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What’s The Best Way to Conduct Australia’s Great Koala Count?

What’s The Best Way to Conduct Australia’s Great Koala Count?

Federal environment minister Sussan Ley this week announced A$2 million for a national audit of Australia’s koalas, as part of an A$18 million package to protect the vulnerable species. The funding might seem like a lot – and, truth be told, it is more than most threatened species receive. But…

Humans Are Polluting The Environment With Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Humans Are Polluting The Environment With Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Many of us are aware of the enormous threat of antibiotic- (or “antimicrobial”) resistant bacteria on human health. But few realise just how pervasive these superbugs are — antimicrobial-resistant bacteria have jumped from humans and are running rampant across wildlife and the environment. My research is revealing the enormous breadth…

Virus-Killing UV Lamps Are Burning People’s Eyes, Doctors Warn

Virus-Killing UV Lamps Are Burning People’s Eyes, Doctors Warn

Ultraviolet lamps meant to kill viruses and bacteria seem to be causing unfortunate eye damage in some people. In a new paper this month, doctors report several cases where people developed inflamed corneas due to UV radiation exposure from “germicidal lamps” put in place during the covid-19 pandemic. Some of…