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Rakali poster

Rakali poster | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Water rats or as they should be called 'rakali', are a native animals and sometimes seen at the edge of lakes or near a river. They are identified by the white tip to their tail and the beautiful golden belly fur.
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Mining Threatens Papua New Guinea’s Mighty Sepik River with Utter Ruin

Mining Threatens Papua New Guinea’s Mighty Sepik River with Utter Ruin | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Dr. Glen Barry | EcoInternet | JULY 4, 2016 The Chinese government’s massive open-pit mine in the rainy Papua New Guinea highlands, with its tons of toxic tailings full of sulphides and heavy metals, is to be poised above the Sepik River and its primary rainforests, intact local cultures, and the South Pacific Ocean. Apparently Papua…
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Millions of shorebirds are flying for their lives

Millions of shorebirds are flying for their lives | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
The East Asian-Australasian Flyway is home to millions of shorebirds. But it's on the brink of collapse. Take a 10,000-kilometre journey from Australia to the Arctic to find out why.
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For Olympic Sailors And Fishermen Alike, Rio's Dirty Bay Sets Off Alarms

For Olympic Sailors And Fishermen Alike, Rio's Dirty Bay Sets Off Alarms | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Guanabara Bay will host the Olympic sailing competition in August. But it's so heavily polluted, it threatens the livelihoods of those who depend on its waters.
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North coast kangaroos fitted with hi-tech tracking systems to help discover best control method - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

North coast kangaroos fitted with hi-tech tracking systems to help discover best control method - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Here is an example of tracking using GPS tags to improve population control which should be of interest to VCE EnvSci students.
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Murray cod flourish

Murray cod flourish | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Numbers of fish are growing after depletion.
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Good to see.
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Mount Isa Mines still breaching national air quality guidelines, data shows

Mount Isa Mines still breaching national air quality guidelines, data shows | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Mount Isa Mines claims its emissions are consistent with national guidelines, but the mine has exceeded the hourly limit for sulfur dioxide emissions several days this year.
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Microplastics: which beauty brands are safe to use?

Microplastics: which beauty brands are safe to use? | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
The tiny beads used in exfoliant scrubs and toothpastes are at various stages of being phased out by the industry.
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Threatened Australian wildlife at grave risk from habitat loss, study finds

Threatened Australian wildlife at grave risk from habitat loss, study finds | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Habitat loss is seen as the primary threat to at-risk species but recovery plans avoid addressing it and governments have entrenched the extinction process
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Air quality in Sydney at dangerous levels | smh.com.au

Air quality in Sydney at dangerous levels | smh.com.au | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
The hazard reduction burn offs that shrouded Sydney in smoke on Saturday have caused air quality to plummet to hazardous levels, with Lindfield o
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PM2.5 particulate matter has serious consequences for human health. The publication of these figures and recognition of their consequences is heard more and more frequently and could lead to the decision only to burn when winds are blowing away from the city... At the cost of country people?
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Fighting for survival, some animals and plants are thriving in the heart of Melbourne | theage.com.au

Fighting for survival, some animals and plants are thriving in the heart of Melbourne | theage.com.au | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Across Melbourne, 20 endangered species of fauna and flora, from chirping frogs to delicate orchids, call the city home.
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An important article because it highlights the important role cities and towns and the people who live in them can play in the protection of endangered species.
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The Paris Agreement signing ceremony at a glance

The Paris Agreement signing ceremony at a glance | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
More than 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22. But enough countries will also need to ratify the treaty domestically before it can become international law.
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The Paris agreement in graphics, prompting exploration of the key points.
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David Attenborough says the Great Barrier Reef is in 'grave danger' – it's time to step up

David Attenborough says the Great Barrier Reef is in 'grave danger' – it's time to step up | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Sir David Attenborough has issued a call the save the Great Barrier Reef.
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The challenge for students here is to identify the threats which have lead to the current situation, the relevance of legislation and international agreements like the recently signed Paris Agreement, and conservation management actions which could help increase its chances of survival.
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Life before the Clean Air Act - your memories and pictures

Life before the Clean Air Act - your memories and pictures | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
To mark the 60th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, we’ve been asking Guardian readers to share their memories and stories of what the UK was like before the act came into force.
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This Cute Animal Has Just Gone Extinct Due To Climate Change From Informoverload - Path - Curiosity

This Cute Animal Has Just Gone Extinct Due To Climate Change From Informoverload - Path - Curiosity | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
A small rodent named as the Bramble Cay melomys, lived only on a single island off Australia is likely the world's first mammal to be extinct because of climate change.
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Rajshahi: the city that took on air pollution – and won

Rajshahi: the city that took on air pollution – and won | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
In Bangladesh, one of the world’s most polluted cities has led the way globally in ridding itself of harmful PM10 particles
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Is the Felixer cat trap safe for native carnivores?

This is "Is the Felixer cat trap safe for native carnivores?" by goexperiment on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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Australian Broadcasting on Great Barrier Reef Bleaching 2016

"This will change the Great Barrier Reef forever," Professor Hughes told 7.30. "We're seeing huge levels of bleaching in the northern thousand-kilometr
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Current legislation with its focus on endangered species and preserving areas of habitat is not enough to save ecosystems under threat from climate change. What should this new legislation act on? Collective global action to decrease fossil fuel use?
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Ontario to spend $7-billion on sweeping climate change plan

Ontario to spend $7-billion on sweeping climate change plan | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Ontario’s $7-billion bid to slash carbon footprint will affect every aspect of life in province while disrupting auto and energy sectors
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Bold leadership brings real change in Canada.
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Co-living solution for 'Generation Rent'? - BBC News

Co-living solution for 'Generation Rent'? - BBC News | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
A new building complex in north London is offering a new kind of accommodation, mixing small private space with generous communal areas.
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Senators call for Australia to ban microbeads to protect marine life

Senators call for Australia to ban microbeads to protect marine life | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Senate committee wants an immediate ban on production or importation of beauty products containing the tiny plastic beads
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Scientists get a better idea of how often Victoria's volcanoes erupt

Scientists get a better idea of how often Victoria's volcanoes erupt | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
Researchers have gained valuable insight into how frequently Victoria's volcanoes erupt, after establishing the age of an extinct volcano known as Moun
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Lava flows were up to 60km long. Eruptions every 2,000 years on average. 
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Herpes virus to be used in fight against carp in Murray River, Christopher Pyne says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Herpes virus to be used in fight against carp in Murray River, Christopher Pyne says - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
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Australian endangered species: Murray Cod

Australian endangered species: Murray Cod | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
The Murray cod (Maccullochella peelii) is the largest native Australian freshwater fish species, and is probably the most iconic.
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Endangered species conservation strategies do not always include establishment of reserves. Regulation of water flow and fishing, habitat improvements and pest management are bringing this IUCN critically endangered species back from the brink.
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Paris set a benchmark in the battle against climate change. What now?

Paris set a benchmark in the battle against climate change. What now? | VCE Environmental Science | Scoop.it
The Paris Agreement marks an important step towards climate change mitigation – one in which developed and developing countries alike take action.
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The Paris agreement: how it works and what it means for the world.
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