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The 2019 Victorian Tree of the Year was the last survivor of a river red gum forest cut down in the 1970s.

300-year-old tree to fall victim to North East Link Project

June 5, 2020

Preliminary works have begun on the Melbourne's North East Link while thousands fight to save a pre-European settlement river red gum before it’s destroyed.

Photo by Brian Wangenheim on Unsplash

Scientists fire lasers and poison in war on feral cats

June 2, 2020

Scientists are targeting feral cats with lasers and poison gel in a war against an introduced pest decimating...

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Starfish eating fish may save reef from thorny peril

May 28, 2020

Scientists may have a new weapon in their arsenal against a reef-eating starfish that wreaks havoc on...

VicForests failed to manage risk to the

State logging of endangered species habitats illegal, court rules

May 28, 2020

In a scathing judgment of VicForests’ logging practices, the Federal Court has given hope for the survival of the Leadbeater’s possum and the greater glider in Victoria.

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Oysters used to spy on water quality, save fish

May 27, 2020

New water testing technology is turning WA’s oysters into spies. The device called “Spyvalve” is a biological sensor that is attache...

Old-growth logging claims halts chainsaws

Old-growth logging claims halts chainsaws

May 27, 2020

Controversial logging of jarrah forest near Bridgetown, in WA’s South-West, has been suspended as protesters...

Pet cats ‘devastating’ wildlife across the country

May 26, 2020

Roaming pet cats have "devastating" impacts on native wildlife populations all across Australia, researchers...

cattle in paddock

Animal agriculture: Innovation or alternatives?

May 26, 2020

The push to reduce greenhouse emissions from animal-based agriculture is on, with new farming practices under the spotlight.

Feral cats are known to hunt prey larger than themselves.
Photo credit: Professor Michael Calver

Feral cats caught hunting possums and snakes

May 19, 2020

Feral cats are hunting prey much larger than themselves, scientists have discovered. For the first...

WA Seabird Rescue volunteer Barbara Manson with the injured pelican. Picture credit: Barbara Manson

WA Seabird Rescue saves pelican hook, line and sinker

May 18, 2020

Volunteers have saved a pelican speared in the neck with a fishing hook after a three-hour rescue. The...

Native banksia plants only shed their seeds after bushfire to land in ash-covered weed-free soil.

Extreme fires of 2019-20 leave no room for ‘productive’ and replenishing fires

May 15, 2020

Experts say the Blue Mountains are adapted to natural fires, but this season’s bushfires have been too extreme for the ecosystem to cope.

Student helpers in Lami

Solomon Islands students help Fiji cyclone victims

May 9, 2020

Solomon Islands students studying at universities in Fiji have braved the rain to donate food, clothing...

University student journalism from Australia, NZ and the Pacific.