Idiospermum is otherwise known as “idiot fruit” or ribbonwood.
via Wikimedia Commons
In a few idyllic parts of Queensland grows the idiot fruit, a tall tree with intricate flowers and some of the largest seeds in Australia.
Getting up close and personal can make you like sharks more, even if you already like them.
Sharks have a PR problem. But new research shows that shark ecotourism programs boost people's knowledge and attitudes towards shark conservation – even among those who are green-minded to begin with.
In refusing to strike out Smith’s claim, the court has accepted that it is arguable police could owe a common law duty of care to specific victims of domestic violence to protect them from preventable harm.
A Victorian woman claims police were negligent in failing to prevent breaches of protection orders against her ex-partner – a case that may open up new legal avenues in domestic violence cases.
Le trafic de cornes de rhinocéros est l’une des menaces principales qui pèse sur cette espèce.
Pour aider à sauvegarder les populations de rhinocéros, pourquoi ne pas accueillir ces animaux dans de grands parcs en Australie ?
Successive governments have seen the Great Barrier Reef not just as a scientific wonder, but as a channel to further economic development.
The $444 million awarded to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation has been criticised as a politically calculated move. But governments have been asking what the reef can do for them ever since colonial times.
Marine parks protect fragile ecosystems, like coral reefs.
What would you do if you saw a fisher breaking the law? Would you report the offender to the police? Confront them? Or would you do nothing? These choices affect the future of marine protected areas.
To sustain geo-political relations with French-speaking Pacific nations in the future, we need to change the way French is taught to young Australians.
Some fish fared better than others amid the extreme temperatures of the 2016 heatwave.
Rick Stuart-Smith/Reef Life Survey
The 2016 heatwave that caused mass bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef didn't just kill corals - it also significantly changed the makeup of fish communities that call these reefs home.
Australia could sustain wild rhinos, but should it try?
Renaud Fulconis/International Rhino Foundation
Would you pay to see rhinos in Australia's savannas or forests? It's not as crazy as it sounds – and could help save collapsing rhino populations.
Silent Evolution by Jason deCaires Taylor. Taylor makes sculptures and sinks them beneath the sea to create artificial reefs.
© Jason deCaires Taylor
Not everything humans put in the ocean is garbage. From walls of tyres to sunken sculptures, reef restoration is both a science and an art.
There is limited mobile reception on Mt Kosciusko in New South Wales.
People are increasingly seeking out retro-style holidays, where connectivity is an afterthought.
Australia’s deep history was uncovered at Lake Mungo.
On the golden jubilee of the discovery of Mungo Lady's 40,000-year-old remains, we can reflect on Aboriginal Australia's vast history, which predates the arrival of Homo sapiens in both Europe and America.
Matahari terbenam tampak melintasi Port Warrender ke Dataran Tinggi Mitchell di pantai Kimberley. Itu ada di daerah Wunambal Gaambera.
Mark Jones Films (dengan izin)
Manusia pertama yang sampai ke Australia mungkin menavigasi lautan unuk menyeberang hingga barat laut pesisir benua tersebut lebih dari 50.000 tahun lalu.
Nigeria has abundant energy resources but about 40% of the population don’t have access to electricity.
Nigeria can make some changes to harness its energy resources and lower its carbon footprint while providing power to its people.
Planning and design for healthy, liveable communities in the Australian tropics can involve quite different considerations from those that apply down south.
There's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all plan for sustainable, healthy urban living. Urban diaries help identify what works – and doesn't work – for tropical cities like Cairns or Townsville.
Crowdfunded campaigns to save the orange-bellied parrot are a rare ray of hope.
When environmental needs outstrip government funds, people power steps up.
A government plan to ‘dart’ wild horses with fertility control drugs ignores science and expert advice.
There is no way to effectively administer fertility control to thousands of horses scattered through a huge national park meaning population growth will only be limited as they run out of food
Isolated peoples’ immune systems haven’t learned how to resist bugs.
There are numerous examples of the havoc infectious diseases can play on communities that have not previously been exposed to them.
Green sea turtle eating seagrass off Lizard Island.
New research highlights the role of sea turtles and dugong in the dispersal of seeds and maintenance of seagrass meadows, an important marine habitat and the primary food source for both animals.
Sunset looking across Port Warrender to the Mitchell Plateau on the Kimberley coast. It is in Wunambal Gaambera country.
Mark Jones Films (with permission)
The first people to make it to Australia could have navigated their way by sea crossing, reaching the north-west coastline of the island continent more than 50,000 years ago.