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Why are insects dying in such numbers?

Why are insects dying in such numbers?

It's been dubbed the bugalypse – study after study rolling in from countries across the globe pointing to dramatic declines in insect populations.

  • by Greg Callaghan

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Factories planned for a section of 'the lungs of Sydney's west'
NSW votes

Factories planned for a section of 'the lungs of Sydney's west'

A region of western Sydney set aside 15 years ago by former Labor premier Bob Carr as permanent parkland is to be turned into a factory site.

  • by Peter Hannam
'Dangerous' cyclones to soak and batter Australia's north
Extreme weather

'Dangerous' cyclones to soak and batter Australia's north

Twin severe tropical cyclones will hammer northern Australia over the weekend, smashing ecosystems and potentially leaving a hefty repair bill from damaging winds, storm surges and flooding.

  • by Peter Hannam
Tahlia believed she had no future. And then came learning, hands on
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High school

Tahlia believed she had no future. And then came learning, hands on

Tahlia Heinrich could see nothing but failure for herself in school, and refused to attend. Then she was saved by a simple but revolutionary program.

  • by Tony Wright
'Triple whammy' expected from twin cyclones as evacuations increase
Extreme weather

'Triple whammy' expected from twin cyclones as evacuations increase

Winds from Cyclone Trevor are forecast to reach 275km/h while gusts of up to 320 km/h are tipped for Cyclone Veronica.

  • by Peter Hannam
Urgent call to fence off Kosciuszko creek to save endangered fish
NSW votes

Urgent call to fence off Kosciuszko creek to save endangered fish

Wild horses stir up fine sediment in the water, which smothers the insects that the fish feed on and also harms the eggs, scientists say.

  • by Peter Hannam
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Major parties outline environmental policies aimed at wooing voters
NSW votes

Major parties outline environmental policies aimed at wooing voters

Environmental issues are looming as important factors in this weekend's state election. They are also the policy areas where parties diverge the most.

  • by Peter Hannam
This dead whale's stomach had 40 kilograms of calcifying plastic
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Whales

This dead whale's stomach had 40 kilograms of calcifying plastic

By the time marine biologist Darrell Blatchley arrived at the fishing village, he already knew how the young whale had died.

  • by Deanna Paul
Viva cops 'significant' fine for 'foreseeable' Sydney Harbour oil spill
Pollution

Viva cops 'significant' fine for 'foreseeable' Sydney Harbour oil spill

Viva Energy has been fined $100,000 for an oil spill in Sydney Harbour that took more than six months to clean up and was described by a judge as 'foreseeable'.

  • by Peter Hannam
Australia bans use of data from animal tests in cosmetics
Animal cruelty

Australia bans use of data from animal tests in cosmetics

More than 500,000 animals – mainly rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice – suffer and die in cruel and outdated tests of cosmetic ingredients globally each year.

  • by Steve Jacobs
'Monster' El Nino a chance later this year, pointing to extended dry times
Extreme weather

'Monster' El Nino a chance later this year, pointing to extended dry times

Relief for Australia's drought-hit regions could be a long way off, with climate influences in the Pacific and Indian oceans tilting towards drier conditions.

  • by Peter Hannam