• Measuring the benefits of regenerative agriculture

    Open Forum     |      October 25, 2021

    Regenerative agriculture is a collection of farming techniques focusing on soil regeneration, supporting the ecosystem, and improving the water cycle and a new project is measuring its benefits in New Zealand.

  • Reaping the social benefits of carbon farming in northern Australia

    Gillian Savage     |      October 23, 2021

    Carbon farming can generate sustainable economic, social and environmental outcomes around rural Australia, not least in the tropical north.

  • Marine heatwaves affect people too

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      October 23, 2021

    Marine heatwaves have led to major economic losses around the world, a new study shows – and researchers say we need global action to ease the impacts of extreme warming events on ocean life.

  • The hidden costs of the wildlife trade

    Open Forum     |      October 22, 2021

    An international team of experts, including researchers from the University of Adelaide, has highlighted that the illegal and unsustainable global wildlife trade has bigger ramifications on our everyday lives than you might think.

  • Plastic litter is a beach

    Diane Nazaroff     |      October 19, 2021

    Ten years of citizen science data has informed a UNSW study which found plastic dominates the rubbish found on Australian beaches.

  • Reefer madness

    Diane Nazaroff     |      October 11, 2021

    Artificial reefs are helping the East Australian Current deliver a conveyor belt of food to a ‘wall of mouths’ of baitfish, with benefits for recreational fishers as well as the environment. Now UNSW scientists have uncovered why artificial reefs attract more small foraging fish than natural reefs.

  • Restoring Australian landscapes

    Bonnie Mappin     |      October 8, 2021

    Replanting vast tracts of land with native vegetation would prevent species extinctions and help abate climate change.

  • From Stockholm to Glasgow: 50 Years of UN environment conventions

    Anne-Marie Schleich     |      October 4, 2021

    The Climate Change Summit in Glasgow (COP26) will take place in November. The past 50 years of environmental agreements have seen stronger engagement from civil-society actors, more science-based climate change assessments, and a stronger voice of vulnerable island countries.

  • Farmers must join the fight against climate change

    James Ha     |      September 27, 2021

    Without action to reduce land clearing and improve soil carbon, agriculture may become Australia’s largest source of emissions, requiring hugely expensive carbon offsetting paid for by taxpayers, consumers and farmers themselves.  

  • The battle of the coral sea

    Open Forum     |      September 21, 2021

    The loss of 50% of the world’s coral reefs since 1950 has led to an equally significant loss in the ability of reefs to support the food and livelihoods of indigenous peoples.

  • NSW’s war on wildlife

    Euan Ritchie     |      September 18, 2021

    A new code which allows rural landholders in NSW to clear up to 25 metres of land outside their property boundary will be devastating for the wildlife that live or migrate there.

  • An ecological balance sheet for the Royal National Park

    Isabelle Dubach     |      September 9, 2021

    Professor Richard Kingsford will lead a new ecological health assessment of Australia’s oldest national park.