Australia – GBRI
 

A team of researchers from Queensland University of Technology has developed an underwater drone that is capable of protecting the Great Barrier Reef from bleaching, pollution and coral-eating starfish. The drone named RangerBot has been trained to detect crown-of-thorns starfish with 99% accuracy and can inject the coral-eating starfish with vinegar or bile salts, both deadly to the […]

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Frequent coral bleaching events in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef due to rising sea temperatures have worried environmentalists and scientists across the globe. Thankfully, a recent trial of ‘coral IVF’ treatment to heal parts of the reef damaged due to bleaching is giving hope to scientists. “There’s a very clear outcome, the higher the numbers of […]

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Tesla’s ambitious project to launch the world’s biggest virtual power plant involving installation of solar panels and batteries on 50,000 homes in South Australia may soon become a reality. The deal was struck in February this year between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and former South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill, but was on the verge of getting scrapped […]

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WWF Australia has raised concerns over the dwindling koala populations in areas of Queensland and New South Wales as a result of disappearing koala habitats. It urged state governments to look into the rapid destruction of their natural bush habitats and put in strong protections for the animal. Dr Martin Taylor, protected areas and conservation […]

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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a $60 million rescue package – to be spent over a period of 18 months – for the Great Barrier Reef. The package will include research on developing “resilient” coral, an increased number of reef officers and vessels targeting crown of thorns starfish outbreaks, and paying farmers to pollute […]

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In another example of how rapidly the climate is changing and disrupting ecosystems around the world, scorching Australian heatwave has already killed hundreds of flying foxes, much to the chagrin of environmentalists. Shocked campaigners were confronted by the sight of scores of dead animals, and claimed the creatures were “boiled alive” in the heat. Some […]

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The not-for-profit Byron Bay Railroad Company has restored a two-carriage 1949 NSW train and converted it into the world’s first 100% solar-powered train. It is the realization of an eight-year dream held by the owners of the resort Elements of Byron and their development director, Jeremy Holmes. The train will carry passengers between North Beach Station, about 300 […]

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An extremely rare white humpback whale was spotted recently off a coast near Sydney in Australia. The spectacular animal has been named Migaloo, after the Aboriginal word for “white man” and has been seen a few times before in recent years. Estimated to be around 31 years old, the wan whale is either leucistic- like the […]

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