• Australia’s conservation laws are failing our endangered species

    Jessica Walsh     |      September 20, 2020

    The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act is failing to protect Australia’s increasing numbers of critically endangered species and the wild habitats they require to survive.

  • Surprise! It’s a praying mantis

    David Thompson     |      September 3, 2020

    A new study has for the first time illuminated the evolutionary history of the bizarre anti-predator defence – the praying mantis startle display – and suggests that the element of surprise may be key to its success. 

  • Complying with Victorian guidelines on using recycled water

    Max Thomas     |      August 22, 2020

    Major amendments to Victoria’s Environment Protection Act are expected to be passed in 2021, and this paper offers professionals and others a standard method for calculating infrastructure requirements in agricultural water recycling proposals.

  • Crazy like a flying fox

    Open Forum     |      August 22, 2020

    New research led by scientists at Western Sydney University and published in BMC Biology shows that flying-foxes are always on the move among a vast network of roosts, creating key challenges for their management and conservation in Australia.

  • New study finds agricultural pesticides can affect prawns and oysters

    Open Forum     |      August 21, 2020

    New research from Southern Cross University has highlighted the importance of managing the potential impacts of pesticide run-off in areas of intensive coastal agriculture.

  • The freshwater fish facing extinction

    Open Forum     |      August 17, 2020

    Twenty-two native freshwater fish are likely to become extinct within the next twenty years, unless there is new conservation action to save them, according to a national assessment published in Pacific Conservation Biology.

  • Reducing demand in the wildlife trade

    Georgina Kenyon     |      August 14, 2020

    Shutting down wet markets trading wildlife for food and traditional medicine is only part of the challenge in stopping future viruses from turning into pandemics like Covid-19.

  • A return to the wild for better immune systems

    Open Forum     |      August 11, 2020

    A research team led by the University of Adelaide has found that revegetation of green spaces within cities can improve soil microbiota diversity towards a more natural, biodiverse state, which has been linked to human health benefits.

  • Artificial reefs boost estuary fish numbers

    Open Forum     |      July 26, 2020

    In a boost for both recreational fishing and the environment, new UNSW research shows that artificial reefs can increase fish abundance in estuaries with few natural reefs.

  • Putting the environment first

    Ian Dunlop     |      July 15, 2020

    The ongoing independent review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act offers Australia an opportunity to reset the dial and prioritise environmental custodianship over profit-led destruction.

  • Understanding ‘eco-cultural’ identity

    Ben Knight     |      July 4, 2020

    The importance of the environment is often downplayed as merely one in a sea of global issues. However, the environment is not only indistinguishable from these issues, it is fundamental to who we are.

  • Eating the Earth

    Isabelle Dubach     |      June 25, 2020

    If we want to mitigate and solve the many global environmental issues the world is facing, we can’t rely on technology alone.