400-year-old Greenland shark is oldest vertebrate animal

Author: N. Davis
Date: 12 August 2016
She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw out her adolescent years as George II ascended the throne, reached adulthood around the time that the American revolution kicked off, and lived through ...

‘Greener’ asphalt, made using printer cartridges, trialled in Canberra

Author: A. Francis
Source: The ABC
Date: 27th February 2016
A new type of low-carbon-emission asphalt, made using toner powder from recycled office printers, is being trialled in Canberra's north.  ACT Roads is evaluating the recycled asphalt, which is manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility operated by the Downer Group at Hume. "What we are doing is ...

How we can help nature adapt to climate change

Author: S. Lawler
Date: 5 February 2016
Last October, I attended a symposium about managing biodiversity in Victoria under climate change. One of the outcomes of that conference is a new website called VicNature 2050, which provides a list of 10 things all of us can do to help nature adapt to change over the next 35 years. Critically, mo...

Carbon dioxide causing ‘intoxication’ of ocean fish sooner than expected

Author: L. Cormack
Source: The Age
Date: 21 January 2016
Ocean fish around the world risk becoming lost at sea if carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater continue to rise on current trajectories, a study from the University of NSW has found. The study, published in the journal Nature, is the first global analysis of the impact of rising carbon dioxide ...

2015 smashes record for hottest year, final figures confirm

Author: D. Carrington
Date: 21 January 2016
2015 smashed the record for the hottest year since reporting began in 1850, according to the first full-year figures from the world’s three principal temperature estimates. Link between global average temperatures and El Nino Photograph: NASA Data released on Wednesday by the UK Met Office sho...