• Australia’s ten most damaging invasive species

    Jaana Dielenberg     |      February 26, 2019

    Research has shown that invasive or pest species are a major problem for four out of five Australian threatened species, with rabbits, feral pigs and cats among the most destructive introduced animals.

  • A sharp new solution for waste glass

    Open Forum     |      February 25, 2019

    A new process for turning broken glass into everyday products could save tens of millions of tonnes of glass from being dumped in landfill every year.

  • The difficult balancing act in the Murray Darling Basin

    Phil Eberbach     |      February 21, 2019

    Low inflows of water into the Murray-Darling system and heavy agricultural extraction have contributed to the cataclysmic fish-kills of recent times, and better management of the system is required to avoid a repetition.

  • Preserved leaves tell a tale of floods and drought

    Open Forum     |      February 20, 2019

    A study by University of Adelaide researchers and Queensland Government scientists has revealed what south-east Queensland’s rainfall was like over the last 7000 years – including several severe droughts worse and longer lasting than the 12-year Millennium Drought.

  • Insect populations face catastrophic collapse

    Open Forum     |      February 19, 2019

    A research review into the worrying decline of global insect populations has revealed the catastrophic threat posed to 40 percent of species over the next 100 years, with butterflies, moths, dragonflies, bees, ants and dung beetles most at risk.

  • Saving Shark Bay

    Ana Martins Sequeira     |      February 14, 2019

    Safeguarding Shark Bay from the effects of climate change requires a coordinated research and management effort from government, local industry, academic institutions, not-for-profits and local Indigenous groups – before any irreversible ecosystem tipping points are reached.

  • Scotdesco steps up to combat climate change

    Gabriel Haros     |      February 13, 2019

    A national climate action summit to highlight the work of the Scotdesco Aboriginal Community in a successful soil carbon project at Bookabie should attract the support of the nation’s politicians and help revitalise the climate change debate.

  • The grass is only greener when the rain falls in spring

    Open Forum     |      February 12, 2019

    It has long been assumed there would be at least one significant benefit to rising carbon dioxide levels – extra growth in the world’s grasslands – but other factors have to align for this to happen.

  • Urban sprawl and climate change are increasing fire dangers

    Janet Stanley     |      February 10, 2019

    Action has been taken to improve people’s safety in the event of bushfires, but two key risk factors – urban sprawl and climate change – aren’t being addressed.

  • Fire, drought and flooding rain: it’s time for national action on climate change

    Tony Press     |      February 8, 2019

    Australia can’t afford to waste resources on disparate, uncoordinated activities in climate, weather and climate change research and development. The biggest challenge is to make sure that our national efforts align, combine and complement each other—the sum must be greater than the parts.

  • How to make a finch extinct

    Open Forum     |      February 7, 2019

    An endangered Queensland bird is at risk of extinction because environmental legislation is failing to protect its habitat, according to a University of Queensland-led study.

  • Learning the lessons from bushfires – again and again and again

    Kevin Tolhurst     |      February 6, 2019

    There have been more than 50 formal inquiries into bushfire management in south-eastern Australia since 1939, but what lessons have we learned?