New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern during the post-budget debate.
New Zealand's coalition government in its first budget has treated public policies as investments, with the goal of improving social and environmental outcomes.
Nature offers many benefits to people.
Governments around the world have vowed to halt the loss of global biodiversity by 2020, but without more investment, we'll miss some of the targets.
Many sacred sites such as temples, and churchyards are havens for biodiversity.
Eyes in the sky: drone footage is becoming a vital tool for monitoring ecosystems.
Deakin Marine Mapping Group
Ecology is in the midst of a technological revolution. From tiny sensors that can be fitted to animals, to swarms of remotely-piloted drones, researchers have a host of new ways to study the natural world.
Many poachers continue to poach to improve their incomes, rather than just make ends meet.
Park guards view maps and photos of high-altitude glaciers – information that can be shared with local communities dealing with changing water levels.
Science can't just stay in the ivory tower. But what does impact really mean and how does it happen? A study of more than a decade of ecological fieldwork projects in Bolivia suggests a better way.
The battle for the Franklin River runs far deeper than simply providing the backdrop for a political tug-of-war.
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Essays on Air: how archaeology helped save the Franklin River.
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The battle to save the Franklin River - an exhilarating story of politics, cultural heritage and passionate environmentalism - captivated the nation in 1983.
Young southern brown bandicoots (Isoodon obesulus obesulus), an endangered marsupial species living in outer Melbourne.
Endangered bandicoots have been found in the outskirts of Melbourne.
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Some scientists want to replace 'ecosystem services' with ‘Nature’s Contributions to People’.
Attenborougharion rubicundus is one of more than a dozen species named after the legendary naturalist Sir David Attenborough.
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Scientists have been naming species after well-known people since the 18th century, often in a bid for publicity. But the issue deserves attention – 400,000 Australian species are yet to be described.
Mam Tor, Peak District.
New director-general Helen McGrady is looking to cities for a 'radical' future at the National Trust.
Illegally logged rosewood in Antalaha, Madagascar, 22 February 2005.
The illegal timber trade is a huge global business worth up to US$150 billion yearly. One way to curb it is by convincing consumers in wealthy countries that buying contraband wood products is wrong.
A grizzly bear looks up from its meal in British Columbia.
Wildlife hunts are supposed to be grounded in sound science, but new research casts doubt on this assumption.
A male hihi on a flowering flax bush.
Inbreeding and male infertility could be impeding the recovery of one of New Zealand's threatened birds - the stitchbird, or hihi. Hihi sperm might hold the answer, and help raise funds for conservation.
Pastoralist communities, like the Maasai, and their animals live in “bomas” which protect them from wild animals.
Kenya's wildlife task force promises stakeholder participation needed for sustainable conservation.
The Victorian mountain ash forest has been severely affected by fires and logging. To determine the actual health of the forest, we need to look at the quality, not just the quantity of what remains.
In the aftermath of fires or logging, conservation needs to focus on recovering the health of the remaining vegetation, not just the size of the forest or woodland.
Current protections for native forests are hopelessly out of date.
Agreements between the Commonwealth and state governments that protect native forests are based on hopelessly out-of-date information. It's a huge mistake to renew them without assessment.
Ocelot of trouble.
Three researchers studied the "crop raiders" of the Brazilian rainforest in the hope of aiding both local farmers and wildlife conservation.
Vegetation ‘thinning’ in Queensland - a practice that was originally designed to restore forests and woodlands to a ‘representative state’.
Queensland's new draft land-clearing laws aim to put the brakes on years of environmental destruction. But the bill contains several loopholes that are likely to stymie progress.
The thorny devil, one of Australia’s many remarkable and unique animals.
Most of Australia's plants and animals are found nowhere else on Earth. This remarkable biodiversity requires a bolder, brighter conservation vision.