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PHOTO: A typical bore pump on Tamborine Mountain (image by Abby Williams)

Qld Election Explainer: Water Security for the Gold Coast Hinterland

October 29, 2020

The Gold Coast hinterland conjures images of waterfalls, lush rainforests and subtropical climate, but...

Native lizards have been discovered with rat poison in their livers. Picture credit: JJ Harrison (

Scientists sound alarm as rat poison found in native snakes and lizards

October 28, 2020

Native snakes and lizards harbour rat poison in their livers that act like toxic time bombs and spread...

Time to get to work: Bee broker Jonathan Monson deploys some of the 1.5 billion bees that have been travelling across the east coast as part of the annual pollination season. Photo: Jess Malcolm

As almond orchards blossom, busy bees get to work

October 20, 2020

It’s 5am on a frigid August morning and Trevor Monson is at the wheel of his 16-wheeler truck on the...

Being cut off from social interaction during the pandemic can seem even more isolating in remote rural areas where community is everything. Photo: Courtesy Bec Ritchie/Unsplash

Rural communities fight mental health strain

October 15, 2020

There’s no arguing that rural communities in New South Wales have had it tough in recent years, being h...

FIrefighters in Queensland. Photo: Flickr user bertknot (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Rising from the Ashes

October 12, 2020

With bushfire season around the corner, what could be improved this year to avoid a repeat of the catastrophic 2019/2020 summer?

The bilby, quintessentially Australian.

Saving the Bilby: protecting one of Australia’s most iconic animals

October 2, 2020

Save the Bilby Fund to the rescue of Australia's expert digger.

Plants in Ruskin Park, London, UK. Photo: James Petts (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Gardening interest rises during pandemic

October 1, 2020

Lockdowns around the globe are causing an increased interest in gardening. Phoebe Bowen finds out more about growing plants at home.

Rent a dress - the future of fashion or designers' death knell?

Rent a dress – the future of fashion or designers’ death knell?

September 18, 2020

It’s great for financially strapped students, eco-warriors and social butterflies. but the one night stand with a hired designer dress could be doing more harm than good.

Bibblewindi flare, Pilliga Forest

Baseline studies overlooked in push for ‘gas-fired’ recovery

September 10, 2020

The Narrabri Gas Project could be the first of several contentious fracking operations greenlit as part of the NSW Government’s “gas-fired” recovery from COVID-19.

Collin Tukuitonga

Common enemy overcomes fragile Pacific regional unity – climate change

September 9, 2020

Six years on from being appointed head of the Pacific Community, Director-General Collin Tukuitonga,...


How covid-19 has undermined climate change initiatives in the Pacific

August 16, 2020

QUOTE: “Climate change may be slower but its momentum is enormous.” – Stuart Chape, Acting Dir...

The Tasmanian Devil

Surviving an epidemic: Lessons from the Tasmanian devil.

August 13, 2020

Dire predictions about the fate of Tasmanian Devils have been revised because of their behaviour, giving hope to disease modellers.

University student journalism from Australia, NZ and the Pacific.