How profit-driven inbreeding could bring the world dairy herd to its knees

Over the past 15 years, this has been exacerbated by the advent of genomic sequencing. Breeders can now specifically select cattle with combinations of genes that are known to optimise milk and meat production, and because these are the only animals in the herd that are allowed to mate, over time the entire population becomes […]

Economic decline due to Covid-19 will not help govt’s tackle climate change

Ralph Keeling, professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, has estimated that global fossil fuel use will have to decline by 10% for a full year to show up CO2 concentrations. It would be a difference of only about 0.5 parts per million according to Climate Home, an independent climate news […]

The approaching crisis: Is the world running out of water?

“A market now boasting an annual turnover of between $1 billion and $3 billion is allowing water to move to its most economically productive uses,” the Department of Agriculture website says. “Trading generates economic benefits valued in hundreds of millions of dollars annually.”

Rescuing the Great Barrier Reef: how much can be saved, and how can we do it?

The year after the reef’s first mass bleaching, Hoegh-Guldberg took climate models to forecast that if greenhouse gas emissions kept growing then, by 2020, “the average bleaching event is likely to be similar or greater than the 1998 event”.

Crossbreeding corals: the hunt for ways to heal the Great Barrier Reef

At Townsville’s tropical marine research centre, scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (Aims) are looking at how so-called super corals (corals that can resist increased water temperatures) could be used to save the reefs. About 25 strains of coral are being crossbred with the same or different species. The research is being carried […]

Covering the coronavirus pandemic: CNN correspondents reflect on how we got here

Gupta: I think it’s really hard to compare what is happening now to just about any story that I’ve covered over the last 20 years. When you cover conflicts, and you cover natural disasters, even as we’re reporting on them, there’s always this sense that people back home that may be not directly affected by […]

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Australia is uniquely up to the task of solving ‘wicked’ problems around inequality

I am meeting Australian policymakers, business people, civil society groups and academics this week to discuss how to build a smarter, more equitable and sustainable economy. My key message at Tuesday’s John Menadue Oration at Carriageworks in Sydney was that this requires freeing policymakers from the straightjacket of thinking that the best they can do […]

Victoria doubles down on outdoor activity ban, latest coronavirus death linked to hospital cluster

Federal Opposition early childhood education spokeswoman Amanda Rishworth said urgent intervention was needed to avoid a situation where there are “families without child care, early educators and directors without a job, and providers without a business”.