• Have you seen a sawfish?

    Niall Byrne     |      January 11, 2019

    People around Australia are being urged to recount their encounters with sawfish to chart the decline of the magnificent but threatened species around Australia.

  • The new frontier of climate action

    Paul Rogers     |      January 7, 2019

    Compared to the sheer scale of the problem of climate disruption, the prospects of systemic change look remote but integrating individual activity can offer hope for real change.

  • Act locally, think globally on environmental issues

    Terry Bowles     |      January 7, 2019

    Many people worry about environmental issues, and despair at the lack of effective political policy to tackle them, but taking individual action can make a positive improvement to the world around us and our state of mind.

  • The global big dry

    Wilson da Silva     |      January 4, 2019

    Much of Australia has suffered drought in recent months, and global water supplies also shrinking, even as the amount of rainfall is on the rise. The culprit? The drying of soils due to climate change.

  • Litter is more dangerous than sharks at the beach

    Marnie Campbell     |      January 3, 2019

    Shark attacks are rare but grab the headlines, yet beach litter and marine debris injures one-fifth of beach users, particularly children and older people.

  • 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.