Melbourne Water, a water supply company owned by the Victorian State Government, is encouraging Australian residents to create 10,000 rain gardens – and they’re already up to 7,804! A rain garden is a water-saving garden that is designed to capture stormwater from hard surfaces such as driveways, patios and roofs via downpipes after it rains. The water supply company has set up a website with information on designing, creating and caring for rain gardens – no previous experience necessary.
Smartphone app could help save Australian Aboriginal language from extinction
The Iwaidja language is currently spoken by fewer than 200 people.
Photo of the day: Total solar eclipse forms ‘diamond ring’ over Australia
More than 50,000 spectators and scientists flocked to remote northern Australia to watch the region’s first total solar eclipse in 1,300 years, according to SPACE.com. Despite some partial cloud cover, observers were still able to see the eclipse, which lasted for slightly longer than two minutes. The dramatic event is the first since 2010 and will be the last until 2015.
Total solar eclipse today is last until 2015
Today’s total solar eclipse is the first since July 2010 and the last until March 2015.
Scientists tackle reef-killing starfish
Researchers have developed a culture that infects the starfish with bacteria and can destroy them in as little as 24 hours.
Australia government admits neglect of Great Barrier Reef
A recent study revealed that the reef lost more than half its coral cover in the past 27 years.