Keepers push for ban after bees stung by pesticides

Lance Lieber is a hobby honey beekeeper.

Esther Han Urban beekeepers are demanding Bunnings Warehouse remove all products containing neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides, after a European Union ban.

Abbot Point dredging approval under heavy fire

Controversy rages over the Great Barrier Reef.

Peter Hannam The sludge has hit the fan, as opposition to the approvals for dumping of dredge from Abbot Point on the iconic tourist attraction gains traction writes Peter Hannam.

Good vibrations: plants respond to sound of caterpillars chewing


Michael Koziol Plants are smarter than you think. Not only do they grow towards sunlight and respond to rock music, but they can also learn from sounds in their natural environment, new research reports.

'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.

Bee 'e-tag' unlocks swarm secrets

Bee with tag

Andrew Darby A drop of glue, tweezers, a micro-sensor and there it is - a bee that's also an e-tag.

New ozone-depleting gases found by scientists: report

Scientists have detected four new man-made gases that damage the Earth's protective ozone layer, despite bans on almost all production of similar gases under a 1987 treaty, a new study shows.

Pesticide blamed for deaths of hundreds of wild birds

Dubbo birds

Peter Hannam A chemical used to control insects and non-native pest birds is likely to blame for the deaths of hundreds of wild birds near Dubbo in the state's central west, the NSW Environment Protection...

Source of mass bird death a mystery, EPA says

The source of a pesticide responsible for the deaths of hundreds of native parrots near Dubbo in NSW looks likely to remain a mystery.

Indigenous burning among ancient practices being studied to save eco-systems

Ancient farming practices, such as raising fish in rice paddies in China or indigenous Australian fire controls, will get a new lease of life under plans to slow extinctions of animals and plants,...

Ask Fuzzy

Fuzzy logic

What are the objective criteria for defining water as potable? Why do we pronounce it ''pote-able'' water and not ''pot-able'' water?

Butterfly decline a worrying portent

Butterflies are the essence of cool in the insect world, a favorite muse for poets and songwriters who hold them up as symbols of love, beauty, transformation and good fortune.

Parker orders scrutiny of all-clear report on toxins

Soil samples taken.

Natalie O'Brien A report on the levels of toxic chemicals and metals found around a suburban park is set to be reviewed under the supervision of NSW's chief scientist in a bid to settle a split between environmental...


Deformed insects blamed on pesticide use


Bridie Smith Deformed insects, some with fused teeth, have been linked to poisonous pesticides used in Victoria.

Killing spiders risks an increase in other pests

Huntsman spider. Holconia species. Credits and acknowledgements - Source: Museum Victoria / Photographer: Alan Henderson

Amanda Hoh The increasing use of home pesticides is creating a biodiversity imbalance, biologists say.

Heavy metals link to horse deaths: owner

The owner of 22 horses that died suddenly on a south-east Queensland property has questioned a finding that scrub ticks or botulism probably caused the deaths.

Unsafe toxin levels found in Great Barrier Reef

Tests have revealed high levels of toxins at the Great Barrier Reef.

The Great Barrier Reef is being contaminated by farm chemicals up to 50 times the levels deemed safe, World Wildlife Fund Australia says.

Turtle crisis looming on reef: WWF

Starving turtles and carcasses are washing up along the Queensland coast amid warning of a wildlife crisis on the Great Barrier Reef.

Antibiotic banned in US still used by Australian vets

Generic pharmaceuticals

Jessica Wright AUSTRALIAN authorities have confirmed a class of antibiotic recently banned for use in livestock in the United States is used to treat animals bred for human consumption in Australia.

A quarter of world's farmlands highly degraded, says UN

The United Nations has completed the first-ever global assessment of the state of the planet's land resources, finding in a report today that a quarter of all farmland is highly degraded and warning...

Plight of the honey bee sends shivers around globe

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard Almost a third of global farm output depends on animal pollination, largely by honey bees.