Putting a price on undiscovered Australian species

What’s the monetary value of our wildlife? Pretty high, according to Deloitte Access Economics, which has just released the first cost-benefit analysis of discovering new Australian species. For every $1 invested in mapping Australia’s undiscovered biodiversity, the nation will reap up to $35 of economic benefits, the report says. Scientists are already onboard – a … Continue reading Putting a price on undiscovered Australian species

Fly infertility shows we’re underestimating how badly climate change harms animals

By Belinda van Heerwaarden, The University of Melbourne and Ary Hoffmann, The University of Melbourne Evidence of declining fertility in humans and wildlife is growing. While chemicals in our environment have been identified as a major cause, our new research shows there’s another looming threat to animal fertility: climate change. We know animals can die … Continue reading Fly infertility shows we’re underestimating how badly climate change harms animals

Attack of the alien invaders

By Corey J. A. Bradshaw, Flinders University; Boris Leroy, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle (MNHN); Camille Bernery, Université Paris-Saclay; Christophe Diagne, Université Paris-Saclay, and Franck Courchamp, Université Paris-Saclay They’re one of the most damaging environmental forces on Earth. They’ve colonised pretty much every place humans have set foot on the planet. Yet you might not even … Continue reading Attack of the alien invaders

A glimmer of hope on vertebrate biodiversity

It’s been estimated that half to two-thirds of the world’s vertebrate populations, from birds and marine animals to elephants, frogs and snakes, have declined over the past five decades. But the true picture is somewhat more hopeful, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. These “catastrophic” numbers are driven by a small … Continue reading A glimmer of hope on vertebrate biodiversity