Curious Kids: what makes a shooting star fall?

Author: Lisa Harvey-Smith
Date: 18/02/19
Once upon a time there was a tiny speck of dust - space dust - called Gemma. For many years she had spent her time wandering carefree through space and dancing around the planets and the stars. One day, Gemma noticed a light in the distance. “What’s that?”, she wondered to herself. As she got...

Climate change is killing off Earth’s little creatures

Author: Bill Laurance
Date: 12/02/19
Climate change gets blamed for a lot of things these days: inundating small islands, fueling catastrophic fires, amping-up hurricanes and smashing Arctic sea ice. But a global review of insect research has found another casualty: 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered. It co...

How is oxygen ‘sucked out’ of our waterways?

Author: Stuart Khan
Date: 14/01/19
A million fish have died in the Murray Darling basin, as oxygen levels plummet due to major algal blooms. Experts have warned we could see more mass deaths this week. Fingers have been pointed at poor water management after a long period of drought. However, mass fish deaths can also be caused by f...

Martu people preserve bilby population with traditional knowledge

Author: Jared Richards
Date: 18th of July 2016
The Martu people of Western Australia are environmental and cultural custodians, preserving tradition and ecosystems alike. ACROSS THE BIRRILIBURU landscape in remote Western Australia, the Martu people are using their knowledge as traditional owners to conserve the greater bilby (Macrotis lagotis)...

What dragonflies say about our ignorance of the natural world.

Author: Klaas-Douwe B. Dijkstra
Date: 6th of June 2016
Of the 8.7 million species of animals, plants and fungi thought to live on Earth, we have only named 1.2 million: 86% of the natural world is uncharted. For most people, both this incredible richness and our ignorance are hard to fathom. Imagine that each of the 6.5 million species thought to live ...

In defence of zoos: how captivity helps conservation.

Author: Samantha Ward
The death of Harambe the gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo, shot to protect a child who had fallen into his cage, has caused outrage. Some of the anger has now turned from “trigger-happy” staff towards zoos in general. Why, some are asking, is an endangered gorilla behind bars in the first place? In an...

Environmental score card shows Australia is once again in decline.

Author: David Summers and Albert Van Dijk
Date: 11th of May 2016
After some unusually wet years, our landscape and ecosystems have once again returned to poorer conditions that were last experienced during the Millennium Drought. That is the main conclusion of Australia’s Environment in 2015 – an environmental score card and accompanying data explorer that w...

Nature is neglected in this election campaign – at its and our own peril.

Author: Don Driscoll and Euan Ritchie
Date: 20th of April 2016
The electioneering has begun. In a campaign set to be dominated by economic issues, the Coalition and Labor are locking horns over who can best manage our finances, protect jobs and make housing more affordable. The Greens predictably decry the major parties, including their cavalier climate-change ...