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Warning to Australia as UN talks tackle biodiversity crisis

Warning to Australia as UN talks tackle biodiversity crisis

Environment Minister Sussan Ley will face strong international pressure to support goals being thrashed out at this week’s United Nations biodiversity conference.

  • by Miki Perkins

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Off-the-shelf rat poisons killing owls too - and Bunnings asked to act

Off-the-shelf rat poisons killing owls too - and Bunnings asked to act

Bird advocates are calling on Australia’s largest hardware chain, Bunnings Warehouse, to stop stocking rat poisons that kill endangered owls and other birds of prey.

  • by Miki Perkins
Brumbies do not belong in the Snowy Mountains but plan is a good compromise

Brumbies do not belong in the Snowy Mountains but plan is a good compromise

Brumbies trample the delicate ecosystem of the Australian high country into worthless mud heaps. It’s like the Great Barrier Reef coral being devoured by an imported European fish – and everyone cheering for the fish.

  • by Anthony Sharwood
Brumbies to be culled under draft plan for Kosciuszko National Park

Brumbies to be culled under draft plan for Kosciuszko National Park

Two-thirds of the Kosciuszko National Park will be kept free of the feral horses if a new management plan for controlling the animals’ numbers is implemented.

  • by Peter Hannam
‘Quick fix’: Tassie devil among species no longer subject to recovery plans

‘Quick fix’: Tassie devil among species no longer subject to recovery plans

Tasmanian devils are among almost 200 species and ecosystems that will no longer have recovery plans but merely conservation advice, according to proposed federal changes.

  • by Peter Hannam
Bandicoots back from the brink as status downgraded to endangered
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Bandicoots back from the brink as status downgraded to endangered

Eastern barred bandicoots are the first Australian species that was considered extinct in the wild to be successfully reintroduced and have its conservation status downgraded.

  • by Miki Perkins
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‘Black mark’: Farmers get nod to clear land for bushfire protection
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‘Black mark’: Farmers get nod to clear land for bushfire protection

Environmental groups say a new code allowing land clearing 25 metres out from fences will do little to aid protection against bushfires but could have devastating impacts on wildlife.

  • by Peter Hannam
‘Spiralling out of control’: NSW failing to remove feral horses quick enough
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‘Spiralling out of control’: NSW failing to remove feral horses quick enough

The state government is removing feral horses at barely a third of the rate needed to keep the Kosciuszko National Park population under control, the Invasive Species Council said.

  • by Peter Hannam
How Brisbane’s first ‘party house’ can help heritage stay relevant

How Brisbane’s first ‘party house’ can help heritage stay relevant

Breakfast Creek’s Newstead House is Brisbane’s oldest surviving European-style property and has been home to magistrates, socialites and even Galapagos tortoises.

  • by Tony Moore
Renewable energy firm backs return to woodchip exports from Newcastle

Renewable energy firm backs return to woodchip exports from Newcastle

Plans to resume woodchip exports from the Port of Newcastle are bitterly opposed by conservationists, but proponents say they could create jobs and clean power.

  • by Nick O'Malley
‘Threatened species fortress’: Zero extinction goal for national parks

‘Threatened species fortress’: Zero extinction goal for national parks

The NSW government has declared a goal of zero extinctions within national parks and raised the protection status of almost 100 species from brush-tailed rock-wallabies and koalas to the rare nightcap oak to the level of world-famous Wollemi Pine.

  • by Peter Hannam