• Fight for the future

    Open Forum     |      January 14, 2021

    A loss of biodiversity and accelerating climate change in the coming decades coupled with ignorance and inaction is threatening the survival of all species, including our very own, according to the experts from institutions including Stanford University, UCLA, and Flinders University.

  • Lead – but not easily

    Max Thomas     |      January 12, 2021

    The Victorian state planning minister has intervened to approve a secondary lead smelter in the Latrobe Valley following the refusal of the local council to issue a permit, but are environmental objections justified?

  • Understanding the Earth’s air conditioning

    Open Forum     |      January 11, 2021

    Bacteria in the soil of the world’s grasslands, forests, wetlands and deserts are always quietly working to transform trace gases in the atmosphere.

  • Fish get a helping hand

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      December 24, 2020

    Engineers and scientists at UNSW Sydney have come up with an ingenious way to get fish past dam walls, weirs and other barriers blocking their migration in Australian rivers.

  • The web of life

    Open Forum     |      December 23, 2020

    An international collaboration reveals a new definition of sustainability that expands the concept to non-human species and their needs.

  • Eastern wetlands face further decline

    Isabelle Dubach     |      December 17, 2020

    Recent rains have seen Eastern Australia’s remaining wetlands and waterbirds partially recover from the drought, but drainage and water use by agriculture continues to threaten their future.

  • The power of natural pest control

    Open Forum     |      December 13, 2020

    Biological control of insect pests – where ‘natural enemies’ keep pests at bay – is saving farmers in Asia and the Pacific billions of dollars, according to University of Queensland-led research.

  • Catastrophe

    Open Forum     |      December 11, 2020

    A national study has found that diseases carried by cats are having a $12 million impact on Australian agriculture each year with the sheep industry the worst effected.

  • Threatened native plants in steep decline

    Open Forum     |      December 8, 2020

    Australia’s threatened plants have declined by more than 70% in the last 20 years, due to continuing land-clearing and environmental destruction.

  • Take me to the danger zone

    Ben Knight     |      December 1, 2020

    Drones are making waves in environmental monitoring and conservation efforts at sea.

  • Stampedes, sharks and cyclones

    Sherry Landow     |      November 28, 2020

    Swimming away from sharks, defending a tent during mini-cyclone and being threatened with a pet dingo are all in a day’s work for coastal researcher Professor Rob Brander.

  • Gippsland lakes revisited

    Max Thomas     |      November 17, 2020

    Incorporating traditional cultural values – such as the idea of soil being a living entity – into science can help restore land and water habitats in the Gippsland Lakes and elsewhere.