Saturday, December 6th, 2014

No cyclones 13,000 years ago

New research shows cyclones only began about 13,000 years ago in northern Australia.

Before that, conditions were colder and much drier.

The evidence comes from a core of the ocean floor, showing red and brown mud from flooded rivers appearing as cyclonic weather kicked in.

Science Network [read this story]

 

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Categories: Environment

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Roebuck Plains: Cameras detect rare wallabies, feared extinct

Yawuru rangers have found rare spectacled hare wallabies at Roebuck Plains.

The World Wildlife Fund trained the rangers to operate remote wildlife cameras, which they set and left running for two  months.

Science Network WA [read this story]

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Categories: Broome, Environment

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Cape Domett turtles hatch more males

Scientists says more male flat back turtles are hatching from nests at Cape Domett.

Turtle tracks

Turtle tracks

Sex in turtles is determined by sand temperature, and Cape Domett turtles hatch in winter, where increased rainfall is making the sands cooler.

Meanwhile, hotter summers are making beaches in places like Broome hotter, and more females are hatching.

It is hoped the boost in male numbers at Cape Domett will help make up the sex imbalance when they are old enough to mate in several decades’ time.

Science Network WA [read this story]

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Categories: Environment

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Addis is new Regional Development boss

Ralph Addis is now Director General of the department in charge of Royalties for Regions funding.

Mr Addis has been CEO of Wunan Foundation and Chair of the Kimberley Development Corporation.

PSnews [read this story]

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Categories: Business and finance, Government, People

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Missing Hedland man: Police suspect homicide

Police are now treating the Lindsay Judas case as a suspected homicide.

Photo: WA Police

Photo: WA Police

Mr Judas, 55, disappeared in January last year while on a solo fishing trip to Broome.

He was employed as a bus driver by a mining company, working out of Hedland.

His vehicle turned up later in Queensland.

PerthNow [read this story]

Categories: Broome, Police and courts

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Are tree frogs spreading lungworm?

Scientists say common green tree frogs may be spreading lungworm.

Photo by Rod Hartvigsen

Photo by Rod Hartvigsen

They have an immune system that can handle the parasite, but may be carrying it from one species to another.

Lungworm is fatal to cane toads (which can’t climb) to magnificent common green tree frogs (which spend little time on the ground).

Prof Rick Shine says magnificent green tree frogs living in remote areas, which cane toads don’t like, will probably survive.

Science Network WA [read this story]

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Categories: Environment

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Cattlemen sue Commonwealth over live exports ban

Northern cattle industry members have launched a class action against the government for suspending live exports to Indonesia.

They filed the case in the Federal Court on Monday.

In 2011 the Gillard government’s agriculture minister Joe Ludwig abruptly banned live cattle exports due to animal cruelty concerns.

The Australian [read this story]

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Categories: Business and finance, Government

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Buru to start fracking next year

Buru Energy intends to start its exploratory hydraulic fracturing program in March next year.

In the meantime it will be concentrating on construction works, well preparation and what it describes as diagnostic fracture injection tests.

Energy Publications [read this story]

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Categories: Business and finance, Oil and gas

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