spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) need sheltered bays to rest during the day, and disruption of their down-time by tourists makes them more vulnerable to predators. A four-year study by West Australian marine scientist Julian Tyne has found spinner dolphins are … Continue reading

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Does federal eco-inquiry have Australia’s favourite yarnbombing nannas in its sights

So, why does Australia need a parliamentary inquiry into the national Register of Environmental Organisations? Here are two possible answers. Firstly, enthusiastic public support for grassroots anti-coal seam gas groups, Lock the Gate and the Knitting Nannas Against Gas , … Continue reading

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Aerial mapping of Angkor temple trees could be used to stop forest crime in Cambodia

A team of botanists and archaeologists have used high-resolution aerial images to map tree canopies and species in temple forests surrounding the Angkor World Heritage site in north-west Cambodia. It’s the first study of its kind to combine VHR (very … Continue reading

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Missouri study finds middle-size ponds are best habitat for frog conservation

Frogs tend to thrive in ponds that are small enough to have few predators and large enough not to dry out too quickly, according to University of Missouri research. Not too small, not too big – an intermediate size, ranging … Continue reading

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Can Australia’s threatened species summit work if agencies stripped of science funding

A date has now been set for the national threatened species summit that was flagged back in February in a statement following a meeting of federal , state and territory environment ministers in Canberra. The summit will be held on … Continue reading

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