Australia Has Eliminated Rubella After A Wildly Successful Vaccination Program

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that rubella has been eliminated in Australia in a landmark moment for the country. In an announcement yesterday, Australian health minister Greg Hunt said they have been successful in eliminating the disease via a national immunization program. This provided free vaccinations for children…

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New Zealand’s Bird Of The Year Award Goes To The Country’s Drunkest Bird

This is the kererū (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae). It is clumsy, greedy and oftentimes drunk – and now it has the privilege of being crowned New Zealand’s 2018 Bird of the Year.  Bird of the Year is orchestrated by conservation group Forest and Bird to raise awareness for the 168 bird species living in…

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Australia Is Effectively Abandoning Its Commitment To The Paris Agreement

The US remains the only nation to have officially pulled out of the Paris agreement but Australia isn’t doing much better. In fact, many of the country’s climate scientists are saying the government has turned its back on the agreement in all but name.  “They’ve walked away from Paris without saying it, hoping…

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One-Quarter Of Earth’s Land Managed By Indigenous Peoples

Although Indigenous Peoples represent less than 5 percent of the global population, they own or manage at least a quarter of the world’s land, about 40 percent of which is protected. Because of this “remarkably persistent and resilient” relationship, new research published in Nature Sustainability suggests Indigenous Peoples should play a key…

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