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About rosslynbeeby

Environment journalist & researcher, worked for Fairfax news & ABC Radio Australia - now independent & unmuzzled. Big interest in biodiversity & conservation research, policy shifts, greener cities, smarter farming & climate change. Awarded Asia Pacific Jefferson Fellowship (for climate change research ). Currently Australian & NZ editor for global research news service, Research Professional.

Data research finds air pollution risk from Australia’s coal mines may be under-reported

Air pollution from Australia’s coal mines has increased by more than 50 per cent since 2008 and now accounts for 42 per cent of the national tally of large particulate emissions, according to data analysis by an international team of … Continue reading

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Camera collars show Tassie devils play a big role in carrion clean up

Tasmanian devils spend more time scavenging for carrion at night than actively hunting prey, move at a ‘constant run’ while foraging and rarely walk, a survey using video collars has revealed. Scientists at the University of Tasmania used the collars … Continue reading

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Illegal ‘fish laundering’ costing billions in lost trade, jobs & tax for poorer nations

Global trade in illegally caught fish and other seafood is causing total losses of up to $50 billion annually for legitimate fisheries in 143 countries across Asia, Africa and South America. A study led by scientists in Canada and Western … Continue reading

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Climate change & loss of trees increase extreme heat in Sydney’s western suburbs

Sydney’s sprawling and densely populated western suburbs are becoming hotter and are now experiencing extreme summer temperatures and heatwaves “on an annual basis”  according to research by Western Sydney University in Penrith. “Climate predictions point toward further increasing heat. These … Continue reading

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Scientists warn Australia’s fire season has months to run, while research aims to measure risks to volunteers

Australia will experience “a long and challenging” summer bushfire season that is likely to extend through until March 2020 in some states and territories, the country’s leading bushfire research centre has warned. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards  Cooperative Research Centre … Continue reading

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What’s happened to NSW government reports on the state of its national parks?

The New South Wales government appears not to have published a comprehensively detailed State of the Parks report for over a decade, despite completing a survey of the state’s 867 national parks in 2013. Go the the government’s website – … Continue reading

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Science skills shortage a “real concern” for Australia’s booming $45 bn wine industry

Australia’s wine industry is grappling with a science skills shortage as universities and TAFE’s cut back on relevant courses for vineyard management and applied research, an industry report says. Wine Australia, the country’s main funding organisation for wine science research, … Continue reading

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