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Australian waters polluted by harmful tiny plastics
Flying blind: global climate talks are getting us nowhere
By David Hodgkinson, Associate Professor, Law School at University of Western Australia
If global aviation was a country, its emissions would be ranked about seventh in the world, between Germany and South Korea on CO2 emissions alone.
Yet despite flying being a growing global contributor to climate change, those emissions are still poorly accounted for and almost entirely unregulated.
Aviation’s contribution to worldwide annual emissions could be as high as 8%.
Sparkling meteorite provides a glimpse of Martian history
By Alexander Nemchin, Associate Professor, Applied Geology at Curtin University
These produced very detailed maps of the surface and investigated the Martian atmosphere.
Three robotic missions have used rovers to get information about composition of Martian surface materials, such as rocks and soils.
Australia could do so much more with its nurse practitioners
By Stacy Leidel, Coordinator, Nurse Practitioner Course at Curtin University
Nurse practitioners provide a level of health services beyond that of registered nurses.
They diagnose and treat health conditions, order and interpret blood and radiology tests, and prescribe medications.
In some countries, these high-level skills are an integral part of the health-care system.