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Logan City turning human waste into energy in move to go carbon neutral within two years

Queensland's Logan City is the first local government area in Australia to turn human waste into energy after trialling a state-of-the-art gasification plant at the Loganholme Waste Water Treatment plant.

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Why Josh wants other farmers on the frontline to consider climate change

As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Josh Gilbert noticed changes on the property weren't just reflecting natural cycles. Until recently, his dad disagreed.

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Run-off from neo-nicotinoid agricultural chemical can affect health of prawns and oysters, research finds

A widely used agricultural chemical is found to affect the health and flesh quality of tiger prawns and Sydney rock oysters.

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Tura Beach mother Jen Spears fears bushfire smoke's impact on her unborn baby's health

Bushfire smoke followed pregnant Jen Spears "like a horror movie". Months later the anxious mother of two is worried about the effect the smoke had on the health of her unborn third child.
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Fossil fuel industry levy should pay for bushfire impact, climate action group report says

Former emergency leaders, climate scientists, doctors and community members are calling on the Federal Government to impose a levy on the fossil fuel industry for a climate disaster fund to help pay for the impact of natural disasters.

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Australian writers ponder future ravaged by climate change, pandemic in speculative fiction anthology After Australia

In a timely new anthology, 12 Indigenous writers and writers of colour consider what our nation will look like in 2050 and accidentally predict the events of 2020.
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Asia's plastic-polluted rivers pose a problem for Australia. So scientists are turning to drones

Experts warn plastic pollution originating along a river like the Mekong, may make its way out to the sea, and ultimately "could end up on Australian shores."

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Betio is facing a population crisis, and a sea wall could be its only hope of survival

With finite land on Kiribati, the country's woes demonstrate the challenging nexus of climate change and overpopulation.

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The hunt for hydroxyl radicals in Antarctica could reveal the secrets of our future climate

Trapped deep under layers of solid Antarctic ice are air bubbles from before the industrial age holding clues to a climate riddle which could radically reshape our understanding of global warming.
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Study supports case linking coal mining and poor air quality in nearby towns

From working on site all day, to sleeping at camp or a nearby town, coal miners are being exposed to more harmful dust than previously thought, according to new analysis.
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Roundup contamination 'unpreventable', world-first glyphosate research shows

In a world first, Australian agricultural scientists have created a map that pinpoints global hotspots of glyphosate contamination.

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Gippsland farmer says PFAS exposure from military base caused his cancer, demands Government action

A Victorian farmer whose property borders RAAF Base East Sale has blamed contamination from firefighting foam used on the base for his cancer.
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Contamination concerns after Santos given extended gas exploration rights over Queensland's Channel Country

The Queensland Government gave energy company Santos extended rights to explore environmentally significant parts of the Channel Country for potential commercial gas extraction, documents obtained under right to information laws show.
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The human race is not special. So why do we think we're immune to mass extinction?

Could we face a mass extinction of human beings in our lifetime? As global temperatures rise and this summer's bushfires devastate the Australian landscape, it's a worst-case scenario that is beginning to be seriously discussed.

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Indian Ocean Dipole linked to global warming in new research by Australian scientists

After a summer of hell, is the Indian Ocean Dipole the smoking gun connecting drought and climate change?
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The dangerous fringe theory behind the push toward herd immunity: Derrick Z. Jackson

Resumption of normal life in the United States under a herd immunity approach would result in an enormous death toll by all estimates.

My urban nature gem

Thanks to the Clean Water Act and one relentless activist, Georgia's South River may finally stop stinking.

Dust from your old furniture likely contains harmful chemicals—but there’s a solution

Researchers find people's exposure to PFAS and certain flame retardants could be significantly reduced by opting for healthier building materials and furniture.

Hormone-mimicking chemicals harm fish now—and their unexposed offspring later

Fish exposed to harmful contaminants can pass on health issues such as reproductive problems to future generations that had no direct exposure.

How Europe’s wood pellet appetite worsens environmental racism in the US South

An expanding wood pellet market in the Southeast has fallen short of climate and job goals—instead bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.

America re-discovers anti-science in its midst

Fauci, Birx, Redfield & Co. are in the middle of a political food fight. They could learn a lot from environmental scientists.

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