• What happens to wildlife in a city that never sleeps?

    Theresa Jones     |      June 10, 2018

    The soft dim glow of the sunlight reflecting off the moon is now outshone by bright streetlights, security lights and car headlamps in urban areas. These artificial lights can be more than 1000 times brighter than moonlight and their biological impact is increasingly visible.

  • Why Australia’s youth vote is the key to climate action

    Edward Stoios     |      June 8, 2018

    The government’s continued apathy in the face of climate change and environmental issues places the health of future generations at risk and young Australians want to have their say about it at the ballot box.

  • Australian fish stocks plunge by a third in ten years

    Graham Edgar     |      June 8, 2018

    Over-fishing is devastating Australian fish stocks, with the numbers of larger fish falling by a third over the last decade. Fish stocks only remain healthy in marine reserves, but the government plans to open them to fishing as well.

  • The future is fenced for Australian animals

    Michael Bode     |      June 2, 2018

    Around the world, from New Zealand to Hawaii to South Africa, fences protect native animals from feral predators. Australia’s long fences also offer refuge to species that are long-gone from our national parks and wilderness areas.

  • Speeding natural selection in the name of conservation

    Andrew Trounson     |      May 29, 2018

    A breeding experiment to genetically adapt quolls to resist toxic cane toads could lead to a new tool to help endangered creatures from corals to Tasmanian Devils

  • The pitfalls of generational thinking

    Jonathan White     |      May 27, 2018

    The concept of generations has often been used by decision-makers and activists to portray the implications of climate change and international agreements enshrine ‘future generations’ as stakeholders in the decision-making of the present. However, as climate problems manifest themselves today, should we concentrate more on the present?

  • Logging burns conceal industrial pollution in the name of ‘community safety’

    Chris Taylor     |      May 18, 2018

    Rather than ‘hazard reduction burns’, a large proportion of the smoke which has fouled Melbourne this autumn was produced by the intensive burning of debris left behind after clearfell logging. This is essentially industrial pollution.

  • Pre-colonial Australia: natural wilderness or gentleman’s park?

    Gabrielle Murphy     |      May 15, 2018

    Professor Marcia Langton explains why a book that rewrote the history of Aboriginal land management before British colonisation is on her list of the 10 greatest books ever written.

  • Marine protection zones help fish populations survive

    Open Forum     |      May 14, 2018

    An international study led by Monash marine ecologists has found that larger fish are much more important to feeding the planet than previously thought.

  • A flood of questions after Hobart’s rainstorm

    Open Forum     |      May 13, 2018

    Heavy rain and floods in Hobart have prompted comment from a range of experts, from the increasing likelihood of serious weather events due to ongoing climate change to the need for caution while driving and the toll such natural disasters can take on long term mental health. 

  • It’s a small world for migratory birds

    Andrew Peters     |      May 12, 2018

    Saturday, May 12 is World Migratory Bird Day and Dr Andrew Peters offers a unique perspective of their ecological importance based on his years of research in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea.

  • The high climate cost of our growing wanderlust

    Open Forum     |      May 9, 2018

    As countries grow in prosperity, ever more people are taking the opportunity to travel the world. However, our journeys to the world’s most beautiful places today may threaten their future tomorrow.