Koalas Should Be Given Endangered Listing, Environment Groups Say

Koala populations on the Australian east coast have diminished to the extent the species should now be considered “endangered”, environment groups have said, amid concern that existing protection measures have failed to halt the creeping loss of critical habitat. In south-east Queensland, once a stronghold for koala populations, habitat continues …

Australia Plans to Dump More Than 1 Million Tons of Sludge in Great Barrier...

The Great Barrier Reef faces yet “another nail in the coffin,” Dr. Simon Boxall from the National Oceanography Centre Southampton told BBC News Friday. That is because the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) has approved plans to dump one million tonnes (approximately 1.1 million U.S. tons) of sludge …

First Mammal Species Recognized as Extinct Due to Climate Change

A small rodent that lived only on a single island off Australia is likely the world’s first mammal to become a casualty of climate change, scientists reported in June 2016. The government of Australia has now officially recognized the Bramble Cay melomys (Melomys rubicola) as extinct. The animal seems to …

Heatwave Wipes Out Third of Spectacled Fruit Bats in Australia

A heatwave that swept Australia in November killed a third of an entire bat species. On the 26th and 27th of November last year, temperatures soared above 42°C, resulting in around 23,000 spectacled fruit bats dying of overheating. Before the incident occurred, the country was home to an estimated 75,000 …

Phase 1 Of “World’s Largest” EV Fast-Charging Network Completed In Queensland

The Queensland government has laid claim to the “world’s longest electric vehicle superhighway in a single state” after the first phase of fast charger station installations was completed last month. State transport minister Mark Bailey says EV drivers can now travel from Coolangatta to Cairns, and west from Brisbane to …

First Wind Turbine Stands Tall at Mount Emerald Wind Farm

The first wind turbine at the Mount Emerald Wind Farm near Walkamin has been sucessfully erected, marking a significant milestone for the biggest wind farm in Queensland. The turbine consists of three 16 tonne blades, each 57m long, that were positioned in place atop the 90-metre tower after the project’s …