• Big fish thrive in protected oceans

    Open Forum     |      August 11, 2021

    Big fish are harder to find in areas sprawling with human activity, unless you’re looking in no-take marine reserves, according to a new study led by marine scientists at The University of Western Australia.

  • Protecting human and environmental rights in international investment agreements

    Gillian Moon     |      August 8, 2021

    Action over the environmental and social effects of international economic agreements are becoming a legal minefield.

  • The biochar solution

    Diane Nazaroff     |      August 5, 2021

    Biochar – a stable, carbon–rich form of charcoal – can boost crop yields in poor soils, retain water and help ameliorate the effects of climate change, so why aren’t we using it more?

  • Biofertiliser for better farms

    Open Forum     |      August 2, 2021

    Australian researchers are investigating production of a sustainable organic nitrogen fertiliser from aquatic cyanobacterial biomass – ideally suited for badly degraded areas reliant on chemical inputs.

  • The high price of pests

    Open Forum     |      August 1, 2021

    In the last 60 years, deliberately or accidentally introduced invasive species have cost the Australian economy almost $400 billion, with feral cats the worst offenders. The number likely to rise unless better investments, reporting and coordinated interventions are introduced.

  • Tracking tropical forest loss

    Open Forum     |      July 30, 2021

    Researchers reporting have developed a new way to keep tabs on the vulnerability of tropical forests on a global scale using satellite data.

  • Australia’s farmers are ready for ‘no net carbon’

    Niall Blair     |      July 26, 2021

    Australian agriculture remains a major contributor to carbon emissions through land clearing, livestock and other factors, but the nation’s farmers can profit from opportunities to reduce emissions to net zero in the future.

  • Clever cockatoos learn through social interaction

    Open Forum     |      July 23, 2021

    60 years after blue tits in England learned to peck at silver milk bottle tops on doorsteps, Australian researchers have realised that cockatoos also learn how to open rubbish bins from each other.

  • Restoring the world’s dry lands

    Open Forum     |      July 23, 2021

    Although environmental concern often focuses on the loss of tropical forests, restoring the world’s dry lands to health should also be an urgent priority.

  • Robot farms – delight or disaster?

    Open Forum     |      July 17, 2021

    As agriculture heads down the path of increased automation, an international researcher argues robots on farms could create both an ideal, eco-friendly farming culture or an environmentally disastrous scenario where big machines push humans and wildlife alike off agricultural land.

  • Every spot of green counts

    Open Forum     |      July 13, 2021

    Even the humble roadside verge plays an important role in the environment and for our health, according to an Australian and international study of parks and gardens.

  • Mapping global pesticide pollution

    Open Forum     |      July 6, 2021

    A global map of agricultural land across 168 countries has revealed that 64 percent of land used for agriculture and food crops is at risk of pesticide pollution.