• Swan-song for the honey-eater

    Open Forum     |      November 1, 2019

    The genetic history of a critically endangered songbird shows its best chance of survival is to protect its rapidly disappearing habitat.

  • Australia’s silent spring

    Martine Maron     |      October 30, 2019

    Vast areas of native Australian vegetation continue to be cleared for our cities, farms and infrastructure, threatening once common birds as well as the endangered species protected, to some extent, by legislation.

  • Managing the hidden water beneath our feet

    Rebecca Nelson     |      October 23, 2019

    Decision-makers have significant discretion when it comes to regulating groundwater, but there is too little transparency about how it is used and its effect on the local environment.

  • Let’s use our nature strips for nature

    Adrian Marshall     |      October 19, 2019

    Given that more than a third of our public green space is nature strip, many small actions of residents by planting and caring for appropriate trees can add up to substantial positive change for wildlife and the human environment.

  • We can’t drought-proof Australia and it’s foolish to try

    Emma White     |      October 18, 2019

    The antiquated ideas about drought-proofing pushed by vote-seeking politicians promise much yet deliver little. Indeed, they distract attention and siphon funds from realistic solutions, or actually re-evaluating where and how we use our limited water resources.

  • The rafts wiping out Pacific tuna damage the wider environment too

    Lauriane Escalle     |      October 14, 2019

    Fishermen exploit tuna’s natural attraction to floating objects to lure them near GPS-equipped rafts. However, these rafts are also attracting increasing concern around the Pacific for their impact on tuna stocks and the wider environment.

  • Australia could help lead the world in shellfish aquaculture

    Open Forum     |      October 12, 2019

    Some of the greatest global opportunities for developing of shellfish aquaculture lie in the waters around the South Australian Gulfs, the coasts around Tasmania and the Manning-Hawkesbury region of NSW, according to Australian and international research.

  • Help solve the snow gum murder mystery

    Open Forum     |      October 11, 2019

    Researchers from The Australian National University are asking the public to help investigate a phenomenon that’s killing Australia’s iconic snow gums.

  • Hot Aussie summers are driven by a weak Antarctic jet stream

    Open Forum     |      October 9, 2019

    Extremely hot and dry summers in Australia could be down to more than just El Nino, with Aussie scientists showing that an Antarctic jet stream, known as the Antarctic polar vortex, is driving these conditions across eastern Australia from spring to early summer.

  • The eco-friendly path to a neat and tidy backyard

    Sarah Jessica Smith     |      October 8, 2019

    Urban backyards are getting smaller, and fewer people have the time to tend an abundant garden. However we all have to keep our backyard neat and tidy, and this can be done without harming the environment, with a little thought and care.

  • Tracking nature’s return to old mine sites

    Open Forum     |      October 8, 2019

    A new approach to setting benchmarks for the return of wildlife will allow rehabilitation managers to assess the success of their restoration efforts on mine sites across Australia’s north.

  • New map offers insights into marine habitat

    Open Forum     |      October 7, 2019

    The world’s first comprehensive national-scale map of marine habitats is revolutionising the way Australian governments, industry and communities can access information about marine habitats and how they are used.