Communities and indigenous people would like to conserve forests, nature and biodiversity. But their priority, like that of most people, is improving their own well-being and that of their children.
Tropical coral reefs can be saved from climate change and other pressures, but the window of opportunity is closing. And reefs are guaranteed to be markedly different in the future.
Legislation designed to protect wildlife is being rolled back or ignored in all sorts of ways in all sorts of places, according to a new global database of attacks on green tape.
The 1967 referendum was the culmination of a long struggle for both Aboriginal rights and respect, for social esteem as well as equality before the law.
Doctors experience higher levels of suicide and mental distress than their non-medical peers. Why? And what can we do about it?
Part of the land inhabited by some of the early Australians is now submerged, but details of their life is now revealed in an excavation on an island off the continent’s north-west coast.
Maëlle, 7, wants to know why some shells are smooth, while others are corrugated. It turns out that while corrugated shells are strong, smooth shells can move fast.
A new form of the highly contagious canine parovirus has been found in Australia. The strain has been found in vaccinated dogs.
Many people with phobias are understandably reluctant to face their fears. But gradual exposure using virtual reality headsets can help with everything from a fear of spiders, heights or flying.
Until recently we didn't know much about which antibiotic is best for people who have been attacked by a crocodile.
For the first time the Great Barrier Reef has been hit by mass bleaching in consecutive years, with only the reef's southernmost stretches having escaped both events unscathed.
The Great Barrier Reef is in crisis, as a second wave of coral bleaching hits. But the system of bodies and laws that protect it are getting more complicated – and less productive.
Conflicts over coastal areas have largely been between development and preserving what makes these attractive places to live. Rising sea levels are now complicating our relationship with the coast.
The Great Barrier Reef is bleaching again. Without greater action on climate change and water quality, its World Heritage status could be listed as "in danger".
Academics are often in the vanguard of the fight to preserve heritage buildings but they are losing the battle on home turf as universities shed their 1960s and 1970s concrete skins.
In early 2016 reports appeared that vast swathes of mangroves had died in the Gulf of Carpentaria. It now appears heat and drought were to blame.
Unlike vision or touch, sound is much more difficult to control or avoid; music in particular spills across thresholds and intrudes into situations where it is unwelcome.
Southern Africa is further south than the ends of the migration routes of ducks from Europe to East and West Africa.
Everyone has probably heard about the physical benefits of having sex. But are you aware of the long list of psychological benefits?
Australians are likely to vote for longer parliamentary terms. They want fewer elections and are dissatisfied with politics.