MAKING CLIMATE CHANGE STICK … IN THE COURTS
Making the planet a cleaner and safer place for future generations is facing a serious real world problem, because lawyers are struggling to 'change the game” by winning their arguments in the courts.   Without the laws of the land being successfully challenged, on the basis of new scientific evidence, the planet effectively remains on death row.  A new report examines how climate scientists and legal practitioners can shift the evidence in their favour.
 
 

 

AUSTRALIA’S ILLEGAL REPTILE TRADE SNAKES ITS WAY BACK TO THE USA 
New research shows that Australia’s illegal reptile trade, in terms of those creatures most in demand, can trace its way back to earlier trends and patterns in the USA, where comparable restrictions do not exist.  Australia has strict laws about wildlife trading to protect the wellbeing of animals and decrease health and biosecurity risks, and the new research provides important new insights into the animals most likely to be sought by illegal traders next.
 



REPORT: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO PROPERLY BACK OUR SPACE INDUSTRY
A new report has found that our fledgling space industry needs solid funding and clear direction from the federal government and its agencies, or risk losing billions in revenue and thousands of jobs.   Canberra has effectively ‘seed funded’ the industry, via the establishment of the Australian Space Agency, but is gambling on private enterprise doing the heavy lifting.  Already the cracks are showing.
 

THE TALIBAN MAY BE SITTING ON A WEALTH BONANZA OF LITHIUM & OTHER MINERALS
Geological surveys over the past 20 years strongly suggest that Afghanistan might have up to US$1 trillion in mineral reserves, including deposits of sought-after lithium, the foundation of lightweight batteries the world hopes will power it to a renewables future. Are the surveys true? And more to the point – what are the chances of this resources bonanza ever being extracted to the battered nation’s advantage?