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The wave of extinction that swamped southern species like the stick-nest rat is heading north. Gould/Wikimedia Commons

The Kimberley: pristine, precious and on the precipice

Mention “The Kimberley”, and for most Australians visions of spectacular sunsets, giant boab trees, rocky escarpments and cascading waterfalls spring to mind. But there is a storm on the horizon, and it…
The trees are falling, but is anyone listening? NatureNut3/flickr

The Tasmanian Forest Agreement: too close to collapse?

Political scientists now commonly distinguish between ‘government’ and ‘governance’. The former refers to a hierarchical institution while the latter captures the idea of a general process of social steering…
Kangaroo populations are robust and abundant. Wombalano/Flickr

From pests to profits: making kangaroos valuable to farmers

The Scottish eat their deer and the South Africans their springbok. Australia’s national icon is gentle on the environment, doesn’t emit methane, is good to eat and could be a great source of income for…

Tiny Tanzanian toad thrives in lab

A species of tiny toads, that are extinct in the wild following their discovery in Tanzania, are thriving in a laboratory…
The largest surviving population of northern white-cheeked crested gibbons (Nomascus leucogenys), has been found in Vietnam. Adult female with baby and adult male. © Terry Whittaker

The survivors: largest remaining group of endangered gibbons discovered

Scientists have discovered the largest surviving population of the critically endangered white-cheeked crested gibbon (Nomascus…

Beehive fences keep elephants at bay

The elephant population in Kenya has proved to be a serious problem for farmers. Luckily a new method of keep elephants away…
Every trip has positive and negative effects. Ben Beiske/Flickr

Can tourism really have conservation benefits?

Many of us eagerly await those few weeks when we can escape the daily grind and break away to some breathtaking holiday destination. But with increasing concern over climate change and the emissions generated…
Marine parks are an evidence-based way to stop trashing ocean environments. Urban Woodswalker/flickr

Why are we so reluctant to protect marine species from extinction?

Given the growing evidence of catastrophic extinctions in the world’s oceans due to climate change and overfishing (see, for example, the recent IPSO report) one would expect a groundswell of demand for…

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