Australia & Oceania

High Radiation Levels Found In Giant Clams Near Marshall Islands Site

"Researchers have found high levels of radiation in giant clams near the Central Pacific site where the United States entombed waste from nuclear testing almost four decades ago, raising concerns the contamination is spreading from the dump site’s tainted groundwater into the ocean and the food chain."

Source: LA Times, 05/29/2019
October 20, 2019 to October 24, 2019

International Riversymposium

The 22nd International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia will showcase innovative programs, host interactive sessions and celebrate success from around the world where people are transforming their rivers into resilient rivers.

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Komodo Island Shutting Down Because People Keep Smuggling The Dragons

"Tourists to Indonesia will likely be barred from the popular Komodo Island in January 2020 — a decision seemingly impelled by recent reports of Komodo dragons being stolen and smuggled overseas, potentially for dubious medicinal purposes, according to local media."

Source: Washington Post, 04/04/2019

The Great Barrier Reef Was Seen as ‘Too Big to Fail.’ Maybe It Isn’t.

"For millenniums, ecosystems have withstood fires, floods, heat waves, drought and even disease by adapting and rebuilding their biodiverse communitiesBut according to new research, there is a limit to what even the largest and most resilient places can stand, and climate change is testing that limit by repeatedly disturbing one of the earth’s most precious habitats: the Great Barrier Reef."

Source: NY Times, 04/04/2019

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