• Tracking the climate threat to Australian ecosystems

    Ary Hoffmann     |      November 27, 2018

    Evidence of the impact of climate change on our country’s distinct flora and fauna is beginning to emerge, and we’re running out of time to record and preserve our extraordinary biodiversity.

  • Why tropical trees die

    Isabelle Dubach     |      November 26, 2018

    Scientists have shed light on tropical tree deaths – with results predicted to have important implications for managing forest biodiversity.

  • Researching ways to restore Tasmania’s kelp forests

    Open Forum     |      November 21, 2018

    A new joint research project between IMAS and the Climate Foundation is studying the possibility of restoring Tasmania’s iconic giant kelp forests, which have almost disappeared over recent decades due to ocean warming.

  • Who’s not pulling their weight in the Paris Agreement?

    Daryl Holland     |      November 19, 2018

    Many countries are falling short of their commitments to reduce carbon emissions. Would new aspirational goals which would allow for collective self-interest help the world reach the goals agreed in the Paris Agreement?

  • Logging must stop in Melbourne’s biggest water supply catchment

    David Lindenmayer     |      November 18, 2018

    The Thomson Catchment is the only one of Melbourne’s large water supply catchments open to logging. Given the critical importance of the Thomson Catchment, the Victorian government needs to cease logging and prioritise the supply of water to the people of Melbourne.

  • Preparing for our new extremes

    Greg Foliente     |      November 18, 2018

    Australia has a well-earned reputation for being a land of extremes – from cyclones to bushfires and floods to drought. This high variability can make it difficult to prepare for all eventualities. But scientists are gaining a better understanding of the likelihood and consequences of extreme events.

  • The ‘domino’ threat of global extinction

    Open Forum     |      November 16, 2018

    New research reveals the extinction of plant or animal species from extreme environmental change increases the risk of an ‘extinction domino effect’ that could affect and even end all life on Earth.

  • Fighting the drought with natural sequence farming

    Ian Rutherfurd     |      November 15, 2018

    Slowing flows in rural creeks with “leaky weirs” may help reduce erosion and rehydrate the floodplain and more research on their effectiveness could help the nation’s farmers battle drought.

  • Crowdfunding aims to save the Tasmanian Devil

    Open Forum     |      November 14, 2018

    A crowdfunding campaign has been launched by the University of Adelaide to help save the Tasmanian devil, one of Australia’s most iconic but endangered animals.

  • Human activity threatens 25% of mammal species

    Open Forum     |      November 13, 2018

    Human impacts such as deforestation and hunting are the biggest risk factors in the possible extinction of a quarter of all land-based mammals, according to a University of Queensland study.

  • A ‘great and merciless thinning:’ the vanishing world of insects

    Michael Malay     |      November 12, 2018

    Insect populations are plummeting around the world, due to pesticides, climate change and habitat loss, threatening the ecosystems which depend on them. Imagining the disappearance of species through literature can help motivate a real life fight for their survival.

  • Drugs in our waterways, the bugs and beyond

    Open Forum     |      November 8, 2018

    Medicines designed for humans are finding their way into our rivers and streams and are accumulating in insects and their predators with potentially damaging effects on the food chain.