• Is Australia set to follow Europe and North America with an extreme summer?

    Stephanie Choo     |      September 13, 2018

    With no end in sight for the drought, bushfires already causing problems in Eastern Australia and a looming El Niño, the coming Australian summer could be a shocker.

  • Cooling Darwin to save lives

    Diane Nazaroff     |      September 4, 2018

    Urban overheating threatens the lives of people in Darwin, but researchers from UNSW’s Faculty of Built Environment have calculated how many lives could be saved by changing the city.

  • A helping hand for freshwater fish

    Open Forum     |      September 4, 2018

    A research team from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub has made a discovery that could help boost the dwindling numbers of  many Australian freshwater fish species.

  • The robot reef protector

    Open Forum     |      September 3, 2018

    An underwater drone that can keep watch on reef health and accurately identify and even attack the devastating crown-of-thorns starfish is ready to be put to the test on the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Making cities a better home for everyone – and everything

    Kirsten Parris     |      August 29, 2018

    It’s the urban age for people – and for other species too – so it’s time to start planning for all the plants and animals that call our cities home.

  • Chemical contaminants threaten wildlife more widely than thought

    Open Forum     |      August 29, 2018

    An international team of scientists led by Monash University has warned that the danger to wildlife through chemical pollution is a wider problem than previously thought as the effects of indirect contamination are not being factored into discussions.

  • More efficient irrigation doesn’t help the environment

    Open Forum     |      August 28, 2018

    Increasing the efficiency of irrigation by lowering evaporation and leakage should lower consumption, but in practice farms simply use more water for their crops, with even less being returned to the environment.

  • Rising seas will displace millions of people – and Australia must be ready

    Jane McAdam     |      August 27, 2018

    Climate change will provoke rises in sea levels unseen since the end of the last ice age. Vast numbers of people who currently live beside the sea will be threatened and Australia will have to play its part in managing the crisis to come.

  • Humanity has a big decision to make in the climate end-game

    Ian Dunlop     |      August 24, 2018

    Humanity has a big decision to make very soon about its future on warming planet, but the Federal Coalition is still in denial that human-induced climate change even exists, let alone that the climate end-game is upon us.

  • The race to save endangered orchids

    Open Forum     |      August 24, 2018

    Scientists from the Threatened Species Recovery Hub and Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria are in a race against time to save some of Australia’s most endangered native orchids.

  • The Meg is a horror story but our treatment of sharks is scarier

    Vivienne Westbrook     |      August 23, 2018

    While fiction about shark attacks fascinate the public, in reality, it is the sharks who suffer at the hands of man. Millions are slaughtered every year, despite the vital role they play in ocean ecology.

  • The great climate depression

    Tom Kompas     |      August 17, 2018

    Imagine something similar to the Great Depression of 1929 hitting the world, but this time it never ends. Economic modelling suggests this is the reality facing us if we continue emitting greenhouse gases and allowing temperatures to rise unabated.