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Great Barrier Reef Omitted from UN Danger List

A new draft report from the United Nations has recommended that the Great Barrier Reef should not be added to a World Heritage danger list.  But it also said that Australia must continue to honour its commitments to protect the reef, which include restricting new port developments and restoring water quality. The final decision will come from the World Heritage Committee, … [Read More...]

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Call for New World Antibiotic Research Fund

The pharmaceutical industry is being called upon to set up a $2 billion fund to innovate and revitalise the research into antibiotics in return for guaranteed payments to those companies who produce new drugs. Currently, there are very few new antibiotics under development yet there is a global spread in resistant bacteria that can combat […]

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Businesses Hold Breath as New Google Mobile Ratings Begin

Businesses who rely on the internet to allow people to find them through their website are waiting tensely today to see if the latest update from Google has caused them to vanish from search engine results.  Nicknamed ‘mobilegeddon’ by some, the new changes are centred on how mobile friendly a website is when people search […]

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Satellites Show Dramatic Ice Loss in Antarctica

Tweet Scientists studying data collected by satellite have seen a sudden and dramatic change in the behaviour of the glaciers on the Antarctica Peninsula.  The ice streams had been generally stable until 2009 but since then have been losing somewhere in the region of 56 billion tons of ice each year to the ocean. The […]

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Food Markets Could be Disrupted by El Nino

Tweet If the events this year surrounding the El Nino come to pass, experts are warning that global food markets could be effected.  A strong El Nino could see an increase in the price of staple foods such as rice, sugar, cocoa and coffee, according to scientists. Forecasters agree that the El Nino effect is […]

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Missing Migrants Found and Offered Shelter

Tweet A ship filled with migrants drifting off the coast of Thailand has been rescued by Indonesian fisherman following its discovery by the UK’s BBC news channel.  A reporter from the channel discovered the ship last Thursday when it had been stranded by a broken engine with its occupants filthy and covered with insects. Nor […]