• Protect nature to prevent pandemics

    Open Forum     |      November 18, 2021

    COVID-19 has shown the world that human health and environmental health are intricately linked.

  • Nature is a public good

    Philippa England     |      July 3, 2021

    As the health of Australia’s environment continues to decline, the federal government is wagering on the ability of private markets to help solve the problem. So is this a wise move? The evidence is not at all encouraging.

  • Confessions – Visions of beauty: Petaurus breviceps

    Mark Nicol     |      October 22, 2020

    The sugar glider (Petaurus breviceps) is one of Australia’s most iconic marsupials. Threatened by habitat destruction across its diminishing range, author Mark Nicol recalls encounters with these and other Australian fauna on a once idyllic South Australian wildlife haven.

  • The fraying patchwork of nature

    Open Forum     |      September 21, 2020

    Relentless land clearing for agriculture, mining and urbanisation is isolating and disconnecting Earth’s protected natural areas from each other, a new study shows.

  • Surprise! It’s a praying mantis

    David Thompson     |      September 3, 2020

    A new study has for the first time illuminated the evolutionary history of the bizarre anti-predator defence – the praying mantis startle display – and suggests that the element of surprise may be key to its success. 

  • Limiting the loss of nature

    Open Forum     |      December 24, 2019

    With only about half the Earth’s land remaining covered by natural vegetation, a University of Queensland-led team has proposed an international goal to halt its continued destruction.

  • Restoring the balance of nature

    Open Forum     |      November 9, 2019

    A group of international conservationists is urging governments across the globe to adopt a new approach to address the impact of economic development on the natural world.

  • 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.

  • Rewilding Australia

    Menna Jones     |      April 20, 2019

    Rewilding is gaining popularity around the world, as a means to restore ecosystems to their ancient state. But just like Vegemite, Australian rewilding projects need to have a unique flavour.

  • Fairy wrens learn by listening in

    Open Forum     |      August 13, 2018

    New research involving biologists from The Australian National University (ANU) shows that some birds are just as skilled as humans at eavesdropping.

  • Working with nature can help us build greener cities

    Paul Osmond     |      August 11, 2018

    A more strategic approach to urban growth can ensure our cities maintain adequate green space and become low-carbon, efficient and affordable.

  • City-slicker kiwis: bringing natives back to the big smoke

    Open Forum     |      August 5, 2018

    Restoring New Zealand’s native species should not be limited to national parks or isolated islands of protection – creatures like kiwi, bats, and tuatara could also be reintroduced into suitably prepared urban areas.