Cosmos Q&A: Putting biodiversity in focus
Scientists call for new agency to drive reform.
The Australian Academy of Sciences (AAS) has called for an independent agency to be established to drive reform of bi...
Restore ecosystems to prevent extinctions
Targeting priority areas also could mitigate CO2 emissions.
Restoring just under a third of Earth’s ecosystems to their natural state could protect more than two-thirds of land-...
Focus on people to put a value on nature
Providing context will aid conservation, scientists say.
Our reliance on nature’s dwindling resources has become ever more palpable as human activities cause ecosystems and b...
Why we should worry about nitrous oxide
Emissions have great warming potential.
Nitrous oxide from agriculture and other sources is accumulating in the atmosphere so quickly it puts Earth on track ...
Seagrass success goes beyond the lagoons
Scientists show what effort and focus can achieve.
Sometimes doing good is worth the effort – and hopefully can provide a blueprint for others. A 20-year commitment ...
Microplastics problem worse than thought
Scientists estimate there are 14 million tonnes on seafloor.
By Britta Denise Hardesty, Chris Wilcox and Justine Barrett, CSIRO Nowhere, it seems, is immune from plastic pollu...
The ecological impact of fences
Scientists highlight a neglected but serious issue.
Humans have swamped the planet with fences, but there is a gaping hole in knowledge about their ecological impact – a...
Europe the hotspot for alien species
Study predicts a 36% increase globally by 2050.
The number of alien species, particularly insects, arthropods and birds, is likely to increase by 36% globally by the...
The importance of urban trees
Scientists say make cities a focus of conservation efforts.
When thinking of tree conservation, sprawling forests generally come to mind. But cities, although covering only 2% o...
Forest regrowth’s role in carbon capture
Study maps potential accumulation globally.
Reforesting is considered a prominent strategy in mitigating climate change, with previous research highlighting the ...
Human-wildlife conflict an 'unequal contest'
It’s time for a new definition and a new approach.
By Tim Jarvis It’s 84 years since the last known Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), died at ...
Making cities more liveable
Scientists develop an eco-friendly urban framework.
Imagine living in a city where you can ride or walk to essential services, where the air is cleaner and travel costs ...