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2008-08-28 17:20:00

A recent study suggests that cane toads may avoid certain cooler and drier regions of Australia during their migration. Scientists staged a 2m sprint event in their own laboratory "Toad Olympics". Toads from the frontline of the invasion could only hop at 0.3 km per hour at 15C, but as fast as 2km per hour at 30C, Ecography journal reports. They concluded that areas like Melbourne that are cooler and drier may not witness the massive invasion of the cane toad. Originally introduced to...

2008-08-27 09:00:49

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot cape charles Snap, Crackle and Pop left Virginia with a bang on Tuesday. The three endangered sea turtles, rescued earlier this summer from a New Jersey nuclear power plant, drew throngs of Eastern Shore residents and tourists to a public beach in this town on the Chesapeake Bay. There, just after 11 a.m., handlers from Virginia Beach carried the three platter-size juveniles about 50 feet from shore and, to loud applause,...

2008-08-20 18:00:00

By BETH QUIMBY Skyrocketing oil prices are sending more Mainers in search of solar-powered heat and hot-water systems. Solar-energy equipment dealers and installers report interest is way up, and a state program offering rebates for solar electrical and thermal energy systems has run out of funds. The Maine State Solar Incentive Program, run by the state Public Utilities Commission's Efficiency Maine program, ran out of this year's money on June 20. "That is earlier than ever before,"...

2008-07-24 00:00:43

By Sarah Webb Pupils at a Forest of Dean school are doing their bit for the environment with a new renewable energy system. Coalway Junior School has installed solar panels to convert the sun's energy into electricity for the school as well as a display on renewable energy. Head teacher Fay White said everyone was delighted to have the eco-technology in place. She said: "The children and the staff are very excited about having the photovoltaics installed. "It fits in very well with...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Kathy Marks The drought in Australia's main food bowl, the Murray-Darling Basin, has worsened, with record low inflows into the river system in June and an even gloomier situation predicted for the coming months. Neil Plummer, acting head of the National Climate Centre, described rainfall during the southern hemisphere autumn as "an absolute shocker", and said: "I'm gasping for good news". Wendy Craik, chief executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, said the river system's...

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2008-07-01 11:34:02

Conservationists at Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, successfully rehabilitated two loggerhead turtles, which became stranded on UK and Irish coasts this year. "Dink" and "James" were found on the shore last winter. Both turtles underwent six months of rehabilitation at Blue Reef, and were recently returned to the sea off a beach in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. "It was absolutely beautiful. Let's hope no more turtles get stranded, but if they do we know we can look after them," said Blue Reef...

2008-07-01 06:00:00

Here's a new trivia question: What is Florida's official saltwater reptile? As of today it's the loggerhead sea turtle, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Monday. The big turtle joins the list of 21 other state symbols, including the official reptile, the alligator, and the official marine mammal, the manatee. "A lot of times students will research state symbols," commission spokeswoman Bonnie Abellera said. "This gives them an additional opportunity to research...

2007-11-07 10:40:08

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The number of loggerhead turtle nests was substantially lower in 2007 than in past years, according to preliminary numbers from scientists statewide. Scientists found 28,500 nests from 19 surveyed beaches, down from almost 50,000 last year. The number was so low that this could be the lowest nesting year on record for loggerheads, said Blair Witherington, a research scientist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The turtles' nesting numbers...

2005-12-08 08:15:00

By James Grubel GOOLWA, Australia -- Richard Owen stands outside his old shack overlooking the mouth of the Murray River and laments the decline of Australia's greatest waterway. For 25 years, Owen has watched over the spot where the Murray meets the surf of the Southern Ocean, and has witnessed the sand slowly take control and close the river mouth. "When we first came down here, we had wetlands in front of us," Owen told Reuters as he looks out at a sandbank between his property and the...

2005-09-04 08:40:43

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Poisonous and ugly, Australia's cane toads are also suckers for nightlife. Researchers looking for ways to eradicate the toxic toads, introduced from Hawaii in 1935 and now an environmental menace, have found a way to trap them using ultra-violet "disco" lights. The pests have spread in their millions across the tropical north. Cane toads, some as big as dinner plates, can even kill crocodiles and wild dogs with their hallucinogenic venom. Australian scientists...


Latest Environment of Australia Reference Libraries

Burrawang, Macrozamia communis
2014-01-31 08:51:17

Macrozamia communis is a type of Australian cycad plant. The species is located on the coast of New South Wales. It is commonly known as the Burrawang. Its common name is derived from the Daruk Australian Aboriginal Language. This name is often applied to other species of Macrozamia. M. communis normally has an un-branched trunk, cycad plants branch very rarely. The species has dark green colored leaves which become dull with age. This plant has separate male and female specimens that are...

Zamia Fern, Bowenia spectabilis
2014-01-30 07:24:18

Bowenia spectabilis is a species of cycad plant. The species may also be referred to as the “Zamia fern”. The plant is regularly found in Australia, specifically in northeastern Queensland from the Mcllwraith Range to Tully. The population is estimated at an excess of 10,000 plants. Bowenia spectabilis have flourished in subtropical or tropical, moist lowland forests. It can be found growing close to streams and on sheltered slopes and even in the high altitudes in the Atherton...

Dibbler, Parantechinus apicalis
2013-06-18 10:01:35

The dibbler (Parantechinus apicalis) is a species of marsupial that is native to Australia, with a range that includes some offshore islands and the southwest mainland areas of Western Australia. It prefers a habitat within vegetation with thick debris in sandy soils. This species is the sole member of its genus, Parantechinus, which included the Sandstone dibbler. The dibbler was first described by John Edward Gray in 1842, but it wasn’t until 1947 that the species would be placed in its...

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2009-01-13 18:24:37

The Great Barred Frog (Mixophyes fasciolatus) is a species of ground-dwelling frog found in Australia. It inhabits rainforests, Antarctic beech forests or wet sclerophyll forests. This frog breeds in both streams and ponds and calls from the surrounding land. Though a ground-dwelling species, it is most often found near running water where, when threatened, can easily escape by jumping into the water and swimming away. The Great Barred Frog reaches a size of 3.15 inches, and has large,...

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2008-07-11 16:19:07

The Brown Honeyeater (Lichmera indistincta), is found mainly in Australia and New Guinea. In Australia it occurs in thickets throughout much of western, northern and eastern Australia, being absent only from the coldest or wettest areas. The Brown Honeyeaters have highly developed brush-tipped tongues adapted for nectar feeding. Photo Copyright and Credit

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