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Oyster reefs carpeted thousands of kilometers of Australian coastline 200 years ago, but were dredged to near extinction within a century of colonial settlement. An ambitious nationwide restoration program now seeks to bring them back. In South Australia, the largest reef restoration in the Southern Hemisphere, Windara Reef, was constructed in 2017 to restore the ecosystem of the native mud oyster, Ostrea angasi, off the Yorke Peninsula.
There have been terrible bushfires this summer across southern Australia – and they are still going. Part of the reason for this disaster is the unprecedented climatic conditions that the country has been facing, including record hot and dry conditions.
Endometriosis is a debilitating disease with serious impacts on a person’s quality of life far beyond the extreme pain it causes. It can affect them financially, cause disruption to their work, social lives and relationships.
Most people appreciate the enormous cost and suffering caused by the illegal global smuggling of people, drugs and arms. But illegal logging rivals those in monetary value and impact.
As our leading single cause of disease and death, it would be rare for any Australian not to have been touched by coronary heart disease amongst family or friends.
The multi-billion-dollar international trade in exotic wildlife can have devastating effects on our environment and biodiversity. A bewildering number of species are involved in this industry, much of which is illegal or unsustainable.
Climate change is causing profound changes to the Earth’s ice cover, including the frozen surface of the ocean known as sea ice.
Australia’s position as the world’s largest exporter of lamb and mutton is under threat from other international suppliers – China has three times our production capacity and our neighbours in New Zealand have high-quality produce, threatening our current position.
COVID-19 has decimated the performing arts sector and many people are wondering what post-pandemic live performances will look like.
Our cities are heating up and we need to find innovative ways to lower urban temperatures, or life will become increasingly harder for residents. In Adelaide, the number of days when outdoor temperatures soared above 40°C increased from only two days per year in 2000 to six days per year in 2020.