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Reclassification of 37 species under the Nature Conservation Act now in Effect

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Effective from 12 May 2017, the conservation status of 37 wildlife species has been reclassified under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld). The 37 species consist of 14 flora species…

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Offsets policy up for review

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Environment Minister Stephen Dawson says the State’s environment authority will soon undergo a review amid calls for a procedural shake-up and claims of systematic failings in the Capes region. The…

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Koalas have started doing something experts didn’t expect, and it looks like climate change is the cause

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Climate change may be behind a significant change in behaviour in koalas. The marsupials, known for getting their moisture needs mostly from gum leaves, have been spotted increasingly drinking open…

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Updates to Queensland’s Flora Survey Guidelines – Protected Plants

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The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) updated the Flora Survey Guidelines – Protected Plants (flora survey guidelines) in December 2016. In Queensland, all native flora species are protected…

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Koala ‘ark’ or gene pool launched as urban populations collapse

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The first step to reduce the terrible problems caused by inbreeding among a rapidly-diminishing number of koalas in south-east Queensland was launched at Dreamworld on Wednesday. It’s like a gene bank…

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Woman locks herself to Roe 8 rig as new court case starts

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A Perth woman has taken matters into her own hands after conservation lawyers failed to win a court order for work to be halted at the Roe 8 site, locking…

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Dallas will turn Dangerous Floodplains into the nation’s Biggest Urban Park — 10,000 acres of nature

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Most Americans might not know this but Dallas, Texas, is set to become one of the nation’s greenest cities — literally. The city has already set plans in motions that…

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Millions of hectares of koala habitat at risk from NSW proposal, conservationists say

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The New South Wales Government’s proposed changes to its koala protection policy may lead to more habitat being destroyed and put the vulnerable species closer to extinction, conservationists fear.  …

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Koala-tracking drone technology being trialled on the Gold Coast

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ARTIFICIAL intelligence drone technology is being trialled as a new method of tracking endangered koala populations.   READ MORE

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Mangroves planted to stem erosion

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MANGROVES are part of a trial to stop coastal erosion in Western Port. About 500 seedlings have been planted in a trial on the foreshore of Churchill Island Marine National…

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Oyster shells part of the plan to help stop erosion through Living Shoreline program

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OLD oyster shells are getting a new life after being shucked and enjoyed by restaurant-goers. OceanWatch Australia’s innovative Living Shorelines program re-purposes old oyster shells from the hospitality industry and…

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Scientist Hugh Possingham quits over Baird government’s land-clearing plan

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A leading adviser to the Baird government’s proposed changes to native vegetation laws has quit in protest, warning the plans could lead to a doubling of broadscale land clearing in…

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Migrating starlings create biodiversity hotspots on Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula

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Scientists have discovered colonies of metallic starlings nesting in far north Queensland’s rainforests attract some of densest animal aggregations ever to be recorded.   READ MORE

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Researcher digs deep on wetland weed in Kakadu National Park

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New research from the Charles Darwin University has indicated an invasive, grassy weed is impacting on native birdlife and wetland habitats at Kakadu National Park.   READ MORE

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Ecology is the priority at ocean park

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JINSHAN District will build the city’s first national-level ocean park — with a large area of wetland as its centerpiece. Scheduled to be completed by 2020, the park aims to…

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Are Humans Creating More Species Than We’re Killing?

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The tunnels of the London Underground are hot, dark, and damp. Crowds of warm-blooded humans congregate on the platforms. Stagnant pools of water collect beneath the tracks. The subterranean transit…

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Koala treatment rate soars 40 per cent on Gold Coast

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VETS are urging motorists to take more care as they battle a 40 per cent spike in treating injured koalas.   READ MORE

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BP Service Station denied

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PLANS TO expand the BP Service Station at Chinderah were denied by Tweed Shire Councillors on Thursday, October 6, following five years of a back and forward exchange between BP…

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Northern prawn fleet seek answer on unexplained mass mangrove dieback in Gulf of Carpentaria

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One of Australia’s largest trawler operators is questioning why more is not being done to explain a mass mangrove dieback event in the Gulf of Carpentaria.   READ MORE

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Failure to secure Biodiversity Ofsetting for NorthConnex has Greens MP seeing red

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TRANSURBAN has committed to offsetting the critically endangered forest it is clearing for NorthConnex but may not do so for another two years.   READ MORE

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