Failing nature laws could lead to further health crises

Taken by Annalise Hunt

Annalise Hunt

September 7, 2020

An open letter sent to the federal government from prominent health leaders and groups says that the review of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC act) must be taken seriously. Following COVID-19 and the black summer bushfire crisis, now more than ever, is the most...

Great Barrier bleach

Great Barrier Reef coral

Sasha Parissis, ECU Reporter

April 5, 2018

It is the 2,300 kilometres of coral reef that makes Australia’s Great Barrier Reef the largest of its kind in the world. Home to 4,000 types of mollusc, 1,500 species of fish, and 400 types of coral; the ecosystem was selected as a World Heritage site in 1981. However, the reef has been deterior...

The danger of deathcap mushrooms

Wild Death Cap Mushroom

Bella Sardelis, Reporter

March 29, 2018

The Food Safety Information Council warns Western Australians not to pick or eat wild mushrooms, as deadly deathcap mushrooms are beginning to appear in Southern and Western Australia. In a media release, Council Chairwoman Rachelle Williams said that gathering wild mushrooms can be a life-threatening ri...

Chevron abandons drilling plans in the Bight

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Jack Baker, ECU Reporter

October 22, 2017

Energy giant, Chevron, has abandoned its $400 Million plans to drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight. A year after fellow multinational oil player British Petroleum (BP) gave up its ambitions for drilling in South Australia's Bight; Chevron announced that due to low oil prices, the project could...

COMMENT: Coal or Coral?

COMMENT: Coal or Coral?

Kelly Marie Smith, ECU Journalist

September 11, 2017

When people think of Australia, I guarantee you that one of the first things that comes to mind is the Great Barrier Reef. Now in its second year of serious coral bleaching, I would think our Government would be putting protective measures in place to keep us from losing an Australian icon. Instead,...

SA waste dump a bad idea: expert

James Williams, Staff Reporter

May 19, 2016

Four hundred South Australian citizens will be chosen for a jury to help consider the state's future approach to nuclear waste. The decision was made the day after a Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission report said that the public should be pursued if they want the plant. South Australian Premier...

Rottnest moorings ‘release ancient CO2’

Image supplied by the ECU research team

Lorraine Sindel, Staff Reporter

March 17, 2016

Research conducted by ECU scientists has found that boat moorings on Rottnest Island are causing seagrass meadows to release ancient Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere, scarring and damaging the vital  ecosystem. The research, conducted by ECU’s Dr Oscar Serrano, Professor Paul Lavery and Profe...

Rounding up cancer patients

Rounding up cancer patients

Ally Harper, Staff reporter

March 25, 2015

Roundup could be infamously living up to its name, according to a report on the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) website. The popular weedkiller, which is sold in Australia, is one of three pesticides found to "probably" be carcinogenic because of the...

EPA seeks another look at mining impact

Mining in the Pilbara is becoming a concern for environmentalists

Ella Phelan-Burnett, Student Broadcaster

October 17, 2014

Major mining developments are believed to be endangering biodiversity in WA's Pilbara Region. The Environmental Protection Agency has suggested the State Government re-examine the impact of the projects. Ella Phelan-Burnett reports.   ...

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