• Our plastic oceans

    Open Forum     |      June 11, 2024

    New research from CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, and the University of Toronto in Canada, estimates up to 11 million tonnes of plastic pollution is sitting on the ocean floor.

  • Endangered species enter ‘palliative care’

    Open Forum     |      May 30, 2024

    Record numbers of Australian species are entering “palliative care” following a 50% increase in critically endangered animals – the last step before extinction in the wild – in the two-years since the Albanese Government launched its Nature Positive Plan.

  • Native trees are best for wildlife

    Sarah Bekessy     |      May 25, 2024

    Tree-lined streets, while far more attractive than their tree-less counterparts, may provide little benefit for biodiversity or native wildlife if they’re filled with a single species of non-native canopy tree.

  • How the cockroach conquered the world

    Qian Tang     |      May 22, 2024

    German cockroaches – which actually originated in East India – have infested almost the whole world in the last millennium, as anyone who lives in an Australian city will testify.

  • The nature of nature

    Tom Oliver     |      May 18, 2024

    Changing the dictionary definition of nature from “as opposed to humans” to “including humans” would encourage people to use the word in a way that reflects how humans are intertwined with the whole web of life.

  • Small is beautiful

    Tim Rock     |      May 18, 2024

    While large animals may dominate nature documentaries, most life on Earth is very small indeed, for very good reasons.

  • Oysters ahoy

    Open Forum     |      May 12, 2024

    Dredging and fishing have destroyed thousands of miles of oyster reefs around the Australian coast, but a new project proves they can be restored to provide fresh marine habitat.

  • The people problem

    Open Forum     |      May 10, 2024

    Sustainable Population Australia is alarmed that the NSW Biodiversity Outlook Report 2024 fails to identify population numbers and growth as the underlying causes of biodiversity decline in the state.

  • Pummeling the privet

    Sonia Graham     |      May 8, 2024

    The success of a local rivercare project in tackling invasive privet lies as much in forging social connections as much as the need for environmental action.

  • The future of farming

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2024

    Australia must act now to accelerate agricultural innovation to achieve productive, resilient and sustainable farming systems by 2050, according to a new report released by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

  • Backyard safari

    Luis Mata     |      May 5, 2024

    ‘Bioblitz’ events like the City Nature Challenge are advancing science and empowering communities to discover species never seen before in some urban areas.

  • A spring clean for Everest

    Alton Byers     |      May 3, 2024

    Mount Everest was once the ultimate challenge in high-altitude mountaineering, but the commodification of expeditions over the last 30 years has turned it into a motorway strewn with trash which urgently requires a spring clean.