• Accounting for the human factor in water management

    Caroline Tang     |      June 9, 2020

    The often-overlooked “human factor” in water management rules can have serious consequences for water supply for both irrigated agriculture and the environment, according to new UNSW Sydney research.

  • Getting the cat back into the bag

    Lachlan Gilbert     |      May 29, 2020

    The Felixer, an autonomous device that can target and cull feral cats in the wild, could be key in rebuilding Australia’s decimated native animal populations.

  • To bee or not to bee?

    Open Forum     |      May 20, 2020

    Without bees to pollinate our crops, our food supply would be significantly affected, but climate change, deforestation, bushfires, tropical cyclones, floods, droughts and now COVID-19 have all had major impacts on beekeepers in the Australia-Pacific region.

  • Private lives still need public spaces

    Ben Knight     |      May 20, 2020

    Coronavirus restrictions may be lifting, but the closure of parks, beaches, walkways and other public spaces to curb its spread may change the way we use them, says Eva Lloyd, a lecturer in Interior Architecture at UNSW Built Environment. 

  • Catastrophe

    Open Forum     |      May 17, 2020

    There are three and a half million pet cats in Australia, two thirds of which are allowed to roam outside, and, on average, each of them kills 110 native animals per year.

  • Logging native forests fueled the summer bushfires

    Open Forum     |      May 7, 2020

    The logging of native forests increases the risk and severity of fire and had a profound effect on the recent, catastrophic Australian bushfires, according to new research.

  • Ending the wildlife trade will save human lives

    Georgina Kenyon     |      April 24, 2020

    The Covid-19 crisis is demonstrating that protecting nature and wildlife is not a luxury but a necessity if we are to save human lives, livelihoods and economies.

  • Risky business

    Jessica Nelson     |      April 20, 2020

    Australian researchers have for the first time documented the unique risky feeding behaviour known as ‘strand feeding’ in Australian dolphins.

  • Every cloud can have a silver lining

    Jessica Nelson     |      April 19, 2020

    SIMS and Southern Cross University have successfully trialled world-first ‘cloud brightening’ technology on Great Barrier Reef to shade and cool large areas of coral at risk of bleaching.

  • COVID-19 and the environmental crisis

    Jacques Godfroid     |      April 7, 2020

    The environment has all but disappeared from political discourse as the world grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 seems to be our “payback” for the excesses of globalisation and man’s exploitation of nature.

  • Who is your recycling hero?

    Sidrah Ahmad     |      March 21, 2020

    Activists from across the world, known as “recycling heroes”, are urging governments and organisations to act now to tackle the climate emergency and raise awareness of the importance of recycling.

  • Helping wildlife bounce back on Kangaroo Island

    Open Forum     |      March 5, 2020

    A national wildlife recovery workshop has identified post-bushfire strategies for the Kangaroo Island dunnart, glossy black cockatoo and other endangered species.