Anthony Kiem, University of Newcastle Most major floods in South East Queensland arrive in five-year bursts, once every 40 years or so, according to our new research. Yet flood estimation, protection and management approaches are still designed on the basis that flood risk stays the same all the time – despite...
Lawyers in Australia have filed a private prosecution application against Aung Sang Suu Kyi, the de-facto civilian leader of Myanmar, accusing her of crimes against humanity. The prosecution application was filed in the Melbourne magistrates court on Friday. A response from the court is expected next week. However, the universal jurisdiction...
Gavin Wood, RMIT University; Guy Johnson, RMIT University; Juliet Watson, RMIT University, and Rosanna Scutella, RMIT University Ten years ago the Australian government launched a National Partnership Agreement on Homelessness (NPAH). It injected A$800 million into homelessness services and A$300 million to build 600 new homes for people experiencing homelessness....
East Asia and the Pacific region, home to one-quarter of the world’s school-age children, has seven of the top ten performing education systems in the world, says a World Bank report. According to the report, up to 40 percent of the school children in the region are in education systems...
 by Jack Elliot Marley, Mongabay The Rapa Nui Marine Protected Area encompasses 740,000 square kilometers (286,000 square miles) of Pacific Ocean surrounding Easter Island, or Rapa Nui. The reserve was approved by a 73 percent majority in a September 2017 referendum of islanders. The MPA is intended to eliminate...
Researchers have come against the plan of the Australian government to eradicate the invasive carp by releasing a virus -- a strain of herpes called CyHV-3. They say that the plan, formulated after an investigation that spent Aus$15 million, may not be effective. A letter by six researchers in Science...
The New Zealand government has deployed a troop on a special mission to hunt for a mouse species -- million-dollar mouse -- at the inhospitable Antipodes Islands in the sub-Antarctic. The rhodent, an invasive species, thought to have introduced by sealers or a shipwreck more than a century ago severely damaged...
over 100,000 Australians have signed a petition against the lifting of a ban on smoking in the country in public places such as bars and restaurants, forcing the parliament to take up the matter for debate. The proposal for the ban, imposed by the previous coalition government and supposed to have...
Looking through semitransparent cells – one day these could be big enough to make windows. UNSW, Author provided Matthew Wright, UNSW and Mushfika Baishakhi Upama, UNSW Can you see a window as you are reading this article? Windows have been ubiquitous in society for centuries, filling our homes and workplaces with natural...
Deep dive: water flows from a bore in Birdsville, Queensland. Lobster1/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Emma Kathryn White, University of Melbourne Vivid scenes of worried Cape Town residents clutching empty water vessels in long snaking queues are ricocheting around the globe. Everyone is asking, “How did this happen?” Or, more precisely, “Can it...

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