Quick links and long reads

Some links for you, on this public holiday. 

‘Made in Australia’ might mean using more carbon than elsewhere.

The word Koala is thought to mean ‘no drink’. So when they start to drink, scientists worry.

Good thing then, about Australia’s hidden water.

Speaking of landscapes and the ground, Christine Jones, who is a soil scientist, explains in this podcast episode how mycorrhizal fungi work and why they are so important. I love her food analogies – hyphae are like ‘fairy floss’ and soil rich in organic matter is ‘chocolate cake’.

Aussie brush turkeys are, amongst other things, great composters.

Lastly, if you’re curious about the controversy surrounding the date of Australia Day, read what historian (and friend of mine), Stef Bonatti has to say.

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