• Fairy wrens learn by listening in

    Open Forum     |      August 13, 2018

    New research involving biologists from The Australian National University (ANU) shows that some birds are just as skilled as humans at eavesdropping.

  • The sleepy lizard awakens new tools for climate change research

    Michael Kearney     |      August 12, 2018

    Understanding the factors which limit the distribution of animals – such as their need for water – can help model how populations will shift in the light of climate change.

  • Working with nature can help us build greener cities

    Paul Osmond     |      August 11, 2018

    A more strategic approach to urban growth can ensure our cities maintain adequate green space and become low-carbon, efficient and affordable.

  • Earth could be heading for a hothouse climate

    Open Forum     |      August 8, 2018

    An international study has found the Earth is at risk of entering a hothouse climate that could lead to global average temperatures of up to five degrees Celsius higher than pre-industrial temperatures and long-term rises in the sea level of between 10 and 60 metres.

  • City-slicker kiwis: bringing natives back to the big smoke

    Open Forum     |      August 5, 2018

    Restoring New Zealand’s native species should not be limited to national parks or isolated islands of protection – creatures like kiwi, bats, and tuatara could also be reintroduced into suitably prepared urban areas.

  • Whatever happened to the ‘eighth wonder of the world’?

    Open Forum     |      August 4, 2018

    The fate of the spectacular Pink and White Terraces of Lake Rotomahana in New Zealand has been contentious since they disappeared following the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. New research may hold the answer.

  • Why the plastic bag backflip is a bad idea

    Open Forum     |      August 3, 2018

    Supermarket Coles has backflipped on its vow to dump single-use plastic bags saying customers aren’t coping with the change to reusable bags. Six experts explain why it’s a bad idea

  • The cascading impacts of climate change

    Robert Glasser     |      August 2, 2018

    Earlier this month, the World Bank released a major study warning that more than 800 million people reside in areas that by 2050 will become dangerous climate hotspots. As bad as this seems, reports of this kind fail to take full account of the cascading impacts of a warming planet.

  • Australia faces more intense rain storms

    Open Forum     |      July 31, 2018

    A landmark study shows how heavy, short rain storms are intensifying more rapidly than would be expected with global warming. Researchers say this is likely to lead to increasing flash floods and urban flooding.

  • How dingoes sculpt the landscape of the Australian desert

    Open Forum     |      July 30, 2018

    A new study by UNSW scientists has shown how the presence – and absence – of dingoes affects the desert landscape.

  • Feral cats threaten endangered possums

    Open Forum     |      July 29, 2018

    New evidence has raised concerns about the possibility of feral cats preying upon the critically endangered Leadbeater’s possum, with a cat detected on cameras at two nest boxes used by the possums.

  • Our ocean wilderness is rapidly disappearing

    Open Forum     |      July 28, 2018

    An international study led by University of Queensland scientists has found that only 13 per cent of the ocean can still be classified as wilderness, untouched by commercial shipping, sediment runoff and fishing.