A synthesis centre in Africa would get an African perspective on global socio-environmental challenges.
A synthesis centre in Africa would massively improve the ability of researchers to understand complex scientific problems.
Orca family group at the Bremer Canyon off WA’s south coast.
The government aims to dramatically reduce the areas offered full protection and expand zones where fishing is allowed, while also claiming that this will still deliver good conservation.
Adélie penguin at the Mt Siple breeding colony, West Antarctica.
Climate change is set to expand Antarctica's ice-free area, potentially helping native species to flourish but also paving the way for invasive species to gain a foothold.
The High Line in New York City, a former elevated railroad trestle converted to a public park.
In an urbanizing world, people increasingly are seeking out nature in cities. Research shows that diverse species of animals, plants and insects can thrive in areas that humans have altered.
Gyala Peri and Namcha Barwa - Tibet.
On the Tibetan plateau, the village of Yunta shows that animals and humans can live peacefully and care for each other.
Angustoniscus amieuensis, a New Caledonian cockroach that lives in the moist forests of the island.
The theory that New Caledonia was a piece of land that separated from the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana was a seductive one. But then a cockroach rose up to challenge it.
Hundreds of large old trees were removed when the Hume Highway was widened.
When the Hume Highway was widened, hundreds of nest boxes were installed to replace habitat for three threatened species. Four years of monitoring has concluded the program is entirely unsuccessful.
Dingoes can help manage devastating red fox and feral cat numbers, but only if we let enough of them live in key areas.
Dingoes and wolves can help control destructive smaller predators, new research shows, but only if we encourage them across wide areas.
The Pinocchio anole lizard (Anolis probiscis) was first described in Ecuador in 1953, then believed to have become extinct until it was rediscovered in 2005.
Javier Abalos Alvarez/Flickr
'Doom and gloom' messages about nature are less effective than positive ones. The Lost & Found project tells the stories of creatures thought long gone but eventually rediscovered.
The declining fishing yield in the Lake Tanganyika region is being exacerbated by an influx of refugees.
Climate change, deforestation, overfishing and hydrocarbon exploitation threatens one of Africa's oldest lake's, Lake Tanganyika.
The future of cities?
Pollution, poverty, disease and death: future cities will be grim places, unless we do things differently.
Fish leave bits of DNA behind that researchers can collect.
Mark Stoeckle/Diane Rome Peebles images
Animals shed bits of DNA as they go about their lives. A new study of the Hudson River estuary tracked spring migration of ocean fish by collecting water samples and seeing whose DNA was present when.
Author Joey Hulbert explaining sampling protocol.
The impact of plant disease may be reduced if people are made aware of the many pathways for plant-killing microbes -- and why preventing their spread matters to us all.
Biodiversity keeps declining despite lots of accumulated knowledge and numerous international and national commitments to act.
Protesters gather against the Roe 8 highway extension in Perth.
AAP Image/Bohdan Warchomij
With WA's election looming, Perth's battle over the Roe 8 highway extension brings other environmental issues to the fore.
Newly recognised genetic populations carry their evolutionary history with them, and the history of their habits. This is why detecting new species is so important.
A patrol post in Virunga.
Using the army to fight illegal resource exploitation aggravates conflict.
The Virunga National Park is home to many people living off the land. Clashes between the army and those illegally extracting resources is causing huge problems for conservation.
A bonobo mother and her child.
Primate populations are declining around the world. The great apes are in danger of disappearing, and that bears a great risk for humanity itself.
Bald eagles are the best-known example of a successful recovery under the Endangered Species Act.
Critics say the Endangered Species Act does not work because only about 1 percent of protected species have officially "recovered." Two biologists explain why recovery is so hard to define.
The region faces some of the world's highest rates of habitat loss, as well as direct over-exploitation of species.