Australian Mouse Plague Sparks Debate Around Toxic Substances

Australian Mouse Plague Sparks Debate Around Toxic Substances

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In Australia, after years of drought, wildfires, a period of heavy rains have brought back some plant life and millions of mice. As a result, the country’s southern and eastern agricultural regions are now overrun with mice in their crops, barns, and homes. The ongoing infestation even prompted the evacuation of a prison in […]

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Australian Government Rejects Proposed Great Barrier Reef Protections from UN

Australian Government Rejects Proposed Great Barrier Reef Protections from UN

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer In a report released last Monday, the U.N. recommended placing the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) on a list of world heritage sites now “in danger.” The report stated that “there is no possible doubt that the property is facing ascertained danger.” But the Australian government and tourism industry defended the country’s reef […]

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Australia’s Koalas May Hit Endangered List

Australia’s Koalas May Hit Endangered List

Australia’s iconic marsupial, the koala, may make it onto the country’s list of endangered species, particularly on Australia’s east coast, according to the Minister for the Environment, Sussan Ley. Koalas are listed as a vulnerable species in New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, and the ACT, but could soon join the list of Australia’s 40 other […]

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Experts Say Record Flooding in Australia Is a Symptom of Accelerating Climate Change

Experts Say Record Flooding in Australia Is a Symptom of Accelerating Climate Change

Thousands evacuated in Australia's worst flooding in almost half a century https://t.co/IMuH3ctNtm pic.twitter.com/InQuvXtCZB — Reuters (@Reuters) March 23, 2021 by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Australian Government along with the state of New South Wales have signed 16 disaster declarations after heavy rains and flooding forced 18,000 residents to evacuate the region.  Some affected areas have […]

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Great Barrier Reef Designated “Critical” by New IUCN Report

Great Barrier Reef Designated “Critical” by New IUCN Report

by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (GBR) has been upgraded from “significant concern” to “critical” based on a new report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) that found increasing impacts associated with climate change. Just over one month ago, a study found that half of the coral in […]

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Australia’s Extreme Heat Prompts Fears of Another “Black Summer”

Australia’s Extreme Heat Prompts Fears of Another “Black Summer”

The 2019-2020 Australian bushfire season burnt more than 18 million hectares across the country, destroyed more than 2,000 homes, and claimed the lives of 34 people and about one billion animals. The devastation was gutwrenching and a wake-up call to the entire world that climate change is our greatest existential threat. Yet as fire crews […]

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