• Greening the desert

    Open Forum     |      September 25, 2023

    Growing plants that have adapted to desert life could help naturally capture and store carbon, according to a perspective piece by international researchers.

  • Beyond a boundary

    Katherine Richardson     |      September 24, 2023

    Mankind has been wiping out species and changing the landscape since the last ice age, but the sheer weight of our impact on the planet threatens to breach the boundaries of its ability to sustain us.

  • The high cost of feral invasion

    Open Forum     |      September 11, 2023

    Humans have wiped thousands of species from the face of the Earth, but have also spread other animals and plants around the world to wreak havoc on natural eco-systems.

  • Controlling the feral cat menace

    Open Forum     |      September 8, 2023

    The Invasive Species Council and the Biodiversity Council have welcomed the release by the federal government of a draft Threat Abatement Plan for Feral Cats for public consultation.

  • Indigenous knowledge can combat fire

    Alan Stevenson     |      September 2, 2023

    After a couple of damp summers, the forecast of a long, hot summer and a high risk of bushfires is increasing interest in indigenous methods to reduce the risk to people and communities.

  • Fire down below

    Ben Knight     |      August 22, 2023

    The recent devastation caused by wildfires across Europe and Hawaii has sparked concerns about the return of catastrophic bushfires in Australia, but despite the forecast of a hotter, drier summer, a repeat of recent ‘black summers’ appears unlikely.

  • Outfoxing the foxes

    Open Forum     |      August 18, 2023

    In an experiment conducted in south-eastern Australia, where introduced red foxes are responsible for countless wildlife deaths, a team of researchers from the Australian National University and University of South Australia have played a clever trick to outwit the predators.

  • A world on fire

    Open Forum     |      August 14, 2023

    Extreme wildfires across the globe have the potential to exacerbate climate change and, in turn, lead to more dangerous fires. It is critical that the global community urgently takes action to limit the effects of climate change and better manage extreme fires.

  • Saving Australia

    Open Forum     |      August 12, 2023

    A radical shift in our relationship with the Australian environment is needed and it is time that all stakeholders intervened to reverse the current trends creating an extinction crisis.

  • What will we leave behind us?

    Duncan Cook     |      August 10, 2023

    Mankind has transformed Planet Earth, for better or worse, for thousands of years, but what impressions will we leave on Earth that future visitors or distant descendants could discern millions of years into the future?

  • Plastic threatens petrels on the open ocean

    Open Forum     |      August 3, 2023

    Seabirds are exposed to dangerous marine plastic pollution outside of the national jurisdiction of the coastal nations they breed in, according to international researchers who say countries need to work together to tackle plastic pollution in the high seas.

  • Poison planet

    Open Forum     |      July 29, 2023

    A global study examining 92 of the most commonly used agricultural pesticides finds that approximately 70,000 tonnes of potentially harmful chemicals leach into aquifers each year, damaging ecosystems and freshwater resources.