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‘The de-extinction club’: Could we resurrect mammoths, Tassie tigers and dinosaurs?
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‘The de-extinction club’: Could we resurrect mammoths, Tassie tigers and dinosaurs?

New technology means we may soon be able to turn back the clock on extinction. In the final part of our series exploring the science behind science fiction, we meet the contenders for revival.

  • by Sherryn Groch

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Floral ‘time capsules’: Herbarium logs its elusive millionth specimen

Floral ‘time capsules’: Herbarium logs its elusive millionth specimen

The Royal Botanic Gardens’ immense cataloguing effort means digitised information and many high-resolution images of specimens are available online for researchers, artists and students worldwide.

  • by Miki Perkins
South Coast villages brace for development influx amid city exodus

South Coast villages brace for development influx amid city exodus

In Eurobodalla Shire, anger has been fanned by the council’s recent decision to sell off more than 40 hectares of pristine forest near Dalmeny.

  • by Peter Hannam
‘Elusive’ pygmy blue whales recorded ‘off Sydney’s back doorstep’

‘Elusive’ pygmy blue whales recorded ‘off Sydney’s back doorstep’

Sydneysiders fortunate enough to be near the coast during these tight times of COVID-19 curbs can at least get some solace from scanning the horizon for whales.

  • by Peter Hannam
Southern Australian sharks and rays being ‘cornered’ by climate change

Southern Australian sharks and rays being ‘cornered’ by climate change

Southern Australia’s sharks and rays face mounting threats as warmer waters push more tropical species southwards and habitats change.

  • by Peter Hannam
Concerns for Dandenongs wildlife and habitat after the storm

Concerns for Dandenongs wildlife and habitat after the storm

A month after extraordinary wind gusts tore across Victoria and left communities without power and heating for weeks, volunteer groups in the Dandenongs are worried the area’s treasured fauna and flora are being forgotten.

  • by Rachael Dexter
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Green spaces host a rich variety of life just under the surface

Green spaces host a rich variety of life just under the surface

Next time you’re exercising in your local park or mowing your nature strip, spare a thought for the ecosystem thriving just beneath that precious green space.

  • by Peter Hannam
Australia’s miners throw money at ‘mini-monsters’ causing major headaches

Australia’s miners throw money at ‘mini-monsters’ causing major headaches

They’re among the country’s smallest and most mysterious creatures, but they can cause big changes in the size and shape of our most enormous mining projects.

  • by Emma Young
For the first time you can have your say on logging of forests in the South West

For the first time you can have your say on logging of forests in the South West

Every 10 years, the state writes a new management plan for its native forests. It’s normally business as usual. But this time, things will be a bit different.

  • by Emma Young
Scientists reject Minister’s blast over UNESCO Barrier Reef downgrade

Scientists reject Minister’s blast over UNESCO Barrier Reef downgrade

Scientists are calling out the claims of Environment Minister Sussan Ley, who says Australia is being singled out by UNESCO over climate policy.

  • by Mike Foley
NSW losing Sydney CBD-sized chunk of tree cover every two days to clearing

NSW losing Sydney CBD-sized chunk of tree cover every two days to clearing

The latest state data shows some 54,500 hectares was cleared of so-called woody vegetation in 2019. While down about one-tenth on the previous year, the rate was 40 per cent more than the 2009-17 average.

  • by Peter Hannam