By Karl Mathiesen, Climate Home News An Australian government plan to lock in electricity emissions targets may breach a key commitment to the Paris Agreement. A paper on the national energy guarantee circulated to state ministers on Tuesday, seen by Climate Home News, explains key elements of the proposed national policy. A...
John Thwaites, Monash University and Tahl Kestin, Monash University Australia is performing worse than most other advanced countries in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to the global SDG Index, which compares different nations’ performance on the goals. According to the SDG Index, released yesterday in New York, Australia is...
Staff at Australian supermarkets faced the ire of customers following the ban on single-use plastic bags in the country. Several instances of attacks on staff were reported by a national survey by the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees' Association. The survey revealed that 57 out of 132 staff who participated...
‘Three-people IVF’ technique that can prevent babies from being born with life-threatening genetic disorders could be soon legal in Australia. A group of Australian politicians has recommended that government should consult public and scientific experts about permitting the clinical use of this reproductive technology. The technique helps women to avoid passing...
Ferne Edwards, RMIT University and Anna R. Davies, Trinity College Dublin Food sharing is experiencing a renaissance in cities around the world. By food sharing, we mean the collaborative growing, cooking, eating and distributing of food as well as sharing food-related skills, spaces and tools. This is nothing new, of course,...
Dave McGarvie, The Open University and Ian Skilling, The University of South Wales There is something special and awe-inspiring about watching new land form. This is what is now happening in Hawai’i as its Kīlauea volcano erupts. Lava is reaching the ocean and building land while producing spectacular plumes of...
An Australian man whose blood contains a rare antibody with which he estimatedly saved lives of over 2.4 million babies born with an immunity problem has retired, after donating his blood plasma one last time. James Harrison, now 81, has in his blood an antibody called Rho(D) immune globulin, also known...
The Australian government has allocated Aus$1.9 billion (US$1.4 billion) in its latest budget for scientific research facilities and medicine. To be invested over the next 12 years in shared research infrastructure, the money is in addition to the $2.2 billion-plus funding the government had announced in December 2015 for the...
As the Coalition announces tougher penalties. Labor has promised to phase out the trade. AAP/Animals Australia Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The federal government will announce tougher penalties for breaches in the live sheep industry - ahead of receiving the review it has commissioned into the controversial northern summer trade. Resisting mounting...
Gould’s goanna is commonly eaten in Indigenous communities, but can contain high levels of rat poison. Robert A. Davis, Author provided Michael Lohr, Edith Cowan University and Robert Davis, Edith Cowan University Introduced rats and mice have probably troubled most of us at some time in our lives. These pesky invasive rodents...

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