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Three visions for Sydney's density as 2.4 million more people call it home

Sydney must decide how much density it can handle, as it plans for 2.4 million extra residents over the next three decades, amid mounting community …

Australia

Half of world's oceans now fished industrially, maps reveal

Data gathered from more than 70,000 vessels shows commercial fishing now covers a greater surface area than agriculture<p>More than half the world’s oceans are being fished by industrial vessels, new research reveals.<p>The maps based on feedback from more than 70,000 vessels show commercial fishing …

Conservation

How the international community has failed South Sudan

HOW to solve a problem like South Sudan? Regional peacemakers gathering in Addis Ababa over the past fortnight have struggled again to find an …

Africa

'They spit on you with their eyes': AJ's journey from homeless to bedsit

I have lived on the streets of Sydney, sleeping rough, for six of the past 12 years. The circumstances that put me there were my own inability to …

Le Mans

More affordable housing for Green Square as council sells land

The emerging metropolis in Green Square will include up to 80 extra affordable homes after the City of Sydney inked another deal for the subsidised …

Housing

Trains every two minutes: Sydney Metro will get rid of troublesome bottleneck on rail network

In a little over a year, new world-class metro rail services will start in Sydney – the biggest addition to our city's rail network in a …

Australia

Livestock owners warned on seasonal blue-green algae poisoning risk

Blue-green algae. Photo – Agriculture Victoria.<p>LIVESTOCK owners have been urged to be alert for the possibility of blue-green algae poisoning, …

Pollution

Sydney Metro and light rail will allow the city to grow for next 40 years

Sydney's latest transport projects have experienced significant teething problems, only worsened by problems with the new trains timetable. But there …

Australia

Back to the drawing board for Bondi Pavilion

It is back to the drawing board for the controversial Bondi Pavilion refurbishment, with the new mayor declaring everything is "on the table" when it …

Australia

Cape Town is running out of water: Are U.S. cities next?

What happens when the taps run dry<p>Sometime in late May or early June, Cape Town, South Africa—comparable in size to the city of Los Angeles—is predicted to become the first major world city to completely run out of water. When that happens, authorities will cut off taps to all homes and most …

São Paulo

Will Day Zero come? Cape Town prepares to run out of water

Day Zero.<p>It sounds like an ominous science fiction film about a looming apocalypse.<p>But it’s real.<p>In Cape Town, South Africa, the term is being used …

Snorkeling

Why Cape Town Is Running Out of Water, and Who’s Next

The South African city plans to shut off the taps to 4 million people. But it's just one of many cities around the world facing a future with too little water.<p>By late spring, four million people in the city of Cape Town—one of Africa's most affluent metropolises—may have to stand in line surrounded …

São Paulo

What's Actually Behind Cape Town's Water Crisis

Blame austerity-obsessed technocrats, irresponsible development, and willful ignorance.<p>The city of Cape Town was plonked by its founders onto a peninsula not far from where the Indian and Atlantic oceans merge, often violently, beneath the imposing banks of Table Mountain. To its north lie the …

Patricia de Lille

As a water crisis looms in Cape Town, could it happen in Canada?

The city of Cape Town, South Africa is under extreme water rationing and heading towards complete depletion of its municipal water supply. When Day …

Canada

Ballarat mining company uses cow poo to power a Bungaree dairy farm

A western Victorian mining company is turning poo into gold by converting the smelly waste into a valuable asset — energy.<p>Gekko Systems has designed …

Startups

Cape Town to run out of water by 12 April amid worst drought in a century

Residents will have to queue at standpipes for daily rations unless they drastically reduce consumption<p>As Cape Town suffers its worst drought in a century, residents have been warned that they face losing piped water to their homes on 12 April – nine days earlier than predicted.<p>If drastic …

El Niño

The Great Barrier Reef from the sky – in pictures

Photographer Joshua Smith’s latest project, The Reef,is an aerial explorationof his experience with Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Smith’s hope is to raise awareness of Australia’s connection with the reef and the impact humans have on it. The series is the the fifth instalment of Down Under from …

Great Barrier Reef

'Rose Bay is full': Why every corner of Sydney is worried about overdevelopment

The first-world problems in Sydney's eastern suburbs may attract little sympathy, but Bruce Bland is adamant people in other parts of Sydney should …

Urban Design

Great Barrier Reef in 'deep trouble' as climate, other threats mount: official

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Climate Change

Green Square to get $80 million aquatic centre

Construction of Sydney's most expensive aquatic centre is about to begin at Green Square. The boom suburb in the city's east is set to become the …

How China Plans to Feed 1.4 Billion Growing Appetites

As more Chinese crave Western-style diets, the booming nation rushes to industrialize an agricultural economy long built around small farms.<p>Watching Jiang Wannian and Ping Cuixiang harvest a sixth of an acre of daikon seed in the north-central province of Gansu feels a little like traveling back in …

Agriculture

Machu Picchu

<b>Site</b>: Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu <b><br>Location</b>: Peru <b><br>Year Designated</b>: 1983 <b><br>Category</b>: Cultural <b><br>Criteria</b>: (i)(iii)(vii)(ix) <b><br>Reason</b>: Machu Picchu is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.<p>* * *<p>Machu Picchu is tangible evidence of the urban Inca Empire at the peak of its power and …

Australian property 'severely unaffordable', Sydney crowned 'second least affordable market'

There's no arguing Australian properties are among the world's priciest, but experts disagree on exactly how unaffordable the market has …

PM to give $60m to save Great Barrier Reef

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is to unveil a multi-million-dollar plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef against mass bleaching.<p>The plan, to cost …

Millions spent on Great Barrier Reef projects against expert advice

One $2.2m experiment involves giant fans to cool water down, despite government’s own advisers highlighting risks<p>Millions of dollars of commonwealth money is being handed to tourism-linked groups for Great Barrier Reef protection, despite official advice recommending against the projects, or …

How rising sea levels could shrink Australia and spark a coastal exodus

With global sea levels expected to rise by up to a metre by 2100, we can learn much from archaeology about how people coped in the past with changes …

Octopus Chokes Dolphin to Death in First-Ever Discovery

The young male, Gilligan, was in otherwise perfect condition, a new study says.<p>Nobody ever told Gilligan the dolphin not to bite off more than he could chew.<p>The male Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphin is the first known cetacean to die from asphyxiation by octopus, a new study says.<p>He "seems to have …

Travel Photography

Governments launch $2 million challenge to save Great Barrier Reef

The Australian and Queensland governments have issued an open call to the world's top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef.<p>The …

Great Barrier Reef

Over the Next Year, Germany Will Hit a Scary Demographic Milestone

on January 16, 2018 at 11:40 am<p>Shares 0<p>In Europe, the economy is humming along at its fastest pace in 10 years.<p>According to the European Central …

Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam

The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and …

Climate Change