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The vanishing Arctic


FOR THE LOCALS of Verkhoyansk, a tiny town in the far-flung reaches of Siberia, today [16 December] will be one of the last sunrises they see for the year. The town that sits 10 kilometres inside the Arctic Circle is heading into the annual polar winter — a period of perpetual

Lots of models, little monitoring: where is the MDB water?


IT MIGHT BE the biggest whodunnit — or what-dunnit — in Australia. More than 2 trillion litres of water — enough to fill Sydney Harbour four and a half times — has gone missing from our largest and most precious river system — the Murray-Darling Basin. And it’s happened in what was

What spoil sports we are for the Festive Season!


Does one drink a day damage your health? You’ve no doubt heard the common wisdom that a drink at the end of a long day does you good. Maybe it’s the antioxidants in wine you swear by, or the relaxing qualities of a beer. Perhaps just the taste makes you feel better. But

Greta Thunberg’s La Vagabonde voyage


How an Aussie family meet the girl behind a climate movement By Briana Shepherd, ABC News THE AUSTRALIAN COUPLE who sailed Greta Thunberg across the Atlantic for the UN COP25 climate summit say people would be shocked to see how human and vulnerable the teen climate activist is. ABOVE: Riley Whitelum, Nikki Henderson,

Aged-care royal commission has had a third of the coverage of banks‘ bad behaviour


It doesn’t add up “A sad and shocking system that diminishes Australia as a nation”. “Inhumane, abusive and unjustified”. “Cruel and discriminating”. After 10 months of hearings and investigations into aged care, Commissioners Lynelle Briggs and the late Richard Tracy listed the most shocking findings in their interim report on Thursday: death from septicaemia

Perinatal mental illness: what it is, and the costs


WHEN BABY MAX arrived four years ago, complete with a full head of “Elvis hair”, his parents were overjoyed. But joy quickly turned into a wave of negative emotions for his mother, Julie. “I was all alone in my hospital bed, I woke up in a puddle of sweat,” she said. “I

Never mind Brumbies: what about the Bogong Moth disappearance?


A NEW ONLINE tool has been launched to help monitor Bogong Moth numbers in what is shaping up to be a crucial season for both their migration and a food source for the critically endangered mountain pygmy possum. Each spring about 4.4 billion bogong moths head to the country's alpine regions in

Bear finds a voice — Book Week analysis


What do you see when you really look at the books on your kids’ shelf? Take a scroll through Australia’s 100 top-selling kids’ picture books of last year, as seen through the eyes of a bear on a mission. The ‘Elephant in the Room’ will be your helpful guide. READ FULL ARTICLES: • Bear