There’s a Koala in the Backyard

There’s a Koala in the Backyard

My backyard wildlife got a little more wild when I traded the city for the country and moved to a quiet town an hour north of Brisbane.For the little girl who idolized Steve Irwin , a koala was the peak of Australian backyard wildlife.

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Though the law doesn’t seem terribly specific about the issue, Australian lawmakers seem to have accepted the long-voiced Murdochian claim that Google and Facebook are stealing news content by linking to articles, sometimes even providing snippets.

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

A Letter to My Pandemic Baby

As World War II may seem to baby boomers and 9/11 to Gen Z, children born during and after 2020 may view memories of the pandemic, the smoke-choked orange skies over Australia and the American West, protests in the streets, an endless election, and a hologram of a deceased father wishing his daughter a happy birthday as a bizarre fairytale.

The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Bushfires

The Terrible Consequences of Australia’s Uber-Bushfires

Of these species, 70 had more than 30 percent of their habitat burned, and 21 of these were already listed by the Australian government as threatened with extinction.

How Hitchhiking Oysters Build New Reefs

How Hitchhiking Oysters Build New Reefs

Australian scientists have discovered that one oyster species — the Sydney rock oyster — forms new reefs with the help of another an unassuming mollusk: the mud whelk.

The US Could Deliver Relief Checks Faster—With Tech's Help

The US Could Deliver Relief Checks Faster—With Tech's Help

Oxfam transfers digital money to thousands in need of relief in Syria, Greece, Kenya, Australia, and the cyclone-prone island of Vanuatu via SMS, an Android phone app, or an NFC card—a kind of contactless payments card that also acts as proof of ID.These applications, in Oxfam’s case the Sempo Cash and Voucher Assistance program, have proven capable of disbursing tens of thousands of dollars at a time to many beneficiaries within minutes—at a near negligible cost.

Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

Meet the Frogmouth, Australia’s Weirdest Bird

Photo © Wade Tregaskis / Flickr Each morning, before I put the kettle on or open the news to see what fresh hell awaits our pandemic-blighted world, I check on the frogmouths.

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

Bushfire smoke continues trip around world

The bushfires also caused a spike in carbon monoxide readings earlier in the year and last month NIWA scientists documented ash deposits on the South Island glaciers originating from the Australian fires.

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

2019 Was 'Probably the Worst Year in a Century' for Australia

Record heat and drought across Australia delivered the worst conditions in the country since at least 2000, with river flows, tree cover, and wildlife being hit on an “unprecedented scale,” according to a new report titled Australia's Environment.

Fallout from Australia’s Huge Wildfires Is Choking Rivers

Fallout from Australia’s Huge Wildfires Is Choking Rivers

Mannus Creek is one of many waterways in Australia that have been inundated with ash and debris following the devastating bush fires this spring and summer, killing fish and other aquatic life and fouling drinking water supplies.

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

Australia's Bushfires Completely Blasted Through the Models

“This is perhaps one of the first really big cases where we've seen the real world do something before we've been able to have the capacity to model it properly,” says climate scientist Benjamin Sanderson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, who cowrote a piece in the Nature Climate Change package.

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

A Cobalt Crisis Could Put the Brakes on Electric Car Sales

While soaring prices of the core material in lithium-ion batteries sparked a mining rush in Australia, Argentina and Chile and—which between them provided 91 percent of supply in 2017, says Harper—a slump in demand caused by a weak automotive market and a reduction in grants for buying such cars in China has slowed the pace of mining and processing plant construction.

Cats Are Making Australia's Bushfire Tragedy Even Worse

Cats Are Making Australia's Bushfire Tragedy Even Worse

Yet another study found feral cats are highly attracted to areas that burned recently and tend to avoid ones three months or older, perhaps because vegetation has begun to grow back by that time, or they’ve simply obliterated the prey species there.

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

The ongoing Australian fire season has released more than 350 million metric tons of CO2 so far, with fires expected to keep burning over the next two months.

Watch Australia's Wildfires Spawn Massive Smoky Thunderclouds

Watch Australia's Wildfires Spawn Massive Smoky Thunderclouds

As the mass climbs higher, the smoky air cools and forms into a pyrocumulonimbus cloud, a soup of water and smoke particles towering miles into the sky.

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

Australia Is Blazing Into the Pyrocene—the Age of Fire

And just as fast-moving flames swallowed up Paradise in 2018 , fires are moving so quickly, they’re overwhelming whole Australian towns.

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

Science Explains Why We Should All Work Shorter Hours in Winter

If our body clocks are out of sync with our waking—and working—hours, shouldn’t we be tweaking our office hours to help improve our mood?“If our body clock is saying it wants us to wake up at 9:00, because it's a dark winter's day, but we're getting ourselves up at 7:00—then we are missing out on a complete sleep phase,” says Greg Murray, professor of psychology at Swinburne University, Australia.

Bird Country: Saving the Riverina’s Last Wild Wetlands

Bird Country: Saving the Riverina’s Last Wild Wetlands

This swamp and the adjoining lands contain some of the last large wetlands in drought-prone New South Wales, making it a critical lifeline for water birds, like straw-necked ibis, yellow-billed spoonbill, and Australian pelicans.

Trump Can Now Exit the Paris Accord. It's Still a Bad Idea

Trump Can Now Exit the Paris Accord. It's Still a Bad Idea

Rob Jackson, who documents greenhouse gas emissions as chair of the Global Carbon Project, worries that Trump’s move sends a bad signal to wobbly countries like Brazil and Australia that have had a hard time meeting stated climate goals.

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Now Even Funerals Are Livestreamed—and Families Are Grateful

Gary Richards, founder of OneRoom, a company that offers livestreaming services to funeral directors in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and the US, says he’s noticed that many of the families that use his service are recent immigrants from the Philippines, Vietnam, or India, who are looking for a way to connect with family and friends from back home.

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

A Stunning Quest to Photograph Australia's 10 Deserts

When aerial photographer Joshua Smith flew over the Simpson Desert for the first time four years ago, on his way to visit a friend in a remote town, he couldn't stop snapping.

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

7 Wildlife Disease You’ve Never Heard Of

Caused by psittacine circovirus — also called beak and feather disease virus (BFDV) — this disease is most common in parrot and cockatoo species from both the Old World (Australia, Africa) but can affect parrots from the Americas.

How President Herbert Hoover Helped Save the Koala

How President Herbert Hoover Helped Save the Koala

For example, South Australia passed koala protection laws in 1912, the same year they went functionally extinct. Photo courtesy of the Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales Eight years later, in 1927, the Queensland government allowed a final one-month open season on koalas.

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Huawei's Many Troubles: Bans, Alleged Spies, and Backdoors

Taiwan's decision follows Australia's announcement last year that it will ban the country's carriers from buying equipment for next-generation 5G networks from Huawei and other Chinese telecom companies over fears of government ties.

The Subversive, Delectable Fun of Troye Sivan's New Video

The Subversive, Delectable Fun of Troye Sivan's New Video

The Subversive, Delectable Fun of Troye Sivan's New Video The Australian pop singer's “Lucky Strike” is all about politics and walls and borders and displacement—and love.

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

Australia's Encryption-Busting Law Could Impact the World

All of Australia's intelligence allies—the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and New Zealand, known collectively as the Five Eyes—have spent decades lobbying for these mechanisms."The debate about simplifying lawful access to encrypted communication carries a considerable risk of regulations spilling to other countries," says Lukasz Olejnik, a security and privacy researcher and member of the W3C Technical Architecture Group.

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far

The Teens Who Hacked Microsoft's Xbox Empire—And Went Too Far

There was one hacker, however, who lucked into a mother lode of 360 dev kits and whose eagerness to profit off his good fortune would help Pokora ascend to the top of the Xbox scene.Meet the cast of characters behind the Xbox Underground.Gifted Canadian hacker and the brains of the Xbox Underground.Programmer who made millions by tricking FIFA Soccer into minting virtual coins.Australian teenage hacker who turned reckless as the FBI closed in.Pokora's friend in Delaware, arrested in 2010 for trying to steal a game's source code.Abruptly vanished from the Xbox hacking scene, causing widespread paranoia.Owner of a hacked modem that he used to help the Xbox Underground steal software.III.

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

River Pollution Threatens Australia’s Great Barrier Reef

Northern Australia’s torrential wet-season rains carve 10-meter-deep gullies into the landscape, washing an estimated 17 million tonnes of sediment each year into the rivers and, eventually, out onto the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Amazing Sands From Around the World

Tourism boards from Australia to Tahiti like to boast about their beaches, many proclaiming to have the whitest sands in the world. Glauconite beach sand from France. But not all black sand is volcanic… sometimes it can be formed from other minerals.

The Beauty and Danger of Australia's Salt Lakes

The Beauty and Danger of Australia's Salt Lakes

Photographer Leah Kennedy documented the region's resulting salt lakes in her series Salis.Related StoriesLaura MalloneeGet Lost in Australia's Vast Salt Lake With These Dreamy PhotosDoug BierendPhotos of Lakes Turn Psychedelic After Soaking in Their WatersAarian MarshallHow to Derail a Runaway Train (and Save Australia)The salt lakes predate human settlement, but over the past hundred years so-called "secondary salinization" has made the lakes’ natural chemistry even more extreme.

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