Latest Environment of Australia Stories
A recent study suggests that cane toads may avoid certain cooler and drier regions of Australia during their migration.
By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot cape charles Snap, Crackle and Pop left Virginia with a bang on Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
Conservationists at Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, successfully rehabilitated two loggerhead turtles, which became stranded on UK and Irish coasts this year.
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 number of loggerhead turtle nests was substantially lower in 2007 than in past years, according to preliminary numbers from scientists statewide.
Richard Owen stands outside his old shack overlooking the mouth of the Murray River and laments the decline of Australia's greatest waterway.
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.
Hakea victoria is a shrub species. The species may also be referred to as Royal Hakea or Lantern hakea. H. victoria is a member of the Proteaceae family. The plant can be found in Western Australia. In 1847, botanist James Drummond was the first to describe and name the species. Hakea victoria is an upright growing, evergreen shrub that typically grows between 4.9 and 9.8 feet tall. The plant’s foliage ranges from yellow to orange and then red as the plant matures. Its leaves are prickly...
Hakea teretifolia is a shrub species. The species may also be referred to commonly as the Dagger hakea. H. teretifolia is a member of the Proteaceae family in the Plantae kingdom. The species has two, closely related subspecies: H. teretifolia subsp. teretifolia and H. teretifolia subsp. hirsuta. The plant can be found commonly in eastern Australia, specifically growing from northern New South Wales to Victoria and Tasmania. Hakea teretifolia grows on sandstone-based soil and is tolerant...
Hakea lorea is a small tree or shrub species. The species may also be commonly referred to as the Bootlace oak or the Cork tree. H. lorea is a member of the Proteaceae family and is commonly found in central and northern Australia. It ranges specifically from the southern Cape York Peninsula to the Darling Downs in the south and west to Pibara. Its name “lorea” comes from the latin word meaning “made from strips of leather”, referring to the shrubs leaves. There are 2 closely...
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...
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...
- The deadly nightshade, Atropa Belladonna, which possesses stupefying or poisonous properties.
- A sleeping-potion; a soporific.
- To mutter deliriously.