New research has linked deformed insects to pesticide pollution from intensive tobacco cultivation around the Oven’s River in Victoria, and found once the industry ceased operating the river's health improved.
Although recommended in the Coalition’s Direct Action Plan and the Carbon Farming Initiative, offsetting greenhouse gas emissions by increasing carbon storage in Australian agricultural soils is not likely to be effective, say experts from the University of Melbourne.
For the first time Australia's largest research green roof will be open to the public at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley Campus Open Day this Sunday 14 July. Hundreds of gardeners, families and horticultural students will visit the campus to explore the roof and learn more about this and other types of sustainable gardening including vegetable rain gardens.
Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.