Issue 222

Climate projections not only show us what climate futures we can expect, but also help us plan for them.

Aerial view of desert with many circular bare patches

They're an ecological enigma across desert country in Africa and Australia. Now, a collaboration between ecologists and indigenous rangers in Australia finds the answer to this unique desert pattern.

aerial view of woodlands

Nowhere else in the world supports trees 20m tall at such low rainfall. Intensive scientific monitoring is tracking by the second their struggle for survival.

close up of yellow, mini-submarine on water surface

Community engagement is a key component of the Ningaloo Outlook project which aims to increase the ecological understanding of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area’s deep and shallow reefs and the reef’s shark and turtle populations.

group of researchers on beach

Congratulations to CSIRO's marine debris team of researchers who have won the 2016 Eureka Prize for Environmental Science, and work is ongoing with major international projects.

Bronte beach and suburb

Communities, governments and businesses in Australia need to work together on innovative strategies that will help adapt their coastal environments so they will be more resilient as extreme weather events driven by climate become more frequent.

Crown-of-thorns starfish on coral

The crown-of-thorns starfish may end up being an unlikely hero in the quest to determine how best to help iconic marine species adapt to climate change.

A pelican sitting on the edge of a fish pen in the ocean

A free online modelling tool that simulates the movement of oil spills and fish spawning is attracting a surprising range of users.