Pragmatism, not idealism, will give Brazil’s Atlantic forests the best chance of survival.
Across the world, an area bigger than Russia is officially classed as "degraded land". We'll never restore its wildlife to what it was – but there are pragmatic steps we can take to improve things.
How many Australian children know what meat is before it shows up on their plate?
We're a nation of meat eaters but city dwellers may have trouble discussing the origin of a steak with their offspring. And though there are programs teaching children how vegetables grow, there aren’t too many that involve raising an animal for food.
A UAV’s perspective of southern elephant seals (
Mirounga leonina) on Australia’s sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island.
Drones are useful tools for studying and protecting wildlife. But with their growing popularity comes a growing need to make sure they don't harm the animals they're trying to observe.
Australia could take spent fuel from nuclear power stations overseas. This one is in South Korea.
South Australia's Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission has recommended a nuclear waste site for the state.
The entire Senate is up for re-election in a double-dissolution election.
What is a double-dissolution election? How does it differ from an ordinary election? And why the rush after the budget?
There have been number of short-lived Commonwealth funding programs for dental care in the past.
AAP Image/Mick Tsikas
PolicyCheck unpacks the detail and history of the Coalition's proposed dental health care policy.
DCNS' ‘Shortfin Barracuda’ was the winning design for Australia’s next submarine fleet.
The Conversation’s experts respond to key aspects of the announcement that French company DCNS will be build Australia's next fleet of submarines.
The winning submarine is the French Shortfin Barracuda Block 1A.
There were significant differences between the three submarines on offer in the competitive evaluation process. Here's what made the French sub stand out.
Was Scott Morrison right about the powers of ASIC?
After Labor proposed a royal commission into the banking industry, Treasurer Scott Morrison said the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has all the powers of a royal commission and more. Is that right?
Many mobile phone users now text, or intently perform some other function on their phone, while walking.
Banning pedestrians from using their phones seems a natural extension of the prohibition against mobile phone use while driving.
Same-sex marriage and the Safe Schools programs have been debated in a ‘culture wars’ atmosphere of fear and anxiety.
There have been policy issues in recent Australian history considered too important for playing party politics. Sadly, those days are long gone.
We asked our experts to appraise the political and policy performances of the federal cabinet and shadow cabinet.
The health sector can learn from other industries that turn to operations research to fix everyday challenges.
Fixing the hospital system is not just a matter of more funding. Hospitals need to work smarter, not harder.
Since Operation Sovereign Borders began in September 2013, the flow of asylum boats to Australia has all but ceased.
Australia's policy to stop the flow of asylum seeker boats to its shores has increased the number of refugees stranded in Indonesia.
Malcolm Turnbull has taken a series of steps to clear the path to a double-dissolution election.
After many weeks of speculation, the government has laid down the challenge for the Senate and smoothed the path for a double-dissolution election.
Some hospitals have substantially higher costs. Others have higher rates of death.
There is substantial variation in the safety and quality of care provided in Australian hospitals. The data can tell us why.
Employment Minister Michaelia Cash and the opposition’s Penny Wong appearing on Q&A with host Tony Jones.
On Q&A, an unemployed merchant seafarer said Australian seafarers could replaced by foreign seafarers working on 457 visas, working for as little as $2 an hour. We check the facts.
The destruction caused by a dam collapse at the Samarco dam caused public outcry.
Research indicates that senior corporate leaders largely escape negative consequences when their companies are involved in environmental breaches.
Motorists in New South Wales must now keep a minimum distance of one metre when passing cyclists.
Cyclists have voiced their opposition to some aspects of the Go Together package to ensure their safety on NSW roads.
The explosive expansion of the Zika virus in the Americas has only been exceeded by the rise of conspiracy theories blaming everything from vaccines to genetically modified mosquitoes. While not a conspiracy…