They might be eating your home, but termites play a vital role in ecosystems.
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Termite damage costs Australian homes at least a billion dollars each year – but they are absolutely vital for ecosystems.
White storks on road near Chernobyl, Ukraine. Many parts of the Chernobyl region have low radioactivity levels and serve as refuges for plants and animals.
How do we measure long-term impacts of nuclear accidents? Studies at Chernobyl and Fukushima show that radiation has harmed animals, birds and insects and reduced biodiversity at both sites.
The common brushtail possum has made itself well at home in Australia’s cities.
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Grunting, growling, hissing, screeching: if your home is making these noises, you probably have possums.
The Northern Corroboree frog is among seven species at grave risk from fungal disease.
Chytrid fungus has already wiped out six species of Australian frogs since the disease arrived in the 1970s. Without urgent action, seven more are facing extinction.
An ecosystem on the back of a truck.
Animals and plants may not be able to keep up with the speed of climate change. We could help them move.
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.
A native Australian gecko, Gehyra dubia.
If you're hearing a strange chatter in your home, you may have gecko housemates.
Spider silk is just one of the ways nature has inspired innovation.
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Drugs, new materials and even more creative uses: biodiversity is full of potential.
The Spangled Drongo is a frequent mimic.
Australian birds are arguably among the smartest in the world, displaying complex behaviours comparable to those observed in great apes.
A male African jacana bird mounts a female, but who takes the lead in caring for the young?.
Sex roles in nature don't always follow the same script. In fact, some females have genitals that resemble a penis. How can this be? Evolution has the answers.
Land clearing rates in Queensland tripled since 2010.
Land clearing in Queensland has tripled in the past five years.
Black rhino cow and calf, southern Africa.
Next time you plan a holiday you can rest assured that wildlife sightseeing can help some threatened species.
When elephants venture into human settlements, they cause significant damage to crops and property.
Elephant numbers are increasing in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. Their search for food is leading them into conflict with farmers living adjacent to game parks. Bees could prove to be the answer to the problem.
Near threatened: The Tasmanian Bettong (
Bettongia gaimardi) is now part of a plan to save the species and restore a wider conservation area at Mulligans Flat.
Most wildlife plays a key role in any ecosystem. So when one becomes extinct, it can impact their habitat. And we're now finding we may have lost more species in Australia than first thought.
You need to keep a close eye on croc numbers for several decades before knowing how many eggs to harvest.
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Queensland opposition MPs want crocodile egg harvesting to be expanded, as in the Northern Territory. The difference is, the territory's government has stayed committed to sustainability research.
What’s hiding in your garden this summer?
Have a look in your garden - you might be surprised at some of the native animals that thrive there when the weather's hot.
The remote rivers of northern Australia could be home to untold numbers of new and threatened fish.
Matthew Le Feuvre
A score of new fish species discovered recently in northern Australia remind us how little we know about our country.
A golden-tailed gecko – one of the inhabitants of the Brigalow Belt.
How do you balance coal and conservation? New research from Queensland hints at an answer.
Is Australia really the most lethal nation on earth when it comes down to it?
There's a simple reason why Australia isn't the most lethal nation in the world.
As a generalist predator, spiders, like this Western Rough Wolf Spider, help limit the number of insects in your garden.
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Only two Australian spiders can kill you, but the rest are a pretty fascinating bunch.