• Logging burns conceal industrial pollution in the name of ‘community safety’

    Chris Taylor     |      May 18, 2018

    Rather than ‘hazard reduction burns’, a large proportion of the smoke which has fouled Melbourne this autumn was produced by the intensive burning of debris left behind after clearfell logging. This is essentially industrial pollution.

  • Pre-colonial Australia: natural wilderness or gentleman’s park?

    Gabrielle Murphy     |      May 15, 2018

    Professor Marcia Langton explains why a book that rewrote the history of Aboriginal land management before British colonisation is on her list of the 10 greatest books ever written.

  • Marine protection zones help fish populations survive

    Open Forum     |      May 14, 2018

    An international study led by Monash marine ecologists has found that larger fish are much more important to feeding the planet than previously thought.

  • A flood of questions after Hobart’s rainstorm

    Open Forum     |      May 13, 2018

    Heavy rain and floods in Hobart have prompted comment from a range of experts, from the increasing likelihood of serious weather events due to ongoing climate change to the need for caution while driving and the toll such natural disasters can take on long term mental health. 

  • It’s a small world for migratory birds

    Andrew Peters     |      May 12, 2018

    Saturday, May 12 is World Migratory Bird Day and Dr Andrew Peters offers a unique perspective of their ecological importance based on his years of research in northern Australia and Papua New Guinea.

  • The high climate cost of our growing wanderlust

    Open Forum     |      May 9, 2018

    As countries grow in prosperity, ever more people are taking the opportunity to travel the world. However, our journeys to the world’s most beautiful places today may threaten their future tomorrow.

  • Our Darling’s getting dearer

    Max Thomas     |      May 8, 2018

    With the Senate about to consider allocating more money to the Murray Darling Basin Plan, it’s time to reconsider the issue afresh. Increased efficiency in agricultural water use should result in more water being available for environmental management, not less.

  • Saving the reef needs a sea change in tactics

    Jon Brodie     |      May 4, 2018

    The government’s announcement of $500 million for the Great Barrier Reef is welcome, but the new funding is focused on measures that are already in the foreground. Australia actually needs a sea change in tactics to save the reef from destruction.

  • Consumers can change the recycling story

    Open Forum     |      May 4, 2018

    It is hard to know who is really making a difference in the war on waste but QUT Business School Associate Professor Gary Mortimer believes that consumers have the power to drive change if they want to.

  • Trees improve our lives – and save cities money

    Theodore Endreny     |      May 2, 2018

    Trees are keystone species in the urban ecosystem. They clean the air and water, reduce stormwater floods, improve building energy use and mitigate climate change. Trees make people’s lives more liveable and save cities money.

  • Australia embraces organic food

    Open Forum     |      May 1, 2018

    New findings released by Australian Organic, the organic industry’s leading body, show an uptake in household food shopping allocated to organic produce and goods, with now more than 6 in 10 Australian households claiming to buy organic in any given year.

  • Designing ‘compassionate’ cities

    Jenny Donovan     |      April 29, 2018

    The Dutch concept of ‘woonerfs’ – ‘living yards’ designed to invite walking, playing, socialising and cycling while curbing motor vehicles – has spread around the world and should be embraced by Australia.