australia’s threatened species plan has failed on several counts. without change, more extinctions are assured

Australia’s threatened species plan has failed on several counts. Without change, more extinctions are...

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  Picture: Alex Asbury/AAP Australia is globally renowned for its abysmal conservation record – in roughly 230 years we’ve overseen the extinction of more mammal species than any other nation. The federal government’s Threatened Species Strategy was meant to...
a lone tree makes it easier for birds and bees to navigate farmland, like a stepping stone between habitats

A lone tree makes it easier for birds and bees to navigate farmland, like...

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 Picture: Shuttlestock Vast, treeless paddocks and fields can be dangerous for wildlife, who encounter them as “roadblocks” between natural areas nearby. But our new research found even one lone tree in an otherwise empty paddock can make...
australian government was ‘blindsided’ by un recommendation to list great barrier reef as in-danger. but it’s no great surprise

Australian government was ‘blindsided’ by UN recommendation to list Great Barrier Reef as in-danger....

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 Picture: Shuttlestock The Australian government on Tuesday expressed shock at a draft decision to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”. But the recommendation has been looming for some time. The recommendation, by the United Nations Educational,...
about 500,000 australian species are undiscovered – and scientists are on a 25-year mission to finish the job

About 500,000 Australian species are undiscovered – and scientists are on a 25-year mission...

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  Picture: Wikimedia Here are two quiz questions for you. How many species of animals, plants, fungi, fish, insects and other organisms live in Australia? And how many of these have been discovered and named? To...
a victorian logging company just won a controversial court appeal. here’s what it means for forest wildlife

A Victorian logging company just won a controversial court appeal. Here’s what it means...

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  AAP Image/Supplied by Dr Peter Smith Australia’s forest-dwelling wildlife is in greater peril after last week’s court ruling that logging — even if it breaches state requirements — is exempt from the federal law...
these 3 tips will help you create a thriving pollinator-friendly garden this winter

These 3 tips will help you create a thriving pollinator-friendly garden this winter

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  Picture: Shuttlestock The busy buzz of pollinating bees is a sound most of us associate with summer. If you live in temperate regions of Australia, you may start to notice fewer insects as the...
next time you see a butterfly, treasure the memory: scientists raise alarm on these 26 species

Next time you see a butterfly, treasure the memory: scientists raise alarm on these...

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  The bulloak jewel (Hypochrysops piceatus) Michael Braby, Author provided It might sound like an 18th century fashion statement, but the “pale imperial hairstreak” is, actually, an extravagant butterfly. This pale blue (male) or white (female) butterfly...
look up! a powerful owl could be sleeping in your backyard after a night surveying kilometres of territory

Look up! A powerful owl could be sleeping in your backyard after a night...

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 Picture: Nick Bradsworth, Author provided Picture this: you’re in your backyard gardening when you get that strange, ominous feeling of being watched. You find a grey oval-shaped ball about the size of a thumb, filled with...
‘existential threat to our survival’: see the 19 australian ecosystems already collapsing

‘Existential threat to our survival’: see the 19 Australian ecosystems already collapsing

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 Picture: Shuttlestock In 1992, 1,700 scientists warned that human beings and the natural world were “on a collision course”. Seventeen years later, scientists described planetary boundaries within which humans and other life could have a “safe space to operate”....
why do we love koalas so much? because they look like human babies

Why do we love koalas so much? Because they look like human babies

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 Picture: Shuttlestock The koala is a much-loved species and lucrative tourism drawcard. Yet, for all its popularity, koalas are forecast to be extinct in NSW within 30 years. Understanding the koala-human relationship might go some way to saving...