Moon kite missing in the Simpson
The letter-winged kite, or moon kite, is the enigmatic raptor of Australia’s arid zone which comes and goes with the boom and bust of this vast region. But lately, concerns have been raised about its future.
There’s a proliferation of new marine species in WA – how to name them?
He’s the new buzz word in binomial nomenclature with three species named after him. It’s a result of survey work being done in north-western Australia, and genetic testing, that’s revealing a wealth of new marine species.
Feral animals are running amok on Australia’s islands – here’s how to stop them
More than 1000 islands and 1200 threatened species. Which feral animals do you decide to focus on to provide the greatest benefit to island species?
Wired woodlands signal stress as climate dries
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.
The rise of carbon dioxide—picking the winners in Australia’s forests
Finding out which trees will thrive under high levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide is about to get faster and cheaper.
Bushfires have a sting in the tail for Tasmania’s honey industry
Tasmania's bushfires have hurt not only the state's forests, but also the honey industry that depends on access to the region's unique trees.
A fine balance: saving Australia’s unique wildlife in a contested land
The Brigalow Belt in Queensland is a national hotspot for wildlife, including many species found nowhere else in the world. It is also one of the most transformed and contested areas in Australia. New research looks at the best way to conserve these species, attempting to balance competing uses of the region.
Diving for treasure to help protect the world’s great reefs
Amid growing demand for seafood, gas and other resources drawn from the world’s oceans, and growing stresses from climate change, we examine some of the challenges and solutions for developing “the blue economy” in smarter, more sustainable ways. For example, could the diving industry, long criticised as contributing to declines in coral reef health around the world, better contribute to reef conservation?