Management of Australia’s Murray–Darling basin deemed ‘negligent’

From Nature News, 1 February 2019: An independent inquiry into the management of Australia’s troubled Murray–Darling Basin river system has delivered a scathing report, accusing the agency responsible of mismanagement and negligence. A royal commission was established last year by the state of South Australia, where the Murray River ends, to review the state and Continue reading Management of Australia’s Murray–Darling basin deemed ‘negligent’

Mass fish deaths in Australia set to continue

From Nature News, 15 January 2019: Hundreds of thousands of native fish in Australia’s Darling River have died following a major outbreak of blue–green algae and some severe weather. Two mass die-offs have been reported near Menindee in western New South Wales — the first was late last year, and the second last week. Read Continue reading Mass fish deaths in Australia set to continue

Australian cryptologists concerned by restrictive exports law

From Nature News, 22 March 2016: Researchers in Australia are worried that an unusually restrictive ‘export controls’ law that comes into force in April could constrain their academic freedom. The law, called the Defence Trade Controls Act, will require academics who are working on applied research that is classified as ‘dual-use’ — that which may Continue reading Australian cryptologists concerned by restrictive exports law