The Gila monster.
The Gila monster gave humans a treatment for diabetes. What other medical miracles are we losing by failing to protect wildlife and ecosystems?
A kangaroo finds refuge in a small patch of vegetation surrounded by a new housing estate.
Expanding cities and farmland have created many small, often isolated patches of vegetation. Long seen as having limited ecological value, a new study shows these are vital for endangered species.
There is an urgent need to reconsider the importance of diversity. It is not a simple wealth. It is both a property of the living and an essential condition for its survival.
Deep sea corals off Florida.
A massive new discovery this summer of miles of corals in deep waters off South Carolina shows how much we have yet to learn about life on the ocean floor.
Like Dr. Seuss’ imaginary truffula trees, baobabs are endangered.
Without an array of ecosystems and species, it's tough for farmers to grow crops or ranchers to raise animals.
Botswana’s elephants are officially an economic asset.
Ian Sewell/Wikimedia Commons
At an international summit in Egypt this month, nations will hopefully make progress towards recognising the economic value of wildlife and other environmental assets.
The movement to kickstart a radical transformation of our society has begun. For the sake of our children – and their children – it must succeed.
It’s not just about the Great Barrier Reef. Queensland’s rainforests - particularly in the mountains - will also change thanks to a warming climate.
The reality is that without human intervention, ecosystems will reshape themselves in response to climate change. The Queensland government has launched a climate plan for the state's ecosystems.
There’s a need to secure Africa’s 282 massive “lionscapes”.
A billion dollars a year would secure Africa's lions and its landscapes as well as millions of people living nearby.
A new report by the WWF finds 60% losses in vertebrate populations since 1970.
Brazil, home to the Amazon, is one of just five ‘mega-wilderness’ countries.
More than two-thirds of Earth's remaining wilderness is in the hands of just five countries, according to a new global map. A concerted conservation effort is needed to save our last wild places.
A member of a rare group of 410-million-year-old jawless fishes from Australia meets a mate.
along the shoreline (artist’s impression).
New research shows shallow, near-land seas similar to Bass Strait were critical in the early days of fish evolution. These are the waters we need to protect now to ensure ongoing biodiversity.
An impression of biodiversity sensitive urban design (BSUD) developed by the authors in collaboration with Mauro Baracco, Jonathan Ware and Catherine Horwill of RMIT’s School of Architecture and Design.
Australian cities are home to many threatened species but are also where biodiversity is being destroyed by development. But what if planning and design processes built nature into the urban fabric?
The Endangered Species Act was enacted in 1973 partly to help save the bald eagle, the U.S. national symbol, from extinction. Should public appeal influence which species get priority?
How should the US spend limited funds for conserving endangered species? A new data tool lets managers compare different strategies so they can allocate money to protect the most species.
The spix macaw is considered to be extinct in the wild.“
Rapid environmental decline is a major threat, yet education is not mobilised to empower children. Fortunately, many initiatives explore how to make students actors of the ecological transition.
An effort to increase such areas can pose a particular threat to island overseas territories.
The Zanzibar Red Colobus is endemic to Tanzania.
Tanzania faces the challenge of conserving forests in a developing country with a rapidly expanding population.
South Africa is struggling to eradicate poverty.
Despite a relatively slow start, South Africa can speed up its implementation of the SDGs.
One of the four newly discovered titi monkeys from Southern Amazon, Brazil.
Diogo Afonso Silva
How can there be boom in new species discoveries while others are dying out at unprecedented rates?
In contrast to common perceptions, Antarctic seafloor communities are highly diverse. This image shows a deep East Antarctic reef with plenty of corals, sponges and brittlestars. Can you spot the octopus?
Australian Antarctic Division
Life on the Antarctic seafloor is surprisingly diverse – and half of the species live nowhere else on Earth. Now scientists can accurately map this unique biodiversity.