• How tree bonds can protect our vital street trees

    Joe Hurley     |      April 3, 2018

    Urban trees improve our quality of life, natural environment and boost house prices. Trees need our protection and tree bonds can encourage developers and owners to value and protect the trees around our homes.

  • Amazon deforestation nears fatal tipping point

    Thomas Lovejoy     |      April 2, 2018

    Deforestation of the Amazon is about to reach a threshold beyond which the region’s tropical rainforest may undergo irreversible changes that transform the landscape into degraded savanna with sparse shrubby plant cover and low biodiversity.

  • Australia needs a national environment protection agency

    David Shearman     |      April 1, 2018

    Australia needs an independent national agency charged with safeguarding the environment and delivering effective climate policy, according to a new campaign launched by a coalition of environmental, legal and medical NGOs.

  • The ethical imperative of a fair emissions target

    James Alexander     |      March 31, 2018

    James Alexander argues that Australia has an ethical duty towards the global community to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.

  • Land degradation threatens nature – and humanity

    Open Forum     |      March 29, 2018

    Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change. It is also a major contributor to mass human migration and increased conflict, according to the world’s first comprehensive evidence-based assessment of land degradation and restoration.

  • Protected reefs help shark numbers recover

    Emma Chadwick     |      March 28, 2018

    While shark populations around the world are in decline, ground-breaking research has revealed why reef shark numbers are returning to a coral reef off Australia.

  • The burning question for Australia’s politicians

    Graeme McLeay     |      March 24, 2018

    Bushfires threaten lives, property, wildlife and public health and will only intensify in number and severity as global warming continues. When will Australia’s politicians admit the link between bush fires and climate change and pursue real measures to mitigate it?

  • What is happening in the Arctic?

    Annika Dean     |      March 23, 2018

    While North America shivers, the Arctic has experienced soaring winter temperatures for the fourth year in a row. Such extreme weather events will only intensify unless there is a rapid and deep reduction in rising greenhouse gas levels.

  • Will Queensland’s new land clearing bill save the state’s trees?

    Anita Cosgrove     |      March 22, 2018

    Will new legislation in Queensland slow rampant land clearing or will farmers and landowners continue to ignore the law or exploit loopholes to raze more of Australia’s fast disappearing forests?

  • How forests support sustainable cities

    Bob Gordon     |      March 21, 2018

    While the plight of the Amazon and other tropical forests threatened by clearing and plantations draws headlines, International Forests Day stresses the importance of trees to the world’s conurbations too.

  • Global science leaders call for greater action on climate change

    Open Forum     |      March 20, 2018

    The Australian Academy of Science has joined Commonwealth of Nations science leaders from around the globe to call on the Commonwealth Heads of Government to use the best available science to guide action on climate change.

  • Nine ways to fix Australia’s draft ‘strategy for nature’

    Bek Christensen     |      March 18, 2018

    Despite its ‘green’ image, Australia has a woeful environmental record and the Federal Government’s draft conservation strategy will do little to protect our fragile natural environment. Australia’s Ecological Society offers 9 ways to improve the proposed policy before it is too late.