Meet the Raptors That Eat Avocados (and Other Fruit)

Meet the Raptors That Eat Avocados (and Other Fruit)

Fitzsimons found that frugivory had been observed in black kites only in the savannas of central Ivory Coast in Africa, where the birds were observed eating oil palm fruits.

Ancient Rocks Reveal When Earth's Plate Tectonics Began

Ancient Rocks Reveal When Earth's Plate Tectonics Began

Now, a study of the rocks from the Australian Outback by Tusch, Münker and their co-authors, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has captured “a snapshot” of the advent of plate tectonics, said Alan Collins, a geologist at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Scientists Can Literally Become Allergic to Their Research

Scientists Can Literally Become Allergic to Their Research

Perversely, some allergy researchers say, it is the researchers’ passion for their subjects—the close observation, the long hours of work each day, and the years of commitment to a research project—that puts them at such high risk.“It is true that some things cause allergies more often than others, but the biggest factor is the frequency of the interaction with the study organism,” said John Carlson, a physician and researcher at Tulane University who specializes in insect and dust mite allergies.

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.

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.

The Weasel on the Toilet & Other Weird Species Discoveries

The Weasel on the Toilet & Other Weird Species Discoveries

Photo © Juan Manuel de Roux / iNaturalist Sometimes, new species are found after years of dedicated fieldwork.Named Macrobiotus shonaicus , the species is the 168th type of tardigrade ever discovered.

A Feral Cat Infestation, Swarms of Snake Emoji, and More News

A Feral Cat Infestation, Swarms of Snake Emoji, and More News

Cats are in the rubble and snakes are causing trouble, but first: a cartoon about the internet frontier .Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.

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.

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.

Transport emissions continue to rise as Australia lags behind other nations

Transport emissions continue to rise as Australia lags behind other nations

Stock said the government had already done the work required to “put these greenhouse gas emissions standards in place for vehicles and bring Australia in line with 80% of the global car market”.

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

Google searches reveal where people are most concerned about climate change

In our research, we used Google search histories to measure the climate change awareness in different communities, and to show how awareness maps (like the one below) can help better target funding and resources.

How much does it cost to power an electric car around Australia? $150

How much does it cost to power an electric car around Australia? $150

Wilson, 70, a retired farmer from near Biloela in central Queensland, had planned the trip of a lifetime with her husband, Rod. One impulsive evening in mid-2016 they went online and, sight-unseen, bought a Tesla S75 electric car for the journey.

Australia’s authority in Pacific 'being eroded by refusal to address climate change'

Australia’s authority in Pacific 'being eroded by refusal to address climate change'

Dr Bill Hare, managing director of Climate Analytics and a lead author on the IPCC fourth assessment report, told Guardian Australia that Pacific leaders were growing increasingly disenchanted with Australia’s refusal to commit to cutting carbon emissions, even as their nations faced massive economic, physical and social disruption, even existential threat.

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

Australia’s UN report card: making progress, could do better on inequality and climate

The report highlights strong progress in health and education, but poor performance in addressing inequality, climate change and housing affordability. Despite some progress, the report found almost every goal has at least one target where an important indicator is off-track or will require a breakthrough to be achieved.

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

How ‘story maps’ redraw the world using people’s real-life experiences

As geographers, we believe story maps can also help people better understand such complex global issues as human rights, climate change and refugee resettlement. In 2016, University of Washington professor Jin-Kyu Jung, working with Ecuadorian subsistence farmers, used Post-It notes to facilitate a community discussion on climate change.