• Saving the mountain pygmy-possum from climate change

    Open Forum     |      November 8, 2019

    Scientists have come up with a radical plan to save the critically endangered mountain pygmy-possum: take some from their alpine habitat and introduce them to a warmer, lowland rainforest environment.

  • 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.

  • A lost species comes to life – in a graveyard

    Michael Kearney     |      September 22, 2019

    A rare insect species, the Key’s Matchstick Grasshopper, was thought to be extinct in Victoria but has now been rediscovered, giving hope for conserving its future.

  • Wildlife needs wilderness

    Open Forum     |      September 20, 2019

    The global conservation community has been urged to adopt a specific target to protect the world’s remaining wilderness areas to prevent the large scale loss of endangered species.

  • Farmers flouting land clearing laws threaten rare species

    Open Forum     |      September 10, 2019

    Farmers and developers have destroyed more than 7.7 million hectares of threatened species habitat in the 21st century, revealing critical failures in Australia’s federal and state environmental protection laws.

  • Can we save the Tasmanian devil?

    Open Forum     |      September 7, 2019

    Released on National Threatened Species Day on 7 September ,a new book offers an update on the campaign to save the Tasmanian devil, which has suffered a dramatic reduction in numbers.

  • Elegy for the black-throated finch

    Felicity Fenner     |      July 23, 2019

    Australian artists are sending artistic representations of the threatened black-throated finch to politicians to protest against the Adani mine, which threatens the bird’s habitat.

  • An island haven for frogs in a world of extinctions

    Open Forum     |      June 6, 2019

    New Guinea is one of the only places in the world where frogs are safe from the species-destroying chytrid fungus. An international team of scientists has published a new paper that shows how to keep it that way, but they need help to carry out their plan.

  • Tackling the threat of invasive species

    Linda Broadhurst     |      May 22, 2019

    The threat posed by invasive species is often overlooked amid worries over land clearing and climate change, but tackling alien plants and animals which crowd out native species is vital to the future of Australia’s fragile ecosystems.

  • Rip up our conservation laws and start again

    Don Driscoll     |      May 16, 2019

    The simplest and most powerful action you can take to reverse the extinction crisis is to vote for a party with policies best aligned with credible scientific advice on how we can get out of this mess.

  • Calculating cost-effective conservation

    Open Forum     |      May 2, 2019

    Maintaining existing conservation areas might be a more cost-effective investment than expansion, according to new research led by The University of Queensland.

  • Australia’s ten most damaging invasive species

    Jaana Dielenberg     |      February 26, 2019

    Research has shown that invasive or pest species are a major problem for four out of five Australian threatened species, with rabbits, feral pigs and cats among the most destructive introduced animals.