• Save the world to save ourselves

    Rebekah Brown     |      June 29, 2020

    When we disrupt the natural environmental systems people depend on, when populations collide with exotic wild animals in a wet market, we find ourselves confronted with a global pandemic.

  • Facing our environmental crisis head on

    Ee Ling Ng     |      May 26, 2019

    Going beyond climate change, biodiversity loss, land degradation and chemical pollution, overconsumption may be the single greatest cause of our environmental challenge.

  • The environmental picture looks bleak, but change is still possible

    Pedro Fidelman     |      April 16, 2019

    The world is on the brink of creating irreversible damage to the environment if better policy isn’t rolled out, but while there’s a lot of bad news in the UN Global Environment Outlook, a sustainable future is still possible.

  • 2018 was an environmental disaster

    Shoshana Rapley     |      April 7, 2019

    Environmental news is rarely good. But even by those low standards, 2018 was especially worrying, with a succession of problems threatening our health and livelihoods as well as Mother Nature.

  • How extreme weather events batter wildlife populations

    Open Forum     |      December 22, 2018

    A third of Australia’s spectacled flying foxes died in an extreme heatwave north of Cairns in November and new research has shed more light on the devastating effect such weather events can have on wildlife populations.

  • We need an ecological civilization before it’s too late

    Jeremy Lent     |      November 24, 2018

    One way or another, humanity is headed for the third great transformation in its history: either in the form of global collapse or a metamorphosis to a new foundation for sustainable living.

  • Unearthing the secret life of wombats

    Open Forum     |      September 16, 2018

    The most significant wombat conference in 20 years will bring experts from around the world to South Australia.

  • How the ‘yeah-but’ mentality stalls progress on bag bans and other green issues

    Anne Lane     |      July 25, 2018

    Meet the ‘Yeah-buts’ – those who know plastic is bad for the environment, but can’t get behind the bag ban because it affects their own convenience. This mindset can stall the best-laid green plans to help save the planet.

  • Good in parts – Science and the Federal Budget

    Open Forum     |      May 9, 2018

    Australian academics and scientists analyse the budget’s impact on research, health, infrastructure, education and the environment.

  • Well-being and the great outdoors

    Vic Health     |      April 25, 2018

    Time spent outdoors in green space is good for our physical and mental wellbeing. It sounds simple. But making sure those positive benefits are extended to all corners of our community is a considerably more complex issue.

  • The limits of modelling – Knowing what we don’t know

    Emma White     |      April 22, 2018

    Modelling the impact of mine developments on groundwater is critical for protecting ecosystems and agriculture, but it can go astray if we don’t recognise that all models lack certainty.

  • What is happening in the Arctic?

    Annika Dean     |      March 23, 2018

    While North America shivers, the Arctic has experienced soaring winter temperatures for the fourth year in a row. Such extreme weather events will only intensify unless there is a rapid and deep reduction in rising greenhouse gas levels.