Australia – GBRI
 

The Australian government recently allowed the export of hundreds of rare and endangered parrots worth tens of thousands of dollars each to a German organization – Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) – which is headed by a man who has multiple criminal convictions. The head of the ACTP, Martin Guth, has a five-year jail sentence for […]

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Taking inspiration from 15-year-old Greta Thunberg – the Swedish student who has been sitting outside the parliament in central Stockholm to draw attention towards global climate crisis and the failure of countries to take urgent action – hundreds of Australian students are planning to skip school as a mark of protest against politicians who have failed […]

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University of Newcastle physicist Paul Dastoor has developed revolutionary organic solar cells printed on an ultra lightweight material similar in texture to a potato chip packet, that too at a cost of less than $10 per square meter. Dastoor has been working on the technology for more than a decade, but has now begun a 200 square-meter […]

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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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