The human footprint on Australia’s environment is evident in areas such as land use change.
Ryan Francis/State of the Environment 2016
The State of the Environment 2016 report shows that the main drivers of environmental change in Australia are land-use change, habitat destruction, invasive species and climate change.
The Simien mountains in Ethiopia are one of the world’s most threatened natural heritage sites.
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You'd hope we wouldn't flatten the pyramids to build a highway. But that's exactly what's happening to the world's natural heritage sites.
Cleared habitat in Niassa Reserve, Mozambique.
Since 1992, an area of land two-thirds the size of Australia has been converted to human use.
Sea turtles have been around for 150 million years, but today’s pace of climate change represents an existential challenge.
Climate change and tourism development in Mexico are altering the country's shoreline, endangering the habitat of sea turtles. But tourists prefer pristine, natural beaches, too.
Cheetahs have extraordinarily low genetic diversity, placing them at risk.
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Wildlife in wilderness areas have more genetic diversity, which is better for their survival.
As temperatures rise, will species have enough habitat to move to suitable ground?
Animals and plants will need escape hatches to move to cooler climes as the planet warms, but few parts of the U.S. have the natural habitat available for these migrations.
New research explains why habitat loss means male willow warblers now outnumber females – and that's bad news for the species.
Koalas face many threats, and our conservation efforts are failing them.
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Koalas are under threat from a range of factors, from urban expansion to climate change. Unfortunately there is no quick fix, and it may be that not all populations can be saved.
Worth crowing about? Birds that can problem-solve do best in cities.
Why are our cities full of crows, ravens and rainbow lorikeets, while other species decline? The answer comes down to street smarts, adaptability, and sometimes plain bullying.
Frogs in the Western Cape area of South Africa are susceptible to climate change.
Climate change may threaten the survival of the Cape frog. The solution could lie in creating corridors for them to move to new habitats and more suitable climate spaces.
Species lost from the eastern forests of the U.S. – from left to right: Ivory-billed Woodpecker, Passenger Pigeon, Carolina Parakeet and Bachman’s Warbler.
Alexander C. Lees ©Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates
The extinction threat you haven't heard of: several South American birds teeter on the brink of existence due to habitat loss. And history is not the best guide for how to save them.
Clinging on: Carnaby’s black cockatoo has already lost much of its habitat.
Plans for managing Perth's rapid urban growth have been touted as green. But they still look like robbing the iconic Carnaby's black cockatoo of yet more crucial habitat.
The core habitat of the notorious chacma baboon is becoming smaller due to human takeover.
The iconic southern African Chacma baboon is in danger. The species is facing a population decline.
Squirrel gliders aren’t at risk, and hands-on conservation can keep them that way.
David M. Watson
We're familiar with the idea of releasing almost-extinct species into new areas. By doing the same with common animals, we can help stop their population numbers getting into the same perilous state.
The critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possums is just one of Australia’s animals threatened by habitat loss.
Three recent reports make clear that we should be saving habitat in order to save species. It is pretty simple. Destroy a species' habitat and you destroy its home.
Recent increases in land clearing threaten Queensland’s biodiversity.
Land clearing in Queensland has tripled since 2010 after wind backs to regulations.
A koala and her joey try to reach the last leaves on a tree.
When their populations explode, killing koalas is sometimes the only way to reduce their suffering. But why do some places have too many koalas?
Rainforest cleared for oil palm plantations in Borneo.
How do the products we buy affect the world’s rainforests? In the lead up to the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney this week, The Conversation is running a series on rainforest commodities…
Most new roads will be built in developing nations. Here, a road-killed tapir in Peninsula Malaysia.
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“The best thing you could do for the Amazon is to blow up all the roads.” These might sound like the words of an eco-terrorist, but it’s actually a direct quote from Professor Eneas Salati, a forest climatologist…
Monarch butterfly: not scared of wearing bold colours.
Monarch butterflies are known for their striking flame-orange and black appearance, and especially for their mass migration in their millions to spend winters in the mountain forests of Mexico. But despite…