Without a radical change of course on climate change, Australians will struggle to survive on this continent, let alone thrive.
For decades Australian scientists have, clearly and respectfully, warned about the risks to Australia of a rapidly heating climate. After this season's fires, perhaps it's time to listen.
Three North American little brown bats with signs of white-nose syndrome, which is virtually certain to hit Australian bats without further action.
It's been a deadly summer for Australia's wildlife. But beyond the fires, we need to act now to protect bats -- which make up a quarter of Australian mammal species -- from a silent overseas killer.
At least 250 threatened species have had their habitat hit by fires.
Approximately 70 nationally threatened species have had at least 50% of their range burnt, while nearly 160 threatened species have had more than 20% burnt.
EPA-EFE/CPL Tristan Kennedy/First Joint Public Affairs Unit handout
The ecological costs of huge, repetitive, high-severity wildfires on ecosystems could be colossal.
A common guillemot colony on the Farallon Islands, California.
As well as a stark warning about climate change, the disaster underlines the importance of wildlife monitoring.
Konik ponies graze in Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire. The UK National Trust used TESSA to calculate that each hectare of the fen was worth US$200 more per year as wetland than as farmland.
The Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) allows NGOs to quantify the economic advantages of maintaining ecosystems, helping preserve biodiversity by putting a value on it.
Invertebrates out greatly outnumber mammals everywhere, including in bushfire zones.
Once you include insects, snails, worms and other small creatures, it's clear the fires could cause one of the biggest extinction events of the modern era.
Birds are disoriented by smoke and often cannot escape a fire.
In a matter of weeks, the fires have subverted decades of dedicated conservation efforts for many threatened species.
Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi.
Jason I. Ransom
Building connections and grassroots efforts will sustain conservation over the long term.
Hostile reactions to spiders are harming conservation efforts.
There is little to fear and lots to love about spiders, which have not killed anyone in Australia for 40 years.
Our mental health benefits when nature is part of our neighbourhoods, as in this residential street in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
It's well-established that green spaces are good for our well-being. Now we can demonstrate that greater biodiversity boosts this benefit, as well as helping to sustain native plants and animals.
Black-and-white ruffed lemurs are important indicators of rainforest health.
New research shows that slowing deforestation is the most essential step for saving Madagascar's lemurs, and can help protect them against the longer-term threat of climate change.
Most of Kenya's biodiversity needs protecting outside protected areas in human‐dominated landscapes that are undergoing rapid change.
The Rainbow Mountains in Zhangye Danxia National Geopark, China.
Non-living nature such as rocks, landforms, soil and water form the Earth's 'geodiversity' - a crucial part of the planet's life support system.
St Andrews Bay, South Georgia. A colony of young penguin chicks wait for their parents to return with food.
BBC Studios/Fredi Devas
Wildlife TV producers used to think that focus on environmental issues could only be structured around doom and gloom stories – scaring away large audiences.
Scientists need your help to protect Australia’s insects and track their numbers.
Insects are vital to sustaining life on Earth – and their numbers are falling fast. So consider ditching the fly spray and see what you can do to help.
New research says there is no reliable evidence that shark nets protect swimmers.
Weeks out from summer, new research says there is no evidence shark nets keep us safe from sharks.
Is red the new green?
Biodiversity, public transport and home insulation loom large in Labour's flagship programme for green governance.
A knobbed hornbill in tropical forest, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Instead of boycotting palm oil, source it from pastureland and not recently logged forests.
Extinction of the woolly mammoth and other megafauna caused surviving animals to go their separate ways.
After the woolly mammoth and other megafauna became extinct, surviving animals mingled less. This has big implications for modern conservation.