New forms of life are discovered in high-tech ways that leave yesterday’s natural history collections in the dust.
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Forget the pith helmet and butterfly net. Discovering biodiversity now is much more about metagenomics and the 0's and 1's of digital databases.
Achieving the UN's ambitious new target will require some big changes.
Feral cat with galah, mounted specimen.
Australia wants to kill off two million feral cats and momentum for similar plans is growing in the US. Is there a good case for killing or neutering outdoor cats to protect biodiversity?
Eating kangaroos is sustainable.
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Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. But are Australia's world-famous roos really at risk?
It’s high time we gave Australian wildlife a helping hand.
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A 21st century government would put the environment on at least an equal footing with the economy. That means no more extinctions, and no more putting ourselves before wildlife or future generations.
‘I don’t do public transport.’
Bat populations have been hammered by deforestation. Efforts like tree-planting schemes are a step forward, but they're doomed to fail unless we apply a bit more local knowledge.
Wildlife corridors: four proposals to ‘rewild’ portions of North America.
Proposals to set aside vast tracts of land for wildlife raise ethical questions, challenging the human-centric view of the value of life.
Cute – but not actually endangered.
The UK has few endemic and endangered species. Wildlife protection is easier and more important elsewhere.
Teeming with insect life?
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Continued use of pesticides will lower diversity of beneficial insects, costing corn farmers more money over time.
What do collections of dead butterflies do for their still-living counterparts?
Andrew D Warren
The dead animal specimens that comprise natural history collections contribute a lot toward scientific understanding of their still-living counterparts – and those that have gone extinct.
Loggerhead turtle populations are facing a brighter future, but many other species are still in decline, while for others there are no data at all.
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The Great Barrier Reef is home to some 1,600 species of bony fish, 130 sharks and rays, and turtles, mammals and more. Most have had no population monitoring, meaning we don't know how well they are faring.
Is it a … or a ….? Dengrogramma enigmatica, discovered in deep water off the coast of Victoria, doesn’t quite fit in anywhere in the animal family tree.
The top 10 new species for 2015 include a crop-circling fish, a murderous wasp, and an animal that's got scientists confounded.
The colonial legacy of rigid approaches to sovereignty continue to hinder co-operative approaches to conservation in Africa.
It is important that co-operative approaches are found to conservation as the natural environment knows no political boundaries.
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There's a battle going on in your garden between invasive and valuable domestic pollinators. Here's how to tilt the fight in favor of our humble bumble bee.
True Australians: hard workers, quiet achievers and generally underappreciated labourers.
Insects are largely hidden from view or maligned unfairly, but they make a tremendous contribution to the Australian economy.
Costa Rica’s golden toad is now gone forever.
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Humans have wiped out 13% of the world's plants and animals species, according to a new study.
NSW Labor has promised a Great Koala National Park to protect koalas, but what about more insidious threats to the environment?
NSW has nearly 300 threatened animal species, including koalas and pygmy-possums. Yet we still don't know the government's plans in one area that could pose a serious threat to NSW's wildlife.
A dam in Indonesia splits the forest in two.
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Smaller, isolated chunks of forests can't sustain as much wildlife as one big connected region.
The author, getting up to speed in Davos.
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If you were to believe the tabloid hype around Davos you might be forgiven for thinking it’s a giant party where elite business types meet celebrities and dole out a few quid to the less fortunate of the…
Island getaway: Tasmanian Devils have been moved to offshore islands to save them from a devastating disease.
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Australia is in the grip of an extinction crisis. Our unique animals, plants, and ecosystems are rapidly ebbing away in a process that began more than 200 years ago with European settlement. Feral cats…