• Saving Tasmania’s giant freshwater lobster

    Open Forum     |      January 1, 2019

    Tasmania’s giant freshwater crayfish is the largest freshwater invertebrate in the world, growing up to a metre in length and living for 80 years, but the iconic “lobster” is now threatened across northern Tasmania because of illegal fishing and habitat loss.

  • Climate change could turn our brown land green

    Open Forum     |      December 30, 2018

    Climate change may not create the dry brown land of current predictions and may instead revegetate marginal land, as higher levels of carbon dioxide allow plants to use water more efficiently.

  • Stick to the path to stay out of trouble in our National Parks

    Edmund Goh     |      December 28, 2018

    The main risks encountered when venturing into the wilderness – from falling off cliffs and waterfalls to deadly snakebites or getting lost – can all be reduced by one crucial piece of advice: stick to the path.

  • The loss of inter-tidal ecosystems exposes coastal communities

    Nick Murray     |      December 24, 2018

    In a world-first study of its kind, UNSW and UQ researchers used artificial intelligence and extensive satellite imagery to find that intertidal zones around the globe have receded.

  • State of the Climate 2018 underlines the warming trend

    Open Forum     |      December 23, 2018

    More frequent extreme heat events and marine heatwaves, an increase in extreme fire weather, and declining rainfall in the southeast and southwest are detailed in the latest State of the Climate report released by CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology.

  • How extreme weather events batter wildlife populations

    Open Forum     |      December 22, 2018

    A third of Australia’s spectacled flying foxes died in an extreme heatwave north of Cairns in November and new research has shed more light on the devastating effect such weather events can have on wildlife populations.

  • Queensland sharks suffer sharp decline

    Open Forum     |      December 17, 2018

    While the media portrays sharks as a threat to humanity, the reality is that human action has devastated shark populations around the world, with falls of up to 90% in Queensland’s coastal sharks over the last 50 years.

  • It’s time to embrace carbon farming

    John White     |      December 14, 2018

    The widespread adoption of regenerative agriculture in Australia would improve farmland productivity by restoring the natural capital of the land while stemming the global effects of climate change.

  • Invasive species and habitat loss threaten our biodiversity

    Open Forum     |      December 12, 2018

    Invasive species and habitat loss are the biggest threats to Australian biodiversity, according to new research by the Threatened Species Recovery Hub in partnership with The University of Queensland.

  • Building greener cities helps people thrive too

    Sarah Bekessy     |      December 7, 2018

    A new approach to urban design which treats biodiversity as an opportunity, rather than a constraint, would improve the quality of life of future city dwellers as well as help protect ever more threatened urban habitats and species.

  • Victoria’s old cell-phones help Congo’s gorillas

    Open Forum     |      December 7, 2018

    More than 115, 000 mobile phones have been collected and recycled through a community campaign at Zoos Victoria, preventing around 12 to 20 cubic metres of waste going to landfill and recovering 182 kg of materials whose mining threatens wild populations of eastern Grauer’s gorillas in the Congo.

  • Climate change ramps up allergy threats

    Open Forum     |      December 6, 2018

    A rise in dangerous and even fatal asthma and other allergic attacks – as occurred in Melbourne’s deadly 2016 ‘thunderstorm asthma event’ – could be one of Australia’s biggest health challenges from climate change.