A grassland earless dragon at Jerrabomberra, NSW, November 1991. The search is now on for this species’ Victorian cousin.
The Victorian grassland earless dragon may well be the first lizard species driven to extinction on Australia's mainland. But conservationists aren't ready to declare it dead just yet.
Habitat loss to palm oil plantations in Central Kalimantan, Borneo. The forests of Borneo are home to the few remaining Bornean orangutan
Pongo pygmaeus, Sumatran rhinoceros Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni, and the Borneo pygmy elephant Elephas maximus borneensis, among other endangered species.
© Ulet Ifansasti/Greenpeace
New research has found that different types of habitat loss can change the stability of whole plant and animal communities.
A dung beetle wearing silicon boots to protect its feet from the hot soil, as part of an experiment.
Courtesy of Adrian Bailey/baileyphotos.com
Dung beetles are largely invisible. And yet without their vital activities, the world would have a lot more faeces in it.
The Darling River near Louth NSW, April 2019, in the midst of a drought compounded by upstream irrigation policies.
In the event, the federal election turned out to be more about the economy than the environment. But there are steps the Coalition government can take to help conservation and boost the economy too.
Ecosystem deterioration, along with climate change, is now becoming a controversial political question.
Almost 9 in 10 Australians agree we should invest in restoring wildlife habitats and natural places.
Here are the promises and policies of the Coalition, Labor, the Greens, One Nation and more.
New research suggests that even ecologically flexible baboons could be at significant risk of habitat loss and endangerment from anthropogenic climate change.
A bumblebee sips nectar from a clover.
Wild bees pollinate trees and shrubs that feed and shelter wildlife, provide flood control, prevent soil erosion and help regulate the climate.
Sharks and rays are among the most data-deficient groups of species.
A landmark report found more than one million species at risk of extinction – but even the "safe" ones may not be so safe.
A recent poll showed seven out of ten South Australian voters are against drilling in the Great Australian Bight.
It would take 17 days to respond to an oil spill in the Great Australian Bight. And that's the best-case scenario.
Sunset at Madagascar’s avenue of the baobabs in Morondavo.
President Rajoelina's five-year term, starting in 2019, may be the last chance to avoid habitats and species from going extinct.
Edwards’s pheasants (
Lophura edwardsi) are a wild relative of domesticated chickens.
Wildlife Reserves Singapore
Biodiversity is in crisis. Nowhere is this more serious than among the wild species which our livestock and crops descend from.
Rufous-backed dwarf kingfisher habitat is lost when forests are cleared for oil palm plantations.
© Muhammad Syafiq Yahya
The impact of deforestation for oil palm plantations is well known – and now research has found the replanting process could be additional harm to biodiversity.
The Christmas Island pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi) became extinct in 2009.
Current environment laws are manifestly failing Australian animals.
Barking Owls are one of Australia’s 1,770 threatened or endangered species.
Invasive species are the biggest single threat to Australian plants and animals.
Koalas are facing serious threats in the wild.
It's hard to say exactly how many koalas are in the wild, but there's no doubt they're in serious trouble.
The endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland is an ecological community that have shrunk to 6% of their original area.
Pete the Poet/Flickr
Tackling the extinction crisis is not just about protecting each species. It's also about preserving their home.
Feral cats kill millions of Australian animals a year.
Cats are wreaking havoc on Australia's ecosystems and non-lethal methods aren't enough.
Underwater view of waves breaking over a healthy coral reef, reducing wave energy at the shoreline that can cause flooding.
Curt Storlazzi, USGS
A new report shows that coral reefs reduce damage from floods across the United States and its trust territories by more than $1.8 billion every year – and pinpoints that value state by state.
The exploitation of the land and sea is the number one reason for biodiversity extinction, according to a new report.
The Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services has some sobering news.