Australian magpies can understand other bird calls, study finds | Environment

Australian magpies can understand what other birds are saying to each other, a new study has found. The research, published in the journal Animal Behaviour, says the wily magpie has learned the meanings of different noisy miner calls and essentially eavesdrops to find out which predators are near. Noisy miners …

Almost half of Australian big business moving to renewables | Environment

Almost half of Australia’s large businesses are actively transitioning to cheaper renewable energy, including many going off the grid by building their own generators and battery storage, as power bills threaten their bottom line. A new report by the Climate Council details the increased speed of a business-led transition to …

Warning Cape York land-clearing approval puts Great Barrier Reef at risk | Environment

The Turnbull government faces a test of its $500m budget commitment to protect the Great Barrier Reef, after federal environment officials ruled that a farmer could clear almost 2,000 hectares of Queensland forest. A draft report from the Department of Environment recommends that the clearing at Kingvale station on Cape …

Tiny beach community fears for ‘pristine’ environment over carbon capture and storage plan

Tiny beach community fears for ‘pristine’ environment over carbon capture and storage plan

Posted May 13, 2018 07:25:18 Photo: Ninety Mile Beach Action Group member Erin Foster says the community feels like guinea pigs. (ABC Gippsland: Nicole Asher) Related Story: Fishermen worried seismic survey will damage sea life Residents of an isolated beach village in Victoria’s east are fighting carbon capture and storage …

‘Just four citizens’: the Australians who confronted Adani in India, and made a difference | Environment

I settled back into the seat as the Air India flight took off from my hometown of Sydney, unaware of just how relieved I would be to return there. I had been warned the Indian government might take a dim view of our mission to intercept the Queensland premier on …

George Pell met US environment chief Scott Pruitt to discuss climate-change debate | Australia news

Cardinal George Pell discussed a plan to set up a two-sided “debate” about human-caused climate change with the US Environmental Protection Agency chief, Scott Pruitt , at the Vatican in 2017, it has been revealed. According to documents collated by The New York Times, Pruitt joined Pell and others for …

‘It’s all about vested interests’: untangling conspiracy, conservatism and climate scepticism | Graham Readfearn | Environment

If you reckon the 11 September terrorist attacks might have been an “inside job” or there is a nefarious new world order doing whatever it is the illuminati do, what are you likely to think about the causes of climate change? Academics have suggested that people who tend to accept …

Rare Australian species could slip into extinction as jobs axed at environment department

Rare Australian species could slip into extinction as jobs axed at environment department

Exclusive by national environment, science and technology reporter Michael Slezak Updated May 04, 2018 06:22:30 Australia’s most threatened species could slip into extinction without anyone noticing, with jobs being slashed at the federal Department of Environment, the ABC can reveal. Key points: Environment Department to lose 60 positions from biodiversity …

One-third of Australia’s threatened species are not monitored | Environment

One-third of Australia’s threatened species are not subject to any formal monitoring program and monitoring for the remaining species is largely poorly done, a review has found. The findings come as the ABC reports the federal environment department could cut up to 60 jobs in its biodiversity and conservation division, …

Scientists proposing to declare brumbies a threat to environment, in move that could pave way for cull

Scientists proposing to declare brumbies a threat to environment, in move that could pave way for cull

Posted May 03, 2018 14:18:50 Photo: Reining in New South Wales’s brumby threat is on the radar of the state’s scientific committee. (ABC Open contributor Judy Goggin) Plans are underway to declare habitat loss from New South Wales brumbies a key threatening process, with their hooves and grazing habits blamed …