Habitat

Miners offered more options to defray habitat destruction

Peter Hannam Mining companies will be given greater flexibility in how they compensate for sensitive habitats destroyed by their operations under a draft policy proposed by the O'Farrell government.

Captive-bred frogs take back Mount Buffalo habitat

PHOTO by Glen Johnson, Department of Sustainability & Environment shows Matt West (Zoos Victoria) recording details of a released Spotted Tree Frog (with swab in mouth) SUPPLIED for Bridie Smith story THE AGE NEWS 
pub date 19th December 2012.

Bridie Smith Endangered frogs that returned to their mountain home almost 30 years after going extinct at the site look to have re-established at their former stronghold.

Road through Tassie devil habitat approved

Andrew Darby A 93-kilometre tourist drive will cut through the Tarkine wilderness, stronghold of a healthy population of Tasmanian devils.

Shock tactics give researchers insight into endangered fish habitat

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Nicky Phillips, Science Researchers are using electro-fishing to capture endangered Macquarie perch to survey the endangered fish species.

Government accused on koala habitat logging

The opposition has accused NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker of allowing the logging of koala habitats on the state's mid north coast.

Coffs Harbour koalas lose habitat to red tape

Saffron Howden THE state Environment Department has approved logging of almost 2000 hectares of significant koala habitat contrary to its own guidelines, conservationists say.

Can kangaroos co-exist with humans as their habitat shrinks?

Ron Cerabona One of the enduring overseas jokes about Australia is that our towns and cities have kangaroos hopping down the streets. In Canberra, at least, it's not a joke.

Developer fined for clearing koala habitat

Ben Cubby A property developer has been fined $127,500 for illegally clearing a koala habitat south-west of Sydney.

Habitat replacement keeps visitors posted

Jennie Curtin If you're about to fly from Sydney to the Arctic Circle to find a mate, it helps to have a place to rest and conserve your energy.

Galilee coalmine approval sparks carbon fears

Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Peter Hannam The federal government has approved a giant Queensland coalmine that it says will generate as much as $300 billion for the economy, but which environmental groups say will contribute to a...

Shellfish reefs to be restored in Port Phillip Bay

The Great Barrier Reef

Darren Gray Shellfish reefs will be established on the bottom of Port Phillip Bay in a landmark project that aims to improve marine habitats in Victoria's unique body of water.

Climate-driven migration of tropical fish linked to underwater deforestation

Lucy Cormack Tropical fish are the glimmering jewels in the depths of our oceans, but climate change is forcing their migration and threatening the forests of the sea.

Slow down, whales crossing

Scars from a revolving propeller mark the skin of a humpback whale nicknamed Bladerunner.

Andrew Darby These are the whales we'd rather not see. Their bodies are graphically scarred, even sliced apart - not by whalers but by ships in Australian waters.

Log protected areas, government advisers say

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Nicole Hasham Protected forest areas should be logged and native trees burnt for electricity or sold as firewood and sawlog, under recommendations from the Baird government's natural resource advisers.

Lost snake species found again on Mexican island

A species of snake that had been lost for almost 80 years has been rediscovered on a remote Mexican island.

Beetles and climate change help create huge wildfire in Alaska

Eric Holthaus Over the weekend, a megafire blossomed along the southern coast of Alaska, spreading smoke as far as Fairbanks, more than 500 miles (800 km) north. For Alaskans, it could be a sign of what's to come.

Vegetation-clearing curbs in fire-prone regions to be eased

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Peter Hannam Residents in bushfire-prone regions of NSW will be given greater scope to clear vegetation close to homes to reduce fire risks under laws proposed by the Baird government.

Fears proposed land clearing changes put threatened species at risk

yellow bellied glider, Jack.

Nicole Hasham Environmental laws that protect threatened species and limit how farmers clear native bush will be rewritten, prompting fears from conservationists that vulnerable plants and animals are under attack.

'Curiosity': the cat-killing bait to protect native species

Proponents say curiosity can reduce feral cat numbers by 80 per cent.

Tom Arup and Nicky Phillips A lethal bait called "curiosity" designed to kill feral cats will be the initial focus of a new national commissioner to save threatened species.

Scientist debunks many of the myths about cockroaches in new book

The humble cockroach has more than 500 species.

Clare Colley Cockroaches may be one of the least-loved insects, but of the more than 500 species in Australia only six are pests and most play a valuable role as nature’s recyclers before they wind up as a...